Meet The Team: Paul Orchard, M.D., U of M Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Center
By Bryan Wright
My name is Paul Orchard, and I’m a professor in the department of pediatrics in the division of bone marrow transplantation. One of the things that I recognize for the families is that it’s not just a short term treatment
that they undergo. That a lot of these kids are going to have lifelong issues associated with their disease. I have a son who’s severely autistic. And he’s going to require a lot of care. He’s going to potentially be with us forever. And so I think I have some sense of understanding of what it’s like to have a son or daughter who’s with you that has special needs and is going to need a lot of care and oversight for a long period of time, so… I think that kinda helps ground me a little bit into what the families are going to experience. Many of them have just gotten a diagnosis of a disease that they’ve never heard of and they have no idea what this is gonna mean for their kid or for their family. And they get online, which is what all of
them do and I understand that, and a lot of the data that’s out there, a lot of information that’s out there is anecdotal or old and maybe not even relevant. And so, I want people to come to us and say, “You guys do this. What is the next step?” “How do I figure out what’s right to do for
my son or daughter?” And again, I think that’s what we.. That’s what we’re here for.