Cigna Medical Group Spotlight

Dr. Coleen Marias
Pediatrics, Tempe

What is your hometown?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I lived in the LA area until I went to college, and then returned after college for medical school.

Where did you attend Medical School?
I attended medical school at UCLA. I remember most fondly my first pediatrics rotation during my third year of medical school. I was inspired to choose pediatrics as my specialty by my first professor of pediatrics, who was the head of the Pediatric Residency program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in LA. He was the best teacher that I have ever had, and his enthusiasm for pediatrics was contagious to the students around him.

I also remember being too short to easily reach my cadaver during first year Anatomy, and standing on my tiptoes to the point where I developed tendinitis in one of my ankles. After that, I resorted to standing on a stepstool during dissection - a bit embarrassing.

What brought you to Phoenix?
My husband, daughters and I moved to Phoenix in 2004, at the end of my husband's medical training. He is a pediatric anesthesiologist, and we both found jobs here at the end of his training. We had spent some time in Phoenix during his residency at UMC, in Tucson.

Do you have any areas of special interest?
While I enjoy all ages, I most enjoy working with first-time parents of newborn babies. It is a pleasure to answer their many questions, and be along for part of the ride as they become more and more comfortable with their new family member.

Now that I have a teenage daughter, I am appreciating taking care of teenagers more and more. I think that I have a better understanding of them with one in the house.

What made you decide to work here?
CMG has a long-standing, strong reputation as a provider of excellent health care in the community. As a working parent, it has been a supportive and accommodating place to work.

What has been your best experience working here?
I enjoy very much the process of working with other CMG employees (nurses, front office staff, and administration) to build a warm and welcoming pediatric department for our patients. I want our patients and their families to feel recognized and to recognize their caregivers, and to be able to build relationships over many years.

Do you have any tips for a safe and healthy Spring break?
Here in Arizona, we should all be applying sunscreen everyday. This is easier said than done, especially with children, but is most important for children.