Interview: Dr. Graham Black, Paediatrician


August 21, 2019

Tell us a little about yourself!

Dr. Graham Black stands in a NICU room looking at the camera. An incubator is behind him.

“The best part of my work is the patients. The kids always make me laugh and smile even on the toughest of days.”

My name is Graham Black and I am a Paediatrician at Humber River Hospital. I was born and raised in Toronto. I lived abroad in both Scotland and England for a few years before returning to complete my residency here.

How would you describe your job to a friend?

I’d describe it as the best job in the world! I get to hang out with kids all day, cuddle with babies, and help kids get better. Seeing a kid that was very sick one day now playing and running around the next is a great feeling.

What are the most interesting technologies at Humber?

The Interpretation Services technology we have on iPads is great as well. It makes it significantly easier compared to the past to communicate in any language in a timely fashion.

What is one thing you’ve done in the last year that you are proud of?

A team of us resuscitated a 24 week premature baby in the ER and then in the NICU before they were transferred to SickKids. It was an experience that was both humbling and amazing.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by families who have received a difficult diagnosis but continue to stay positive and appreciative of their care team. It is never needed or expected but it’s very moving to hear a child and family say thank you when you have been a part of one of the most difficult days of their lives.

What is the best part about your work?

The patients. The kids always make me laugh and smile even on the toughest of days.

 

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