Stacey Wiles, MD, MPH, FAAP, CPH, NHSC Scholar    

I worked in pediatrics at LBJ Tropical Medical Center from 2007 to 2011.  I completed medical school at Michigan State University and pediatric residency at Loma Linda University in Southern California.  Prior to practicing pediatrics, I worked in various public health roles, including a health volunteer in Peace Corps Chad and an epidemiologist both in Louisiana and in Burundi.  I was a National Health Service Corps scholar and chose to serve my commitment in American Samoa because of the diversity of work (ambulatory pediatrics, acute care, intensive care, nursery, and neonatalogy), the immense opportunities for service, the great weather, and the friendly people.

My particular interest was in developing greater access to subspecialty care for our pediatric patients.  I worked to establish periodic clinics with visiting subspecialists, as well as develop relationships with hospitals and organizations that provide charity care.  I also chaired the Medical Staff Disaster Committee and served on the Patient Care and Utilization Review Committee and the Tissue and Blood Bank Committee.

After hours, I enjoyed kayaking, pool parties, pizza dinners, and Disney movies.  Fortunately, there is a large population of children under the age of 10 in American Samoa, so I was surrounded by friends with similar interests.  Although there are many intriguing classes offered at the American Samoa Community College, including Samoan language, history, and culture, I completed an online certificate program through the University of North Carolina.  I also enjoyed the support and fellowship of my close-knit church and especially working the game booth at the annual Harvest Festival!