Michael Chang, M.D. |
PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASES THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT SAINT FRANCIS
Pediatric specialist Dr. Michael Chang talks about kids, infections, being a department of one and why he loves his job.
Why did you choose to specialize in pediatric infectious diseases? I loved pediatrics, and the cases I gravitated to and wanted to read more about were infection-related. The mystery of them piqued my interest. Take us through a typical day. A pediatric infectious diseases doctor is involved in everything. I might see an oncology patient who, because of chemotherapy, has an unusual infection. I visit patients in the intensive care unit who have routine conditions that are more severe, such as a bone or joint infection or heart condition. I work with orthopedic surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons and general surgeons, making sure kids are not infectious before going into surgery. What does it mean to be the only pediatric infectious diseases specialist in this region? I hope my expertise and knowledge will help community pediatricians expand their own capabilities. They can refer a complicated case to me. My being here allows that pediatrician to keep that patient relationship and keep the family closer to home for treatment. What can kids and parents do to help prevent infectious diseases? Hand washing is still the cornerstone of any infection prevention program, but it’s also important for kids to eat healthy, get enough sleep and be active. Some research suggests being happy and well rested can cut down on anxiety and make the immune system more effective.
You could practice anywhere. What attracted you to Saint Francis? I was excited to find this wonderful children’s hospital, as well as a community of pediatricians and of residents that were all excited about having a children’s hospital. That said to me that Saint Francis had a clear vision of how to improve the care of children in this area. Why would a parent in this community go anywhere else but The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis? I can’t imagine. Everyone from pediatricians to support staff is here to take care of kids. The hospital is gorgeous, with beautiful spaces for the kids to feel comfortable and a welcoming environment for the family. We have access to resources— child life specialists, surgical subspecialties, multiple other pediatric specialists—no other hospital can match. You won’t find that kind of synergy anywhere else.
“When I trained in Dallas, I saw patients from Tulsa who came all that way for treatment. Now, parents don’t always have to travel to get the specialized care their children need.” MICHAEL CHANG, M.D.
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