Daniel Lichtmann, MD, Pediatrician

Daniel Lichtmann, MD, Pediatrician


[begin music]>>Daniel Lichtmann: I’m Daniel Lichtmann. I’m a pediatrician here at Scripps Clinic. I was actually inspired to be a doctor from
my own pediatrician. When I was younger I had a lot of issues with
sinus problems and every time I went there he always made me laugh and smile. So from a young age, I always felt like
I wanted to be just like Dr. Wilson. So that really got me interested in medicine
in general, and then as I went through my clinical rotations in medical school I knew
that pediatrics was exactly where I wanted to be. It’s important to have a pediatrician, especially
nowadays. So much of medicine is moving toward prevention
of diseases and pediatrics is the place where that starts. Whether that being vaccine-preventable illnesses
or me helping to guide families to prevent concussions, or preventing illnesses like
obesity and diabetes that has become such an epidemic in America, starting at such a
young age is really where you develop the good habits and good eating and exercise to
help prevent some of those diseases. I think the most important part of the doctor-patient
relationship is that there’s a good respect level from each side of things. I feel as a doctor it’s my responsibility
to work with families to come up with a treatment plan that fits for their child and for the
family as a whole. And so I think its important for the family
to feel comfortable and feel like they are able to come to the doctor with their opinions
and then work with their doctors to come up with what works for them. The thing I like best about working at Scripps
Clinic is that you have this great company full of amazing doctors and nurses and staff
who really work together to treat the patient. We feel like we’re the medical home for
our families and we care so much about each one of our patients and I just love that everybody
we work with is the same way. The most satisfying part of my job is working
with kids. Kids are so cool to work with because they’re
so resilient and even when they’re sick they generally are still happy. A lot of the diseases in pediatrics are curable
and so we can see a patient one day with the common cold or something more serious and
give them a treatment, and then the next week I see them again in the office and they’re running around bouncing off walls just like a normal, typical kid. So my hobbies, I really love to go hiking
with my wife and my puppy, seeing the world with my wife and my family and looking up
new recipes all the time to cook at home. [end music]

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