Ann Sutera Botash, MD is physician who practices child abuse pediatrics. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital and Vice Chair for Education. She helps children that have been abused, teaches medical students and residents and writes stories and poetry.
“When I was growing up, my father always encouraged me by saying, ‘you could be anything you want to be.’ That support gave me great strength to pursue my dreams. One day, though, my practical mother needed to point out that he said, ‘you can be anything, not everything.’ In our clinic, not a day goes by that one of the health professionals on our team points out the value of strong mothers in saving and nurturing the lives of their own children. The practical balance of nurturing ourselves we learn from our own mothers. Learning to focus my efforts on meaningful pursuits, such as helping the most vulnerable children in our communities, introducing ourselves into other people’s lives when they may need it most, even just for a few hours, is a great honor as well as duty. This kind of work cannot be done in isolation and requires exquisite teamwork, collaboration, a shared sense of purpose and deep confidence in right versus wrong. As a woman today, I do not have to battle the same issues as my mother. Yet her wisdom, to focus on things that matter, relationships to all people and improving the lives of others, is the true power of a woman’s heart.”
“I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, pediatrician, teacher and friend.”