As director of pediatric neurology at Akron Children’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, Dr. Michael Kohrman is used to juggling a lot of responsibilities at work such as diagnosing, treating and helping patients manage diseases and conditions that affect the nervous system.
While impressive, his patients often find his ability to juggle other things like tennis balls, stuffed animals or fruit equally helpful because it makes them relax and smile before their visit. (see video below)
Q: Why did you want to become a doctor?
A: Early on, it was the usual cliché, I wanted to help people. Many of my friends’ parents were physicians so I saw that sense of pride they felt in what they did. Today, I genuinely want to help my patients and feel that same sense of pride in what I do.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
A: San Francisco. I love the feel of the city, the bay, the ocean and the redwoods.
Q: What song or songs do you know all the words to by heart?
A: Almost every single song by the Beatles and Elton John.
Q: What piece of advice did someone give you when you were young that still resonates with you today?
A: If you don’t use it you lose it.
Q: Do you dunk your Oreos in milk, lick off the icing, eat them as they are or avoid them altogether?
A: I try to avoid them altogether but, when I succumb, I eat them whole.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Lincolnwood, IL, a suburb of Chicago.
Q: Who makes up your family, including pets?
A: My wife Mary, sons Abraham, 25, and Josiah, 18, our daughter, Maylaina, 14, and pet rabbit, Lolly, 7.
Q: What did you want to be when you were little?
Q: What’s your most treasured possession?
A: My mask collection. I’ve been collecting masks for 35 years and have more than 350 in all. I started collecting them after several faces caught my attention while I was on vacation. Most of the masks are Mexican, African and Iroquois. I have several on display in my office and about 50 on display at home.
Q: Do you have any hidden talents or something people may not know about you?
A: I juggle. My college roommate taught me how to juggle my sophomore year, which was my biggest accomplishment that year!