Happy Birthday Dr. Cionni!

Cionni Bday Collage
The staff, doctors and team at The Eye Institute of Utah would like to wish our Medical Director, Dr. Robert Cionni, a very happy birthday! We asked Dr. Cionni a series of fun and random questions that go beyond his career as a cataract surgeon. See how he responded and get to know a side of Dr. Cionni you’ve never seen before!

Q: Where are you from (born/raised)?
A: Cincinnati, Ohio

Q: What was your high school and high school mascot?
A: St. Xavier High School

Q: Were you active in sports or extracurricular activities in high school/college? If yes, elaborate.
A: Wrestling in high school

Q: What was your first job?
A: Dishwasher at Jerry’s Hamburgers

Q: Guilty Pleasure?
A: Ice cream

Q: Favorite Movie/TV Show?
A: Movie – (3 way tie) Oh Brother Where Art Though/Life is beautiful/Dude Where’s My Car
A: TV – Modern Family vs Walking Dead

Q: Favorite food?
A: Pasta

Q: What’s your biggest fear?
A: Spiders

Q: What hobbies or activities do you enjoy in your free time?
A: Fly Fishing/camping

Q: Who is your hero/role model?
A: My father deceased…pediatrician

Q: Before becoming a doctor, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Fisherman

Q: Why did you choose to be an ophthalmologist? (vs another type of doctor or profession)
A: The ability to make a tremendous positive change in people’s lives

Q: What would be your go-to Karaoke song?
A: Beatles – “I’ve just seen a face”

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People texting or looking at their cell phone while driving

Q: If you were a superhero, what power would you have?
A: “The Avoider”

Q: What is your mantra?
A: Treat others like you would like to be treated

Q: What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
A: Fishing rod, my favorite hat, my wife

Q: If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join?
A: The Beatles

Q: What celebrity would play you in a movie about your life?
A: Paul Rudd

Q: Where is your favorite vacation destination?
A: Montana

Q: What’s your favorite sport to watch (and favorite team)?
A: Texas Longhorns Football, I have no choice!

Q: What a hobby/skill/passion that co-workers and patients may not know about you?
A: Cooking