In the Green Room

If Chance Will Have Me King …

Public Health Expert Tony Iton Takes Questions in the Green Room


Tony Iton is senior vice president of healthy communities at the California Endowment. He holds degrees in medicine and law and is a recognized expert on public health issues. Before participating on a panel about how we can solve health inequalities, he took questions in our Green Room.

Q. What do you eat for breakfast?
A. Often oatmeal.

Q. What was the last thing that made you laugh really hard?
A. My daughter doing an impression of me.

Q. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. A doctor.

Q. What literary character do you most identify with?
A. Probably Macbeth.

Q. Who had the greatest effect on your career?
A. An old boss by the name of Arnold Perkins.

Q. How often do you Google yourself?
A. Not infrequently. Things show up there that I have to make sure are accurate.

Q. What was your first job?
A. Working in a day camp as a camp counselor.

Q. What do you do to exercise?
A. Mostly I swim and play tennis.

Q. What is your cocktail of choice?
A. Gin and tonic. Or gin and ginger ale.

Q. What do you do to relax?
A. I hang out with my kids and hike.

To read more about the panel in which Iton participated, please click here.

*Photo by Aaron Salcido.