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Profiles of Courage: Nobuko Hijiya, MD

BY Kadesha Washington

Nobuko Hijiya, MD, is a professor and section head of pediatric oncology. During the height of the pandemic, she continued to see and treat patients in the outpatient clinic. Now, as the metro region begins to re-open and return to normal operations, Dr. Hijiya says extra precautions will remain in place.

“While we will still offer virtual visits, most of our patients cannot delay treatment. Many have low immune function, and our team is working hard to ensure the safety of patients and families when they come to the clinic.”

Dr. Hijiya is keenly aware of the dedication and teamwork within the pediatric oncology & hematology program. She attributes her colleagues’ hard work in helping her navigate COVID-19 and provide the best possible care for patients. “Not only doctors and nurses, but there are many people who are working hard. When I see housekeeping working in the clinic after all the patients are gone, I remember that. I always appreciate everyone on the team.”

Despite the ups and downs of recent months, one thing has remained consistent for Dr. Hijiya — the love she has for her work. The long-lasting relationships she has developed with her patients makes it all worthwhile. “Seeing my patients cured, going back to normal life, and growing up is the best part of my job!”

We thank Dr. Hijiya for all that she does to keep our patients healthy!


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