If Dr. Leilanie Perez Ramirez could be a character in any movie, she’d choose a musical role every time. To her, music and dancing is a great way to connect with others by communicating ideas and feelings that you just cannot express with words.
But as much as she loves all types of music, Akron Children’s newest pediatric allergist/immunologist Dr. Perez is most passionate about exploring how environmental factors, such as pollen, certain foods or animal dander, influence a child’s immune system. It’s music to her ears when not only patients’ medical conditions are improved, but also their quality of life.
Which emoji do you use the most?
Happy face with a kiss
If you could be a character in a movie, which movie would it be and why?
A musical. I love listening to music and dancing. It’s another way of expression; communicating ideas and feelings that you cannot express with words. Plus, music and dancing is a great way to connect with people.
What did you eat for breakfast? If nothing, what’s your favorite breakfast?
When you curl up on the couch to watch a movie, are you most likely to have a bowl of popcorn, chocolate or box of tissues?
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Drink coffee and give thanks for the opportunity of a new day
Where did you grow up?
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
Husband, 3-year-old daughter and dog (Mika)
What’s your favorite movie/ book /TV show/sports team?
My favorite book is Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Who do you most admire (heroes or historical figure) and why?
Jesus. For me, he is one of the best examples of acceptance, respect and love for every human being.
Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s?
First, I love taking care of pediatric patients. Second, I like working in a hospital setting. Third, I share Akron Children’s mission and, fourth, I like the employee culture.