Healthy Kids - Spring 2021


It’s no secret that Rady Children’s Hospital has amazing employees ...

AMANDA GOSMAN , MD Division of Plastic Surgery

credit. I never would have taken this step without her.” As a rehab doctor at Rady Children’s, she has found a new way to serve children and families. The best things about her job, she says, are the patients and families in her care, and that she gets to work with other specialists to provide more comprehensive care: “I get to work with people who are nothing short of heroic.” AMANDA GOSMAN, MD Division of Plastic Surgery Amanda Gosman, MD, initially wanted to work in urban planning and architecture, but a summer job at a hospital opened her eyes to the impact she could have on an individual basis. Her work as a pediatric plastic surgeon allows her to do just that by finding solutions in challenging and complicated circumstances. “I learn so much frommy patients,” she says. “Their courage, their resilience, the families and how they’re able to overcome some of these incredible challenging situations—I feel like I get just as much out of our encounters as I give.” Dr. Gosman also volunteers for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, which provides life-changing reconstructive surgeries to disadvantaged children locally, and has founded a nonprofit organization called Connect Med International, which focuses on providing surgeries and training surgeons in other parts of the world. HELEN HARVEY, MD Pediatric Intensive Care Unit “I come from a history of critical care,” says Helen Harvey, MD. “My mom is actually a critical care nurse and she recently retired. I always wanted to be a doctor and care for others.” She characterizes her unit as a “team of teams.” The

so when they recognize one of the RCH physicians, you know that they are acknowledging the very best of the best doctors. The 12 doctors featured here have earned the utmost respect of their coworkers for their dedication to their job, compassion for patients and willingness to adapt in this especially challenging time in health care. Their colleagues chose to honor them with a special shout-out, the Hospital’s Cheers for Peers awards program. Each honoree was highlighted with a profile on social media—and now on the pages of Healthy Kids magazine—where they got to talk about what they love most about their jobs, who or what inspired them to pursue a career in medicine, and the coworkers who nominated them. Read on to learn more about these health care heroes. SUSAN BIFFL, MD Division of Rehabilitation/Physical Medicine Susan Biffl, MD, spent a decade as a pediatric physical therapist before a dear friend who was considering changing her own career path inspired her to pursue medicine. “She ended up passing away, and I still have letters from her saying, ‘I want you to be the kind of doctor I wanted to be,’” Dr. Biffl says. “I always give her

SUSAN B I FFL , MD Division of Rehabilitation/ Physical Medicine


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