Five Question Friday: Dr. Molly Martyn

Dr. Molly Martyn joined Children’s General Pediatrics Clinic in Minneapolis last September. She completed her residency and chief residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital and previously worked as a hospitalist and Urgent Care provider in Seattle.

Dr. Molly Martyn

You have some special connections to Children’s.  What are those? I grew up in the Twin Cities and my connection to Children’s started long before I became a pediatrician. I have been a patient, a family member of a patient, and a volunteer at the hospital.

When I was 8 years old, I had my tonsils taken out at Children’s. I remember everything from the Child Life specialist who met with me the morning of my operation to the orange Popsicles I got to eat after my surgery.

The most important way I was connected to Children’s in the past was as the family member of a patient. My younger brother underwent brain and spine surgery at the Minneapolis campus when he was in middle school. It was a scary time for my family, but he was in competent and caring hands, and my family is thankful to this day for the excellent care he received during his hospitalization.

I volunteered at Children’s during college when I was home for the summers. The hospital looked a lot different back then, but the spirit of the volunteer program was the same. Every time I see a volunteer in a red vest around the hospital, it makes me smile.

What drew you to Children’s? The Children’s philosophy of patient-centered care was part of what attracted me to the organization, as was the diverse group of patients we serve. I have the opportunity to work with amazing families in the General Pediatrics Clinic.

There are many things that make our clinic unique, but two aspects stand out for me. One is our Special Needs Children program, focused on providing a medical home for children with complex medical needs. The other is our access to high quality interpreter services, which helps us as medical providers to communicate and connect with every family in their language of preference.

How did you decide to go into pediatrics? Pediatrics has been the perfect career for me because I get to blend the two things I have always enjoyed the most, learning and helping others. In general pediatrics, we join families in conversations about safety, nutrition, preventative medicine and everything else that goes into keeping their children healthy. Parents and guardians are the true experts on their children, and I enjoy partnering with them to provide medical care that is a good fit for their families.

What about kids’ health are you most passionate? I am passionate about ensuring that all children (regardless of their family structure, financial situation, language of preference, etc) have access to high quality healthcare. My hope is that every child has the opportunity to thrive and be as healthy as possible, and an important way to achieve that goal is to create a healthy environment around them.

How do you spend your free time? We provide books at well-child visits through the Reach-Out-and-Read program, which is fun for me because reading has always been my favorite pastime. I also like to do just about anything outside, including biking, swimming, hiking, and playing tennis.  I enjoy everything more when I am around family and friends!

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