Scott Gorenstein, MD

Dr. Gorenstein is a dad of an 11-year-old daughter and 6- and 4-year-old sons and the clinical director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Winthrop-University Hospital.  He is a board certified emergency medicine physician with additional board certification in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. He is also a medical advisor to a nonprofit organization called Families Fighting Flu.

What was the biggest challenge you faced as a dad, and how did you overcome it? The biggest challenge I have faced occurred 2½ years ago when my now six-year-old son was critically ill from influenza and spent two weeks in intensive care. I was fortunate to have the support of family, friends, and workers that truly understood the concept that it takes a village to raise a family.

What’s the most surprising lesson that being a dad has taught you? First, kids seem to hear only the things that they are not supposed to. Remember, little pitchers have big ears.

Also, it took almost losing a child to realize how precious life is and that time goes by so quickly. Every once in a while, you need to stop and smell the roses because they will not be there forever.

What’s the one bit of advice about fatherhood you wish someone had given you much earlier? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Your family’s health and happiness are more important than almost anything else. Enjoy every minute of your child’s life. Getting up in the middle of the night to feed a newborn seems difficult at the time, but once your child is older, you will never have the chance to do it again.

Why are fathers important? In today’s world, kids are constantly being shuffled from one activity to the next, and they often have little time just to sit. I try to spend a little time with all of my kids getting back to the basics like playing catch or lying on the ground looking at clouds.

Also, I try to provide a good role model for my children and teach them to do the right thing even when nobody is watching. I tell them every day that they should try to go to bed knowing that they did the right thing even though it might have been difficult.

Dr. Gorenstein’s Q&A

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