Harbor-UCLA Pediatric Interview Series
Nate Kuppermann, M.D., M.P.H. is a Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, and the Bo Tomas Brofeldt Endowed Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine. He was a resident at Harbor-UCLA in Pediatrics and was Chief Resident, before completing his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital Boston (affiliated with the Harvard Medical School). He is both a pediatric emergency physician and clinical epidemiologist. Dr. Kuppermann has been a federally funded investigator for many years, and has particular interests in the clinical efficiency and utility of laboratory testing in the setting of the Pediatric Emergency Department. Specific foci of his research include the laboratory evaluation of young febrile children, evaluation of children at risk of diabetic ketoacidosis-related cerebral edema and the laboratory and radiographic evaluation of the pediatric trauma patient.
Christine Hall, M.D., is a general pediatrician and Assistant Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at Kaiser-Permanente Bellflower, where she manages a busy practice of 48 pediatricians. Dr. Hall was a resident at Harbor-UCLA from 1990 to 1993, and was Chief Resident from 1993 to 1994.
Your position involves patient care and administrative responsibilities. Can you tell us what your typical day is like?
Dr. Emil Kakkis is world renown for his work over the last 18 years developing novel treatments for neglected rare disorders. Three of these treatments are now FDA-approved and in clinical use, helping patients live longer, better lives.
Dr. Kakkis received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Pomona College, and his medical degree and Ph.D. at UCLA (Biological Chemistry). He completed his pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA in 1991, followed by a fellowship in medical genetics at Harbor-UCLA and was on the faculty here until 1998.
Dr. Kakkis was Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Novato, CA) prior to founding the Kakkis EveryLife Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the diagnosis and treatment of rare disorders. His work will be honored at this year’s LA BioMed Discovery Gala on November 6, 2009.
How did you decide to go into research?