Q & A With Red Hot Gala Honorary Chair Michael Goodman, MD, MMM, FAAP

 

Dr. Michael Goodman is Chairman and Chief of the Department of Pediatrics and the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. Find out why he wants you to support the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper and what he likes most about his job. Can you guess his favorite sports team?

Q. Why did you decide to specialize in pediatrics?

A. When I was growing up, my pediatrician, Dr. Milton “Billy” Grub, was a wonderful role model. He provided outstanding patient focused and family centered care for my two younger brothers and me. He even made house calls to take care of us.

Q. Why is it important for people to support the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper?

A. The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper is the only state designated acute care children’s hospital in Southern New Jersey. We provide a broad range of high quality, specialty care to all children of Southern New Jersey regardless of their neighborhood, family structure or ability to pay.

Q. What is the best part of your job?

A. I work with the best group of pediatric physicians, nurses, health care professionals and staff. I am driven by my team’s passion for providing outstanding care to the children and their families of Southern New Jersey, as if they were our own.

Q. What activities do you enjoy when you’re not working?

A. My wife, Michele, and I enjoy travel, restaurants, movies, and reading. I am an avid Philadelphia sports fan, with a lifelong, multigenerational passion for the Eagles.

Q. What was your favorite childhood game?

A. I loved to play football and street hockey with my friends.

Q. What’s your favorite children’s book?

A. The Cat in the Hat. I remember reading that as a bedtime story with my parents.

Q. What were you like as a child?

A. From my perspective, I believe I was the perfect child. I was the oldest of three boys and was always encouraged and motivated by my parents to do my best. My most cherished times growing up were at the Jersey Shore as young child and the variety of outdoor activities I participated in with my family and the Boy Scouts of America.

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