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New Doctor Spotlight Series: Today’s Feature – Dr. Scott Faber

Posted: May 31, 2017 by The Children's Institute


Today, we launch our new Doctor Spotlight series by focusing on Dr. Scott Faber, Director of Developmental Pediatrics at The Children’s Institute. Here’s the transcription:

When did you start working at The Children’s Institute? In the summer of 2004.

Where did you grow up? Northeast Philadelphia.

As a child, what did you want to be? An astronaut.

Where did you go to school? La Salle University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. 

What inspired you to go into your field of study?

I started volunteering at Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, interacting with children with autism, at age 14. I was immediately hooked by pediatrics and this population in particular.



What do you like most about your job? Watching children develop their skills, and playing with them as a part of each visit.

What do you like most about living in Pittsburgh? The friendly people, wonderful sports teams, the natural beauty of the region, etc.

Do you have any pets? We have a cockapoo named Cody, who looks just like the cockapoo on the billboards up in the city currently.

Do you have any hobbies? I play acoustic guitar and occasionally get to practice my violins, including my blue electric violin that has been seen at The Children’s Institute in the past.

What is your favorite sports team? The Pittsburgh Penguins, for sure....

Who is your favorite musician? James Taylor...acoustic guitar and song writing genius.

With what superhero do you identify? Do you have superpowers? I identify the most with Spiderman....small, yet powerful, great instincts, highly sensitive in the best way....and he gets to fly around buildings. I can be quite intuitive at times.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you bring?
A poncho that could be used as a small tent, a tube (that really exists!) that purifies water for drinking, and a six pack (no...not that kind of six pack!) of matches.

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? Doctors Without Borders

What has been your strangest job? In High School, cleaning a woman’s clothing store and constantly throwing hangers, in creative ways, into bins.

What do you want to do when you retire? Participate in medical projects overseas, travel for fun, keep writing research papers, grow an organic garden, play music, and start moving off the grid.


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