Dr. Paul Smolen, also known as 'Doc Smo' by his friends, is a graduate of Duke University (1974), Rutgers Medical School (1978), and Wake Forest University-N.C. Baptist Hospital (1982). At Wake Forest University he completed a residency in general pediatrics, served as chief resident, and completed a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics. Subsequently, he became board certified in the American Academy of Pediatrics (1983) and completed his maintenance of certification in 2014.

For the last 33 years, he has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, helping to train a generation of medical students and pediatric residents as well as author numerous research papers. He is currently a practicing pediatrician in Charlotte, NC.

Doc Smo is a bona-fide expert in knowing what parents want and need to know about parenting and child health. He shares practical and useful advice with parents and children alike, firmly believing that “an informed parent is a great parent.” Whether teaching, practicing, blogging or writing, Doc Smo’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of children.


Knowledge is power.

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Dr. Smolen, a seasoned pediatrician and pediatric blogger, provides parents current, research based information to help you make informed decisions about family life.  He provides practical tips and strategies for parents in the 21st century:

Food - optimal nutrition and consequences of poor choices
Screen - the influence of quantity and type of screen time
Chores - responsibility shapes character
Money - value and management
Balance - academics, extra curricular activities, and unstructured play

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