Father’s Day: Dad shares story of his adopted daughter’s journey through Larsen syndrome

On this Father’s Day, I find myself reflecting back to 2010 and how this dream of fatherhood became a reality. Libbie was in China and my wife, Julie, and I were still looking for airline tickets, waiting on a date from the U.S. Consulate. Three weeks later we were approaching the Civil Affairs building in Zhengzhou, and I could feel myself getting nervous and …Continue reading →

Lulu’s inspiring story: Support the Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon

My family has spent a lot of time at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin over the past two and a half years. My daughter Lulu was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) just one week before her fifth birthday, and our lives were forever changed.

No one could (or should) know the severe highs and lows our family experienced, and the …Continue reading →

Why innovation matters: Getting the best care for your child

Deciding where to take your child for pediatric care involves weighing many factors. In my many years as a pediatric heart surgeon working with families, one of the key factors I always recommend they consider is innovation. For many reasons, I suggest that parents …Continue reading →

Now accepting 2014 Nurse of the Year nominations

Every year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel offers an opportunity for members of our community to nominate a nurse for Nurse of the Year. This is an awesome way to publicly recognize a nurse who has touched your life or a member of your family’s life. 

I encourage you to watch the video above to learn more about this special opportunity to …Continue reading →

Growing up with a new heart, a new life

Vincent gets a new heartMy name is Vincent, and I am 14 years old. One week before my seventh birthday, I had a heart transplant at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. People made a big deal about it, because I was the first kid in the upper Midwest to receive a Berlin heart.

A Berlin heart is a fake heart that you wear on the outside of your body. It keeps you alive while you wait for a transplant. I was out of the hospital in just 10 days! Now, I get to …Continue reading →

Thank you Children’s Hospital for making my daughter feel like a star

Lily and Bailey are twin sistersIt was a once in a lifetime experience. A few weeks ago my daughters, Lily and Bailey, had the opportunity to participate in a video shoot for a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin TV commercial — airing now through the holiday season.

For my entire family, including big sister Maddie, it was a fun and exciting experience. But more importantly, it was an opportunity for them to help other kids by raising awareness …Continue reading →

Why it doesn’t always take a brain surgeon to explain brain surgery

As a pediatric neurosurgeon, I help children with a wide range of neurological conditions. It can be a challenge explaining diseases and illnesses that affect the brain to families. That’s why when I came across Isabelle’s video on YouTube, I thought, I couldn’t have said …Continue reading →

Baby born with AIDS virus may have genetic trait helping her manage the virus

HIV has always been considered an incurable disease. However, the New England Journal of Medicine recently published convincing evidence that doctors have successfully put HIV into remission for a baby girl from Mississippi born with the AIDs virus. Now, news reports about this baby are suggesting her HIV may be cured.

Watch the video above to hear my thoughts on whether this baby’s case really holds …Continue reading →

Flu vaccine: Is it safe and effective for children?

We recently posted information on our Facebook page about the safety and effectiveness of the flu vaccine, which sparked a lively conversation among our Facebook fans. As a parent myself, I think it’s great people are asking questions and searching for the …Continue reading →

How to ensure all babies born in Wisconsin are screened for congenital heart defects

One out of every 100 infants born in the United States has a congenital (present at birth) heart defect — a problem that occurred as the baby’s heart was developing during pregnancy. Congenital heart defects are the most commonly occurring birth defect, and …Continue reading →