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August 12, 2011
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Area’s longest-serving pediatrician hangs up stethoscope

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — One of Central New York’s longest-serving pediatricians is finally hanging up his stethoscope. After treating generations of youngsters for more than 65 years, and training countless medical students in pediatric medicine, 92-year-old Frederick Roberts, M.D., is retiring.

Roberts was honored at a small ceremony Aug. 10 at Upstate Medical University’s Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic. Roberts has been a voluntary faculty member at Upstate since 19654.

Roberts estimates that he has cared for more than 300,000 children in his more than 60-year career in medicine. Roberts has been honored numerous times for his care of the area’s children. He received a Post-Standard Achievement Award in 1999 in recognition of his selfless service to the community. He opened an outpatient clinic for poor children in 1995 and helped raise funds for the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, directing proceeds form the sale of his second book, “Children Courageous and Their Families,” to the fundraising campaign.

Roberts, a graduate of Nottingham High School, earned his medical degree from the Syracuse University School of Medicine, which today is part of Upstate Medical University, in 1942, and began practicing medicine in Syracuse in 1945.

Roberts took time out from medicine when he did a 16-month tour of duty in the Pacific theater in 1946.

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