Our physicians and staff

Highly trained and accomplished physicians are the foundation of quality care.

But don’t overlook the staff’s role in making that care efficient and the experience extraordinary.

The average tenure of the EVCC staff is 10 years. This commitment allows us to build a personal relationship with our families that translates into more effective and more compassionate care.

Learn more about our physicians and staff below:

 


Dr. Neil H. Aaron

Dr. Neil H. Aaron, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Growing up, Dr. Aaron lived across the street from his pediatrician. “He was a role model and helped me establish my rapport with children. By the time I was 15 years old, I knew I wanted to be a pediatrician – and it was because of him.”

“ Healthy kids have the time and energy to chase their dreams. Watching kids grow up and develop into their own people and personalities is one of the best parts of the job,” says Dr. Aaron. “I think one of the things that makes me an effective doctor is my emotional attachment to my families. But that also can make the job exhausting.”

According to Dr. Aaron, building trust with children and families is key to providing good care. “It takes time to establish trust, and I respect that. I try to treat all of my patients like family.”

As a parent, Dr. Aaron’s goal was to raise well-rounded kids . . . children who were both physically and academically active. “Mental and physical health are connected, I believe that physically and mentally challenging kids builds resilience.”

Dr. Aaron isn’t the only one who believes in his approach and capabilities – Ranking Arizona and Phoenix Magazine have both repeatedly named Dr. Aaron to their respective Best Doctors and Top Doctors lists. He’s also been identified as one of America’s Top Pediatricians.

Dr. Aaron is a licensed pediatrician, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees the University of Michigan – graduating cum laude in both. Dr. Aaron completed his medical residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Dr. David M. Curran

Dr. David M. Curran, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Dr. Curran chose to study medicine because he wanted to make a difference. He chose pediatrics because of the innocence children possess. “Kids don’t intentionally hurt themselves, a child breaks his arm because he truly believes he can stick to the wall like Spiderman.”

“Playing an active role in a child’s health is rewarding, “ says Dr. Curran “It’s knowing what will work . . . knowing the family and knowing that continuity of care will lead to asking the right questions and ultimately the best outcomes.” But it’s challenging work too. “The toughest part of my job is delivering bad news. I’m a parent, and I understand what it’s like to see your child in pain.”

In addition to his involvement in numerous professional organizations and boards, Dr. Curran serves as the Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Medicine at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. He is fully-committed to improving the level of medical care available to children and families who live in the East Valley.

Proof of Dr. Curran’s commitment is a list of awards that place him among the best pediatricians in the state – awards that include being listed in the Top Doctors Edition of both Phoenix Magazine and Ranking Arizona, being repeatedly identified as A Best Doctor by The Best Doctors in America, and receiving multiple Patient Choice Awards from Vitals.com.

Dr. Curran is a licensed pediatrician, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He studied biology and philosophy at Boston College where he graduated magna cum laude, and received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He fulfilled his residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.


EMILY J. LAMBERT, C-PNP

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Emily was in fifth grade when she decided that she was going to become a nurse, and she has never regretted that

decision.  She loves working as a pediatric nurse practitioner, because of the unique relationships that she is able to form with patients and their families.  Watching children grow into happy, healthy young adults is an extremely rewarding experience, and Emily cannot think of anything she would rather do.

Emily is a registered nurse and a certified pediatric nurse practitioner.  She graduated summa cum laude from Covenant College in Lookout MT., GA, and went on to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.


Jodi Murati, CPNP-AC

For more than 15 Years, Jodi Murati has been caring for pediatric patients. Jodi started her medical career in 2004 as a registered nurse in the Pediatric ICU caring for critically ill children and their families. She graduated from the University of South Alabama with her Master’s Degree in Nursing and is board certified in Pediatric Acute Care. She is a current member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Jodi decided to make the transition from acute to primary care in order to be able to create long lasting relationships with patients and families from birth through adolescence. She believes critical thinking in medicine is a crucial aspect to optimal care, and brings her vast experience, knowledge, and kindness into every patient visit. She feels proud to be a part of such a passionate team and looks forward to meeting you.

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