Clinician Profile: Dr. Susan Cadzow, Director of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

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Susan Cadzow, MD, Director Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, LIH Olivia's Place

Susan Cadzow, MD, Director Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, LIH Olivia’s Place

Dr Susan Cadzow is a Behavioral/ Developmental and General Pediatrician from Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  She was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Pediatrics) in 2000. Dr. Cadzow completed her internship and residency at Royal Brisbane Hospital in Australia and her specialist pediatric training at Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane.  She undertook advanced pediatric training in the sub-specialty of community pediatrics, with a focus on developmental and behavioral medicine, child advocacy, and infant mental health. She undertook further training in the United Kingdom in developmental pediatrics, neuro-disability, general pediatrics, and child protection.

Dr Cadzow has extensive clinical and teaching experience in the areas of developmental and behavioral pediatrics and general pediatric medicine in addition to leadership roles in mutildisciplinary and interagency teams working with vulnerable and at risk children and families. In Australia, Dr. Cadzow has made many contributions over the years to public health policy at a state and national level.  More recently, Dr. Cadzow has been practicing general and developmental pediatrics for over 5 years in Shanghai, China. Dr. Cadzow is committed to the progress of developmental and behavioral pediatric services in China and to the goal of ensuring quality medical and therapeutic services become accessible to all children with developmental difficulties or neuro-disability.


How long have you been in China?

I moved to China in December 2010. The initial plan was to stay for 2 or 3 years, but we felt we had only just started to settle in after 3 years, so decided to stay on. So 5 plus years later I am still here and still excited to be living and working here.

Why did you choose to work at LIH Olivia’s Place?

It was an easy decision to come to work for LIH Olivia’s Place when this opportunity arose. I’ve enjoyed collaboration with clinicians from LIH Olivia’s Place over the last 5 years and have admired the skills and dedication of the clinicians and the vision of the organisation. It is great to be able to jump onboard and help to develop a truly multidisciplinary pediatric developmental service.

Why did you choose your field?

I chose pediatrics after rotating for 3 years through all the major medical fields following graduation. Pediatrics appealed to me for many reasons, such as the chance to work with children ranging from newborns to young adults and to follow them through this time of rapid growth and development. I also had some very inspiring teachers in my early pediatric career. The field of developmental pediatrics was of particular interest to me throughout my training so was a natural path to take.


 What are some of the most rewarding experiences you have had in your profession?

Looking back some of the most rewarding experiences for me have been watching children who’ve come from an adverse or disadvantaged background thriving and making big gains towards reaching their health and developmental potential with appropriate support and intervention. Working as part of a team of highly trained clinicians to achieve goals like this is highly rewarding

What’s your favorite thing about living in China?

My favourite thing about working in China is probably working with people (colleagues and clients) from so many different cultures, although this can also be the most challenging thing as well.


What would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?

In 5 years’ time I’d like to be still in a position to have an interesting and constantly challenging career, to travel, and to provide an open minded well rounded global framework for my kids moving forward into adulthood.