David M. Snyder, MD, FAAP
As I finished training in Pediatrics, I felt I knew what I needed to know about children’s diseases but not nearly enough about children’s behavior or normal development. So, I looked for a Fellowship in normal Child Development. I was fortunate to be accepted into Berry Brazelton’s Child Development fellowship program at Boston Children’s Hospital.
I had planned on returning to California after completing my training and practicing primary care pediatrics in a small town. However, during my Fellowship, I realized I loved teaching medical students and residents, as well as the clinical practice of Pediatrics. So, I wanted to practice in a community that had a teaching hospital.
Following completion of my Fellowship in 1976, I accepted a position at Valley Medical Center in Fresno. In 1980, I was asked to start a developmental follow-up program for NICU graduates at VCH, and that grew into a more comprehensive service for children with developmental and behavioral challenges. In 2002, I moved my practice to EPU and served as Medical Director of their new Assessment Center for Children.
I retired from clinical practice in 2012. I have continued to participate in the Collaborative Office Rounds through the UCSF Fresno Pediatrics program