Dr. Anne Stack

This is a photo of Dr. Anne Stack. My father, Dr. William F. Stack, a veterinarian in Fayetteville for almost 50 years, was a major inspiration for my pursuit of a career in health sciences.

As a child, I felt his enthusiasm for science coupled with compassion as a life’s work. Saturday mornings spent cleaning cages at Stack Animal Hospital on Limestone Plaza under the bridge in Fayetteville afforded me the opportunity to observe surgery, look in awe under the microscope and soothe pets unsettled by their unfamiliar surroundings.  While at Fayetteville-Manlius, my tenth-grade biology class fed the fire, as I had the opportunity to dissect a frog and a fetal pig and watch food scraps decay in a jar over a period of months. I was sold.

Currently, I am a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Every day I feel tremendously privileged to care for sick and injured children and their families. In addition to bedside care, my role includes the opportunity to train new physicians and to seek ways to improve care in our growing field.

The road to my current position was not a straight one, however. After graduation from Colgate University with the knowledge that I wanted to pursue a career in health care but unsure of which discipline, I moved to Boston hoping to find a health care experience that would be suitable for an unskilled college graduate.

Luckily, I was hired as a laboratory assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital and had the chance to work on the inpatient wards. While at the bedside of sick children, I watched the nurses perform superbly skilled and tender care. Inspired by their work, I enrolled in nursing school at Cornell and then returned to Boston Children’s Hospital to work as a staff nurse.

Even more moved by my experiences as a nurse, and curious to learn more pathophysiology, I again took classes for possible entry to medical school and was fortunate enough to be accepted to Harvard University. Residency training in pediatrics and subspecialty training in pediatric emergency medicine both at Boston Children’s followed.

In my current role as clinical chief of the emergency department and associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, I am responsible for ensuring that all children receive cutting edge, compassionate care. To that end, I have engaged academically in quality improvement efforts and been fortunate enough to share this knowledge through publication in professional journals. I am most proud of the outstanding care that is delivered.

It is thrilling  that my daughter, Hannah, just finishing her freshman year in college, is following in the family footsteps and majoring in international health, hoping to attend medical school one day. She envisions bringing top notch science and compassionate care to those in resource poor countries.

I want to thank my father, Bill, for instilling in me the passion, excitement and love of medicine, and for encouraging me to share this with my daughter.




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