Boston Red Sox fan Dr. Michael DiSano hit a homerun when he joined Akron Children’s team as our newest pediatric epileptologist in our NeuroDevelopmental Science Center. While he loves anything baseball and rooting on his current home team, the Cleveland Indians (just as long as they’re not playing the Red Sox), he’s most passionate about providing comprehensive care to children and teens with complex epilepsy. It’s a win when he gets to the root cause of a patient’s seizure disorder and designs a personalized treatment plan to best control — or even reduce or eliminate — seizures with the fewest possible side effects.
What did you eat for breakfast? If nothing, what’s your favorite breakfast?
Because I have a longer commute, I tend to grab something like a granola bar or protein shake to eat in the car with, of course, coffee — lots of coffee. Sad are the days that I leave the house and forget my travel mug of coffee on the counter.
When you curl up on the couch to watch a movie, are you most likely to have a bowl of popcorn, chocolate or box of tissues?
Definitely popcorn … or chocolate. Why not both?
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Since I am usually the first one up, I creep downstairs to let out our dog and make coffee. I consider it a win if I can do both without waking anyone else up in the house.
What song do you know all the words by heart?
There are a few, but a couple of my recent go-to songs I sing to my kids as lullabies include “Yesterday” and “Norwegian Wood,” by The Beatles.
Do you dunk your Oreos in milk, lick off the icing, eat them as they are or avoid them altogether?
The only way to eat an Oreo is to drown it in milk almost to the point of disintegration and then eat it in a single bite. My wife and children tend to disagree with this, but they would be wrong. 😉
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Rhode Island. My parents and sister still live there. My wife grew up in Houston, but attended college in Rhode Island, while I was in college in Troy, New York. We met in Cleveland one summer almost 13 years ago and have been following each other around the country ever since.
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
My wife, Katie, and our sons: Daniel (3.5 years) and Charlie (1.5 years).
What’s your favorite movie/ book /TV show/sports team?
I really enjoy baseball, and the Boston Red Sox are my favorite team. However, I have found time to cheer for the other teams for the cities I have lived (Houston Astros and now the Cleveland Indians), just as long as they aren’t playing the Red Sox.
Have you ever met anyone famous? Who was it and did you get a picture?
I ran into George Foreman almost immediately after coming out of the anatomy lab my first year of medical school. He was very kind and shook my hand, even though I probably didn’t smell too great. Unfortunately, no picture.
What’s your quote, mantra or personal slogan you live by?
In medical school, I took care of a young boy with moderately severe autism. He would rock back and forth, saying repeatedly, “Change is hard.” I remember thinking to myself, “Yes it is.” Now, when I feel down about difficult changes in my life, I tell myself it’s okay to find it challenging at times. It helps me to overcome those obstacles.