Meet the physicians at Pediatric Alliance!
Brian P. Davies, M.D., F.A.A.P. – Pediatric Alliance — Chartiers/McMurray Division (5 years)
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA (I grew up in Edgewood).
Education: Central Catholic HS (Go Vikings!)/ Princeton University (Go Tigers!)/ University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Go Panthers!).
Training: Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Hospital Affiliations/Teaching: St. Clair Hospital, Magee-Women’s Hospital/ Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
My Inspiration To Become A Pediatrician: The residents and attendings at Children’s! I never intended on becoming a pediatrician — when I started medical school I thought I would be a cardiologist. But after rotating through pediatrics as a med student, I found that I loved taking care of kids and I really enjoyed working with residents and staff at Children’s. I discovered that I shared a lot of the same characteristics as the pediatric residents — and I knew that working with kids would be a great fit!
Patients Have Taught Me: I learn a lot from my patients and their parents — and use a lot of their parenting experience and advice with my own family. Having my own children also really helps when giving advice to parents (they don’t teach you what the best car seat is in medical school!).
Funniest Thing A Patient Has Said: I try to joke around a lot with my patients, so they wind up saying some funny things back to me. I think the best are the names that children call me when they can’t remember my last name. Two of my favorites are “Doctor Daisy” and “Doctor Babies”. The last one is pretty appropriate!
What Parents Can Do To Improve Their Child’s Health: Engage them in active play — be creative! Don’t just stick them in front of a TV or video game — get down on the floor and play! It’s good for both of you!
Favorite Patient Age: 4-7 year olds are always fun. I love watching the wheels turning in their heads when I ask them questions — and they usually have great answers! Also, they don’t cry as soon as I enter the exam room.
Best Advice: From my own parents: Always do your best!
Hobbies: My family is my biggest interest — I try to spend as much time with my wife and kids as possible. I’m an average golfer and a decent tennis player. And I’m pretty good at crossword puzzles.
Favorite Season: Summer — I love being outside when it’s warm.
Dogs or Cats: Dogs. I’m allergic to cats.
PC or Mac: PC. But like the rest of America, I do own an iPhone.
Coke or Pepsi: Coke. But I think Diet Pepsi is way better than Diet Coke.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Stone Harbor, NJ. I’ve been going there every summer since I was a kid and now I’m able to take my family there — we love it!
Favorite Food: Anything Mexican. I love to eat at Mad Mex!
Always In The Fridge: Ice cream. I have a Breyer’s addiction!
Favorite Movie: “Amadeus.” “Silence of the Lambs” is a close second.
3 More Make A Foursome: Phil Mickelson (to give me some pointers), Will Ferrell (to keep us laughing), and my Dad.
1 Brain I’d Like To Pick: Tina Fey — she’s incredibly funny but, also, very down-to-earth. And she has kids, so we can share parenting advice!
What People Don’t Know: I love listening to classical music. I’ve been playing the piano since I was three years old. I was a member of the Princeton University Glee Club.