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Dr. Gita Balakumar
Pediatrics, Westridge

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Canton, Ohio.

Where did you attend Medical School?
I attended the American University of the Caribbean.

Tell me about one of your fondest memories while at Medical School.
One of my fondest memories of medical school was during my third year when it was only me, one resident and one doctor in the emergency room all night. I remember that night being filled with textbook descriptions of what I had been studying for so long. An older gentleman came into the Emergency Department and complained about the worst headache. This patient needed a CT scan of his head. It was very busy, and I had to wait to let someone know, while the patient was waiting for a long time. Finally, I got a hold of my resident who agreed that a CT was needed. Because the transport from the Emergency Department to the CT area was delayed as well, the nurse and I decided to wheel him down ourselves, had the scan done, informed the neurosurgeon and ultimately saved the man's life.

What brought you to Phoenix?
I finished my residency at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas and realized that I did not want to return to cold weather and I enjoyed Phoenix when I visited it.

How did you choose your area of Specialty?
When choosing pediatrics, I knew that it was heartbreaking at times to see kids get sick, but more than not, they get better. Pediatrics involves a different type of challenge however it gives you a sense of resiliency and hope.

Do you have any areas of special interest?
I enjoy taking care of the asthmatic patients. I do think asthma is underestimated and not always understood by the parent and providing education about it to parents is important and rewarding.

What made you decide to work at CMG?
I definitely wanted to be in an environment where I could concentrate on my patients and allow for professional growth as well. At CMG, we have great support staff, which allows me to devote all my time to patient care.

What has been your best experience working at CMG?
I really enjoy getting to know my patients over the past couple of years and seeing them grow. Although CMG is a large company, it does work hard to recognize the big things as well as the small acts of kindness done everyday. This in turn translates to our patients.

Do you have any tips for a safe and healthy Summer break?
Sun safety is key, as the warmer months approach. It is recommended for babies under 6 months of age to be kept out of direct sunlight, and use lightweight clothing and hats to protect them from too much sun exposure. For the older kids, use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 and preferably waterproof. Avoid too much time in the sun during 10am- 4pm, when the sun's rays are most intense.

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