With a name like Dr. Sunshine, parents should know their premature babies are in good hands. On yesterday's Forum, neonatologist Philip Sunshine, MD, discussed the fifty-plus years he's been caring for preemies. At 84, he's still at it, working 30 hours in a step-down nursery at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. (He jokingly told host Michael Krasny, "I do all the stuff the young people don't want to do.")
During the hour, Sunshine, a 2015 "Legends of Neonatology" honoree, talked about the changing field of neonatology, including his views on the ever-growing popularity of home births ("Home deliveries are for pizzas only," he quipped, referencing a pin his former classmate always wore). He also read e-mails and took calls from listeners - many of whom thanked him for saving their children's lives (30,000 and counting).
Previously: Eightysomething "neonatology superhero" still at it, A pioneer of modern-day neonatology and Neonatologist celebrates 50 years of preemie care
Photo courtesy of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford