Top Docs 2008 Part V: Advice from Top M.D.s

On kids’ healthcare


• Children are not “little adults,” and are far more effectively treated in a dedicated pediatric facility, where the medical treatment is focused on pediatric and adolescent health care, as well as more-subtle issues like patient education focused on children to reduce anxiety and improve the patient experience. —Dr. John Meara, plastic surgery, Children’s Hospital Boston

• Parents are the best advocates for their children; insist on being actively involved in your child’s care, including bedside rounding. And don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion. —Dr. Howard J. Weinstein, pediatric hematology-oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital