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Secret Identity of CHoR’s Superhero Doctors Revealed

Published by , on Mar 29, 2013

The mystery of some of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s superhero personas is finally being revealed. Ladies and gentleman, meet your first four superhero doctors.super_bunchmanTimothy_Bunchman PediatricsTimothy Bunchman, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Nephrology, joined the CHoR staff in 2011 and successfully revitalized the hospital’s nephrology services, making if the only program of its kind in the region. Since then, many began suspecting that Dr.Bunchman’s powers were beyond that of a normal human doctor. For years he kindly dismissed the rumors, until now.

  • What is your superhero name? Mustache Man
  • Why did you decide to become a doctor and a superhero? To perform kidney transplants 
  • Who is your arch-enemy? Kidney failure 
  • What is your best weapon against them? The nephrology team at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
  • What is your superpower? Omnipresence, always being there
  • What gives you super strength? Caffeine

Suzanne Lavoie Infectious Disease/Pediatric Infectious DiseaseSuzanne R. Lavoie, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, is a physician on a mission. In 1994 she founded the Pediatric AIDS Program but as a superhero doctor she couldn’t stop there. So in 2007 Dr. Lavoie founded the International Adoption Medical Clinic to serve the initial and ongoing medical, developmental and Lavoie_SuperDocemotional needs of parents and their children adopted from around the world. For anyone who’s met Dr. Lavoie, it’s pretty obvious there’s something magical about her.

  • What is your superhero name?  Queen of Sanitation Nation
  • Why did you decide to become a doctor and a superhero? I wanted to help protect the mainland from the evils of the germ empire.
  • Who is your arch-enemy? The evil E. coli
  • What is your best weapon against them? Sanitation
  • What gives you super strength? Seeing smiles on the faces of my patients

Dr. Pasquale AccardoPasquale “Pat” Accardo, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics, has been writing about mystery and detectives for years but it wasn’t until recently that he decided it was time to reveal that he is the man behind themystery.What is your superhero name? SherlockDocAccardo_SuperDocWhy did you decide to become a doctor and a superhero? My friends Dr. John H. Watson and Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle convinced me during my medical studies to enter the field of detection and diagnosis

  • Who is your arch-enemy? The failure to use logic and reason in solving and treating developmental problems
  • What is your best weapon against them? Observation and deduction
  • What gives you super strength? Books and reading
  • Where is your personal fortress of solitude? The library

Clifton Lee   PedsClifton C. Lee, MD, Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, has hidden his superpowers since childhood. He always knew he was different from the other kids but he knew no one would understand his inner CliftonLee_Superherosuperhero persona.What is your superhero name? SuperDoc

  • Why did you decide to become a doctor and a superhero? To help children get better
  • Who is your arch-enemy? Mr. Poor Communication
  • What is your best weapon against them? Family-centered care
  • What gives you super strength? When children smile

Tomorrow is officially National Doctor’s Day and we’re revealing three more Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU superhero doctors. Don’t forget to check the blog tomorrow to see what super strengths these undercover superheroes possess!

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