Brian Skotko, M.D., is the co-director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Down Syndrome Program. While he interacts with Down Syndrome patients every day—and has a sister, Kristin, with the condition—most medical students graduate with no such experience.
That’s why Dr. Skotko has spent time in the classroom teaching for Operation House Call (OHC), an initiative that requires Boston University Medical School students make home visits to people with intellectual disabilities.
Through a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), OHC is on the verge of going national, perhaps becoming a requirement for all medical students.
And at Mass General, Dr. Skotko is leading clinical trials for never-before-imaginable study drugs—some of the first to explore the underlying roots of Down Syndrome that could someday improve patients’ cognition.
Excerpt from Men’s Health Magazine. Article by Cassie Shortsleeve : http://www.menshealth.com/guy-wisdom/good-men-stories/slide/6