Somashekhar Rachaiah, MD, prides himself on his superpower: Patience! To him, patience is an important virtue — and the secret — to providing the very best care.
As Akron Children’s newest pediatrician, Dr. Rachaiah splits his time between Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics, New Philadelphia, and our Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. His superpower is taking the time to listen, truly understanding and addressing patients’ needs, while encouraging them to share in the decision making. It’s a small step, but one that makes a big difference in improving patient outcomes and the lives of children. That might just make him a superhero, after all.
Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s Hospital?
I worked at Akron Children’s in the past and I loved it here!
Describe your role at Akron Children’s and what you hope to accomplish.
I will be splitting my time between our New Philadelphia office as a primary care pediatrician 4 days a week and as a pediatric endocrinologist once a week.
What do you like most about being a provider?
I love being able to provide care and support for families who have children struggling with health issues.
What impression do you hope to leave with your patients each day?
I hope my patient families think of me as a kind and caring person.
What unique or different skills do you have that help you practice medicine?
I went to medical school in India and worked there for a while before moving to the United States. I trained again in Brooklyn, New York. I have wide experience working both in underprivileged and privileged areas, and taking care of patients with different cultural backgrounds.
What would you most like to change about health care today?
I hope one day there is equitable access to health care for everyone.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town in India called Chamarajanagara.
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
My family includes my wife, Poornima, and our 2 sons: Srijan and Samarth.
What’s your superpower?
What do you do when you aren’t working?
I love to read books in my native language, Kannada, and watch the news and sports on T.V.