When I was five years old, I started making rounds at the hospital with my dad. I loved seeing how he would make his patients smile and could tell they really respected him. He would come home from the office with bags of fresh fruit, delicious snacks, and homemade peanut brittle that his patients would give to him. He never complained about going to work and always seemed fulfilled.
I knew that I wanted the same type of life where I could help people and find joy in my work. I chose pediatrics because I felt this would be my chance to work with kids and maybe prevent illness from happening. I know what it was like to go into a doctor's office and be scared of shots or blood tests or just talking to the doctor. I wanted to do something that would make the whole experience a lot better.
After medical school and completing a pediatrics residency I realized that so many kids were afraid of going to the doctor and that could translate into fear of doctors as they got older. I also saw children having surgery or being diagnosed with cancer or having migraine headaches and trying to find a way to manage their pain. It was not easy and we did not have a lot of options. I decided that I wanted not only to help children not have pain but also help children learn how to cope with chronic pain.
It so important to help children, teens and young adults learn that their pain does not have to define them and if we work together there are ways to feel better that are not just medication based. I strongly support the use of therapies such as yoga, massage, acupuncture, nutrition, exercise, art, and music to manage and treat pain. I work closely with our clinic and hospital staff to find new and innovative ways to prevent and treat pain. I've had the privilege of bringing yoga and massage to our institution and introducing the comfort menu as a tool to reduce procedural pain and directing the opioid stewardship committee that is focused on the safe use, storage, and disposal of opioid medications.
We all know there are many ways to treat and manage pain. A single pill is generally not the answer. Therefore, I'm fortunate to get to know many aspects of my patients' and families' lives to develop a plan that works for them.
When I'm working with young patients and their families, I feel I can relate through my experiences with my own two boys. I enjoy hearing and sharing stories with my patients and creating positive experiences. I approach each appointment with the mindset of, "How would I want to be treated in this situation."
As a recipient of the award for the Cook Children's Endowed Chair for the Center of Pain Management and Integrative Health, my mission is to ease pain and suffering in all our children in a safe and effective manner.
Dr Gandhi is fantastic with my child and me. Her staff is always friendly and courteous. I trust them with my child's life. – Patient family
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Cognitive behavioral therapy
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December 03, 2023
Dr. Gandhi was beyond great! She was patient, attentive and very knowledgeable. She explained things in a way that both my teen and I understood. She was so kind and gentle. I would recommend her a thousand times!
December 02, 2023
Dr Gandhi and her nurse were excellent. I really appreciated everything they did and the care they took in my appointment.
October 19, 2023
It was hard to get in but thankful for everyone we encountered around our visit and leading up to it. Thank you
October 19, 2023
The scheduler that finally found a appointment for us. And the nurse that called to confirm our appointment and took extra care to pass on notes to the doctor that was a bit out of the ordinary that made our visit very pleasant and gave my daughter the confidence to make her own choices about her treatment.
October 17, 2023
Everything was good!
September 06, 2023
Literally everyone we interacted with was super friendly and professional.
September 06, 2023
Really love this physician, Dr. Ghandi. She was approachable and knowledgeable.
August 12, 2023
Dr. Gandhi always takes the time to listen to (patient) and me which is important.
July 16, 2023
Doctor was great. She made my daughter feel like she was being heard and (patient) felt like the doctor truly wanted to help her.
June 29, 2023
All the visits were excellent experiences. I am the patient and I want to work at the cooks children's in a future as a nurse and then a PA. All the staff are excellent professionals and also help to pass though the illness with empathy, and a warm smile helping and support all the time
June 01, 2023
We received an actual possible diagnosis in a visit I did not expect one. We made progress... This has been hard to come by trying to figure out what is going on with my child.
June 01, 2023
The Dr my daughter saw was extremely sweet and made my daughter feel comfortable. My daughter has become leary of drs and if she does not like them she WILL NOT smile... She smiled alot for this dr and answered questions.
April 21, 2023
The person who assisted us at registration was very pleasant and the doctor is amazing.
April 21, 2023
I have nothing but praise for this doctor and all the staff we have encountered so far.
Publications and lecture presentations:
Stellate Ganglion Block: A Pediatric Case of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome" Journal of Radiology Nursing. Volume 36, Issue 2, June 2017, Pages 82-87. Artee Gandhi MD
"Anterior cutaneous neurectomy for chronic abdominal wall pain: A case report and review of the literature" Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports Volume 22, July 2017, Pages 44–46. Cory McLaughlin, Artee Gandhi, Chad E Hamner.
"Efficacy of Sympathetic Nerve Blocks in Pediatric Outpatients with Central Sensitization of Pain" Abstract ID: 181116150516095-673. Cole Romney, OMS, Sterling Blackham, OMS, Meredith Brooks, MD, MPH, Artee Gandhi, MD, Tyler Hamby, PhD Pediatric Annual Symposium El Paso, TX: "Management of Pain in Pediatric Patients" September 2011
Texas Podiatric Medical Association Southwest Foot & Ankle Conference Dallas, TX: "Preoperative Assessment of the Pediatric Patient" and "Postoperative Pain Control of the Pediatric Patient." October 2014
Contemporary Forums Pediatric Nursing: Care of the Hospitalized Child Dallas, TX: "Managing Pain in Chronically Ill and Medically Complex Children" May 2015
International Overdose Awareness Day- Tarrant County sponsored by Fort Worth Safe Communities: Panel Participant and Presenter on Opioid Use in Pediatrics August 2018
Great Plains Regional Meeting on Bleeding Disorders Fort Worth, TX: "Pain Management in Pediatric Patients with Bleeding Disorders." April 2019
Tarrant County's Response to the Opioid Crisis Fort Worth, TX: "A Prescription for Prevention" August 2019
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
University of Missouri at Kansas City (Pediatric Residency & Anesthesiology Residency)
American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Anesthesiology
Cook Children's Physician Network
Cook Children's Endowed Chair for the Center of Pain Management and Integrative Health