I’m Linda Fabre and I would like to welcome you to the practice. There are many healthcare options from which parents can choose. Our heart is for children here at Ron Smith MD Pediatrics. It is our privilege and pleasure to help you raise and grow healthy children. Continue reading
Ever since leaving my Pediatrics residency with the University of Oklahoma in 1986, I have refused to join the American Academy of Pediatrics. Specifically my concerns lay with their lack of any stance against abortion. Since then the AAP has been unable to change my growing suspicion that they are not a medical entity, but a political one.
In an article by Cyrus Afzali on Newsmax today, I find the final broken straw which has sealed my opinion of the AAP. The link to the full article of the following excerpt is here.
Pediatricians Say Children Helped by Gay Parents’ Marriage
Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:52 PM
By: Cyrus Afzali
The American Academy of Pediatrics threw its support behind same-sex marriage Thursday, ending a four-year review of scientific literature on the issue.
Clearly this is a political organization with political motives that supersede all the medical interests of children. Dr. Bob Block, the current president of the AAP, was also my medical director in Tulsa when I was there. It was only a couple of years ago when I talked with him on the phone that I sensed in him some deep liberal social views. I don’t know what his stance on this is currently. If he ever reads this, I hope that he will note this one Pediatrician’s abhorrence of the use of medicine as a bully pulpit for such political correctness that our country now is enduring. You can probably contact him via the AAP web site to find out specifically what his views are also as I don’t know for sure.
Let me say categorically that I do not hate or discriminate against any gay individuals. I have cared for children who are in the apparent foster care of gay individuals. However using children to try raise their personal social choices from being socially tolerable to very highly respectable is despicable in my opinion. It cheapens anyone to step on children for political gain this way.
I will never have the letters FAAP behind my ‘Ron Smith, MD.’ Though I am a member of the Georgia AAP chapter for various strictly medical reasons, if I find that they support this victimization of children by the politicization of Pediatrics, then I will remove any and all links and relationships to them as well.
This July 1st will mark thirty years of Pediatric practice for me. What I find terribly difficult though, is not the technological or educational challenges of medicine, but the holes left by other Pediatrician who have since retired and left medicine altogether. I’m afraid that my grandchildren, and their peers, will also be victimized by these kind of political correctness machines too. So I’m staying in practice to continue to provide sound medical wisdom and a quality Pediatric experience for the children and parents that I am privileged to serve.
As you will see from reading my web site, Laura Michelle, our youngest daughter, passed away on April 24th. As a result I have started to look closely at organizations which I can recommend based on some professional scrutiny how the organization spends its funds.
The March of Dimes, both the national office and the Georgia chapter have assured me by letter and email that they do not support abortion or organizations that do. Specifically they do not support or have affiliations with Planned Parenthood which itself provides abortions, or the Susan G. Komen Foundation which funds Planned Parenthood.
On the behalf of my daughter, Laura Michelle Smith, I can recommend the March of Dimes. You might want to look at their web site for more information.
As a courtesy to our patients we have long had free WIFI connection for parents and patients. This will allow you to bring your internet-capable devices to the office. Though we are generally very efficient at taking care of patients, sometimes waiting does happen.
Ask any of the office staff what the name of the WIFI connection is and they can tell you the password. We want your time here in the office to be as pleasant as possible.
On April 24, 2012, my youngest daughter passed away. She had a congenital medical illness called fetal isotretinoin embryopathy caused by inadvertent intrauterine exposure to Accutane. Generally my family is a private thing to me, but something rather remarkable came out of Laura’s life, and her death. Stacy and I wish to share Laura’s story in hopes that it will encourage parents of my patients, friends, and family.
What good could come out of such tragedy? Read and see! The book is free, only some 35 pages, and available for Apple’s iPad and iBooks application.
I’ve just finished The Pediatric Guide for Parents, ©2012, which is an ebook available on Apple’s iBookstore and which can be read on Apple’s iPad® with the latest iBook software. The book is 171 pages and sells for $14.99 and available for immediate download. Unlike paper books however, this is an ongoing work which I will continually add to. There are extensive discussions about the most common topics that parents have questioned me about over the last 3 decades. The sections on newborns, vaccinations, development, and growth are particular extensive.
Hope you enjoy!
Nearly thirty years have passed since I first started practicing Pediatrics. Much has changed in my profession… some things for the better and other things not so much. It seems the right time to muse those and then tally my personal conclusion in answer to the question ‘Was medicine in general, and Pediatrics specifically, the right choice for me?”
It was Monday, February 20th, 1978. I was extremely anxious. Continue reading
My wife is addicted to Sporcle! This is really a great site for those who love brain teasers. She showed me this game on their site and I was bowed over. I actually only have seen about half of the things they listed. Foam was not on the list, but is something I’ve seen a couple of times. You can play the game here in fact if you read on. Continue reading
It is with great pleasure today that I share with you my appointment to the faculty of the Mercer University School of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. My appointment is for November 17th, 2011 to November 17th, 2012. Continue reading
I love all things ‘children’ as you can imagine. And the older I get the more I like it! Having been a great fan of C. S. Lewis after first reading The Chronicles of Narnia series some thirty years ago, I was awed when I found that Focus on the Family had created a high quality, dramatized audio production.
This production is true to Lewis’ creation and is a wonderful read for children even as young as 8 or thereabouts. I listen to it over and over as I drive to and from work as it is one of my all time favorites. Continue reading
We are pleased to announce our new Nursing Nook. After some consideration we felt that the teen waiting room was not well used, so that we converted it to a private area for nursing mothers. It is currently under construction and renovation to the exacting standards of all of our staff.
The intention is to provide nursing mothers a very comfortable, private place to nurture their breastfeeding babies. When its done we’ll have an online tour here!