If he’s not busy treating patients for allergies, eczema and asthma, Dr. Brian Schroer can be found on the water fishing. The same traits that make him a great fisherman — a good listener, patient and persistent — are what he brings to the role as Akron Children’s newest director of the Department of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. But as much as he loves the outdoors, being in the water and exploring beautiful areas, he’s most passionate about fishing for answers as to how certain environmental factors, such as pollen, foods or animal dander, impact a child’s day-to-day life.
Why did you want to become a doctor?
I wanted to be able to help people with allergies, eczema and asthma the same way my allergist was able to help me when I was a child.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I am fortunate to have many options. Given the choices, I choose to live in northeast Ohio because I love the people, the cities and the ability to get out on beautiful rivers to go fishing when I have time.
If you could choose your age forever, what age would it be and why?
My age now: 41. I’m fortunate that my parents and family are alive and healthy, and I have an amazing wife and 2 fun boys who still want to be around me. I have everything I could want in my career: great patients, colleagues and opportunities to continue to learn.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 items would you bring with you and why?
Fishing rod/reel/lures, knife and water purifier
What did you eat for breakfast? If nothing, what’s your favorite breakfast?
Cashews, normally (I wash my hands before my first patient in the allergy clinic!). If given a choice, I enjoy a bacon, egg and cheese muffin with hot sauce, along with a slice of fresh tomato.
What piece of advice did someone give you when you were young that still resonates with you today?
Work hard, play hard
Where did you grow up?
What did you want to be (profession) when you were little?
What’s your favorite movie/ book /TV show/sports team?
“The River Why,” by David James Duncan
What’s your favorite food? Who makes it best?
Pizza. I make the best pizza sauce, but otherwise any good pizza shop.
What was your first paying job?
Golf cart attendant