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Dr. Barry Wohl, left, checks 18-month-old Wynn West’s breathing for signs of allergies with her mother, Rindy West, Friday at Northeast Wyoming Pediatrics. The Sheridan Press | Justin SheelyDr. Barry Wohl, left, checks 18-month-old Wynn West’s breathing for signs of allergies with her mother, Rindy West, Friday at Northeast Wyoming Pediatrics. The Sheridan Press | Justin Sheely

Notable neighbor: Local doctor enjoys solving diagnostic puzzles

SHERIDAN — Dr. Barry Wohl, a pediatrician at Northeast Wyoming Pediatric Associates, is celebrating his 35th year of practice in Sheridan. He is a native of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

He completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and came to Sheridan in the summer of 1978. He has been the doctor to thousands of Sheridan newborns, infants and youth and specializes in allergies, asthma and behavioral issues in children.

In 2012, he was awarded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Immunization Champion Award for Wyoming for his efforts to promote childhood vaccinations in the community. His wife, Jane, teaches writing at Sheridan College.

I knew I wanted to be a doctor… after I read the classic Sinclair Lewis novel “Arrowsmith” about a pathologist solving the mystery of yellow fever. I knew I wanted to be a children’s doctor from the first moment I stepped inside Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia during my training. I fell in love with the opportunity of helping to restore children to health.

I learned most of what I know from… my experience and the experience of my teachers and colleagues. Every patient teaches a doctor a lesson, if the doctor will only listen.

Kids are the best patients because… they are bluntly honest. They tell you their fears and hopes and what they expect of you.

I have the most fun when… I solve an unusual, difficult diagnostic puzzle. This is especially true if it is a diagnostic problem I’ve had trouble with in the past.

My biggest challenge is… taking care of critically ill newborns, especially premature newborns. I train more for this than for anything else. I know I can make a difference for some children and that difference will far outlast my own future. I know that by preparation, practice and team building we can save the lives of some premies here in Sheridan that might not do as well in other Wyoming towns. I feel like I can make a real difference.

My only regret is… that some babies have such serious problems that I cannot always help to make them fully healthy again.

I came to Sheridan because… I wanted to find a community in the Mountain West, near a place to backpack and ski that had a solid commitment to excellent medicine, a place where I could make a difference. I came to Sheridan because I believed it would be a great place for my family, and it has been that and so much more.

Sheridan’s best asset is… our common commitment to make this a great place to live, to work and to raise families. Sheridan’s greatest asset is the people who live here, people who really care for each other.

 

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