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Faculty Feature Sherea Smith

Sherea Smith’s rehabilitation career began at an early age. Her very first patient was her twin sister, who had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. By the age of 5, Smith would spend her playtime helping her sister with sitting balance and reaching skills. When trying to work on her sister’s …

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Faculty Feature Jared Levin

Growing up in northern California, Jared Levin was told by several family members not to pursue a career in medicine unless he was certain there was nothing else he wanted to do. This advice was most commonly provided by his grandfather, Dr. Clinton Levin, who along with being the first …

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Faculty Feature Maleewan Kitcharoensakkul

Maleewan Kitcharoensakkul grew up in Khon Kaen, a town in Northeastern Thailand. She is the youngest of six siblings. Her dad was known in Khon Kaen as a mechanic specializing in fixing trucks and large-size automobiles. For Kitcharoensakkul, her dad is the kindest human being who loves art and music. …

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Faculty Feature Kevin O’Bryan

Kevin O’Bryan grew up in the suburbs of Detroit as the oldest of three children.  His father was an engineer and deemed Mr. Safety by the family.  The home had more smoke detectors than any house should ever have.  Beeping from a low battery was a family activity with children …

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Faculty Feature Michelle Gill

Part of a military family, I spent my childhood in many places including Maine, Alaska, and Michigan. I remember the joy of playing in Alaska snow in the dark days of winter and building massive snow caves and tunnels in our yard in northern Michigan. My father’s last Air Force …

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Faculty Feature Melissa Riley

Melissa Riley, MD, grew up in northeast Ohio with about 70 rotating siblings over her childhood years. Her family was a foster family and eventually adopted four of those children to add to the biological group. As No. 2 of the now eight, Riley found caring for and teaching the …

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Faculty Feature Rebecca Same

Rebecca (Becca) Same, MD, grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with her parents and older brother. Her father was an obstetrician. As a child, Same swore she would never become a doctor, but by the time she started college, she had started to reconsider. She attended Georgetown University and majored …

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Faculty Feature Bhushan Katira

Bhushan Katira, MBBS, comes to us from Toronto, along with his son Vedaant and wife Nupur. Katira is originally from India and grew up in Mumbai. Born to a teacher mother and a doctor father, Katira inherited his love for medicine and teaching. Impressed by his father’s medical practice and …

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Faculty Feature Stephen Sykes

Stephen Sykes, PhD, joined the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University as an associate professor in June 2021. As a scientist, he fights cancer through research. Right now, he is at war with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) which is a blood cancer that afflicts both kids and adults and has …

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Faculty Feature Mohamed Abdelbaki

Mohamed Abdelbaki, MD, was born and raised in Egypt — a country which he loves dearly and still visits every year with his family. He came to the U.S. in 2006 to start a residency in general pediatrics, followed by a fellowship in pediatric hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant, …