CHOC Children’s wants its referring physicians to get to know its specialists. Today, meet Dr. Andrew Mower, a pediatric neurologist.
Q: What is your education and training?
A: I attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. My residency in pediatrics was at Maimonides Medical Center in New York. My residency in child neurology was at State University of New York Downstate (SUNY Downstate) in New York. My fellowship in clinical neurophysiology was at Columbia University in New York.
Q: What are your administrative appointments?
A: Quality Improvement Committee since 2016; Ancillary and Diagnostic services since 2015.
Q: What are your special clinical interests?
A: Epilepsy and epilepsy surgery
Q: How long have you been on staff at CHOC?
A: Two years
Q: What are some new programs or developments within your specialty?
A: Stereotactic EEG for epilepsy surgery
Q: What are your most common diagnoses?
A: Epilepsy and headaches
Q: What would you most like community/referring providers to know about you or your division at CHOC?
A: We take on the most challenging epilepsy cases to search for cures, and, if not, at least an improvement in the child and family’s quality of life. We work together as a team to use all of our expertise to help the child and family.
Q: What inspires you most about the care being delivered here at CHOC?
A: I feel that we offer families hope when hope had been abandoned before.
Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?
A: I decided to become a doctor to help people in need. I chose neurology as my specialty because I had a fascination with the nervous system and wanted to break misperceptions that little can be done for patients with neurological problems.
Q: If you weren’t a physician, what would you be and why?
A: Farmer. I love the accomplishment of creating a garden and growing produce.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
A: Gardening, running and hiking
Q: What was the funniest thing a patient told you?
A: “I don’t eat apples, doctor.”
“Because they keep the doctor away, and I like you, Dr. Mower.”