Clinician Corner – Dr. David Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz received his medical degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and then went on to complete his residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Afterwards, he completed his fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. He is currently a pediatric endocrinologist at Mercy Health Systems in Springfield, MO.

Dr. David Schwartz is a friend to the Monogenic Diabetes Registry and advocate for his patients.

Interviewed by: Lisa Letourneau

L: Who influenced you to become a physician?
S: I am not certain who influenced me to become a physician. I can tell you that my family did not discourage me! 🙂

L: Why did you choose your specialty?
S: 3 answers – all true (but I won’t tell you which was more important):

  1. I majored in chemistry AND biology in college. To me, endocrinology was “applied” biochemistry and physiology.
  2. At its core, pediatrics is about growth and development. And at the core of growth and development, is endocrinology!
  3. I had some prior mentors who, unintentionally, “taught” by NEGATIVE example; I pursued Pediatric Endocrinology because I intuitively knew there had to be better ways to approach patient care!

L: What is your favorite novel and/or sport?
S: Tough question: I have several books/stories I could re-read. I think my favorite novel may be “The Count of Monte Cristo”. (Also like “The Hunt for Red October”. Talk about different genres!) My favorite movie(s)? “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Godfather Part II”. You get to figure out what might be a common thread! Favorite sport? American Football.

L: If you were not a physician, what career would you have chosen?
S: A writer.

L: What do you enjoy when you are not working?
S: A capella singing in the barbershop style; scuba diving; traveling with my family; sleeping – but again not necessarily in that order.

L: If you could witness any event, past, present, or future, what would it be?
S: Wow! I could take a noble and altruistic approach here but, I think I would like to witness or be the first person who uses a “Transporter Beam”.

L: Most important advice do you have for patients?
S: This is the easiest question to answer. Patients should ASK QUESTIONS and try to understand their own illnesses and the rationale for the diagnoses and treatments advised.