Medical School

  • University of California, San Diego , La Jolla , CA

Graduate Degree

  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children , Philadelphia , PA


  • Yale Child Study Center , New Haven , CT

I am fortunate to have had two physician role models during my formative years, our family physician, and the obstetrician-gynecologist who delivered my younger brother. While I was unaware of it at the time, both strongly influenced my choice of a medical career, and neither attempted to influence me in that choice, respecting the autonomy of finding my own way. As his patient, our family physician impressed me with his quiet caring, methodical, unhurried, gentle style of physical examination, and thoughtful summary of his impressions and recommendations not just to my parents but to me, looking me in the eye, instinctively responding to my questions and worries, spoken and unspoken. In my clinical practice, my experience as a child/patient inspire me to commit to approaching my own child and adolescent patients and their families with sensitivity to their suffering, and the best medical science and judgment I can muster in relieving it. The more complex medical practice becomes, the more critical it is to recognize how bewildering is the experience of being a patient, identify with and address that bewilderment and the worry that comes with it, and to commit to close, respectful, and the strongest possible collaborative relationships with with the medical colleagues who are so often equally involved in providing care to our patients.


Clinical experience in my third and fourth years of medical school in adult medicine, surgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pediatrics made clear that my sense of professional identity and commitment resided in the care of children and families, making pediatrics a clear choice for residency training. It was during pediatric internship that a visionary program linking pediatric interns to psychiatric social workers in the care of children with cancer awakened what was to become an abiding passion in clinical work at the interface of pediatrics and pychiatry. My professional trajectory was set: Residency training in child and adolescent psychiatry following that in pediatrics, and a career as a child psychiatrist serving the mental and behavioral health needs of children hospitalized with serious medical illness, and those in psychiatric crisis served by pediatric emergency departments and inpatient programs.


  • Board Certified Psychiatry