Julie Wei, MD – Division Chief, Otolaryngology – Nemours Children’s Hospital
Dr. Wei: Look at you; you’re all the way
up. How are you today? Patient: Good.
Dr. Wei: I heard you’re a fast runner. And is it true? Boom! Where did it hit you?
… Right there? No shots today. Patient: Well I hate shots anyway. Dr. Wei: It is so important to me that every
visit I have with a patient is as fun, as it could be going to a doctor. I don’t wear a white coat, I never have. Because I think children hate that. They associate that with something scary, being poked and prodded. So that’s something that I do just right
off the bat. My personal philosophy is just to talk to somebody like they’re a person, not use complicated terms. –So, Mom, she has some lymph nodes. Come on over here. So if you feel it, it kind of, it feels like peas and they roll around. That’s okay. –Mom: Uh huh. Dr. Wei: I am a pediatric otolaryngologist,
or ear, nose, throat specialist who just sees children. My partners and I are specialists
and surgeons that do common procedures like ear tubes, tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy surgery. But we also do more complicated procedures like airway endoscopies to assess the vocal cord or voice box function to check the size of the airway. –Those are some huge tonsils. One more
time. I definitely hope that I can offer to these
families some of my clinical experience in treating children with complex swallowing
and breathing disorders. –Ahhh I joke that, you know, pretty much above the collarbone we try to cover everything. –Look over here, look over here. We also work very closely with professionals called audiologists. These are trained professionals who are able to measure and document levels of hearing loss. And that’s very important because without adequate and optimal hearing a child cannot develop excellent speech and language skills, which you’ll need and depend
on for the rest of your life. I focus so much of my interaction with families about education – about how to take care of ear tubes after we put them in, why diet is important for your child’s health. Because it’s really about just an exchange and I’m there to build trust and to build a long-term relationship. –There’s nothing in there, that’s great.
Thanks for not putting the crayon in there. I find ever since I became a mother, my daughter is 7 1/2, that explaining and giving them expectations is everything. –I’ve got good news for you. You don’t
need surgery. Can I have a high five? I went into medicine, probably, it had a lot
to do with expectations from my culture. Growing up, you know, there was just, in the Asian culture, often in the Chinese culture, they emphasize that you’ve got to be a doctor, or a doctor, or an engineer, but a doctor. Tragically I lost my mother when I was 9 to
breast cancer. So I spent over 2 1/2 years of my childhood in a very scary place, in a hospital. And it had a profound impact on me. I would like my patient and patient-families
to know that every single day when I make a recommendation for your child, I am making them as if he or she were my child. And we as providers get asked all the time, ‘What would you do if it were your child?’ For me to sleep well at night, whatever I’ve
recommended is only what I would do if your child were mine. And that’s the best I can do every day.