The resiliency of children—especially those with complex medical problems—is both inspiring and motivating, says Viviana Benitez, a pediatric neuro-oncologist.
“I am passionate about caring for children with neurological concerns related to cancer and its treatment,” Dr. Benitez says. “I enjoy building a long-term relationship of trust and respect with children and their families. Children are so positive. Their energy is contagious.”
To reassure anxious children—and their parents, Dr. Benitez says she often tells them, “I am going to be with you every step of the way. We will get through this together.”
Dr. Benitez is an assistant professor of pediatrics and of neurology at Yale School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the neurological complications of cancer and its treatment. She is also interested in the management of neurocutaneous syndromes (diseases that can cause tumors to grow inside the spinal cord, bones and organs including the brain).