Russell Gombosi, MD
I have been a member of the American College of Pediatricians for nearly 10 years; and more recently a fellow. I suspect my journey to ACPeds began as many other members, namely a deep dissatisfaction with the social stances of the AAP. I am proud to now be part of a pediatric organization that supports their countercultural positions with sound science! I wish to volunteer my time and talents to further the mission of this college as a member of the Board of Directors.
My journey began in rural New Jersey as the middle child of loving second generation Americans. Learning and living the importance of faith, family and hard work (dairy farming) led me on a path through Dartmouth College en-route to medical school in Hershey, PA. While achieving high academic success, I also participated in athletic, outdoor, and volunteer activities. While on rotation at Geisinger Medical Center I met my wife Juliann. We married during my internship year of internal medicine/pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. Upon completion of residency, I began my active duty scholarship payback years with the US Air Force, first in Blytheville, AR then Ogden, UT achieving the rank of major.
Upon completion of that, with a young family in tow, we spent nearly 2 months with the Native Alaskan Health Service. The next step was fulfilling my dream of a full scope practice in a rural small town setting, while moving back to PA so that our children could have frequent contact with their grandparents. This led to 12 years with a FQHC in Blossburg, PA. With our oldest daughter going off to college near Philadelphia and the aging of our parents, we moved 1 hour closer to all, near Williamsport, PA (home of the Little League World Series!). In Williamsport, as the years passed, I took on a faculty position within the Family Practice Residency. Unfortunately the teaching program moved decidedly left, squelching the important social science data delineated in many of the ACPeds position statements and scientific papers.
Consequently, I have left the residency and am embarking into a private practice that will be based on sound Christian principles. I plan to continue to provide full scale medicine in the outpatient and inpatient realm while maintaining a consultative practice in sleep medicine. My wife and I celebrated 30 years together last year and we are proud to say that we have raised three lovely and talented daughters, though we can boast of no grandchildren; which is fine with us since they are not yet married. Each week in mass I pray for wisdom and love so that I may be the best physician, father, husband, and, most of all, Christian that I am meant to be!
In conclusion, I look forward to serving on the ACPeds Board of Directors if I am so chosen. Whether Christian or not, it is very important that we provide a strong voice in support of traditional family values and welcome those of all faiths who share this passion for what is truly best for children. These values are under constant assault by the ‘politically correct’ culture and an organization such as ACPeds is essential to combat this and stand up for what research and history have proven to be best for children!