Faculty Spotlight

From the tiniest newborn to those nearly 20, children are the focus of our pediatric program. Click on the names below to meet some of the people who make sure that children get some of  the best clinical care in the nation and that residents get some of the best teaching in the nation. With a smaller program embedded in such a highly skilled clinical setting, residents learn at the bedside with some of the top experts around.

Dr. Susumu Inoue with cancer-survivor Sabrina Rea at the Hurley Pediatric Oncology Clinic, 2011
Dr. Susumu Inoue with cancer-survivor Sabrina Rea at the Hurley Pediatric Oncology Clinic, 2011

Susumu Inoue MD

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director

‘Nothing is more satisfying and stimulating than seeing sick children and trying to get them better - and succeeding at it.’ ~Susumu Inoue MD

Sabrina Rea, 20, was 6 when she received a cancer diagnosis at Hurley. She has returned to Dr. Inoue and Hurley’s Pediatric Oncology Department for treatment and follow-up ever since. Evidence shows that those in their early 20s have better outcomes when treated with pediatric cancer protocols, according to Dr. Inoue, who has obtained funding to help those in our 15-county region receive care at Hurley, so they stay close to home - and still get the best care in the nation.


Pediatric Psychologist Crystal Cederna-Meko with Lakeiya Rice in the Hurley Medical Center Pediatric Clinic, 2011
Pediatric Psychologist Crystal Cederna-Meko with Lakeiya Rice in the Hurley Medical Center Pediatric Clinic, 2011

Crystal Cederna-Meko PsyD

Pediatric Psychologist, Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director

‘I love coming to Hurley and watching my patients - and their families - grow strong and healthy.’ ~Crystal Cederna-Meko

Shakeiya Moore, 4, shows Dr. Meko where her tooth fell out - and how clean they look after a visit to the Mott Pediatric Dentistry Clinic, next to Hurley’s Pediatric Clinic.


Dr. Onwuzurike in the Hurley Medical Center Pediatric Oncology Clinic, 2011
Dr. Onwuzurike in the Hurley Medical Center Pediatric Oncology Clinic, 2011

Nkechi Onwuzurike MD

Pediatric hematologist/ oncologist

‘Being a mother of 4 children and a full-time physician, I enjoy spending time with my family … Being a mother is as fulfilling and meaningful as being a pediatrician.’ ~Nkechi Onwuzurike MD

Dr. Onwuzurike pauses for a photo with some plush toys in the warm and welcoming Pediatric Oncology Clinic hallway at Hurley Medical Center.


Dr. Nolan and Cadyn Strader at Hurley Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, 2011
Dr. Nolan and Cadyn Strader at Hurley Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, 2011

Brian Nolan MD

Pediatric intensivist, neonatologist, child abuse expert Director of Hurley Pediatric Critical Care Clinical Director of Hurley Pediatrics

‘My home is PICU and Pediatrics.’ ~Brian Nolan MD

Cadyn Strader, 5, of Lapeer feels much better after receiving swift, expert care in Hurley’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She even feels good enough to laugh at one of Dr. Nolan’s jokes as he examines her.