An exemplary pediatrician draws on his long career to describe his obsession with science, the rewards of gutsy perseverance, and why he can’t work for someone else.
On an early December afternoon in 2016, Dr. Richard Schwartz sits in an office at his practice in the DC suburbs, preparing for this interview after a morning of seeing patients. Holiday decorations are strung across the wall, and the loud bustle of other clinicians moving through their day can be heard through the door. His loyal staff looks after him, keeping his energy up with holiday treats dropped off by patients’ families.
With his unruly tufts of white hair and rumpled button-up shirt, Dr. Schwartz nearly looks the part of a mad scientist. He does have an obsessive need to get the right answer; never satisfied with conventional wisdom, he must test and prove it. Over the years, some colleagues and medical students have even found him gruff and unreasonable (he maintains that he has “mellowed”). But, the only thing mad about Dr. Schwartz is his work ethic.
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