Peanut Butter, Batman and Fitted Sheets – Getting to know Dr. Geidl

By Cindy Aldrige, F.N.P. for Lee’s Summit Physicians Group – Internal Medicine

Lee’s Summit Physicians Group – Internal Medicine would like to welcome Dr. Geidl!

Dr. Geidl will start seeing patients in October 2020. He brings with him a vast array of experience and we’re excited to welcome him aboard. I asked Dr. Geidl a few questions so we could get to know him better. Here are some of his answers.

1. What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Dr. David GeidlMoving…again. We were talking to our children about how different our lives were as kids compared to theirs, and I mentioned that I’ve probably lived in 30+ different houses. We moved so many times when I was growing up. It hasn’t really stopped as an adult as I’ve gone from college to medical school to residency to our Arkansas home town then back and forth to China two different times. But I think that nomadic living has shaped me in a lot of ways, some good, some maybe not so healthy.

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I have always had an interest in film and would love to learn the basics of using a camera and lighting.

3. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

We would give a lump sum to our church.

4. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

My wife could give you some funny answers to this. More than once, to pass a few minutes before we had to leave the house, I’ve been caught doing yard work or splitting wood. I also may read a bit or unfortunately, play a mindless cell phone game.

Dr. Geidl - Batman

5. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Batman. Is there another option?

6. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?

Living in China will either break you or strip away pride and nurture patience. By God’s grace, I’m not broken.

7. What is something you learned in the last week?

I learned that peanut butter was probably first invented by the Incas.

8. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?

I love to eat with friends. I also enjoy snorkeling or hiking and wish I did more of it.

Dr. Geidl - Snorkeling

9. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Folding fitted sheets. Pretty sure they were designed by Communist Russia to undermine our morale.

10. At what age did you become an adult?

I remember someone telling me that when I turned 30, other people will finally take me seriously. I believe that was true, and I’d consider that my transition to adulthood.

11. What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today?

The overall societal push toward being “woke” (aware of social disparities) is huge. I see it as a great move of compassion toward welcoming differences and being willing to hear each other, especially the historically marginalized folks. However, I also see it coming with a certain hostility toward those who have traditionally held cultural power.

12. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

I think I might have enjoyed doing something in the film arts. I could also see myself engaging in some type of university-level teaching position, such as the biological sciences. Or something in music production.

13. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Dr. Geidl - Peanut Butter“Why haven’t you started an IRA yet, punk?”

14. How do you define success?

When your life is defined by loving God and loving others.

15. What is your least favorite food? And your favorite?

I’ll eat just about anything, and though I’ll eat it, I don’t care much for cauliflower. But I love peanut butter. I eat some from a spoon or on a sandwich nearly every day.

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