For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘Hoosier’, it is used to describe a native of Indiana. No one really knows who came up with it, but I do share the distinction with John Dillinger, James Dean, John Mellencamp, Michael Jackson, and David Letterman. My mother is a nurse, but there was never a doctor in our family until I graduated from med school.
I was always fascinated by nutrition and the intestines, from gross anatomy through physiology and pathology, and eventually during my clinical rotations. When I rotated through Riley Hospital for Children, I knew I wanted to be a pediatrician. In fact, I feel that I was called to serve the children of Indiana by working at Riley. I’m fortunate that my passions for GI and pediatrics were married in this unique specialty – pediatric gastroenterology. I have been on faculty at Riley for 10 years now, and am blessed to work with outstanding colleagues.
I became involved with ImproveCareNow as Riley was preparing to join the network in 2011. With a special interest in treating kids with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as some experience doing clinical research, I was asked to be our physician leader. It took several years, but now I feel that Riley is a strong contributor to and beneficiary of ImproveCareNow. I have been able to volunteer some of my time as co-chair of the ImproveCareNow Research Committee at what I believe is turning point in the growth and development of this network. My experience has been a fascinating and rewarding ride so far, but I think we are only beginning to tap the incredible potential of ImproveCareNow.
ImproveCareNow has a culture of sharing. It is part of what makes this network unique and incredibly successful. As co-chair of the Research Committee, I plan to share with you the progress we are making in helping to facilitate the work of many people interested in learning more about pediatric IBD.
The ImproveCareNow Research Committee brings together physicians, nurses, improvement coordinators, and parents. We continue to add new members who have an interest in pediatric IBD research and learning. I would characterize us as a dynamic and well-rounded group of individuals that bring varying perspectives on how research and learning can and should be done in the ImproveCareNow Network.
New challenges and opportunities are just around the corner. Stay tuned!
[Editor’s note: We are working on getting Steve set up with his own contributor account here on LOOP. Until then, we’ll just publish his posts using the ImproveCareNow account and be sure to forward all your great comments right to Steve for reply!]