Gwen was a typical thirteen-year-old who loved school and being with her friends. That all changed once she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. “My diagnosis isolated me from my peers since I could not attend school.” said Gwen. “It disrupted how my family and I lived our daily lives.”
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The Healthiest Day of the Week
Stress is commonplace among healthcare professionals. However, when left unmanaged, that stress becomes a chronic condition that can lead to burnout. Research indicates that up to 50% of medical professionals experience burnout throughout their careers.
I’m A Survivor!
Carol DeCoene was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 17 and has been in remission since 2010. In this blog post, she reflects on her journey as a childhood cancer patient and talks about her future as a survivor.
Profiles of Courage: Prakash Satwani, MD
When the pandemic hit the NYC region, our doctors, nurses, and care providers were on the frontlines treating patients directly and aiding those affected by the virus. But for Prakash Satwani, MD, a pediatric bone marrow transplant physician, his experience with the virus was much more personal.
Profiles of Courage: Nobuko Hijiya, MD
During the height of the pandemic, Nobuko Hijiya, MD, continued to see and treat patients in the outpatient clinic. As the metro region begins to re-open, Dr. Hijiya says extra precautions will remain in place.
Profiles of Courage: Nitza Danieli
When the clinic closed due to the pandemic, the Alfano Family Arts in Medicine Studio found a way to bring creative art projects to patients in their homes.
Profiles of Courage: Dominder Kaur, MD
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
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: Dara Steinberg, PhD
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: Cindy Neunert, MD
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.