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This week: Vaping, drugs of abuse, and a new pediatric leader

Even before he started medical school, Dr. Gregory Conners always knew he wanted to take care of children.

He's a native of Pittsford, near Rochester, who attended SUNY Stony Brook for medical school and then completed his residency and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He worked at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., before he became the new professor and chair of pediatrics at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital earlier this year.

Conners has researched the importance of children having "medical homes" to insure access to quality medical care, and he has helped set the standard of care for management of foreign body ingestion in children, due to his research on the topic.

Conners is the father of four children, including triplets. In this interview he talks about the role of the children's hospital that serves Central New York, and some of his ideas for its future.

Also on “HealthLink on Air” this week, Upstate New York Poison Center specialists Michele Caliva and Lee Livermore discuss vaping and trends in drug abuse. Tune in this Sunday, June 16 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for more.