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“People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel,”  I’m not sure who first said this quote, but it applies perfectly to my children’s pediatrician Dr. Yorck Von Conrad.

I first met Dr. Von Conrad when I was five months pregnant and I was interviewing prospective pediatricians. He came recommended by a friend of my husband’s.  I had a checklist of questions for him (is there a separate waiting area for sick children? do they have someone on call after-hours? Are they open on weekends?)  He answered all of my questions with patience and professionalism.     His personality was warm and comforting..and exuberant.  I was a nervous Nelly and he shared in my joy of being a new parent, while helping ease my fears.

I really relied on my pediatrician after my son was born because there wasn’t anyone else I could question.  My mother had passed away seven years before I became a mother.  And my husband and I didn’t have other close relatives nearby.

Even though Dr. Von Conrad was part of a larger practice,  I always asked for him when my children had a check-up appointment.  He was the face I trusted.

Two days after my son was born (and later after the birth of my daughter) Dr. Von Conrad was the doctor who checked over my baby and gave the all-clear.  It was the same with my baby’s week, 2 weeks, 1 month.. 2 month… and other check-ups.

When I started this blog as a way to help other new parents Dr. Von Conrad was one of the first people I interviewed.

A Conversation with Dr. Von Conrad

Today I learned with great sadness that Dr. Von Conrad died.  He was only 48 years old, a father of two young children.  He had stomach cancer that progressed rapidly.  I only learned recently that he was ill.  I still see his smile and  hear his voice.

I’m sending out prayers to his family.

It’s a reminder to me that in life we fret about things that really are insignificant in the large scheme of things.  What matter is the lasting imprint of how we made people feel.   That’s what made Dr. Von Conrad one of the best.


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  1. What a lovely tribute to your friend and doctor.

  2. Helen Oertel says:

    Dr. Yorck von Conrad was a positive, energetic and inspiring pediatrician. He was always quick to smile, provided encouragement and very upbeat. Also he was a terrific person! I always went to him with my 2 children when we needed a 100% accurate opinion, because he was the best and could always be relied upon for a correct diagnosis. For serious issues, both of my kids don’t know another doctor and it will be impossible to replace him. He always took the time to explain what was going on, how it could be treated and how long it would take until things got better. Sounds simple, but not really, he had a special gift. We send our sincere condolences to his family and the entire Pediatric Associates family, as well as his patients and their families.

  3. Malin says:

    I found your post when I googled Dr. Von Conrad’s name as I just found out he passed away today (although I knew he was sick). I like you, interviewed him 10 years ago while pregnant with my first child. Since then he has seen both my boys at almost every check-up. We bonded, both being from Europe and his daughters being the same ages as my boys. His daughters were crazy for the Swedish character Pippi Longstocking and every summer when I went to Sweden I would get them something Pippi related. Knowing he was sick and I would not be able to give him this years bounty, I mailed it to his home just about a month ago. He will be missed by our whole family.

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