Dr. Lydia Caros on FIRST PERSON RADIO 3/22/17

Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor as they talk with Dr. Lydia Caros, who recently retired from the Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis. She served as a pediatrician and CEO of the organization. Prior to that, she was a pediatrician and medical director at the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis. She was a founder of the Native American Community Clinic, where she has practiced since 2002. Her outstanding career included a focus on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She also moved out into the environments in which her patients lived and developed programs for screening for lead-exposed families and she focused efforts on other family safety and health related issues.
Dr. Lydia Caros attended Wilmington College in Ohio and then received her medical degree from the Des Moines University. Following an internship in Pediatrics at Iowa Methodist Medical Center she completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is board certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics.

From 1983 to 2002 Dr. Caros practiced pediatrics at the Indian Health Board where she was also the medical director. She created and demonstrated a program for screening and protecting lead-exposed families and ensuring that rental property owners responded to City orders to make the property safe. The program also included providing safe housing for the families while the repair work was being completed.

In the late 1980’s Dr. Caros began to focus on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She received special training in the evaluation and diagnosis of FAS at the University of Washington. In conjunction with neuropsychologists at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Caros helps to diagnose over 200 alcohol-exposed children every year. In addition, she helped create a clinical system for prenatal alcohol use screening in clinics and support for high risk women. She has provided training and lectures on this topic to professionals and parents all over the state of Minnesota.


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