Best Doctors - Dr. Rothner
Dr. A. David Rothner
What he does:
Rothner focuses on headaches and migraines in children and adolescents, and a genetic disease called neurofibromatosis. He also teaches 70 courses per year for patients and parents as director of patient education for the Cleveland Clinic.
“I helped raise two little sisters — I was one of five kids — and I love kids. I learned that there was a specialty called pediatric neurology, and it was a match —something I loved to do and I happen to be very good at it.”
Admitting the unknown:
“I emphasize what we can do to help, but I’m honest and say, ‘There is a lot we don’t know.’ I tell my residents to go home and practice saying, ‘I don’t know’ in front of the mirror.”
His worst health habit:
“It used to be smoking the pipe. I stopped that 15 years ago. I eat too much of everything —my wife reads me those diet books, and I say to myself, ‘Gotta do better.’”
Last piece of health advice he took:
“ ‘Rothner, lose weight.’ That was from my cardiologist.”
“House,” “Grey’s Anatomy” or “ER”?
“I like ‘Antiques Roadshow.’ I collect old advertising cards for remedies and medicines like Carter’s Little Liver Pills. And if there was a degree in crime scene investigation like ‘CSI,’ I’d get a Ph.D. in it because I like those programs.”
His longest wait to see a doc?
“I had to get a physical before I was hired here. I went in for the appointment, got undressed and waited — and waited. After a half hour, I got dressed, walked out and said to the nurse, ‘Tell my doctor that my time is at least as valuable as his.’ ”