Irene Dietz always knew she wanted to work in medicine. Now, with 25 years in the medical field and 10 years as the Director of the Comprehensive Care Medical Home Program for the MetroHealth System, her areas of specialization include neuro-developmental disabilities, pediatrics, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, hospice and palliative medicine. She also promotes a holistic approach to preventative care.
In order to prepare for her career, Dr. Dietz participated in an internship at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and then completed her residency at the Cincinatti Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As a health care professional, her greatest strengths lie in her love for children and her patience.
One of Dr. Dietz’s major challenges has been time management. Her practice takes up a lot of her time, so she hasn’t been able to focus on her academic advancement as much as she’d like. In the near future, however, she would like to focus more on academics and add to the study of autism and down syndrome, as well as become a professor. Dr. Dietz is inspired by her mentor, Robert Bilenke, who continues to encourage her to continue the work that she is doing.
Dr. Dietz takes great pride in the successes of her patients. Some of her proudest accomplishments come when she sees her patients overcoming the challenges in their lives. One such moment was when a baby who was in her care as a preemie came in and told her that she had graduated from college.
Dr. Dietz is a member of American Academy of Pediatrics and would like to be remembered as a great holistic doctor who devoted her career to special needs children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and traveling.
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