Dr. Cinar answered these questions from Minnesota Pediatrician as part of our quarterly member spotlight.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
As a general pediatrician, I see children for all types of medical and behavioral concerns. This includes preventive care such as well child checks and vaccinations, as well as sick care for asthma, influenza, broken bones and chronic diseases. I have a special interest in mental health, particularly because so many children and adolescents struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD and trauma-related disorders. Lifelong developmental issues such as autism are typically diagnosed in childhood, allowing me the opportunity to help families through the often difficult process of diagnosing, treating and accommodating children with special health care needs.
You recently became the chapter’s climate advocate. What interested you about this role?
I believe that climate change is the most important public health issue of our time. Rising temperatures and carbon dioxide in our atmosphere have already caused significant annual losses in crops and livestock, resulting in millions more people going hungry every year around the world. We are also seeing our food supply become less nutritious and more polluted by the toxins we release into the environment. I am honored and excited to be the Climate Advocate for the Minnesota AAP Chapter because we need to take immediate action to decrease our carbon emissions and reverse the trend of climate change. By collaborating with other physicians and climate enthusiasts in the AAP, I believe that we can make a significant impact on the future of our planet and the human race. Not only can we advocate for more climate-healthy lifestyles in our patients and families, but we can also advise state and federal agencies to implement policies that will decrease our carbon footprint and improve public health on a much greater scale.
Why did you choose pediatrics?
I chose pediatrics because it’s the field of medicine that allows me to take a very well-rounded approach to improving the health and lives of children. In addition to providing routine health care and treating illnesses, I also help children and families to address social issues such as food insecurity, disability accommodations, education, bullying, family dynamics, child abuse, transportation, health care access and much more. Remembering that “it takes a village to raise a child,” I enjoy working with my entire team of professionals to help families and children live their best possible lives.
Outside of work life, how do you enjoy spending your time?
I have a passion for gardening, not only as a hobby but also as a way to feed my family fresh, healthy, locally grown produce. The positive environmental and health impacts of home gardening are amazing, and it’s a relaxing way to enjoy our Minnesota summers outdoors. Our vegetable, fruit and flower gardens have been a huge attraction for bees, butterflies and other important pollinators that are crucial to our global food supply. I also have a lifelong love of music, and I enjoy playing the piano and the French horn.
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