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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Who is Dr. Larry McKean?

He can be described by the profound human emotion:COMPASSIONATE

This is being reprinted in part from the Summer of 2002 “Reaching Out” newsletter written by Monique Colie and updated by Susan Burroughs.

Dr. Lawrence McKean (Dr. Larry) grew up in New Berlin, Wisconsin in a large family with 5 sisters and 2 brothers. He is the only M.D. in the family and the only sibling to look for warmer winters and leave Wisconsin. He and his wife, Martha, have a son Jonathan and another son, Peter, who died in 1999 at the age of 23.

Dr. Larry has an interest music, including classical, rock-n-roll and country-western. He enjoys listening to bands play in some of the college clubs around Athens. Dr. Larry’s other interest is his hardwood tree farm, which he started as a “legacy” to his son Peter. He shares with us that Peter was very creative and artistic, particularly working with hardwoods. In fact, he made wooden bowls and even constructed his own guitar.

He graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency training in Pediatrics and his fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology at Emory University in Atlanta. He then joined the faculty at Emory University as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and started working with Dr. Daniel Caplan at the Cystic Fibrosis Center. He gives credit to Dr. Caplan for teaching him not just about CF, but about practicing medicine and caring for patients, not just prescribing medications. He has done research and published papers and book chapters on cystic fibrosis (CF), CF-related diabetes, and mechanisms of allergic reactions. In 1993, he left the faculty at Emory University to establish the Asthma & Allergy Clinic for Children, PC in Athens, GA. In 2002, he was asked to return to the Fibrosis Center after Dr. Caplan had a stroke. He helped to keep the CF Center running until Dr. Caplan could return. He treated both children and adults with CF and participated in studies involving treatment of infections that occur in CF patients. He is particularly proud of developing a protocol that has cleared cepacia in 5 patients. In addition to specializing in the treatment of patients with Cystic Fibrosis, Dr. McKean specializes in the evaluation and treatment of recurrent infections
in young children and the evaluation and treatment of asthma and allergic diseases.

Dr. Larry has worked with cystic fibrosis patients with his mentor Dr. Dan Caplan for many years. He had a role in helping design the CF Center that stood on the corner of Clifton and Houston Mill Road until June of this year. Even though he has not always been at the CF Center he has continued practicing medicine and treating cystic fibrosis patients throughout the years. Many of us have continued to rely on his expertise in the field of cystic fibrosis and we are thankful that he remains in the Atlanta area. He has a private practice in Atlanta with Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, PC.

There have been a lot of change at the Emory Cystic Fibrosis center for the adult patients. Many of us have already felt how complicated the Emory system is to work with. In addition, we have been denied access to the physicians, social workers and healthcare team we have grown to love and trust. I am now 48 years old with cystic fibrosis. These people are the ones that I attribute to making it to this “ripe old age”. I personally need to have Dr. Dan Caplan and Dr. Larry McKean in my life: monitoring my care and coordinating my care with my lung transplant team.

When I received my “letter” telling me who I would have to see for my cystic fibrosis care, I was most upset. Then I realized I do have a choice. THANK YOU DR. MCKEAN for being there for me and all my cystic fibrosis friends.

Dr. Larry McKean
17 Executive Park Drive, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 3032
(678) 904-4390 Office Office Manager

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