Despite a busy career, Jonathan still finds time to spend with his family at their home in Bethesda, Md. When he gets home from work, he helps his daughters with their homework then sits down for dinner.
The Forsberg family eating dinner on outdoor patio

FORSBERG: I did get into some civilian medical schools, but my wife and I decided this would be the best course of action, and looking back, I’m convinced that that’s the case. The Military afforded me a world-class medical education, and also the opportunity to be exposed to health care in a variety of settings, not just in this country but abroad, deployed upon ships, in the middle of the desert — I mean, these are very challenging places to deliver health care. It’s great to come home after a long day, obviously. You know, my family’s my support staff, quite frankly. They do so much for me behind the scenes, and they really allow me to be as successful as I can be, knowing that they’re here. I think working as much as I do allows me to maintain a work-life balance on certain days. For instance, on a clinical day, I’m tied to the hospital until the work is finished, period. And on a lab day I get a bit more flexibility to go in between institutions. That still allows me a lot of time to spend time with my family, and I’m grateful for that. So what — what do you think is the difference between all of these numbers?

SOPHIA: Oh, they’re plus ten and minus one.

JONATHAN FORSBERG: Which is? Plus ten and minus one equals?


JONATHAN FORSBERG: There you go. We went over Sophia’s homework and then we played lacrosse, played a little game of keep-away.


FEMALE: It’s above my waist!

FORSBERG: You can go barefoot.

FEMALE: (laughter)

FORSBERG: We’re about to have dinner as a family, and then after dinner, assuming the weather holds up, we’re going to head out to Annapolis and do a little bit of sailing.

Jonathan Forsberg, M.D., Ph.D.
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