Letter from the Chairman
A Team That Helps Children Win
I have been coordinating the interdisciplinary care of children with brain tumors for 25 years, an approach that brings together in “huddle” fashion neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, pathologists, radiation oncologists, oncologists, psychologists, social workers and nurses.
The result has been a treatment recommendation and plan-of- action that truly leaves no stone unturned for kids like Carly Rivers and her family, who are featured in this month’s Georgia Kids First.
Each member of a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals contributes his or her part to patient care, whereas an interdisciplinary team involves every specialty in the care of the whole patient.
The fact is, no one doctor can treat all problems. Quality of care very much depends upon well-coordinated medicine involving multiple health professionals.
Team medicine nets high-quality care, with each member focused on unity and the patient’s needs. When the team functions optimally, providing care in a collaborative and supportive way, it’s the children who win.
Bernard L. Maria, MD/MBA
Ellington Charles Hawes Professor
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Georgia Regents Medical Center
Children’s Hospital of Georgia