Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Dr. Rose Hardy, experienced first-hand what it was like to provide healthcare in rural communities. The recent winner of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Young Investigator Award watched as her father Dr. Bruce Hardy, the only pediatric cardiologist in western Montana, was on call around the clock as the sole provider for families across the state. Dr. Rose Hardy often traveled with her dad and met many of his patients, becoming a familiar face to them and establishing bonds that went well beyond the typical patient-provider relationship.
Years later, working as a research coordinator at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Dr. Hardy kept contact with her father’s patients. Most of them needed to travel to Seattle for surgeries and she always made sure to stop by to provide some friendly support.
During her time in Seattle, Dr. Hardy was actively involved in the coordination of pediatric cardiology research, but knew she had topics of her own she wanted to pursue. In 2013, she moved to the Denver area and enrolled in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where she recently earned her PhD in health services research. While she was studying at CU Anschutz, Dr. Hardy was involved in many different research projects, but eventually found her way back to her original focus.
“The topic of pediatric cardiology is what I know best and has always had a special place in my heart — please excuse the terrible pun,” Dr. Hardy said. So, for her dissertation, Dr. Hardy went back to her roots, channeling her father and the knowledge his career provided.
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