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“Sooooo you’re one of those TV doctors. Are you a doctor?”
“Indeed, I am.”
“Do you think you want to be a doctor?”
“I am in fact a doctor.”
“Do you have any patients?”
This is a pretty good question, actually. I’m wild about my patients, even the crying and miserable ones. And in the past 16 years I’ve seen a bunch—put thousands of stitches, listened to a ton of lungs, and diagnosed enough broken arms to wrap around the state of Maryland. And now that I’m joining PM Pediatrics as their senior medical advisor, I’m getting a big bonus on top of my regular clinical practice. The way I see it, I plan to see a lot of patients, and now in a different format. And it’s one that’s very meaningful to me. Turns out, when you’re involved in the media you can reach a ton of people in a very short amount of time, and potentially have a large impact on child health.
So. My background. My education includes an undergraduate degree in French from the University of Pennsylvania and a bunch of years of medical school and pediatric residency at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital in Baltimore. I’m fortunate to report that for a few years, my dad, my brother, and I (all doctors) were there all at the same time. “Paging Dr. Johns….” on the hospital intercom was tricky business. I did further subspecialty training in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s National in D.C. and picked up a master’s degree in education from The George Washington University along the way as well.
I joined PM Pediatrics from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where I’d been on the faculty in the division of emergency medicine for the past 15 years. During my time there, in addition to being an attending physician, I was a medical correspondent for ABC News’ Good Morning America and made numerous other appearances for CNN, Discovery, and local network affiliates. It’s a fun extension of bedside clinical medicine.
Children make amazing patients; I wouldn’t trade my specialty in for the world. Emergency medicine is fast, exciting, and intense. It’s impossible to have the same workday twice.
I live in Annapolis, MD with my family. I have a son and a daughter, both in elementary school, and between travel soccer and homework I try to get in as many power walks and rounds of golf as I can. I love cooking and trying new foods. I get a complete crack up from Jimmy Fallon and James Corden, but I have to watch that stuff the next day since I usually can’t make it up that late.