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Gary Tye, MD, FAANS Associate Professor Board Certified in Pediatric Neurosurgery

Dr. Tye Dye

Dr. Gary Tye is a legendary rock star neurosurgeon for kids. He's known for his comforting presence and unwavering compassion. When he's not at the hospital, Dr. Tye can be found tuning up his six-string, cranking up the amp and rocking out with his band. When families turn to Dr. Tye, they know they'll get the life-changing care they need, and a performance worthy of a standing ovation.

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Jessica Lynn, MS, OT Licensed Occupational Therapist

The Splintovator

A craftsman by nature, Jessica Lynn is always coming up with new therapies using arts and science to improve motor function. She puts her crafty ways to work creating innovative splints that isolate the precise muscle behavior that needs improvement. Through a little ingenuity, Jessica Lynn gets the results she needs, and her patients get the motion and flexibility that were otherwise unimaginable.

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Evan Silverstein, MD Assistant Professor App Creator Board Certified in Ophthalmology

Dr. Big Kid

As a child, Dr. Evan Silverstein required eye-muscle surgery to straighten his eyes. Now, he spends his days ensuring his patients receive the best care in the most kid-friendly way possible. Equipped with his collection of finger puppets and advanced knowledge about pediatric eye care, Dr. Silverstein helps children see a healthier future by channeling his inner child.

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Rajanya Petersson, MD Associate Professor Board Certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

The Smile Maker

Dr. Rajanya Petersson specializes in ears, noses, throats and smiles. From addressing ear tubes and airways, to reconstructing smiles, she transforms the lives of her patients. And a few times a year, Dr. Petersson travels to far reaches of the globe to teach other doctors advanced surgical techniques. Kids in our community and beyond can't help but smile thanks to Dr. Petersson.

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Michael Schechter, MD, MPH Chief of Pulmonary Medicine Asthma Researcher

Dr. Schechter, The Lung Protector

Dr. Michael Schechter is a force in the world of asthma and pulmonary medicine. That's why he's known as The Lung Protector. Dr. Schechter leads the battle against cystic fibrosis and other respiratory conditions and stands tall to help children breathe easy. He created the You Can Control Asthma Now (UCAN) program to do just that.

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India Sisler, MD Assistant Professor Medical Director of Hematology and Oncology Sickle Cell Researcher

Leader of the Pack

For kids dealing with sickle cell disease, every day requires survival skills. That's why twice a year Dr. India Sisler and her team lead sickle cell patients on a camping adventure in the woods. Out there, kids learn these critical skills, build strong support teams, and make unforgettable memories. Memories that will last long after their pediatric care.

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Nancy Thompson, MS, RN, CPNP Surgical Specialist Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Educator, Encourager, Hugger

Whether kids are recovering after weight loss surgery or growing with the help of a feeding tube, postsurgical care can be confusing. Fortunately, they have a guide in lifelong hug enthusiast Nancy Thompson. Nurse Nancy has a special talent for educating, radiating positivity and disarming parents, patients and doctors with a hug. Even non-huggers want a hug from Nurse Nancy.

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Jesse Bain, DO Assistant Professor Board Certified in Critical Care Medicine

Self-Certified in Style

While Dr. Jesse Bain has invested years to better understand critical care issues such as sepsis and traumatic brain injury, his unique sense of style is just something he was born with. From his infamous "bow tie Fridays," to stepping down the hall in his "Chucks," Dr. Bain knows the value of connecting with each child to build trust, comfort and the assurance that he or she needs to begin feeling better.

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Where Above Meets Beyond.

Here, our specialists are a little extra special.

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At Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, hundreds of specialists bring unique abilities to care for kids across a wide spectrum of medical challenges. Our experts are specially trained to meet the needs of children and their families while going above and beyond to help kids feel like kids again.

Meet a few of our extra-special specialists

Dr. Tye »

Rock star neurosurgeon by day, rock star by night.

Jessica Lynn »

The Splintovator has all the right tools to help you heal.

Dr. Silverstein »

The biggest kid here keeps vision in focus.

Dr. Petersson »

Dr. Petersson specializes in ears, noses, throats and smiles.

Dr. Schechter »

Breathe easy. Dr. Schechter is here to save the day.

Dr. Sisler »

The Leader of the Pack is always ready for an adventure.

Nurse Nancy »

A big hug is always nearby with Nurse Nancy.

Dr. Bain »

A style as unique as the man himself.

Get to know your specialists at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Where above meets beyond.


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