Dr. Kristi Bogan’s most memorable moment as a provider was when she treated a lymphatic malformation, or cyst, on a patient’s face. The disfiguration was affecting the child’s confidence and self-esteem. But after just one treatment, the patient was ecstatic and had the confidence to take “selfies” once again.
It is stories like this that make it easy for Akron Children’s newest pediatric interventional radiologist to wake up and come to work each morning. From placing feeding tubes to performing joint injections to treating vascular malformations, Dr. Bogan spends her days providing minimally invasive solutions for children that offer faster recovery times and less pain, risk and scarring than traditional surgeries.
So after a hard day’s work, she’ll tell you the best part of her day is the end — but not for the reason you may think. She enjoys most reflecting on the number of patients she was able to help feel better that day. After all, success to her is being an effective healer and enjoying happiness on a job well done.
Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s Hospital?
I chose to come to Akron Children’s because of the great opportunity to work with one of my favorite colleagues and a great hospital family.
Describe your role at Akron Children’s and what you hope to accomplish?
I’m a pediatric interventional radiologist. I hope to help grow our service in providing minimally invasive solutions to patients and their families.
What is your area of expertise and why did you choose it?
Vascular anomalies are so fascinating. There is a whole world of vascular anomalies that could encompass a subspecialty all in itself. It really helps patients not only feel better if the lesion is painful, but also more confident if the lesion is aesthetically unpleasing or disfiguring.
Do you have a favorite instructor or mentor?
I met my favorite instructor/mentor during my residency, Dr. Torstensen. He is so wise and an example of pure patience and class.
When did you decide to become a provider and why?
When I was studying to become a nuclear medicine technologist, I felt that there was so much in the field of radiology that I wanted to know. Becoming a radiologist was the only way to satisfy my thirst for that knowledge.
What impression do you hope to leave with your patients each day?
I hope patients think I’m a cool doc and that they can trust me to deliver the best possible care for their needs.
What’s the best part of your day?
The end when I can look back on the day and see how many people I was able to serve to their satisfaction.
What unique or different skills do you have that help you practice medicine?
My past experience as a nuclear medicine technologist and as a software salesperson has taught me not only the people skills that I need to do my job, but also the business skills to perform it in the most professional and thoughtful manner possible.
What’s the most memorable thing that’s ever happened to you as a provider?
I was able to treat a lymphatic malformation on a patient’s face that was in all honesty very difficult to notice by my standards, but really bothered the patient. So I did one treatment and was extremely satisfied. The patient’s mother was ecstatic that the patient started taking “selfies” again.
What does success mean to you?
Success is happiness with the job I have done.
Where did you grow up?
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
My family includes my boyfriend and my two Corgis: Asscher (3 years) and Sophie (9 weeks)
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher like my grandmother.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
I would love to go on a river cruise in the French Champagne region.
Who had the greatest influence on you and why?
My grandmother had the most influence on me because she spent the most time with me growing up.
How would you like to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as an effective healer and mentor.
What’s the last adventure you went on?
I went skiing in Sauze d’Oulx, Italy, near the French border. I didn’t have the right ski lift pass when I got to France, so I had to turn around.