Greg Ozark, MD

Dr. Ozark is a dad of a 12-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son  and  an associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and the Residency Program Director of Medicine/Pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while your wife was pregnant and/or as a dad and how did you overcome it? Biggest challenge is and will always be work and life balance. On one hand, this time of your life is supposed to be proving yourself in the workplace and getting established. On the other hand, childhood is fleeting.

What’s the one bit of advice about fatherhood you wish someone had given you much earlier? Get involved! One of the best things that could have happened to me as a dad is my wife working part time. It forced me to make concessions at work to be home and involved in the kids. Childhood is over quickly, and this time will never happen again. Go to the park and the zoo. Go to Disney World and see things through your kids’ eyes. Coach their teams. Cook dinners. Take them to movies. Read them stories when you put them to bed.

Remember no one has written on their tombstone: “I wish I would have worked more.”

What’s the most overrated thing about fatherhood? Your role in the birthing process. Never before have I felt so useless.

Dr. Ozark’s Q&A

I feel like my wife is doing everything for the baby, and I am barely involved. Do you have any advice for me?

*Profile by Wyatt Myers