Get to Know Dr. Michael D. Ladd

michael-d-ladd-mdHow long have you been a pediatrician and how long have you been with GHPA?

I became a pediatrician in 1995. I have been with GHPA ever since then (20 years in July, 2015).

 

What were you like as a child? (Any favorite activities or strong personality traits?)

My mother would describe me as active and curious. That’s probably a kind of way of saying ADD. My favorite activity was water-skiing, we went almost every weekend in the summer growing up.

 

What inspired you to become a pediatrician?

I really like kids and I like to listen to their stories. I really like parents too.

 

What do you enjoy most about being a pediatrician?

Encouraging parents and their kids. Most parents do a great job, but it is very easy for parents to think otherwise. The same goes for kids.

 

What important lessons have you learned since being a pediatrician?

1. Be flexible whenever possible. 2. Don’t rush – you’re likely to miss something and it’s not as much fun.

 

What is your top piece of advice for parents?

Have fun with your kids and don’t take things too seriously.

 

What is one fact that most people don’t know about you?

I made C’s in conduct in 5th grade (To Ms. Kent: I am sorry.)

 

How would you describe your family?

My wife, Kathy, is smarter and much more patient than me. I am very blessed to be married to her. My three sons (Josh 19, Jack 17, and Luke 13) are each fantastic in their own way, and I am glad that I can appreciate that fact.