Houston Pediatrician Dr. Debra Luben
By Bryan Wright
When I walk into a room, the first thing I do is start making conversation with them, something not at all related to why they came in… I like your watch, why your hair is so pretty. How’s school going? You know, if they’re an older child, just totally get them off of the reason why they’re here, get them get their mind to someplace else, get them relaxed, comfortable to realize I’m not the bad doctor, but the doctor that’s someone they can talk to, somebody they can relate to, so I I’d start off with a more comfortable conversation before we get into why they’re at the visit. It’s probably in junior high that I had my first biology class. I love the human body and I was just fascinated with it and I still am, it’s interesting to me how the body works and what can go wrong, and how you fix it. So I just always found that fascinating. Pediatrics in particular, I’ve always enjoyed the innocence of children. The infants have one set of issues, the toddlers have developmental things and things inherent to them. The teenagers, a whole other set of issues. So I find it very interesting that there’s a lot of variety with each age group. I enjoy treating the whole patient, not just what’s going on with the patient at that particular moment, whatever illness or symptoms. I like doing a lot of preventive care, I speak about that at my well visits… exercise, diet, I talk a lot about development, also what’s going on with the family — that definitely affects the child as well. I love my job I love coming to work every day. I get a great deal of satisfaction every day and I can see myself doing this for until I retire or beyond.