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Doctor Spotlight: Aileen Oandasan

Posted: Sep 06, 2017 by The Children's Institute

Name: Aileen Oandasan, M.D.
Title: Director of Behavioral Medicine

When did you start working at The Children’s Institute?
March 2016

Where did you grow up?

As a child, what did you want to be?
An attorney or a physician

Where did you go to school?
Undergraduate: Southwestern University, Georgetown Texas
Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine
General Psychiatric residency: Georgetown University
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital

What inspired you to go into your field of study?
My father is a retired primary care physician while my mother worked as his nurse. I grew up with a family who cared and loved their patients as if they were truly caring for one of their own. Before the day of managed care, my father would occasionally trade goods for services. It was not uncommon for my father to come home with a cooler full of shrimp, which he exchanged for his services. I strive to be just like my parents every day in my interactions with patients and team members.

What do you like most about your job?
Team building with the BH team and providing clinical care to children and their families. 

What do you like most about living in Pittsburgh?
Admittedly, we love the food.

Do you have any pets?
Too many. Three cats (Grey cat, Mittens and Biscuit), 3 fish tanks filled with fish, one rambunctious dog named Ruggles and a Beta fish named Silkie.

Do you have any hobbies?
Does shopping count as a hobby? Seriously, we enjoy tennis, birdwatching and more recently, fishing.

What is your favorite sports team?
Prefer individual sports: Roger Federer is my favorite tennis player.

Who is your favorite musician?

With what superhero do you identify? Do you have superpowers?
I really don’t have a favorite superhero nor do I have grandiose delusions about my abilities.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you bring?
1) Bowl 2) Fire starting device 3) Machete (I’ve watched too many episodes of “Naked and Afraid”!)

If you were given a $1 million check to give to one group or charity – other than The Children’s Institute – who would get it?
Tough question. I think “World Vision” as I believe in the mission and the work of this organization.

What has been your strangest job?
Worked one summer (lasted about 2 weeks) with an organization called “Clean Water Action”- going door to door asking for donations. I think I decided to be a physician after that job.

What do you want to do when you retire?
Work at T.J. Maxx, opening up the boxes when they come off the truck!

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