Advances in Pediatrics

Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr., MD: Optimist, Scholar, Visionary, and Role Model (April 10, 1931-October 11, 1986)

      As a young child I would join my dad periodically on his trips into the laboratory over the weekend. I recall peering through the microscope and hearing him tell me about cells, and tissues, and viruses. Roughly a decade later, when I was home from college on breaks, I would shadow him when he made rounds on the pediatric ward and in the neonatal ICU. I remember observing him interact with residents and nurses, and I remember having the opportunity myself to listen to the heart of a child with a murmur and to examine the lungs of a premature infant who had respiratory distress syndrome under his watchful eye. My dad loved the process of scientific inquiry, the challenge of helping sick children get better, and the opportunity to teach colleagues at all levels of training. He was always positive, and he had a remarkable capacity to share enthusiasm, to inspire confidence, and to motivate. He was an amazing role model for me.
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