Elyse Seltzer, MD

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Physician executive Elyse Seltzer, in brief.

May 5, 2022
2 Minutes
Elyse Seltzer, MD

Home: Philly suburbs and Long Beach Island.  Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY.  Organization: UroGen Pharma.  Title: Chief Development Officer.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Alma mater: University of Pennsylvania; NYU School of Medicine.

Current project: Renovating a beach house.  Recent recognition: Voted “Best Mom Ever” by my daughters.  Recent professional development: Joined Chief!  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Walking out of a bad job with no plan other than to get out of a bad situation.  Hobbies: Yoga, hiking, travel, reading, movies.  Recent travel or adventure: Hiking the National Parks -  Zion and Bryce Canyon.  Recently viewed and recommended: The Dropout.  Amanda Seyfried nailed it!

Personality profile: ISTJ; authentic, direct.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Loyal.  Moral compass: If you wouldn’t want to see it on the cover of the New York Times, don’t do it!  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Honest, collaborative, synergistic.  What is your greatest joy? My children.  What is your guilty pleasure? Broadway showtunes.  What word or phrase do you use far too often? WTF.  How do you relieve stress? Walking or yoga.

What was your first paying job? Baby sitting.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Reading.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Sound of Music.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Wireless earbuds.  What is your favorite app? Fitbit.  What company or organization do you most admire? Planned Parenthood.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? The birth of my children.  

What is your big idea?

Radical Acceptance. 

What change would you like to see in the world? Voting rights guaranteed.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Stand up and speak up for what you believe in.  What widely held belief do you reject? “Everybody does it, what’s the big deal?”.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Fox News and the rise of the far right.

What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Holly Hunter.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A lawyer.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? At the beach with my kids.  What advice would you give your younger self? Breathe.  It gets better.  Don’t be so hard on yourself.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? Late teens, early 20s.

Personal motto: Happiness is the best revenge.  Favorite quote: “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” (Madeleine Albright).

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