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Monique
Karaganis
Languages: 
English
Spanish
March, 1947
Bio: 
I am a board certified pediatrician who obtained her medical degree in 2000 which included a 4 month stint with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Having taught at both the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado as a clinical pediatric instructor for both medical students and pediatric residents, the first thing I did once fully trained at Cook County Hospital was to volunteer in Bolivia, South America. I was also the Secretary for the American Academy of Pediatrics Alaska Chapter & the Chairperson of Pediatrics at Alaska Regional Hospital. In my practice of medicine, I strongly believe in a holistic approach wherein we can not look at doctoring as only an issue of medical function or dysfunction. It is key to look at social, psychological, environmental and physical health as well, because if we do not help empower and educate parents and patients alike to live healthy lives, they can not be truly successful in the long term. My passions include crafts, world travel, and making the world a better place, one day and action at a time.
Volunteering Experience: 
Directly upon graduation from medical school in 2000, I chose to volunteer for 6 months in rural Bolivia as a way to doctor in a region where it would make a difference. Through the work we did there, over the course of multiple years, we were able to transform the community literacy and graduation rates, improve malnutrition rates dramatically, and see my presence as a female doctor shift awareness of women's rights in the village setting. When moving back to the United States, I wanted to continue the mission of affecting real change. I was able to do so by moving to Alaska from Chicago to work at the Native Hospital, working with under-served populations. After my time there, I chose to move on by opening my own practice, Polar Pediatrics, where I continue to do volunteerism through offering free parenting courses out of my own venue as well as at homeless shelters.
Education: 
Bachelor of Science - Creighton University, Doctor of Medicine - University of Illinois
Occupation: 
Pediatrician
Monique Karaganis
Anchorage
United States
Languages:
English, Spanish
March, 1947
Description
I am a board certified pediatrician who obtained her medical degree in 2000 which included a 4 month stint with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Having taught at both the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado as a clinical pediatric instructor for both medical students and pediatric residents, the first thing I did once fully trained at Cook County Hospital was to volunteer in Bolivia, South America. I was also the Secretary for the American Academy of Pediatrics Alaska Chapter & the Chairperson of Pediatrics at Alaska Regional Hospital.

In my practice of medicine, I strongly believe in a holistic approach wherein we can not look at doctoring as only an issue of medical function or dysfunction. It is key to look at social, psychological, environmental and physical health as well, because if we do not help empower and educate parents and patients alike to live healthy lives, they can not be truly successful in the long term.

My passions include crafts, world travel, and making the world a better place, one day and action at a time.
Volunteering Experience
Directly upon graduation from medical school in 2000, I chose to volunteer for 6 months in rural Bolivia as a way to doctor in a region where it would make a difference. Through the work we did there, over the course of multiple years, we were able to transform the community literacy and graduation rates, improve malnutrition rates dramatically, and see my presence as a female doctor shift awareness of women's rights in the village setting.

When moving back to the United States, I wanted to continue the mission of affecting real change. I was able to do so by moving to Alaska from Chicago to work at the Native Hospital, working with under-served populations. After my time there, I chose to move on by opening my own practice, Polar Pediatrics, where I continue to do volunteerism through offering free parenting courses out of my own venue as well as at homeless shelters.
Education
Bachelor of Science - Creighton University, Doctor of Medicine - University of Illinois
Occupation
Pediatrician
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