7 Inspiring Pediatricians
These amazing pediatricians stand out for more than just being famous doctors; it's their committment to giving the best care to children. Plus, how to choose the right pediatrician for your family
The Fetal Spina Bifida Surgeon: N. Scott Adzick M.D., general pediatric and fetal surgeon, surgeon-in-chief of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and director of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment
Finding out your baby has spina bifida is devastating not only because it carries lifelong health consequences for as many as 2,000 children diagnosed annually but because there are limited treatment options. Not so anymore. Thanks to the incredible work of Dr. Adzick, parents now have the opportunity to treat spina bifida in utero, giving their babies a much improved quality of life. Just a few years ago, spina bifida surgery was a radical idea, but after countless hours of collaboration and a successful research trial, Dr. Adzick brought the idea to reality. Dr. Adzick has also developed fetal surgical techniques to save babies with life-threatening birth defects.
The Breastfeeding Cheerleader: Nancy Brent M.D., pediatrician, lactation consultant and medical director of the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh
The stress of caring for a newborn amid the throes of hormones and fatigue can make it hard to cope with breastfeeding problems. Dr. Brent, a mother of five, keenly understands the difficulty moms face when breastfeeding doesn’t go smoothly. She formed a group of young pediatricians, armed them with expert breastfeeding knowledge and opened a practice designed to support nursing mothers. No matter which doc a mom sees regularly, she can set up an appointment with Dr. Brent’s team for a breastfeeding consult. Research has shown that most docs don’t feel they have time to address breastfeeding issues. Dr. Brent’s nationally recognized approach brings hard-tofind lactation expertise directly to the moms who need it.