Dr. Harley Rotbart

Dr Harley RotbartDr. Harley Rotbart, is a nationally-recognized parenting expert, speaker and educator, has been a Pediatrics specialist for the past 28 years and is Professor and Vice Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Denver. He is the author of more than 175 medical and scientific publications – original research papers, book chapters, scientific abstracts, and books, including two recent books for parents: THE ON DECK CIRCLE OF LIFE: 101 LESSONS FROM THE DUGOUT (iUniverse, Feb. 2007 www.theondeckcircleoflife.com); and, GERM PROOF YOUR KIDS (ASM Press, Nov. 2007 www.germproofyourkids.com).

Dr. Rotbart has been named to Best Doctors in America every year since 1996, as well as receiving numerous other national awards for research, teaching, and clinical work. Dr. Rotbart serves on the Advisory Boards of Parents Magazine and Parents.com and is a consultant to ABCnews.com. He previously served on the Advisory Board of Children’s Health Magazine. Dr. Rotbart has also served as consultant and advisory board member to many of the leading consumer products, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and consumer health companies in the country. Dr. Rotbart regularly speaks to large national audiences of parents, school, and youth sports organizations, as well as to community groups around the country, and national professional organizations of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals. Dr. Rotbart’s broad platform as a parenting and children’s health authority has also been enhanced by his many media appearances on national TV, radio, print, online and mommy blogs. In addition, Dr. Rotbart recently participated in two promotional satellite media tours with former American Idol finalists (Brooke White, 2009; Danny Gokey, 2010). Really. That American Idol. Dr. Rotbart and his wife, Sara, are the parents of three kids, ages 18-23, on whom he continues to practice what he preaches.


Miracles We Have Seen: America’s Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can’t Forget Paperback (HCI – September 13, 2016)

This is a book of miracles―medical events witnessed by leading physicians for which there is no reasonable medical explanation, or, if there is, the explanation itself is extraordinary. These dramatic first-person essays detail spectacular serendipities, impossible cures, breathtaking resuscitations, extraordinary awakenings, and recovery from unimaginable disasters. Still other essays give voice to cases in which the physical aspects were less dramatic than the emotional aspects, yet miraculous and transformational for everyone involved. Positive impacts left in the wake of even the gravest of tragedies, profound triumphs of heart and spirit.

Preeminent physicians in many specialties, including deans and department heads on the faculties of the top university medical schools in the country describe, in everyday language and with moving testimony, their very personal reactions to these remarkable clinical experiences.

Among the extraordinary cases poignantly recounted by the physicians witnessing them:

• A priest visiting a hospitalized patient went into cardiac arrest on the elevator, which opened up on the cardiac floor, right at the foot of the cardiac specialist, at just the right moment.
• A tiny premature baby dying from irreversible lung disease despite the most intensive care who recovered almost immediately after being taken from his hospital bed and placed on his mother’s chest
• President John F. Kennedy’s son Patrick, who died shortly after birth, and whose disease eventually led to research that saved generations of babies.
• A nine-year-old boy who was decapitated in a horrific car accident but survived without neurological damage.
• A woman who conceived and delivered a healthy baby―despite having had both of her fallopian tubes surgically removed.
• A young man whose only hope for survival was a heart transplant, but just at the moment he developed a potentially fatal complication making a transplant impossible, his own heart began healing itself.
• A teenage girl near death after contracting full-blown rabies who became the first patient ever to recover from that disease after an unexpected visit by Timothy Dolan, the man who would go on to become the Archbishop of New York.
• A Manhattan window-washer who fell 47 stories―and not only became the only person ever to survive a fall from that height, but went on to make a full recovery.

Miracles We Have Seen is a book of inspiration and optimism, and a compelling glimpse into the lives of physicians―their humanity and determined devotion to their patients and their patients’ families. It reminds us that what we don’t know or don’t understand isn’t necessarily cause for fear, and can even be reason for hope.


“We read so many accounts of freak accidents and rare diseases bringing misery into the lives of people who deserve better. That is why it was so refreshing, so soul-restoring, to read these accounts of near tragedies that were prevented by human efforts, good will, and caring.”
―Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People and Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life

“A beautifully written collection from physicians witnessing the mystery and power of the human body and spirit in the most extreme circumstances. This is a unique contribution that will inspire and edify.”
―Jerome Groopman, MD, Recanati Professor, Harvard Medical School, New Yorker staff writer, and co-author with Dr. Pamela Hartzband of the New York Times bestseller Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You

“Miracles We Have Seen opens a window into the complex world of the art and the science of medicine for all to see the compassionate miracles dispensed there. Take a good look . . . you will be inspired!”
―Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States

“These stories by doctors who are true healers have moved me to tears and opened my heart. Each, like the great doctor-writer Chekhov, brings to medicine a sense of compassion, deep vulnerability, love and hope for those who suffer, and the ability to acknowledge that human life is a precious gift.”
―Ruth Behar, author of Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys, and the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan


940 Saturdays: Family Activities & a Keepsake Journal (Potter Style, September 2, 2014)

There are 940 Saturdays between a child’s birth and the day he or she turns 18.

That may sound like a lot when there are adventures to plan and hours to fill. But as your child learns to walk, ride a bicycle, and drive, the years pass quickly. This beautiful package includes both a removable booklet with a thousand ideas for family activities that you and your child will love at every age, and a keepsake journal for preserving what you saw and did, thought and felt, so you can savor these memories in the years to come.

Praise for 940 SATURDAYS:

“Cherishing childhood. From the day your child is born to the moment she turns 18, you have less than a thousand Saturdays together… Harley Rotbart, M.D., suggests activities to make the most of these fleeting moments in his combination activities guide and journal, 940 Saturdays. Start this weekend!”
-Parents Magazine

“…940 Saturdays will be able to help us fully enrich and embrace our weekends with our kids. And with charming cover art by artist Lisa Congdon, this is one parenting book you won’t want to hide.“


No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids (Andrews McMeel, February 21, 2012)

The 10 p.m. news hasn’t even started, but you’re too exhausted to watch; who can stay awake that late? Car pools, lunch bags, after-school activities, dinner, homework, bath time, bedtime. All on top of your own job (or jobs!) and the other realities of adulthood. You have just enough energy left to drag yourself to bed so you can wake early and start the routine all over again. Each day with young kids feels like a week, each week like a month.

Yet as every new birthday passes, childhood seems to be streaking by at warp speed – five month-olds become five year-olds and then 15 year olds in the blink of an eye. The colorful mobiles hanging from their cribs morph into tricycles, which morph into driving permits.

And then, poof, they’re gone. Sunrise, sunset.

How can we possibly be working so hard to get through each crazy, chaotic day with our kids, and yet have the years fly by so quickly? Everyone knows it, everyone bemoans it, yet no one seems to know how to slow down the years while cramming 25 hours into every day.

Well, Dr. Rotbart doesn’t claim to know how to slow down time either. But he does have some ideas about how to maximize and optimize the time you spend with your kids – while they are still tucked into their bedrooms where you can peek in on them each night before you go to sleep. This is not a book about protecting your adult priorities or nurturing your relationship with your spouse, per se. There are plenty of those books, and lots of advice out there about how to look out for your needs while still getting the kids to soccer practice on time. Rather, this is a book about how to prioritize your kids’ needs within your adult schedules, and how to stretch and enhance the time you spend with your kids.  And if you are able to manage those juggling acts, you’ll discover something remarkable – you will be more successful in protecting adult time for yourself and your spouse, and you’ll feel less guilty doing it.  More importantly, you’ll be able to look back and take pride in knowing that you squeezed every moment and memory out of your kids’ childhoods, and that your kids’ memories of you are vivid and loving. You can’t do it over again, at least with these same kids, so do it right the first time.

This is a book about time management with kids, from crib through college. But it’s not like other “time management books.” Those are geared for efficiency with kids rather than for intimacy with them, for organizing rather than optimizing the time parents spend with their kids. How to get everything done is not the same as how to make the time spent with kids more meaningful and memorable. This is a book about capturing the precious moments of parenting that otherwise are lost in the name of efficiency. It will guide you in taking the mundane, exhausting routines of parenthood and turning them into special parenting events. It’s all about redefining “quality time.”

Praise for No Regrets Parenting:

“Dr. Rotbart has a gift for uncovering and explaining the countless possibilities in parenting. This book is a treasure for all of us with children.”
-Jeffrey Zaslow, NYT Bestselling coauthor of “The Last Lecture”; Moving On Columnist, The Wall Street Journal.

“What’s more precious than love, your children, and time? No Regrets Parenting is a gem of a book. It will help you turn the minutes of the day into the moments of your life.” -Harvey Karp, MD, creator of the bestselling book/DVD, “The Happiest Toddler on the Block” “No-Regrets Parenting helps today’s busy parents stop worrying about trying to be perfect, and offers low-key ways to make the most of the time they spend with their children. Whether you’re a working parent or stay-at-home mom or dad, Dr. Rotbart’s wise advice and refreshing ideas will make you want to pick up this book again and again.”
-Diane Debrovner, Deputy Editor, Parents Magazine

“During the long, hectic days of in-the-trenches parenting, it’s easy to forget the all too fleeting nature of childhood. To someday look back on your children’s formative years with fond nostalgia—but no regrets—Dr. Rotbart guides you in maximizing and optimizing the time you spend with your kids. Whether your children are still in their cribs or applying to college, No Regrets Parenting provides a blueprint for turning mundane, daily routines into memorable and meaningful moments. Let No Regrets Parenting inspire and empower you to mindfully transform your parenting. Amid our harried days of doing, No Regrets Parenting reminds parents everywhere that the essence of successful parenting is simply being there. This book helps you find the time.”
-Marianne Neifert, M.D. (Dr. Mom®), bestselling author of the Dr. Mom books for parents, pediatrician, columnist, acclaimed speaker, mother of five and grandmother of seven

“A poignant, timely book to remind us to savor parenting our kids – with awesome tips on how to slow the daily chaos, create memorable moments, and luxuriate in the wonder and fun of each age and stage.”
-Stacy DeBroff., “America’s Most Trusted Mom” Nationally acclaimed parenting authority and bestselling author of The Mom Book, The Mom Book Goes to School, and The Mom Central Organizer; CEO and Founder, MomCentral, the leading one-stop parenting resource on the Internet

“No Regrets Parenting is a must read for young parents who are struggling with finding the right balance between career and family. Rather than merely finding the balance, this book will help parents create the right balance. Its simple, specific strategies provide the framework that allows parents to drop off their youngest child at college without feeling they have shortchanged their children or themselves.”
-Stephen Berman, MD, F.A.A.P., Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics; author of Getting it Right for Children

“One of the biggest challenges of raising kids today is sorting through the media’s loud, well meaning, but often conflicting advice. Let trusted pediatrician Dr. Harley Rotbart and his thoughtful book No Regrets Parenting, be your guide with simple strategies to find the time to build communication and relationships while raising successful children. From school to work, home to play, Dr. Rotbart helps families find meaning and traditions in the midst of busy lives.”
-Dr. Jeffrey J. Cain M.D., President-Elect, American Academy of Family Physicians

“No Regrets Parenting is a wonderfully written handbook for parents living in our complex times. Based on straightforward principles of managing parental time, this book presents a comprehensive, easy-to-follow treasure trove of ideas and strategies to help parents raise happy and successful children.”
-Donald Schiff, M.D., F.A.A.P. Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and author of A Guide to Your Child’s Symptoms

“No Regrets Parenting encourages parents to be mindful of the choices they are making with the precious little time they have to spend with their children before (and after) they fly the coop. It presents an upbeat and refreshing perspective which empowers parents to examine, without guilt, the choices they make about the time spent with their children. The book is neither preachy nor prescriptive, but instead presents a menu of creative strategies for “turning scarce minutes in to special moments.” Dr. Rotbart’s book, a must-read for any parent, will leave your head buzzing with ideas. The short chapters enable you to read a few at a time – in between pajama walks, movie nights, and carpool driving – that will forge a lifelong bond between you and your children.”
-Heather Taussig, PhD, Clinical Psychologist; Director, Fostering Healthy Futures program, Children’s Hospital Colorado