Greg Goldman, an 8th grader from Williston, Vermont, recently visited the NIH as part of a year-long school research project on congenital heart defects. Before touring the campus, he met with Dr. Gail Pearson, a pediatric cardiologist and director of the NHLBI Program in Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Research, to learn about the NHLBI and its support for research on heart development and congenital heart defects. Goldman, who was born with a small ventricular septal defect, learned about the NHLBI's history and current advances and asked a series of questions.
"The interview and presentation were fantastic and I learned so much useful information for my project," said Goldman.
His mother, Sarah Bauer, who accompanied him on the visit, added, "You can visit a doctor anywhere for an interview, but what an opportunity to meet someone at the NIH. Our trip to see you was a highlight of his [school years]."
Pearson told him, "We hope you'll be an ambassador to spread the word about the important work the NIH is doing, and come back in a few years for an internship."