A career is made up of many things—choices, challenges, opportunities, and lifelong learning. It was a privilege to care for sick and injured children and to teach residents and clinicians for three decades. I thank Gary Strange for inviting me on a great editorial journey for this textbook. I dedicate this edition to those who will carry on these duties and to my colleagues at Carolinas Medical Center. I also dedicate this to my grandchildren. May they become wiser and stronger as they grow up. And, I thank my wife An Ping for her love and support for over 40 years.
Robert Schafermeyer, MD, FACEP, FIFEM, FAAP
My love affair with pediatric emergency medicine has spanned four decades. I began as one of the first practitioners learning along the way-from continuous forays into the literature, from subspecialty colleagues and from invaluable interactions with many North American colleagues. The endless unanswered questions seduced me into a fulfilling career of clinical research. I am very grateful to the countless scores of patients who have taught me so much and to the many trainees and colleagues that keep me current and invigorated. The opportunity to edit this tome is a natural and treasured progression. The romance continues …
Milton Tenenbein, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, FAACT, FACMT
To Karen Rose, Krystle Bartley, and Connie Smith from the Center for Clinical Effectiveness at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital for their technical support. To the families/advocates, researchers, administrators, and clinicians who strive to improve health care infrastructures to deliver high quality care to sick and injured children in emergent care settings. To the myriad teachers and learners who have taught me the art of medicine, the value of science, and the power of data. To my parents, who taught me the value of education and perseverance. To my brother, who early in life taught me the value of support. To Rodney, whose tolerance and compassion keeps me grounded. And to my children, Rachel and Jacob, who have redefined the lens through which I view pediatrics; who have given me indescribable purpose and endless joy; and without whom my priorities would be lost.
Charles G. Macias MD, MPH, FAAP, FACEP
To my devoted husband Javaid; my beautiful, loving daughters Mariyah and Aleena; my incredible mother Afroz; and the countless friends and family who give me the inspiration, courage, and confidence to transform my dreams into reality.
Ghazala Sharieff, MD, MBA
To the clinical and administrative staff of the emergency department at Kapiolani Medical Center For Women & Children: While we are a relatively small department, we have grown substantially and have been at the forefront of pediatric emergency care in areas such as electronic health records, medical error reduction, diagnostic imaging, pharmaceuticals, and the patient experience. Thank you for all my training and clinical experience at this one facility. Thank you to my many teachers and colleagues for all that I have learned. Thank you to Dr. Robert Wiebe and Dr. Marian Melish, as my #1 and #2 mentors during my training and junior faculty years. Thank you to my parents Eugene and Jean, my wife Patricia, and my children Julienne, Joelle, and Brennan for providing me with encouragement, support, and a wonderful family life.
Loren G. Yamamoto, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAP, FACEP