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Profiles of Courage: Robyn Gartrell, MD

BY Kadesha Washington

Robyn Gartrell, MD, a pediatric oncologist and immuno-oncology researcher, volunteered at #Columbia’s adult intensive care unit during the height of COVID-19. With her redeployment over and her return to pediatrics, Dr. Gartrell reflected on this period with great insight.

Profiles of Courage: Dominder Kaur, MD

BY Kadesha Washington

Dominder Kaur, MD, is a pediatric hematologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. During the pandemic, she worked at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s adult intensive care unit caring for COVID-19 patients, and it was a very humbling experience.

Profiles of Courage: Monica Bhatia, MD

BY Kadesha Washington

Monica Bhatia, MD, is an attending pediatric hematology-oncology physician at Columbia, where she treats children with blood disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient units. At the height of the pandemic, she admitted and treated one of the first hematology/oncology patients with COVID-19.

Profiles of Courage: Caitlin Constantino

BY Kadesha Washington

Caitlin Constantino is the Division’s educational liaison, helping childhood cancer patients re-enter school and working with families and schools to monitor academic and social progress. When schools in the metro NY region transitioned to online classroom learning amid COVID-19, Caitlin helped patient families adapt to those new changes.

Profiles of Courage: Dara Steinberg, PhD

BY Kadesha Washington

Dara Steinberg is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychosocial program director at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. During the COVID crisis, she is utilizing telehealth to provide clinical services to children with cancer and blood disorders and their families. Part of her work includes helping them cope with the “new normal” brought on by the pandemic.

Profiles of Courage: Kristin Lieb, MD

BY Kadesha Washington

Kristin Lieb, MD is a pediatric hematology & oncology fellow. She primarily works with child and adolescent patients in Columbia’s Division of Oncology, Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation. However, when the opportunity to treat adult COVID-19 patients emerged she knew she wanted to help.

Profiles of Courage: Cindy Neunert, MD

BY Kadesha Washington

Cindy Neunert, MD is a pediatric hematologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, she continues to see and treat her young patients. However, she is also using her expertise to help those directly affected by the coronavirus.

Maintaining Balance and Normalcy During A Health Crisis

BY Kadesha Washington

As we navigate the rapidly changing COVID-19 health crisis, caregivers must stay informed and protect themselves and their families. Yet the constant influx of information can leave children and adolescents feeling confused and anxious. How can parents address their child’s concerns while maintaining a sense of balance and normalcy?

Supporting Patients and Families During COVID-19

BY Kadesha Washington

In the face of COVID-19, we know this is a very challenging time for our patient families. Worrying about the health of a sick child, while keeping the rest of your family safe, can intensify an already stressful situation. Hope & Heroes is here to help you navigate and stay safe!

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