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Adam Interviews Dr. Patrick Brophy

New URMC chair of pediatrics talks about his vision

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Golisano Children’s Hospital is one of our area’s most prized institution, making the decision on its leader a weighty one.

Recently URMC chose Dr. Patrick Brophy and pulled him from University of Iowa Health Care.

Below are some of the questions and answers from Dr. Brophy’s conversation with Adam Chodak.

Adam: How did you come to know of Rochester?

Dr. Brophy: When I was a resident in training there was a disease called Haemophilus influenzae b meningitis and it was devastating and it killed so many kids and left so many kids with horrible morbidity. During the second year of my residency this vaccine came out and it essentially eradicated the disease and you know when you’re in the middle of seeing kids die from this and it stops and you go, how did this happen, why did that happen? And it happened because the vaccine was developed here (in Rochester) by one of former chairs of the department of pediatrics.

Adam: What will be one of your top priorities?

Dr. Brophy: Part of our mission and mandate is to address some of the socioeconomic components of child health and so we can’t forget that’s one of our core missions. At the end of the day, it’s really all about the kids … I would love to see a health center in Downtown Rochester is one of our most needed areas with a good opportunity for people to address the socioeconomic issues that we have.

Adam: You have stressed the importance of telemedicine to improve child medical care in rural communities.

Dr. Brophy: We should be able to improve access (through telemedicine), not just to our general pediatrics groups, but also our specialty groups.

Adam: You’ve also stressed the need to label gun violence as a public health issue.

Dr. Brophy: I’m very much supportive of the 2nd Amendment, I come from a hunting background, I think it’s respectful, understanding safety to keep guns away from kids who shouldn’t have them.

Adam: How do you handle the emotion of this job?

Dr. Brophy: The good times are amazingly good, the bad times are really tough, you see kids that have this potential and it’s really stolen from them, so how do you do that without being emotive and I think the day you lose emotional care and compassion to those kids and those families is the day you should probably hang it up. That never really goes away. There’s still families I keep in touch with who lost their kids and often they’re the ones who help shore you up as you go through this process.


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