I am an attending physician in the Department of Hematology/Oncology at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. I take care of children with cancer and blood disorders, and currently spend most of my time doing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (a more general term for procedures that include bone marrow transplantation). I am in charge of the overall treatment plans of children with neuroblastoma and retinoblastoma at my hospital. My other major area of clinical interest is childhood leukemia.
I also work as medical researcher at the Children's Research Institute, which is located on top of the clinical floors of the hospital. My current research project aims to collect information on the gene expression patterns of leukemia cells and to use that information to improve the ability to determine which children will suffer a relapse of their leukemia if treated with current standard therapy. The children at high risk for relapse could be treated with more intensive therapy (e.g. bone marrow transplant), which would give them a better chance of being cured of their disease. For more details, see the abstract from a recent grant application on the the Children's Research Institute web site.
I am a self-taught (aside from a single artificial intelligence class I took as an undergraduate) programmer. In addition to programming as a hobby, I've done a few small applications for my medical and research work, and I occasionally do some computer consulting. I also am involved with providing physician input into the efforts of Children's Hospital to deploy more advanced computer hardware and software systems.
I have primarily learned on Windows/PC platforms, but recently I've started to learn Linux (Debian distribution on a PC platform) as well. I also have networked a few computers at home into a LAN with an Internet gateway. That project was my introduction to TCP/IP network setup and administration, as well as network address translation (a.k.a. IP masquerade) on the gateway machine.
I enjoy biking and hiking in the wilderness (or its nearest available facsimile). I have done some rock climibing in the past, but haven't had the time recently.
Most of my fiction reading is science fiction, but I also enjoy the occational historical or contemporary fiction novel. In addition to medical- and computer-related non-fiction reading, I also read history, mathematics and statistical books.
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