In her just self-published book, Julie uses the relationships in her life to make her case with a certainty that only those of us who believe in wisdom gained from experience can do. And in doing so, she teaches not only about how patients can live in a healthier way, but also how women physicians can have their voices heard using non-traditional models of communication. Heart-based and health-based.
She did it by caring about other people. Listening to them. Giving them the best that she has. She gave to her family, her patients and her colleagues. Photographs of important people, from the kids in her clinic to her own child, reversing roles on a most beautiful cover photograph, chronicle her journey of discovery with the people who gave her the strength, the courage and the opportunities to make these discoveries. As a woman physician, I learned as much about the importance of relationships as I did about her core message of how to reclaim health for our children who are misdiagnosed and overmedicated.
--Linda Brodsky, MD
About the Author
Dr. Julie Wei is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist (an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for children) who believes every child has the right to symptom-free breathing and sleeping.
Through her medical work, she has found that many ENT problems can be controlled simply and easily through a basic diet and lifestyle change. Unfortunately, millions of children are being misdiagnosed and overmedicated each year because of a lack of education in this area.
Dr. Julie's goal with her new book, A Healthier Wei is to show parents that there is a better way - a healthier way - to treat common symptoms associated with ENT complications, and that children can reclaim their health with medicine and surgery being a last resort.
Dr. Julie discusses what she has coined the "Milk and Cookie Disease" as a common factor for many of the complaints she sees in patients; the idea being that when a child eats is as an important factor as what they eat. Her philosophies are driven by a blend of Eastern wisdom coupled with Western medical expertise; Dr. Julie was born in Taiwan and later immigrated to the US with her family when she was 10.
The recommendations and guidelines in her work and in the book do not involve deprivation or complicated preparation. Being a working mother herself, Dr. Julie understands the demands of a busy family life. The simple guidelines for eating and living set out in A Healthier Wei are forward-thinking and much-needed, and have - and will continue to have - a big impact on thousands of children's well-beings across the globe. Dr. Julie Wei's Medical background
Achievements and Awards
- Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine
- Medical degree from New York Medical College
- Otolaryngology residency training at The Mayo Clinic
- Works at Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri.
- Associate Editor for the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the official journal of her specialty
- In 2012, Dr. Wei received the Mitochondrian Award from the Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs at KU School of Medicine in recognition for her contribution and 3 years of service to the KU Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) Organization
- Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Published 27 peer-reviewed manuscripts, three book chapters, and has four more manuscripts in press in medical journals.
- Appointed by the Dean to serve as the new President of the KU Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS).
- Speaker at the AAMC National Leadership Forum to share her leadership journey with Deans and Hospital CEOs across the U.S. and Canada
- Dr. Julie grew up in Taiwan, and lost her mother to breast cancer at the age of 9. Her early childhood experiences with illness, suffering, and the hospital setting had a huge impact on her decision to pursue a career in medicine.
- She and her family immigrated to the Los Angeles area in 1980. After completing her undergraduate, medical, and surgical training, she moved to Kansas City.
- Dr. Julie now lives in Kansas city with her husband and six year old daughter, Claire.
- Her hobbies include tennis and cooking. She loves food and considers the thought, preparation, and enjoyment of food and meals shared with family and friends as the most awesome way to express love to others.