If Stephen Steiner, MD, PhD, was in the coffee business, there’s a strong chance he’d be a barista thanks to his appreciation for the drink. As much as Dr. Steiner loves a good cup of coffee, he is most passionate about serving patients as a pediatric neurologist at Akron Children’s. Here, he helps patients by diagnosing and managing neurological conditions – from frequent headaches and seizures to neuromuscular and developmental disorders – so they can achieve their best potential.
Q: What emoji do you use the most?
A: The “thumbs up” emoji.
Q: What celebrity do you look the most like?
A: I’ve been told I look like a combination of Ben Affleck and Kramer from Seinfeld.
Q: Why did you want to become a doctor?
A: I want to do what I can to help children grow up with the opportunity to live their best life possible.
Q: If you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be and why?
A: Raspberry. You are what you eat, after all. I like raspberries fresh from the pint and as a topping on everything – from oatmeal to ice cream.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
A: Cleveland, of course. It’s close to family, great food, airports, wonderful parks, amazing people, and I love living in a city that is underrated.
Q: If you could choose your age forever, what age would it be and why?
A: Right now. Things just make a little more sense in my late 30s, and recovering from a late night of being on-call isn’t so bad. That being said, I always count my lucky stars for being able to live another day.
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
A: Coffee. I love coffee – cold-brewed, pour over, hot brew – I’ll take whatever I can get my hands on.
Q: What did you want to be (profession) when you were little?
A: Archaeologist. I loved learning about the lives of people who lived so many centuries ago. Everyone has a story to tell.
Q: What couldn’t you live without?
A: Coffee. I enjoy the different styles, the complexities of flavors and the caffeine it offers. It’s even great as ice cream. There are just so many reasons to love it!
Q: Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s?
A: Everyone you make eye contact with says good morning, and I am constantly impressed with how many people I meet who have spent the majority of their career here.