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This week on MD for Moms, I interview pediatrician, parenting author, twin specialist, and mother of four Dr. Shelly Vaziri Flais about having a child with cancer. The idea is petrifying, and while rare, 1 in every 285 kids is diagnosed with cancer before age 20. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and Dr. Flais joins us in honor of every child and family impacted. Dr. Flais appreciates the medical side as a pediatrician, and she also has intimately experienced every parent’s fear when her daughter was diagnosed. Dr. Flais shares her family’s story and also imparts suggestions and recommendations for any family facing a childhood cancer diagnosis. We also explore how to best support someone who’s child is sick, what to do and say, and what to avoid.
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Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD is a pediatrician, parenting book author, physician educator, and media spokesperson, but most importantly, she’s a mom. Her practice, Pediatric Health Associates, is based in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois. She is a proud mom to 4 teenagers including identical twin boys.
Dr. Flais is an American Academy of Pediatrics national spokesperson and an author of several AAP parenting books. She authored the AAP’s award-winning Raising Twins for which a 3rd edition was released in 2019. She is the editor-in-chief of the AAP’s Caring For Your School-Age Child: Ages 5-12 Years. She served as coeditor of the AAP’s The Big Book of Symptoms, as well as a contributor for Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know.
Dr. Flais, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, is a 2019 recipient of the John X. Thomas, Jr. Best Teachers of Feinberg Award, as well as the 2016 Distinguished Pediatric Academic Contributed Service Award from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University.
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