We Are Pediatricians. The American Academy of Pediatrics is putting the focus on the doctors who do the work — their stories and the lessons they've learned.
Lifting the Voices and Stories of Pediatricians
#WeArePediatricians is a campaign focused on showing all the ways pediatricians care for the health of children, whether that’s reducing children’s exposure to environmental toxins, making sure children have access to lifesaving immunizations, or helping them manage their use of social media so it enhances rather than harms their mental health. Really, highlighting all of the ways – big and small – that pediatricians nurture, care for, and empower ALL children and teens to thrive.
Brothers’ Illness Inspires Pediatrician’s Life of Purpose
With two brothers born with cystic fibrosis, Dr. Toni Laskey knows the importance of empathy while caring for children and families during stressful times. In her current work as a child abuse pediatrician, she finds purpose and meaning while acting as a compassionate guide for patients navigating scary situations.
Pediatricians in Puerto Rico Do "So Much with So Little"
Dr. Gredia Huerta-Montañez explains her reasoning for moving back to Puerto Rico — helping children still living under blue tarps years after Hurricane Maria and an earthquake. She says disasters like these uncover systematic deficiencies that impact kids’ health and how the AAP has been a lifeline for families in need.
How to Heal From Disaster: A Pediatrician’s Mission
Dr. Joelle Simpson reflects on disasters and threats she’s seen children face in her lifetime —things like 9/11 or natural disasters – and shares how her experience as an emergency medicine pediatrician and with the AAP has provided her with solutions to problems like these.
"Pediatrics is a superpower."
Caring for children — sometimes through serious illnesses — can give you a unique perspective on what’s important. Dr. Francisco Silva talks about what motivates him to do the work and why a career in pediatrics is its own superpower.
"The care that they do or don't get changes everything."
There are lots of reasons why being a pediatrician is a great job. The creativity of kids is right up there. Dr. Michelle Fiscus shares some of the moments that have made her career so rewarding.