Brita Moilanen, MD
BA, Stanford University
MD, UC Irvine
Peds Residency, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Board Certified, Pediatrics
Hello! I grew up near Seattle, where I spent lots of time with my family camping, hiking, fishing and sailing around the Pacific Northwest. My dad used to consider the beginning of fishing season a reason to take us out of school for a week. When it came time for college, I was lucky enough to be accepted to Stanford University, and as soon as I got here I fell in love with the Bay Area. I planned on a career in biology research, but as I was working on my undergraduate thesis, spending long hours in the lab, I realized that while I love the science of biology I really am happiest working directly with people. I decided to combine these two things by studying medicine.
I then traveled further south to the University of California at Irvine for medical school. In med school I considered many possible specialties, but choosing pediatrics turned out to be a very easy decision. As soon as I started working with pediatric patients I suddenly felt very much at home. I liked the pediatric physicians, I liked the science and problems of pediatric medicine, and I loved the patients. I had never really believed in epiphanies, but as I was driving home down the LA freeways one day it just occurred to me that I was going to be a pediatrician. There was no question. It was the easiest decision I had ever made.
For my residency training I went all the way across the country to Washington, DC where I worked at Children’s National Medical Center, a large pediatric hospital. I had the opportunity there to work with brilliant specialists and take care of children with rare and complicated problems, but the place I was happiest was the clinics. Meeting the families and working with them to get through illnesses and help their children deal with chronic problems was very rewarding. That is why I chose to pursue a career in general pediatrics.
Although I very much enjoyed living on the East Coast for a while, after residency I was eager to move back to the West Coast. I was very happy to find a practice like Bayside, where I work with a large group of excellent pediatric doctors. I am looking forward to meeting you and working with you to help your children grow up happy and healthy.
When I am not busy at Bayside, you will find me playing in the great outdoors. My significant other and I are avid cyclists, both on the pavement and on the trails. When we’re not pedaling, we’re hiking or running along the trail with our dog. Did I mention that I’m happy to be back in the Bay Area?