Dr. Kathleen Siapno, MD, a Long Island native and board-certified pediatrician, came to Addabbo in 2019. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education with a degree in Biomedical Sciences, graduating Cum Laude. She went on to receive her medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY, and completed her pediatric residency at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, NY.
Prior to coming to Addabbo, Dr. Siapno served in several global health rotations in Kenya, Ghana and in India where she learned much about cultural diversity. She has a special interest in preventative medicine.
“On of the things I like best about working at Addabbo is its diversity in both our patients and our staff. I think it is exciting to learn how people’s traditions, food and relationships shape our pediatric patients’ lives,” says Dr. Siapno. “I took Spanish in high school, but my proficiency has increased 10-fold since working at Site 2!”
She describes “Excellence Every Day” as providing top quality care for all patients. “It is important to follow evidence-based medicine and stay up to date on current guidelines so we can manage our patients’ conditions safely and effectively – especially for children who have little control over getting sick or who may have hereditary conditions. It is our job as pediatricians to work with families as a team to care for our little ones,” explains Siapno.
Dr. Siapno is inspired by so many of the families that are served at Addabbo and the circumstances they must overcome to provide their children with the proper healthcare and education that they deserve. She admits that her job can be difficult at times, but the greatest feeling is knowing that she has made a difference, whether it is helping a sick baby, educating a parent about why their child has asthma and how it can be controlled or connecting a depressed teenager with proper mental health resources. “It is these struggles and the way we persevere that connects all of us.”
When she isn’t busy being a pediatrician, her interests extend to singing and being with her pet pomsky, Apollo!
“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”