Chad Tarter, MD
As a kid, I was in and out of the hospital a lot for various childhood illnesses. I admired my pediatrician. I also knew what it was like to be a patient. When I got older, that influenced me to study medicine.
I’m a pediatric hospitalist, which means I only take care of kids when they are in our hospital. I see newborns up to 15 year olds.
The majority of my time is spent in the newborn nursery. I help new moms and dads with their questions about how to take care of their baby, especially when it comes to breastfeeding. The best part about my job is getting to see newborns everyday. Every family — and every baby — is different.
I also see older kids who are in the hospital. Mainly, they come in for problems related to asthma, pneumonia or viral illnesses. I’m able to spend a lot of time with these patients. Unlike being in a clinic, I’m not running around from room to room. I can spend my time educating kids and families on their condition.
Moms and dads describe me as compassionate. They know I’m here to listen to their concerns, but I also want to educate them. I’m a laid-back kind of guy. I want patients to ask me whatever questions they want, no matter how silly they might think they are.
I don’t wear a white coat to the hospital. I’m very informal. When you put a white coat on, I feel like that puts up barriers around you. Before joining the hospital, I spent years in the Air Force — I was tired of wearing a uniform!
I have a 7 year-old son, and I love watching him play ice hockey. I’m an avid reader, and I enjoy mysteries and science fiction.
Medical Degree, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center - Penn State University, Hershey, PA
Internship and Residency in Pediatrics, David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis AFB, CA
Board Certified in Pediatrics
- Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics