Akhila Reddy, M.D. is an associate professor of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is passionate about pain and symptom management for her cancer patients and equally devoted to cancer pain research. She is a mother to two boys with high functioning autism. She understands the importance of participation in research to help grow the knowledge base and identify causes, treatments, and outcomes for children and families affected by the autism spectrum.
“No child with autism is the same and I believe in treatment personalization for every child. Both my children did not receive Applied Behavior Analysis, yet I know several children who benefitted from that treatment. Some children do well in a mainstreamed school setting while others do better with specialized classrooms or schools, and some do best where there’s a good mix of both. Identifying the cause and severity of a child’s autism and researching various treatments may help us formulate personalized treatment plans in the future. My family and I are participating in autism-related research to benefit the entire autism community.”