In honor of Doctor’s Day, we’re continuing to reveal the mysterious superheroes behind Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s doctors. Discover the secret super powers and superhero personas of these awesome children’s doctors.Rajanya Petersson, MD, Assistant Professor of the Division of Otolaryngology (that’s a fancy long word for ear, nose and throat medicine) is new to team CHoR. In addition to being a member of the 2000 Olympic U.S. Women’s Rowing team, this Olympian’s other talents include head and neck surgery, cleft lip and palate correction, and airway management and reconstruction. She decided to become a doctor because she wanted to help children, little did she know she’d soon develop special super powers to change children’s lives.
- What is your superhero name? Reconstructa
- Why did you decide to become a doctor and a superhero? To help kids get better
- Who is your arch-enemy? Captain Can’t-Breathe
- What is your best weapon against them? Fancy operating room gadgets
- What other superheroes do you admire? My patients are the best superheroes I have met
Bruce K. Rubin, MD, Distinguished Jessie Ball duPont Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of CHoR, is a pediatric pulmonary expert. The recipient of a number of honors, he is also listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Best Doctors in America. Not surprisingly, his superhero powers have helped him publish more than 200 research paper and chapters along with five patents.
- What is your superhero name? Mucus Shazam
- Why did you decide to become a doctor and a superhero? After conducting research in bioengineering, I was invited to study medicine. I thought it was an exciting opportunity and never looked back
- Who is your arch-enemy? Ignorance
- What is your best weapon against them? Good science
- What is your superpower? Magic
- What is your favorite side-kick? Post-doc Dude
H. Joel Schmidt, MD, Associate Professor of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, spent most of his medical career in the Army where he perfected his superhero powers. He uses his superpowers to help ensure safety for Cystic Fibrosis research studies as a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Data Safety Monitoring Board. When he’s not occupied with his superhero duties he enjoys traveling, woodworking and scale-model shipbuilding.
- What is your superhero name? Captain Pulmonarious
- Why did you decide to become a doctor and a superhero? To save children
- Who is your arch-enemy? Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- What is your best weapon against them? Frequent hand washing
- What is your superpower? Invisibility, so I can check on patients and make sure they’re doing their therapy
What superpower does your doctor have? Draw your doctor’s superpower and enter to win our coloring contest!Happy Doctor’s Day!