When Dr. Mark Jacobstein, pediatric cardiologist, graduated from high school, he knew he wanted to be a doctor. As he explored different medical specialties, he discovered pediatric cardiology and how technologically intensive the field is. With a passion for learning and a strong interest in cutting-edge technology, pediatric cardiology was the right fit for Dr. […]
In many ways, Dr. Michael Spector, associate division director of cardiovascular surgery and pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, will always be a kid at heart. He grew up in an era of home chemistry sets, where budding chemists sometimes strayed into experiments that led to small explosions and smoke bombs. And while this may have provoked his […]
In global health, incredibly difficult situations can arise where we’re unable to cure children because we don’t have the equipment or resources needed. Adding to this frustration is the reality that if these children were lucky enough to live in the U.S. or other developed countries, they would have access to appropriate care. In the […]
My daughter, Meredith Grace, was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot when she was 4 days old. Dr. Bockoven told us that we were now a part of the Akron Children’s Family. I remember telling him I’m sure that was wonderful, but it was also the last thing I wanted to hear.
Starting school was the furthest thing from Anita Brainard’s mind as she reflected on her son Rian’s life to this point – 4 open heart surgeries, multiple setbacks and recoveries, visions of him with oxygen tubes and other breathing treatment devices, and countless hospital visits all before his fifth birthday.
Many of Akron Children’s doctors, nurses and staff travel regularly to Haiti to help care for the sick children at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital. This post is the first installment of a 3-part series by Dr. Grace Smith, who gives a first-person account of her most recent medical mission trip there.