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Ryosuke (Roy) Takei, MD , is the Medical Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine for CHOP’s new King of Prussia Hospital.
Takei earned his MD at Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah, GA, and completed his pediatric residency training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He has been a hospitalist attending in the Division of General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since the summer 2015 and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Takei is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM).
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Osaka, Japan, but spent my formative years in Atlanta, GA. I will always consider Atlanta my home, but I’ve really grown to love Philadelphia over the six and a half years that I’ve been here. It’s the city where I met my wife. It is also the city where I became a father, recently welcoming our son in June 2021. It’s amazing how you can be a pediatrician, but everything you know goes out the window when it’s your own child! I am learning a lot each day, and he’s been a true blessing for me and my family.
Why did you choose to specialize in Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM)?
I love Pediatric Hospital Medicine because it allows me to treat a wide variety of illnesses and do so in a collaborative manner, working together with primary care physicians, subspecialists and other hospital staff members to provide comprehensive, unified patient care. I also have an interest in quality improvement, hospital operations and medical education — all of which can be perfectly incorporated into a career in Hospital Medicine. Most importantly, PHM gives me the opportunity to be a source of guidance and comfort for patients and families during what can be a very stressful and difficult time in their lives. I find great joy in being able to support them in the inpatient setting, and I seek to utilize the relationships established during these moments to educate in hopes of positively impacting their longitudinal health and wellness.
How will the care of patients at the King of Prussia Hospital differ from other community hospitals?
At King of Prussia Hospital, we have the unique opportunity to take advantage of the robust resources that CHOP has to offer while enjoying the benefits of the community setting. We are the only pediatric hospital in the extended region to have an emergency department and ICU staffed 24/7 by PEM- and PICU-trained attendings. There will be four state-of-the-art OR suites — with two more ORs to open in the future — with multiple surgical specialties performing procedures out at King of Prussia Hospital and a dedicated team of surgical providers present at the hospital day and night for peri- and post-surgical care. Finally, all the patients admitted for general medical issues will have an attending hospitalist, many of whom are fellowship trained and/or board certified in PHM, at the center of their care in-house 24/7, with all the subspecialties that CHOP has to offer available as consultants in person, over the phone or via telemedicine.
Although care at Philadelphia campus is truly outstanding, we occasionally obtain feedback that the institution’s sheer size and the number of staff can be at times intimidating for patients and their families. Our hope is that the more intimate, community setting will lead to a less stimulating environment for children and help put them, as well as their caregivers, at ease. We also hope that the smaller medical teams will allow patients and families to cultivate a better sense of engagement and connectedness with the providers and staff during their visit or stay. Whether a patient is in the ED on the ground level or in the OR for a procedure or on my floor as an inpatient — our goal is that everyone who steps into our building feels like they are receiving the very best care, which is what each patient and every family deserves.
What can referring physicians expect from the Pediatric Hospital Medicine team?
We have an exceptional group of APPs and hospitalist attendings who will be a part of the inaugural PHM team at King of Prussia Hospital. We will strive to deliver the highest quality of family-centered care that is collaborative, comprehensive and compassionate. We’re committed to establishing a strong connection to referring physicians and the community, with a hospitalist attending available at all times — overnights, weekends, whenever we’re needed — for pediatricians to directly contact if there are questions that arise regarding their patients. We value the guidance and insight of patients’ primary care providers and have a deep understanding that disposition coordination and the care the patients receive following discharge are just as important, if not more so, than that received during their admission.
What are other aspects of King of Prussia Hospital that families will appreciate?
The building itself is absolutely beautiful with the patients’ and families’ needs clearly at the front and center of the design. From the first-floor café and coffee bar to the airy areas on each floor, there are endless amenities available. Each patient room is private with a dedicated caregiver area and multiple devices available for use including two TVs and an iPad. There is also free parking, an amazing perk when you live in the city like I do and are used to paying for parking everywhere you go!
What do you do for fun outside of work?
My free time nowadays has mainly been dedicated to caring for my son (I consider myself quite the expert in changing diapers at this point), but when do I have some time, I like to play golf and enjoy cheering on my Atlanta sports teams (sorry, Philly fans). My wife and I also love to travel and are looking forward to getting the chance to do so once again when we are past the ongoing pandemic — but this time, as a family of three.