Making an impact is what's most important to William T. Scouten.
As a pediatric endocrinologist in the Navy, he is responsible for taking care of acute and chronic endocrinology conditions including diabetic and thyroid disorders. During his medical training, he was drawn to this specialty because he loved to help children.
"This is one of the fields where you can make an impact," Scouten said. "The reason is that children with diabetes who don't control it, will have long-term bad effects and we as doctors have to intervene aggressively at a young age."
Scouten is co-chairman of the Navy Diabetic Team whose goal is "improving the care of diabetic children receiving care at military treatment facilities." He was astounded with the absence of pediatric involvement.
"I proactively went to the Bureau of Medicine, the sponsor of the diabetic team, and basically said that we don't need to focus only on adult members. We have a lot of kids out there who are being diagnosed with diabetes."
Not only does he focus on helping out his military family, Scouten is on his second deployment on the hospital ship USNS Comfort to assist with the crisis in Haiti. In 1999, he was deployed to Haiti to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. He saw 70 kids a day, diagnosing their conditions and trying to obtain resources needed to make diagnoses.
Being able to assist other countries is a big part of the reason Scouten joined the Navy.
"I wanted to take the medicine out and do what we can," he said. "That is what we will be doing now in Haiti. You don't go into a country and knock their doors down. You go in there and ask how we can help you." nib
- Lakeshia Artis