Lisa Herzig, M.D. is the Assistant Professor of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She recently opened the Down Syndrome Specialty Clinic located on the University of Washington Medical Center campus. For our Spotlight On we thought we’d get to know the doctor responsible for this new clinic in our area.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am originally from Buffalo, NY. My mom is a doctor and, from a young age, I knew that was something I wanted to do as well. I went to medical school in Buffalo and then did my pediatric residency in Baltimore. After reading one paragraph about developmental pediatrics I knew that was what I wanted to specialize in. I came to Washington State to do a fellowship at Seattle Children’s. I fell in love with the hospital and the people and patients I met. They were all very supportive of my ideas for a specialized clinic focusing on young children with Down syndrome.
What is your favorite part about the clinic?
I love how many different professionals come together to help. We see and discuss patients with medically and behaviorally complex cases. If I was doing this on my own, it would take me longer to come up with answers. The clinic is still in the infancy stages. We are in the process of figuring out what we want to be known for and what is best for the families we support.
How have you been involved with the DSC? I’ve attended the Buddy Walk and the DSC Fashion Show. I also attend national Down syndrome conventions each year.
What is your goal in serving people with Down syndrome?
My hope is that I can help them reach their maximum potential. Unfortunately, families are sometimes told “that is just Down syndrome” when the developmental or behavioral issues they are seeing may in fact be ADHD or hypothyroidism or sleep apnea. All of these things are treatable and it would be a shame to miss. My goal is to look further into these issues and figure out how to help patients and their families have the best quality of life possible.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
I recently got engaged and am in the process of planning our wedding. I love to go hiking with my dog and dancing. I still have friends and family on the east coast so I enjoy traveling to visit them whenever I can.
For more information on the Down Syndrome Speciality Clinic and the services they offer, please see the article in this month’s newsletter.