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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, …

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Faculty Feature Nicole Brossier

Nicole Brossier comes from nowhere or everywhere, depending on how you look at it. She lived in three different states before her third birthday and has continued hopping around the country ever since. Fast-forwarding some years, Nicole wound up in Missouri when she started looking at college applications and chose to …

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Faculty Feature Amjad Horani

Amjad was born and grew up in the beautiful city of Jerusalem, to a family of educators. Dad is a retired professor of education and a major of middle eastern history. Mom is a retired elementary school principal. Although Amjad and his two younger brothers are Jerusalemites by birth and …

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Faculty Feature David Bark

Raised in a rural farming town in northern Illinois, Dave began his career baling hay and detasseling corn. This occurred in between hide and seek among farm equipment. Dave’s academic career began at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Coming from an engineering parent and another that taught math, it …

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Faculty Feature Steve Ming-Che Liao

Steve never imagined that one day he would live and have a great family in the United States. You see, Steve was born and grew up in Taiwan. He lived with his grandparents for the first four years while his parents both worked in the city of Taipei. His parents …