Joseph P. Neglia, M.D., M.P.H., a familiar face in the Department of Pediatrics, took the reins as department chair and physician-in-chief at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in January. Part of the University community since 1984, Neglia knows well the opportunities—and challenges—that lie ahead.
You must enjoy working at the University. What has kept you here for the last 25-plus years?
The opportunity to work with an outstanding faculty has probably been the driver. It’s also the academic programs that create new knowledge and new care paradigms that have made this a personally and professionally rewarding career.
What excites you most about being physician-in-chief right now?
We have a brand-new, child-focused hospital building and new clinic space designed for children and families. It is our chance to offer our families a level of care and service that we’ve never been able to deliver before.
What challenges do you foresee for the department and the hospital?
In the long haul, we need to invest wisely in the strategies that are going to deliver for our patients down the line, and those investments need to be spread across all of the missions that we have—basic research, translational research, education, and clinical programs. The community has to come together to make this happen. That is critically important.