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Doctor Spotlight: Tim Burg, DO

Posted: Aug 09, 2017 by The Children's Institute

Name: Tim Burg
Title: Physiatrist

When did you start working at The Children’s Institute? Summer 2015.

Where did you grow up? Pittsburgh (Penn Hills/Plum).

As a child, what did you want to be? A brain surgeon/famous actor.

Where did you go to school? Penn State for undergrad, LECOM for medical school.     

What inspired you to go into your field of study? Dr. Mary Ann MiKnevich, a local physiatrist who is probably the best in the world.

What do you like most about your job? The ability to spend time with my patients so that I can get to know them and help them get to the bottom of their problems.

What do you like most about living in Pittsburgh? The fact that my family and friends are here.

Do you have any pets? No, unless you count my two kids.

Do you have any hobbies? Running and vegetable gardening.

What is your favorite sports team? The Mighty Penguins.     

Who is your favorite musician? Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers.     

With what superhero do you identify? Do you have superpowers? Spiderman, because he is athletic and nerdy! I can heal with my hands!! As an osteopathic physician, I am able to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness with a hands-on type of care called osteopathic manipulative treatment. 

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you bring? Magnesium flint stick to start a fire, a knife, and a water purifier!

If you were given a $1 million check to give to one group or charity – other than The Children’s Institute – who would get it? The National Institute of Drug Abuse, because addiction is plaguing our youth possibly more than any other disease and we as a society need to be more aware and open about it.

What has been your strangest job? Driving an old beat-up box van to pick up and deliver Christmas trees for my uncle and grandfather! The van would break down, and I had to climb underneath it and hit the alternator with a wrench to get it running again!!! Miss you Nanu.

What do you want to do when you retire? Learn how to scuba dive, and do it all over the world!

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