LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The saying, “Like father, like son,” is an apt description for a Louisville father-doctor duo that operates in the same practice.
Mark Anthony Brockman Sr. and his son Mark Brockman Jr. work at Norton Children’s Medical Group – Iroquois.
Brockman Sr. has been working in the practice for almost thirty years. Brockman Jr. joined the team in 2018 after graduating from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2015.
“When I was growing up, my dad would go to the hospital or something, especially on the weekends, so I could go with him,” said Brockman Jr.
From the glasses to the blue coats to the bald heads, the two often have patients and their colleagues check twice to see which is which.
“They sound the same too! You hear them in one room and you think it’s one or the other, but they always sound the same,” Lori Roadhouse said.
Roadhouse works in practice as a medical assistant.
“It’s weird because sometimes I have to take double because I feel like they’re so similar, then I think ‘Oh, this is Daddy!’ Father and son! I love that. I love that he has a son here in his work that he followed in his footsteps,” said Holly Payne.
Payne says many of her children are Brockman Sr. over the years and says her family wanted to stay with the practice after she gave birth to her 9-month-old son Lyle.
“We really wanted to get to know Brockman Jr. because we wanted to grow with him and we hope he will be here as long as his dad is here,” Payne said. “They’re like our family. They’re super practical and loving and caring, and it’s just family.”
The two share the same office at the back of the building. It’s the same office that Brockman Sr. has had since he started practicing in the 1990s. The door still has the same blue and white hand painted sign that reads ‘Dr. Brockman’.
“They go back to their office and they talk about different things and it’s so cute. They just chat back and forth and they’re so cool,” Roadhouse said.
Brockman Sr. says he was careful not to impose his career on his children, but says he was honored that his son chose to follow in his footsteps.
Both doctors say this year is extra special because it’s the first year they’ll both bear the title “Daddy.”
Brockman Jr. and his wife welcomed their daughter Willow into their family eight months ago.
He says fatherhood has now given him a better understanding of what it means to be a pediatrician.
“I’ve always said to parents, ‘Oh, I know exactly what you’re talking about and I don’t. So when I say it now, I really mean it,” said Brockman Jr.
“He’s just become a parent and he’s relatively new to training. My boys are all grown and I’ve been on it for a while, so we’re bringing in different perspectives, which makes it interesting,” said Brockman Sr.
While Brockman Sr. says his son has helped him be more open-minded when it comes to healthcare, says Jr. that one of the most important lessons he’s learned is that it’s okay to ask dad for help.
“I called Dad at midnight before I was in residency and said, ‘Hey, this is what I’ve been up to, what do you think?’ I still call or text him every now and then,” said Brockman Jr.
A father-son duo sharing a career is special, but the theme runs in the family.
Brockman Sr.’s father was a family physician, who worked just down the road from where they now work.
“It’s usually the grandparents who come in and say your dad was my doctor and my kids’ doctor, so it really makes it fun,” said Brockman Sr.
“Going from grandfather to father for me, that’s important to people,” said Jr.
They sit back to back in their office, surrounded by medical degrees and family photos, offering support to others and each other.
Brockman Jr. says he will follow his father’s example and not force drugs on his daughter. However, he says his wife is a doctor, so it’s likely his daughter will follow suit.
There are three other children in the Brockman family, all boys, and the youngest two are twins, who both became nurses at Norton Healthcare.
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