Q & A With Red Hot Gala Honorary Chair William Shararr, MD

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Dr. William Sharrar is Chief Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. Dr. Sharrar joined Cooper in 1983 and served as Chief of the Pediatrics Department for 12 years. He discusses why he chose to specialize in pediatrics and why it’s important to support the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper.

Q. Why did you decide to specialize in pediatrics?

A. Pediatrics is a fun field of medicine. Children are our most prized possessions and they need to be cared for. There is great joy when there is a new baby in the home. Kids are a lot of fun to be with, and I enjoy the patient contact. It is such a pleasure to help parents better understand their children. I was one of nine children (I’m an identical twin) so I grew up around kids.

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

A. At the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, we provide care to any child or family that comes to us, regardless of their ability to pay. We have more sub-specialties than any other hospital in South Jersey, and we can provide high quality care. If your child requires hospitalization it’s nice to be close to home. We have state-of-the-art facilities, and we promote family oriented care.

Q. What is the best part of your job?

A. Aside from taking care of children, I enjoy working with our residents and med students. All of the people working in pediatrics share a common bond, and it’s still fun to come to work.

Q. You served in the Peace Corps. What was that like?

A. I lived in Somalia, East Africa, for two years working on a smallpox and TB immunization project. It was a great experience that I will always fondly remember. I learned about cultural diversity and to appreciate many things that I had taken for granted.

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

A. My wife, Cathy, and I enjoy going to the theater and are especially fond of Shakespeare. I also like reading about history, spending time with my family and traveling.

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 was your favorite childhood game?

A. Growing up in a large family, there was always a lot of activity going on. I liked to play outside a lot. We didn’t have video games. We played cards and board games like Clue and Monopoly.

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