Medicine wasn’t always the path Dr. Matthew Ginsberg thought he would take — veterinarian, karate champion and chef also made the list. In fact, he originally pursued food science in college. It wasn’t until he volunteered in a first responder group in Australia and worked with autistic children back in the states (and finally got over a fear of blood!) that he made the switch to medicine.
Today, Dr. Ginsberg is thrilled to call Akron Children’s home as our newest pediatric neurologist in the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center. As much as he loves exploring food and concocting new recipes, he’s most passionate about cooking up high-quality care for kids suffering from nervous system disorders.
Which emoji do you use the most?
Top is ;-), followed closely by a laughing monkey
What did you eat for breakfast? If nothing, what’s your favorite breakfast?
My favorite breakfast is cinnamon pancakes with maple syrup and brown butter, and coffee. It also works for lunch or dinner.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Hit the snooze button. It’s also the second thing I do.
What piece of advice did someone give you when you were young that still resonates with you today?
“Don’t eat the yellow snow,” Mr. Vetter, my high school calculus teacher.
Do you dunk your Oreos in milk, lick off the icing, eat them as they are or avoid them altogether?
Take two Double-Stuffed Oreos, separate the cookies to combine two icing-containing halves for a quadruple-stuffed Oreo, obviously.
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
I live with my wife, Alyssa, on the East Side of Cleveland. No pets yet. We’re working on keeping plants alive first before we upgrade to mammals.
What was your favorite childhood toy?
Super Nintendo, until my brother beat me too many times at Mortal Kombat.
What did you want to be (profession) when you were little?
I started with veterinarian or karate champion, then moved on to environmentalist and chef. I was going to legitimately be a food scientist for most of my college career until I got over a fear of blood and made the change to medicine (although I still need to lay down to get my own blood drawn).
What’s your favorite food? Who makes it best?
1. White truffle, Mother Earth
2. Pad thai, Spicy Wok in Sydney, Australia
3. Cinnamon pancakes, me
Do you have a special hobby/interest or a way you like to give back/volunteer?
I’ve been scuba diving since college, and I like to go while on vacation, preferably with sharks.