As of Dec. 31, Blaise Congeni, M.D., retired from guiding physicians as the director of pediatric infectious disease at Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH). But Dr. Congeni will continue to lead students as a professor of pediatrics and medical microbiology at NEOMED.
A recent Akron Beacon Journal feature on Dr. Congeni’s 43-year career at ACH highlights the pediatrician’s focus on the human element of medicine.
“For 30 years, Blaise Congeni would host a monthly meeting that was different from daily hospital rounds where younger doctors in training report on patients to their attending physicians. At Cake Rounds, where Blaise would bring a coffee cake made monthly by [his] wife, he would have the young physicians self-reflect and get to know each other,” writes Betty Lin-Fisher.
The story continues, “’He should have written a book. I would hear the Cake Rounds stories. They were so moving and brought people to tears sometimes,’” said Dr. Joseph Congeni.” Blaise’s younger brother, Joseph Congeni, M.D. (’84), is a professor of pediatrics at NEOMED and the director of the Akron Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine division.
Read about Blaise Congeni, M.D., in the Akron Beacon Journal.