Staff Stories

Published on October 3, 2018
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Phyllis D’Ambra will never forget the day that changed her life. A teenager sitting quietly among her peers in a classroom at Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro, Calif., she was summoned to the principal’s office.“There were 62 of us in the senior class and the... Read More
Published on August 16, 2018
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CHLA physician Dan Thomas, a former standout collegiate miler, drew on his history as a runner to help him overcome a near-fatal onset of Guillain Barré syndrome. By Jeff Weinstock Doctors do the darndest things. Take the one who walked right up to Dan Thomas, MD, at a... Read More
Published on September 15, 2016
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Anat Erdreich-Epstein prepares for her 10th year biking in the triathlon that supports her cancer research Anat Erdreich-Epstein, MD, PhD, doesn’t get to train as much as she’d like to for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. She bikes on the weekends when possible, but she has to... Read More
Published on May 9, 2014
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Every year, the first week of May doesn’t go unnoticed at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles—it’s National Nurses Week! Our nurses are committed to excellent patient care and are the heart of CHLA’s mission to create hope and build healthier futures. Each of our many nurses has a... Read More
Published on April 14, 2014
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      Not many people can say they have stayed loyal to the same job for the last 40 years, but the Locksmith of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Luis Rodriguez can. Jewelry Maker in Cuba Turned Locksmith Coming to America from Cuba in 1974, a young Rodriguez learned of... Read More
Published on January 28, 2014
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Every two years, we get into the Olympic spirit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The patients and staff get inspired watching the United States compete. The Olympics provide hope to many kids that with hard work and determination, they can reach their personal goals. Yet,... Read More
Published on July 17, 2013
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He did it! Aaron Tanner literally went over the edge for autism. Congratulations for raising over $2,000 to help kids and families with autism spectrum disorders.On Saturday, July 27, Aaron Tanner, MS, CCC-SLP, will go “Over The Edge” to raise awareness about autism spectrum... Read More
Published on February 6, 2013
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She’s a member of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Respiratory Care Department and represents the city of Compton as Miss Compton 2013. She is a busy woman and doing good things. Meet Felicia Fairley! "I love the people I work with and it’s such a happy and inspiring environment... Read More
Published on September 14, 2012
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A nurse turned author. A product of her passion of caring for others. It’s a story that happens often at our hospital and Kathy is one of many who care so much that they refuse to limit their impact to the kids that they see every day because they want to do more. Kathy... Read More
Published on February 2, 2010
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I would like to share the most life-changing, profound experience of my life. It was encountered at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), where I met and cared for a little boy, who inevitably, stole my heart. He was waiting for a heart... Read More