Long-time Howard County pediatrician Allan “Ted” Leffler, M.D., made a lasting impact on the community and the families for whom he cared. His life and career were ended prematurely six years ago in a car accident while on his way to HCGH to examine a newborn. To this day, former patients still stop his widow, Missy Leffler, to pay tribute to a doctor, and a man, who cared so deeply for the children.
Dr. Leffler believed that the highest quality of pediatric care, and access to this type of care, was imperative. So, in 1972, after putting himself through medical school at the Johns Hopkins University, he made a commitment to do just that - provide comprehensive pediatric care out of the basement office of his home on Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. Many evenings, he and his wife would be having dinner and the doorbell would ring – on the other side of the door would be a concerned parent holding a child needing his help. “He never minded helping parents when they needed him most,” remembers Mrs. Leffler. “One of the things I hear most from parents whose children he treated is that he gave them faith in themselves as parents. He believed that no one knows the child better than the parent, so he trained his staff to listen to what the parents were saying about their child.”
His true concern was the welfare of children. He demonstrated this by helping to support a strong community hospital at HCGH, and in his work with other health organizations throughout the state. The spirit of an old-fashioned family doctor lives on in those he inspired with his work.
To read a newsletter tribute published by Dr. Leffler’s colleagues at The Johns Hopkins Hospital just after his death in 2007, click here.
To honor Dr. Leffler, Mrs. Leffler made a $25,000 contribution in his name to the hospital’s Campus Development Plan. The plaque, which hangs in the pediatric waiting room reads:
“He devoted his life to improving the health and welfare of children. His kind heart, gentle spirit and unquenchable thirst for knowledge will never be forgotten.”
Lovingly dedicated to Allan T. Leffler, II, M.D.