At Texas Children’s Pediatrics, we understand the importance of feeling completely comfortable with your child’s primary care physician. To help you get to know our pediatrician better, we decided to sit down with them and do a short Q&A.
Learn more about Dr. Steven Cook, pediatrician at Texas Children’s Pediatrics Pediatric Medical Group, below:
What’s one piece of advice you would like to give to parents?
There’s more than one way to skin a cat. And a lot more ways to raise healthy children. There’s not only one way to be good parents and to do right for your child. And most of the right ways begin with love and are guided by common sense.
What are your hobbies?
I like to run, bike and help my wife in the garden
Additionally, our family has hosted exchange students from around the world via a program called AFS. At the urging of our own girls—Beth, Becca and Gina, we hosted teen-age girls in our home for a full year on 3 separate occasions. We have hosted Sarah from Germany, Anna from Italy, and Mew from Thailand. These girls, of course, have become additional family members and have helped inspire our girls to study abroad as well.
I have also enjoyed participating in medical missions. I have joined surgical teams in Guatemala and Haiti. I have recently joined Faith in Practice medical teams in Guatemala.
Tell us what you love about working around kids.
I love working with kids because they are so honest. And fun!
Do you have kids yourself?
My wife and I have 3 girls– Beth, Becca and Gina.
Gina, our youngest, started college in the fall of 2016. As they grew up, I was lucky that my schedule as a pediatrician was flexible enough that I could be actively involved in each of their lives including acting as a parent chaperone on multiple school field trips, helping coach volleyball teams, driving them to music lessons and attending many theatre performances.
Where did you attend school?
I attended high school in Corpus Christi, Texas. I received my bachelor of arts from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. I took pre-med courses at Texas A&M University, attended University of Texas Medical School Houston. Lastly, I did my pediatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine.
Favorites – Movie? Music? Food? Sport?
My favorite movies are anything with action, psychological thrillers and Netflix original series. My favorite music includes wide mix of rock, pop and classical. My recent obsession has been the soundtrack of Hamilton (the Broadway musical). My favorite food is Italian. My current favorite restaurant is Enotecca Rossa on Bissonnet (authentic Italian, including great pizzas)!
What’s your best advice on staying healthy?
At the risk of sounding trite, I think good health starts with the core of a healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep. The best way to stay healthy is eating a good variety of healthy foods every day, getting at least one hour of activity every day and a regularly getting a full night’s sleep.
How long have you worked at Texas Children’s Pediatrics?
I have worked as a pediatrician since finishing my pediatric residency training in 1994, joining Pediatric Medical Group which joined Texas Children’s Pediatrics a year later. My dream job right out of residency—how lucky is that?!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, I will be thrilled to be working at Texas Children’s Pediatrics—Pediatric Medical Group. How many people are lucky enough to work at their dream job for so long?