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Get to Know... John Monaco, MD Interview by Vikki Sloviter Over the next few months, Pedi- as a physician, whose job it is to Monaco: The biggest failing I see atrics for Parents is introducing a apply your medical expertise to a in health care providers is the new series called “Get to Know…” given set of conditions, from your inability to listen, really listen to where we interview some of our personal role as a parent of two what their patients and parents regular contributors. You may children? are saying. The history is the most read their articles each issue, but important aspect of the evaluation we thought it’d be nice for you Monaco: I really believe caring for of a sick child, and one has to take learn more about our esteemed sick kids and their fearful parents the time and truly, authentically authors that include John Monaco, has made me a better parent and listen. You must get to know your Michael Meyerhoff, Roy Benaroch likewise, being a parent has made patients, and understand why they and Carolyn Roy-Bornstein. Sit me a far better physician. are there to see you. back, read, and get to know… Dr. John Monaco. Vikki: Even though a parent almost Vikki: You see many children who always accompanies her child to present with what used to be Vikki: Thank you for agreeing the doctor’s office or hospital, in seen primarily in adults: type 2 to be interviewed for Pediatrics your experience, at what age can diabetes, joint problems and gall for Parents. Tell us about your a child reliably recount his symp- bladder disease. Many of these background. How and why did toms so that medical staff can children are overweight or obese. you decided to become a doctor, properly treat him? What do you What’s going on? specifically a pediatrician? do when what a child describes is markedly different from what his Monaco: To answer this question Dr. Monaco: I had a fairly typical parent tells you? would require a book. In fact I middle-class upbringing in up- have written one! And another is state NY. My mother was a school Monaco: Interesting question! on the way! Seriously, it could be teacher and I always loved help- Actually, children at any age can our most important public health ing her with her elementary-aged “tell” you something about their crisis. The causes are many, but students. I knew I wanted to take illness. Even infants will have a have mainly to do with the type of care of children, and if I hadn’t certain cry if they are in pain, they foods children eat, the quality and gone to medical school I probably may act differently or just “look” lack of movement and the emo- would have been a teacher as well. as if things are not quite right. tional issues involved in food. To In medical school, I saved my Once kids have acquired the gift solve the problem, all these things pediatric rotation for last, know- of language, they can be painfully must be addressed. ing that was probably what I was honest about heir symptoms, and going to do. As it turned out, there what they say always weighs into Vikki: Finally, I love the articles was never any doubt. the total picture. If parents and you write for us becau
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