Thursdays At Texas Children’s

I work as a gastroenterologist at the Texas Children’s Health Center in The Woodlands. I live nearby and each Thursday I drive down to Texas Children’s Hospital where I do my endoscopies. It’s where my patients get the best care.

I hear it all the time, ‘you must hate to drive downtown.’ As it turns out, I love Thursdays at Children’s. I look forward to it all week.

Old friends. It seems that no matter how many times I walk the corridors at Texas Children’s, I bump into someone who I haven’t seen in years. A NICU nurse in administration, a veteran volunteer, or a former resident now running a clinic. I first came here in 1991 and it’s fun to find old connections.

Teaching. As a seasoned clinician I feel that I have an obligation to pass what I know to the next generation of gastreoenterologists. The trainees who leave here carry the reputation of training in the busiest pediatric endoscopy unit in the United States. While at times it may be easier to do things myself, the Texas Children’s commitment to education is met through our hands-on teaching. And being among those creating the advances in pediatric endoscopic technique keeps me fresh and current.

The bigger picture. As I make my walk from the Feigin Center garage to the Abercrombie Building each week, I’m reminded that I’m part of something bigger than a local clinic. No matter where we grow or how big we become, this is where it started and it’s where some of our most important work takes place.

A change of scenery. I love the staff at Texas Children’s Health Center in The Woodlands, but it’s good to see something different.

And of course there’s medical records. In the days before EPIC, I would toil each Thursday afternoon with a short stack of colorfully flagged manila records. I suspect that the digital migration will ultimately make my visits to medical records a thing of the past.

So while I have options closer to home for endoscopy, I suspect that I’ll continue to bring my patients to the Texas Children’s Hospital main campus. If not for the best care available, for some slightly selfish reasons as well.

About Dr. Bryan Vartabedian, Gastroenterologist

I am a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Texas Children's Hospital.

I write about the intersection between medicine and social media in my personal blog, 33 Charts.

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One Response to Thursdays At Texas Children’s

  1. Brittany Paulsel says:

    My daughter who is 8 weeks old and breastfed has GERD (diagnosed from her pediatrician) and when I do finally get her to sleep, she will sleep for 8+ hours but I have been advised that this is not good for her and her blood sugar will go down, she was a 9lbs full term baby with no issues other than the reflux. She doesn’t get much sleep during the day due to being uncomfortable and I feel as if she could use the sleep but I’m afraid that something terrible will happen to her if I let her go without eating for 6 hours. I need to find a GI specialist that is worth seeing, but all are booked, so for now this is my only hope. I’ve been trying to read colic solved, but can’t get through it fast enough with my uncomfortable baby who needs comforting 24/7. I have been told to never wake a sleeping baby so I just have conflicting theory’s. We tried Zantac and it helped but not entirely so we had been taking 1/2 15mg of Prevacid that seems to be making her way worse so we’re going to be switching her back to Zantac 1ml.

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