Get to know the staff of the Shaw Family Pediatric Emergency Center below.
Dominique Foulkes, M.D., Medical Director and Chair of Pediatrics
Shaw Family Pediatric Emergency Center
Where are you from?
I’m originally from the Bahamas. I came to America to go to college.
Where did you go to school?
I got my bachelor's degree from Morgan State University and went to Johns Hopkins University for medical school and residency.
Why didn’t you go back to the Bahamas after residency?
I met my husband in medical school and that’s the only reason why I didn’t go back. Now I’ve been in Maryland longer than I’ve been in the Bahamas.
Do you have any kids?
I have 6 kids. The oldest is 13, my twins are 11, and then I have a 9-year-old, a 5-year-old and an (almost) 2-year-old.
Despite the range of ages, we do a lot of family activities together. We go biking and love playing games. We are a big board games family.
The Shaw Family Pediatric Emergency Center is staffed with an experienced team that is truly amazing at what they do. Their passion for the proper care of children is the reason the Shaw Family Pediatric Emergency Center is successful.
How long have you been practicing?
I took some time off after my residency; I actually had my oldest child just 10 days after I graduated from my residency at Hopkins! My oldest was 18 months when I started working here. I’ve pretty much worked here my entire career; I grew up in my profession at Suburban.
Why did you choose pediatrics?
As my home life shows, I really like kids! I like the innocence of kids and thought pediatrics would be a great way to make an impact on a lot of lives. I was actually inspired by a dentist who came to my high school to talk about dentistry. I had no thoughts about going to medical school when I was in 11th grade, but she was so inspiring to me. After meeting her, I decided that I wanted to help younger people too. As a pediatrician you care for children of all ages. So I chose pediatrics and have never looked back!
What are your goals as the pediatric medical director?
I want to increase the awareness of our presence here because we have a lot to offer. The pediatricians at the Shaw Family Pediatric Emergency Center are all very experienced and they’re all board-certified. Our nurses and techs are amazing and very experienced as well. We have so much to offer the children of the community.
I also want to do more community outreach, especially in the area of mental illness and behavioral health. We have been seeing a dramatic increase in adolescents with mental health issues and crises coming into the ER. While we can care for them effectively once they are here, it’s a pretty traumatic experience for both the kids and their families. I would like to partner with community pediatricians to see what we can do to prevent that from happening.
Additionally, I hope to build on our existing partnerships. We have such good relationships with community pediatric providers in the area; they refer patients all the time and we share feedback on what happened with their patients so that there’s consistent care across providers.
What do you think makes Suburban a good fit for you?
I really enjoy my colleagues – I think that is a huge part of it. Everyone here is committed to giving high quality and compassionate care to children. Also, the setting is wonderful! It’s a bright and cheery environment, both for us to work in and for the patients. Overall, I think Suburban has such a strong commitment to the Bethesda community… and it shows in the overall approach to patient care.
What are your hobbies?
I love to read. When I have the downtime, I read as much as possible. My favorite author is Isabelle Allende. One of my favorite of her books is called Island Beneath the Sea. It's about the Haitian revolution in the late 18th century and it follows a woman who lived through the revolution and moved to Louisiana.
Is your family still in the Bahamas?
Yes, most of my family is still in the Bahamas. My family is actually very politically active there. My father was the Governor General of the Bahamas. The Bahamas used to be a part of Great Britain and though it became independent in 1973 it's still part of what’s called the Commonwealth, so the Queen is the figurehead of the Bahamas and the Governor General is like the Queen’s representative in the country. My father retired in the summer of 2014, but not before he went to William and Kate’s wedding!