Dr. Tawfik Ramadan joining The Kids Clinic

Tawfik Ramadan

 

Pediatric pioneer and local health care legend Dr. Tawfik Ramadan is joining The Kids Clinic at Central Oklahoma Family Medical Center as a pediatrician.

“It’s an honor to add Dr. Ramadan to a growing roster of prestigious providers,” said Brenda Ware, Chief Executive Officer for The Clinic at Central Oklahoma Family Medical Center and its two subsidiaries, The Kids Clinic and The Women’s Clinic. “Dr. Ramadan’s name is synonymous with quality pediatric care, and he has been a well-respected fixture in this community for a long time. We are excited to partner with him moving forward.”

Ramadan founded Southern Oklahoma Pediatrics in Ada in 1980, after arriving in 1979 from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He came to Ada to help establish the state’s first Level Two Neonatal Intensive Care Unit outside of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. He was successful in doing so inside Ada’s original Valley View Hospital.

“We were supposed to be here for six months, but 42 years later we are still here,” Ramadan said with a smile, adding that he and his wife raised six healthy and happy children in Ada.

Ramadan established the first pediatric floor in Ada, as well as a private practice directly across the street from the original hospital site. That office still functions today. The location and legacy of trusted patient care is not going to change, only the name of the practice.

“We are transitioning from paper medical records to electronic medical records and The Kids Clinic is helping us with this transition, and they are doing a great job,” Ramadan said. “But our patients need to know that we are the same people and the same service. Dr. Ramadan is going to be Dr. Ramadan. There is no change as far as medical care is concerned.”

Ramadan was born in Jerusalem, Palestine, in 1936 and graduated high school in Bethlehem in 1954. He attended medical school at Cairo (Egypt) University Faculty of Medicine, taking his degree in 1961. After a short period of service as a junior medical officer with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, he opened a practice in Jericho.

The Six-Day War of 1967 led him to relocate his office to Amman, Jordan, where he practiced until 1970. That year he moved to Lebanon and enrolled at the American University of Beirut. In 1973, he graduated with a Master of Public Health degree after completing a residency in pediatric training. From 1976 until 1980 he studied pediatrics at OU, specializing in the field of neonatology.

Ramadan is now caring for a third generation of patients in Ada. He has developed close bonds not only with scores of families, but also the entire community.

“We love our patients,” he said. “They may be asked to provide new information in some cases during this transition and we hope it will not cause any difficulties. We appreciate their willingness to help, and we ask them to be patient with us during this process.”

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