Interview with Dr. Daniel Schneider
In my research of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital organization, I wanted to have a conversation with a pediatrician who has had one or more interactions with the organization. I spoke with Dr. Daniel Schneider, who is a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. He assisted my baby sister Ava when she was born with a congenital heart defect, and he has become a family friend since. I emailed Dr. Schneider and asked him about what it means to be a children’s doctor and what his interactions with the CMNH organizations were.
The interview below has been lightly edited for the sake of clarity.
Q: Why did you decide to go into the field of pediatrics, and why specifically the area of pediatric cardiology?
A: I knew from the day I decided I wanted to be a doctor (fall of my senior year in high school) that I wanted to be a Pediatrician. I always liked being with and working with kids and knew that parents, generally, take better care of their kids than they do themselves. I initially thought I wanted to be a Neonatologist and when finishing residency thought I would be a Pediatric Endocrinologist. I had always loved Cardiology and it sort of found me while I was a General Pediatrician in the Navy.
Q: With how many children do you work on a yearly basis, on average?
A: I honestly have no idea how many children I work with yearly. We have 15–20 patients on our inpatient ward during my shifts, I see about 10–15 patients a week as outpatients and ready hundreds of echocardiograms/year. Also see Mom’s during their pregnancy for fetal echocardiography and go to the operating room frequently to do transesophageal imaging before and after surgery. I love the variety of things that I do every day/week.
Q: What is your favorite part about working with children and/or in the field of medicine in general?
A: Children are so innocent and resilient. They don’t complain and just want to get better and be normal. Can’t imagine a better “job” in life than taking care of children and their families.
Q: When did you first hear about the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals organization?
A: Probably the first time I remember hearing about and getting involved with the CMNH was in the early 1990’s when I got out of the Navy and went to work at The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter’s in Norfolk, VA. We were very actively involved in their program.
Q: Have you worked with the CMNH organization in the past? If so, what did you think about it? If not, how prominently have you seen and/or heard about the organization at UVa? How much of an impact do you feel this organization has made since its inception, as well as specifically in more recent years?
A: As above, I worked with the local organization in Norfolk and was especially involved with the television productions on the weekend of the big fund raising. Have always been impressed with the organization and it’s professional management. I have to admit that I have not been involved as much here at UVA. I think they have made a major impact on Children’s Hospitals and health care. It’s continued growth and support throughout the years is evidence of its importance and success.
Dr. Schneider is extremely passionate about his work with children and has been for over 25 years now, and he isn’t done yet. The work he has done both as a doctor and as a participant of CMNH events is extremely admirable. Dr. Schneider is one of hundreds, if not thousands, of doctors who work with children at hospitals partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network, and each day they do their best to help children fight the many diseases and disorders that they may have. By donating to the CMNH organization, doctors like Dr. Schneider and hospitals like UVA will be able to better assist more children that walk through their doors. If you are interested in donating to this cause, you can do so with any amount here. Thank you in advance for your help.