Addicted to Primary Care with Morissa Ladinsky, MD

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September 22, 2021

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Morissa Ladinsky

These are mysteries. As a kid, I loved the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books, then TV shows like “Dragnet” and “Murder She Wrote”. I devoured the works of Agatha Christie and read all the pens of Patricia Cornwell. “Homicide Life on the Streets”, then “Law and Order” with their myriad of spinoffs allowed me to entertain myself. I realized the connection a long time ago when I was asked why I practice pediatrics in primary care.

Each patient brings a myriad of clues to my space. Little patients lack words to describe their symptoms, while adolescents are often reluctant to use them. I quickly collect clues through verbal and non-verbal means to assemble an accurate assessment, differential diagnoses, and a plan. Often times I know my youth and their families, having been part of their world over time. I absolutely thrive in this skill set. It is mandatory for my profession and filled with potential for growth.

I grew up in a “hippie house” in the 1960s and 1980s. Political issues such as civil rights, reproductive health, peaceful protests, and gender equity were discussed openly and frequently. My ability to converse with families from all strata of belief systems, economic spaces, and lived experience lenses is essential to and builds upon the delivery of quality health care. In medical school, I found the pediatric angle of each specialty much more interesting than that of adults. As a pediatric resident, I just loved it. Primary care pediatrics was a natural fit for me

I currently serve as a medical educator and caregiver for children and families in Alabama. Making their voices heard through legislative political engagement and program development brings me into new spaces every day. Serving these young people and families, giving them the means to optimize their health, is a real honor and a ton of pleasure.

Morissa Ladsinky, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of General University Pediatrics
Multidisciplinary gender team
NICU regional follow-up clinic
University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center


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