Heath Cobb, MD
Medical school: Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies, 2005-2008
Residency: Baystate Children's Hospital, Springfield, Mass., Tufts University School of Medicine Categorical Pediatrics Program
What inspired you to choose medicine? I have wanted to be in medicine from way back, probably when I was 5. I always directed my education toward that. But, when I was older, I did have to make the decision to choose medicine over aviation.
Why did you choose your specialty? When I did my pediatrics rotation, I just knew it was the right fit.
What is your philosophy of care? You really need to work with the family, especially when caring for young patients.
What do you like about Yakima? I’m looking forward to fishing, hiking, heading out to the national parks, eating some real Washington apples.
What do you like to do outside of work? I have my pilot’s license; I like anything aviation. I like to fly fish, hike, and go boating and skiing.
Soma Ghosh, MD
Medical school: Calcutta National Medical College, Calcutta University, India, 2002-2008
Residency: Pediatrics, New York Medical College — Metropolitan Hospital Program, 2009-2012
What inspired you to choose medicine? I was drawn to it because it’s meaningful work.
Why did you choose your specialty? I wanted to help children have a healthy and long life. It’s very rewarding.
What is your philosophy of care? I always keep parents informed and provide them with all the medical information available so that they can make the best decision for their child.
What do you like about Yakima? I love the weather, the mountains and vineyards.
What do you like to do outside of work? My husband and I travel internationally a lot. We’ve been to more than 35 countries so far.
Previous employment: Pediatric Hospitalist, Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Richland, WA., March 2016-present; General Pediatrics, St. Mary’s Hospital, Essentia Health, Detroit Lakes, MN., 2012-2016.
Catherine Koozer, DO
Medical school: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University, Iowa, 2016.
Residency: University of Minnesota: Masonic Children’s Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center and Children’s Minnesota Hospital, 2016-2019.
Fellowship: Truman Fellow, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Washington D.C., 2010-2012.
What inspired you to choose medicine? I started volunteering with Special Olympics when I was younger because my mom was a special education teacher and I found I like working with kids with special needs. And I discovered that I liked policy, too. Pediatrics is a perfect combination of both of those things.
Why did you choose your specialty? I just love working with kids. I also really like working with parents and helping them learn about how to keep their children healthy.
What is your philosophy of care? I have two goals when a child is in the hospital. First is to make them better so they can go home. And second is that the child and family understand why he or she is in the hospital and how to help them stay healthy.
What do you like about Yakima? I love driving through town and seeing orchards on one block, small-town businesses on the next block and some horses on the block after that.
What do you like to do outside of work? My husband and I both like to go hiking with our dogs. We also like camping and most outdoors activities.
Sandeep Madan, MD, MRCPCH, FAAP
University of Delhi
New Delhi, India
Washington University School of Medicine/St. Louis Children’s Hospital
St. Louis, MO
What inspired you to choose medicine? My family played a big role in me choosing medicine. My grandfather was a school headmaster. He pushed me towards the sciences. Then, my older brother became a physician and I decided to follow in his footsteps.
Why did you choose your specialty? During medical school you go through rotations. I did a rotation in pediatric intensive care, where I found that if you treat them right, kids get better pretty quickly. It was encouraging to see. I thought, “If I become a good pediatrician, I can make a huge difference for the child as well as the family.”
What is your philosophy of care? Everyone comes from different backgrounds and cultures and I’m very supportive of the needs of each family. I want to make them at ease with the child’s diagnosis so that I can take the family along on the journey. The parents & the caregivers need to be part of the decision-making process in providing the best care to the child.
What do you like about Yakima? I’m still very new to the area, so I need to learn more about it, but I like that it’s pretty sunny. It’s all surrounded with small hills and very pretty.
What do you like to do outside of work? I like to go hiking with my wife and son. I have a motorbike that I drive on nice days, I like to cook Indian cuisine.
Stephanie Raghubeer, MD
Medical school: School of Medicine, University of Washington, 2016.
Residency: University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Chicago.
What inspired you to choose medicine? To combine my interest in science with my compassion for caring for people.
Why did you choose your specialty? I love children, and I love the attitudes of the other people who care for children.
What is your philosophy of care? I believe that all kids deserve equal access to quality care. And I believe in providing care that centers on the family.
What do you like about Yakima? ? I like the size of the town, I like the diversity of the city, and I like the access to the outdoors.
What do you like to do outside of work? I love cycling, hiking, climbing, just being outdoors really, eating out and traveling.
Rebecca-Lyn Sokolove, MD
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center
What inspired you to choose medicine? I went on a medical mission trip to Africa when I was about 14-years-old. We were mostly renovating a hospital, but there were a lot of kids there with mumps, which is easily preventable in the U.S. That experience made me realize that I wanted to go into medicine.
Why did you choose your specialty? I love how resilient kids are and that even on their worst days you can make them smile or laugh.
What is your philosophy of care? My philosophy of care includes caring for the whole child, which also sometimes includes caring for parents and siblings, as well as addressing things like housing, security, and school.
What do you like about Yakima? I like the smaller town with bigger cities close by. I also like that I can go hiking and camping.
What do you like to do outside of work? I have a dog, and recently joined Search & Rescue. I enjoy hiking, camping, and travelling.
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