CHOC wants its patients and families to get to know its specialists. Today, meet Dr. Andrew Mower, a pediatric neurologist. Dr. Mower attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine, completed a residency in pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center, and another residency in child neurology State University of New York Downstate. He completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Columbia University. Dr. Mower sits on CHOC’s quality improvement committee and is part of CHOC’s ancillary and diagnostic services. He has been on staff at CHOC for two years.
Q: What are your special clinical interests?
A: Epilepsy and epilepsy surgery
Q: What are some new programs or developments within your specialty?
A: Stereotactic EEG for epilepsy surgery
Q: What are your most common diagnoses?
A: Epilepsy and headaches
Q: What would you most like community/referring providers to know about you or your division at CHOC?
A: We take on the most challenging epilepsy cases to search for cures, and, if not, at least an improvement in the child and family’s quality of life. We work together as a team to use all of our expertise to help the child and family.
Q: What inspires you most about the care being delivered here at CHOC?
A: I feel that we offer families hope when hope had been abandoned before.
Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?
A: I decided to become a doctor to help people in need. I chose neurology as my specialty because I had a fascination with the nervous system and wanted to break misperceptions that little can be done for patients with neurological problems.
Q: If you weren’t a physician, what would you be and why?
A: Farmer. I love the accomplishment of creating a garden and growing produce.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
A: Gardening, running and hiking
Q: What was the funniest thing a patient told you?
A: “I don’t eat apples, doctor.”
“Because they keep the doctor away, and I like you, Dr. Mower.”