Maureen Cernadas, M.D.
“I bake weekly. It’s very calming. It de-stresses me. And I want the boys to feel comfortable in the kitchen.” —Maureen Cernadas, M.D.
Where will you find Maureen Cernadas, M.D., when she’s not treating patients as an obstetrician/gynecologist at Saint Peter’s university hospital? In the kitchen, baking tasty treats with her two sons, Anthony, 13, and Nicholas, 11. Dr. Cernadas, 47, and her children live in Metuchen, her hometown. She earned her medical degree and completed her internship and residency at the university of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
As a surgeon, you often use the Da Vinci surgical system in treating various women’s health and gynecological problems. Why is this robotic system helpful?
When I perform hysterectomies or surgery on a woman’s uterus or ovaries, the Da Vinci is the safest and least painful minimally invasive option. Usually the patient can go home the same day and be back to work in two weeks. With open surgery, by contrast, the operation requires a two- to three-day stay in the hospital and recovery takes six weeks.
And as a mom, why do you like to bake with your two sons?
Baking is a pleasure. I have done it since I was a little girl and learned it from my mother. Now I bake religiously, weekly, and it is very calming. It de-stresses me. And I want the boys to feel comfortable in the kitchen. I’d like them to be well-rounded men. They are very into sports, but I want them to have more than that. Also, baking gives us the opportunity to spend time together—it gets them away from their video games.
What are your specialties—in the kitchen, that is?
Everything! Nicholas has an incredible “chocolate tooth,” like his mother, so we make a great chocolate cake. Also tons of cookies and pies. And my friends and I bake about 25 loaves of soda bread for St. Patrick’s day and give them to friends.
And of course you resist eating too many of these goodies yourself.
I try! I want to save some calories for the wine. —D.L.