Dr Lisa G Dana MD, California, CA

Lisa-Giannini-Dana-MD-Pediatrician-Golden-Gate-PediatricsDr. Lisa Dana G, MD at Golden Gate Pediatrics, California St, CA is a Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Lisa Dana, founder and past president of the The Reading Tree Literacy Program was born in Bologna, Italy. We have the great pleasure in having her as out featured guest in today’s “Medical Spotlight”  We’ll be hearing some insights from her early days during residency, as well as her number one tip for balancing family and work life between being a mother of three and a successful Pediatrics, Board Certified doctor.

Dr. Dana attended University High School in San Francisco and then went on to complete her undergraduate education at the University of California Santa Barbara.  She attended Georgetown University for Medical School.  She completed her Internship and Residency at the University of California San Francisco.  Dr. Dana is on the clinical faculty at UCSF, is a member of the San Francisco Medical Society and is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  She has been part of the practice since 1999.

Let’s hear what she has to say.

Describe your current position and what led you to your job:

I graduated from the Med School in 1996. I was married during the summer after first year, and had my first baby in my third year. Baby #2 arrived during my internship at UCSF, and baby #3 came just as I was finishing my third year of residency.

I was the med student that loved all of my rotations, but I really felt that I had a place in pediatrics. My physician mentor in medical school was Dr. Owen Rennert. He was the Chief of Pediatrics at the time, and had a wonderful genetics clinic. At the clinic, I was able to have great access to patient care, but more importantly was able to watch Dr. Rennert establish a wonderful rapport with his little patients and their families. I still use some of his tricks to catch the attention of a toddler!

During my maternity leave for baby #3, I founded a literacy group called thereadingtree.net in San Francisco. The organization is still active, and I now function as an advisor to the Board. After completing my residency, I joined Golden Gate Pediatrics. It is a wonderful group, and I am honored to work with such an excellent group of doctors. I am affiliated with UC San Francisco and with California Pacific Medical Center, both located in San Francisco.

To support our local hospital, CPMC, I have raised money for the Child Development Center, and recently was recognized as an award recipient for The Wishes to Wellness Campaign. The money raised from this campaign went directly to the building of our new pediatric ER.

In addition to my regular work week, I have been an occasional guest on View From the Bay, an ABC daily show hosted by Spencer Christian. I cover topics ranging from vaccines to sleep routines. I also have a monthly “Ask Dr. Dana” article in Pregnancy magazine. The article covers commonly asked prenatal questions.

What has been the most rewarding moment in your career?

I don’t think there is one moment, because every day brings new joys. It could be a baby’s first smile or a teenager confides in you for the first time. My patients’ ages range from 0-21. I see all age groups and will likely know a child from birth to college.

What is the best career advice you have received?

The best advice I give is to ‘show up!’ To be present in the moment, be where you are. For example: You may see many ear infections today but this may be the first and only ear infection for the patient. This could be a rare and unique problem for the patient. Keep this in mind.

What would you recommend to someone interested in working in your field?

I would recommend that they really enjoy what they’re doing. This is so important. At times it may feel routine but through your day you will see patients from babies to teenagers. I precept students. I can see those who will do well and follow a practice. The family community-based clinic instead of in a hospital clinic is very important.

What challenges have you faced and how did you successfully manage one situation?

The biggest challenge I’ve faced is balancing family and work like. There is no easy answer, but a supportive spouse is a big help. When at work, be at work and when at home, be at home. Plus, lots of communication helps too.

What skills are necessary or what prepared you the most for your career?

I don’t think anything prepares you for a career in pediatrics. What has brought me to where I am is knowing that I will never be prepared for or know everything. You must learn and stay up to date. If you are paying attention, you will learn something new every day. Medical school prepares you for a lot, but then you realize how little you know. Sometimes I check with my colleagues who have 20 years of experience in order to find every possible solution. Eighty percent of the day is routine, but every patient is unique. Then there are the unusual cases that keep you up at night and get you to call old colleagues and have them weigh in on what is happening.

What professional associations have aided in your professional development?

I am member of the American Association of Pediatrics and I’m a clinical faculty member of University of California in San Francisco. With this relationship I do in-office precepting and stay up-to-date. I am also a member of the nominations committee of the San Francisco Medical Society.

Anything you would like to add?

Really just pay attention to the details. When I have students I tell them, make sure to ask each and every patient if they have drug allergies. It could be the only time you see this child in their childhood so make it count.

I prioritize my family first and this helps me balance things. This way I am able to help everything fall into place. Enjoy your life and work hard and really listen to your patients. Our first professor told us that the patient will tell you the diagnosis. If you just listen to them, they will tell you.

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Source:  George Town Alumni Online

To find out more about Dr Dana, visit: goldengatepediatrics.com

Dr Lisa G Dana’s Current Location:

61 Camino Alto Mill Valley,
CA 94941
United States‎
+1 415-388-6303

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Stewart Andrew Alexander is the Managing Editor of Medical Spotlights, an Online Digital Journal dedicated to bridging the gap between medical practitioners, and a growing public trying desperately to find jargon free information about doctors in their local areas.

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