Five Question Friday: Dr. Robert Segal

We’re kicking off a new series, Five Question Friday, a feature every other Friday about the staff at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Today, we introduce you to Dr. Robert Segal, chief of staff and medical director of the medical/surgical inpatient units on the Minneapolis campus. He has worked at Children’s for 22 years.

Why did you go into pediatric healthcare? I went into pediatrics because it seemed like a great way to blend my fascination with child development, my love of science, and my interest in toy cars and Crayola crayons.

What have you learned from the kids you’ve worked with? I’ve learned many things — to watch and listen mindfully and to understand the remarkable resilience of children and families.

What is your favorite memory from working at Children’s? I don’t have a favorite memory; there as so many.  Every day here at Children’s the children make me smile, and sometimes cry.

What do you love most about working at Children’s? The remarkable community of people I work with.  The ever present focus on combining the experience of children and families in our hospital, with a singular focus on safe and quality care.

What do you hope to accomplish as chief of staff? To share with hospital administration the professional staff’s perspective on the issues that affect our ability to provide the highest quality clinical care and to help oversee the professional staff’s responsibility to provide that care.


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