Posted by: Ashleigh Kussman, MD on Sep 29, 2020


We all have our own reasons for being in health care. For me, it’s personal. I was diagnosed with high risk B acute lymphoblastic leukemia at 11 years old.

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700 Children’s® features the most current pediatric health care information and research from our pediatric experts – physicians and specialists who have seen it all. Many of them are parents and bring a special understanding to what our patients and families experience. If you have a child – or care for a child – 700 Children’s was created especially for you.

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