I’ve been a pediatrician for nearly 30 years. I decided I wanted to be a pediatrician when I was in high school and never wavered from my goal. I love what I do because it’s both rewarding and challenging.
It’s rewarding because I know I’m helping kids stay healthy. During three decades, I’ve watched a lot of my patients grow up into healthy adults. Now I have the privilege of treating many of my former patients’ children. It’s a lot of fun and it’s humbling to know that these parents entrust their children’s health care to me.
My job also is very challenging because from day to day, I see a full spectrum of health conditions. In one exam room I’ll find a toddler with a sore throat, but my next patient may have symptoms of cancer.
Noah, Eli and Abe are a great example of how Children’s Hospital cares for all kids’ health needs, from routine to serious. These three energetic brothers are my patients at Forest View Pediatrics. They’re also featured in Children’s Hospital’s ad campaign.
For the most part, their care has been pretty routine — earaches, allergies and X-rays. But 2-year-old Abe had more complicated issues. He was born more than three months early, weighing only 2 pounds. He spent his first 4 months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital.
Abe was critically ill, but he had all of the advanced resources of Children’s Hospital on his side. Children’s Hospital is ranked #1 in the nation for care of sick and premature babies. Because of this great care, Noah has a “buddy for life.”
To learn more about the boys, watch the video below.
– David Lautz, MD, pediatrician, Forest View Pediatrics
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