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As a young person growing up in Arizona, Dr. Jill Radack was fairly certain she wanted a future life and career in caring for children. Her natural affection for youngsters made her a sought-after babysitter during her high school years. She remained in her home state for college and graduated with a degree in French and honors in biochemistry from the University of Arizona.
During her undergraduate studies she traveled to France for a semester abroad, attending an immersion school in the historic, bucolic town of Aix-en-Provence where she lived with a local francophone family. It was in this warm and embracing home that she learned the fine art of preparing great food with frequent family celebrations as a part of local tradition. Throughout this time, she engrossed herself in the culture and customs of her surroundings and became enamored with spending any available free time traveling to other nearby countries.
Upon her return to the U.S., she focused on her studies in pre-medicine and research in neonatology labs at the University of Arizona. It was that innate love of caring for children that inspired her and her sister to volunteer for the “Cuddler Program,” holding and cuddling infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Radack spent time as a researcher in the neonatal pulmonology and cardiology laboratory at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Her fondness for travel adventures and quest for knowledge about different ethos led her to Costa Rica where she attended a Spanish immersion language school.
Dr. Radack’s trajectory then took her to a research position in both the clinical and laboratory settings at the Barbara Davis Diabetes Center while she attended medical school in Denver, Colorado. It was during her research studies in Denver that she developed a keen interest in pediatric endocrinology.
While living in Colorado, Dr. Radack, an avid outdoor enthusiast, could be found spending time off from work hiking in the Rockies, mountain biking, rock climbing, snowshoeing and skiing. She trained for and ran in several road races and marathons—ultimately qualifying for the Boston Marathon which she ran during her first year of medical school. She also summited the Grand Teton, a 14,000 foot peak in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
After medical school Dr. Radack was admitted into the University of Texas Southwestern pediatric residency program, which she completed in 2005. Her education continued at UT Southwestern in the pediatric endocrinology fellowship program. While in fellowship, Dr. Radack’s concentration was in childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and metabolic syndrome, and their often times life-long devastating effects.
Practicing pediatric endocrinology at Cook Children’s Medical Center since graduating from her fellowship program in 2008, Dr. Radack has been treating patients with diabetes and all types of endocrine disorders with a focus on precocious puberty and menstrual disorders.
Dr. Radack enjoys many things that she has come to appreciate in life: helping children; getting outdoors with her husband and young son; and her husband’s great cooking. The family often cooks meals together at home, and they make time for an occasional escape to the Dallas Arboretum to view the seasonal flowers. In a few years, when her son is older, she and her husband hope to get back to their love of travelling and share the wondrous experience of learning about other cultures with him.
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