As chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital, Dr. Jennifer Baccon diagnoses diseases that impact the normal growth and development of children. She works in concert with other physicians to accurately identify medical conditions to get patients on treatment plans quickly. While she plays a lead role in caring for others at the hospital, in her spare time, she’s happy to play lead or backup in a music ensemble – from quartets to jam sessions – whenever a flute or saxophone sound is needed.
Q: What emoji do you use the most?
A: The heart.
Q: Why did you want to become a doctor?
A: The human body is so amazing – from the cells to the whole person! I wanted to learn as much about how we are made, and how we can use that knowledge to help people.
Q: What did you eat for breakfast? If nothing, what’s your favorite breakfast?
A: Cheerios with milk and a glass of milk. I really like milk. 🙂
Q: What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
A: Hug my kids. I usually fall asleep before they do…not the optimal bedtime routine, but I just get so tired and they are so cuddly!
Q: What song do you know all the words to by heart?
A: Hard to choose just one…last time I counted I knew the words to over 3,000 songs. I love singing, but unfortunately I don’t have a very good singing voice. When I am not listening to nursery rhymes with my kids, I enjoy listening to Sia when I am doing things around the house. My favorite workout song is, admittedly, Justin Timberlake’s Can’t stop the feeling! from the movie Trolls.
Q: Who makes up your family?
A: My husband Adam, our daughter Samantha, 5, our son Alex, 3, and our dogs Kati and Sydney.
Q: What was your favorite childhood toy?
A: I loved coloring. I still do!
Q: If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and why?
Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former Surgeon General of the United States. He’s about my age and is very accomplished with an amazing career – maybe he would share his secrets to success with me?! I admire his advocacy for the health and well-being of all people – from his emphasis on getting out and walking in our communities to his focus on the opioid epidemic. I think it would be a fascinating dinner conversation!
Q: What’s your quote, mantra or personal slogan you live by?
A: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” – Henry David Thoreau
Q: Do you have any hidden talents or something people may not know about you?
A: I play flute and saxophone, both classical and improvisational music. I am up for playing with any group – from a flute quartet to a blues-inspired jam session.