Caregiver Profile: Debra Boyer, MD | Boston Children’s Hospital

Caregiver Profile: Debra Boyer, MD | Boston Children’s Hospital


Hey buddy! How are you? Is that for me? Did you bring me a banana? I tried to be open-minded in medical school and pretended I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but anybody who knew me knew that I was going to be a pediatrician. I did a rotation, took care of a couple of patients, and it was actually the pulmonologist, it was the physician taking care of those patients that inspired me. I just really wanted to be like him. It was the patients that he cared for
the way that he did it, and the relationships that he developed is what inspired of me. My name is Debra Boyer. I’m the Associate Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program here at Boston Children’s Hospital. The first number here, last week you were 39, and today you’re up to 43 which is where you were the last few times I saw you. So, that’s good. And that happened because you had a cold. Patients may come here for cystic fibrosis care, for pulmonary vein stenosis care, pulmonary hypertension care, and we get patients like that from all over the country and around the world. Some of those patients are able to be medically managed, and won’t need a lung transplant, but unfortunately a lot of those diseases continue to progress despite optimal medical care, and then we get involved. The hard part is you don’t know when a transplant is gonna happen. There’s a lot of time that we’re gonna have to help this patient to stay healthy enough to be able to wait for the organs. Long volumes are not the worst we’ve seen. I bet you he’s gonna have a stick part as well. I think what’s really cool is the Pediatric Transplant Center that I get to work with. I’m a part of a bigger something which is an amazing support system and colleagues that I can talk to about similar cases, people that I can go to if I need help clinically with a patient. It’s really multiple layers that really helped us to just provide incredible care for the kids. What are you doing for chest PT now? You do your best? Okey, how many times of a day? Uh, 2 or 3? That’s good. Okey, do you feel that good? Yeah. You never know how long it’s going to be and where you’re going to be when you get that call. I have some pretty funny stories from families about when they saw my name on the caller ID on their phone and they, you know, knew something was up. My coordinator and I sort of arm-wrestle sometimes over who gets to call the families in for a transplant because it’s really something fun that we get to do. When you see these kids come out of the surgery and going home, that’s really excited.

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