Staff Spotlight – Dianne McBrien, MD

Dr. McBrien is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

I’m in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. I’m also the medical director of CDD, and I’m the director of Iowa’s LEND (Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities) Program.

I live with my husband, Bob Bacon, and our two dogs, Cubby and Rizzo.

My hobbies include reading, photography, creating playlists on Spotify. Napping should probably be in there somewhere, but I don’t want to sound like a slug.

My dream job would be as a photojournalist, because I like the idea of learning about new places with my camera.

Most fascinating place I’ve visited? Yellowstone National Park! I want to go back and see buffalo and bears again.

My very favorite meal is Middle Eastern food–hummus, baba ghanouj, stuffed grape leaves, and mujaddara (lentils with rice and fried onions).

Favorite sports team? The Chicago Cubs. Please see the names of the family dogs.

My favorite book always seems to be the one I’m reading at the moment. I’ve just finished a book called “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland”. It’s fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the country’s history of sectarian violence.

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