44 Years of Dedication: HSNHC head of Pediatrics Retires
For more than 44 years, Dr. Wha-Ja Woo-Fenton has been the face to thousands of pediatric patients at Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center. She has cared for and nurtured three and four generations of children born into families who today continue to bring their children for medical care. “Dr. Woo has been a stabilizing provider to countless parents and children,” said Stan McLaren, President and CEO of Harvard Street. “Her compassion, care and the love she has imparted on our patients is unparalleled, and we will miss her quiet, reassuring leadership.”
Born in Seoul Korea, Dr. Woo received her medical degree with a specialty in pediatrics from Yonsei University School of Medicine, prior to joining the medical staff at Harvard Street in 1973. “We are saddened by the departure of Dr. Woo, as she has been a stabilizing force for years to the health center and the community, and she will be deeply missed by all of our patients and our staff,” said Dr. Christopher Zimmerman, Medical Director at HSNHC.
Her education and training included: Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut where she specialized in Pediatrics; Long Island College Hospital in Hematology in Brooklyn, New York; and New York’s Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in the Oncology Unit. In 2014, Dr. Woo was presented with the Outstanding Massachusetts Community Health Center Physician Award which was a very proud time for her and the health center, as it’s significant when your peers and colleagues recognize you for your work.
“From birth throughout my early childhood, Dr. Woo had been my primary care provider. To return to Harvard Street many years later as an employee, I felt such joy to see her still working here,” said Thiara Grandison. “As her new colleague she welcomed me with open arms and has shown me nothing but support. When I think of Harvard Street, I think of Dr. Woo. She will be greatly missed by everyone.” Another colleague Caesar Muwowo from Harvard Street’s IT Department sums it up well, “I truly admire Dr. Woo. Seeing her commitment to her patients over the years was quite remarkable. She will surely be missed.”
“Dr. Woo will always be a member of the Harvard Street Family and we wish her continued success as she embarks on the next phase of her life,” states McLaren.
“I will miss my life at Harvard Street. It has been a pleasure to work with so many committed and talented individuals over the years. Most of all, I will miss my patients. The children and their parents have become like family to me, and they will forever have a special place in my heart.” Dr. Whaja Woo.