David N. Maine, MD

Dr. Maine is the father of a five-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter. He is the director for the Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.

What is your specialty? I am board-certified in anesthesiology and fellowship trained with board certification in pain medicine.

What are the biggest challenges you faced while your wife was pregnant, and how did you overcome them? I think the largest challenge while my wife was pregnant with our second child was trying to balance time with work responsibilities and home duties as my wife’s pregnancy advanced. Ultimately, the shift in responsibility is fairly easy considering the gift to come.

My wife is also a physician, and there was a lot of understanding from that standpoint in terms of work responsibilities. It is such a joy with young children to spend time with them regardless of how bad my day is at work. You come home, and your kids think of you as a “rock star.” It is such a pleasure to see them learn from you and in many ways re-live my own childhood through them.

What has surprised you about being a dad? I often will have parents ask me about my own family situation. Often this entails showing them pictures of my kids and giving a human side to the practice. Though some doctors like to keep some separation between their family and professional lives, in my experience, this helps establish a good patient/physician relationship, and from a personal level, I really enjoy sharing those things with my patients just the same as I appreciate my patients sharing it with me.

What is the one thing about being a new dad that should not be missed? The one thing that I would recommend to anyone is to enjoy the time with your children as much as possible. I now have a five-year-old and a two-year-old, and it seems as if it was just yesterday that my son was curled up in my hands, and now I struggle to try to get a hug (he is too busy running around!), although he still thinks of me as a rock star!

It should be an easy decision to try to take some time away from work and balance professional life with family time. I have quickly realized that you do not get that time back, so I have made my own schedule changes to ensure that I am a part of their everyday life. I try to sit down with my kids for dinner most nights and get back to work after bedtime.

Why are fathers important? I can tell you that my father taught me many lessons, as did my mom, but they are often, at least in my view, fairly discreet. My wife and I try to bring a balance to discipline, life lessons and ways to explore, whether it be sports or other educational activities.

Career, marriage, kids — how does a guy stay the same? Well, a guy does not stay the same. There is a time before college where you really have no responsibility and then through college you are faced with the pressures to succeed so that you can have a career thereafter. It does not get any easier after that. I used to go to bed at midnight or 1: Now I go to bed at 9:30 and get up around 5:00 a.m. just to manage things from a career standpoint.

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