Brad Barham DO
Business: Pediatric Associates
Job title: Pediatrician
Why are you working in this industry? From a young age I felt compelled to invest in the lives of others in various ways. As a child/adolescent this meant serving through my local church around the community and abroad. This matured into community service projects of various types during my college years and eventually into pursuing a career in medicine. While I enjoyed several disciplines during my time in medical school, none fit as well as pediatrics. Being a pediatrician gives me the opportunity to daily invest in the lives of children and families here in Abilene and the surrounding areas. I get to develop great relationships and walk families through the challenges and rewards that come with raising children while hopefully having a lasting impact in the lives of the kids themselves. Also, it gives me a great reason to stay up to date on all the new Marvel and Pixar movies.
What are three daily habits that have helped you to become successful?
1. Read. And then read some more.
2. Listen first. Speak second (I’m still working on this one).
3. Tell your spouse and kids how much you love them. Do it often.
What do you want to be doing in 10 years? I hope to find myself with the same drive to be a pediatrician that I have today. I certainly don’t see that changing, but the last couple of years have been uniquely challenging for many of us in the medical field. Physician burn out has been on the rise since I started medical school in 2008 and over the last two years that number has increased substantially as many in healthcare have moved toward other ways of securing stable income. The reasons are numerous. I hope to continually be reminded of the reasons that I was initially drawn to medicine and to pediatrics.. While this is occasionally a personal exercise, I am blessed with a wonderful practice of families who have entrusted me to care for their children and who are gracious to express gratitude often and provide numerous laughs and moments of joy throughout my days. I hope to continue to see Pediatric Associates grow to meet the needs of the families in this community and to partner with Hendrick in providing quality medical care.
What was your first summer job? Farm/ranch hand.
Where will we find you enjoying your hard-earned time off? Usually just hanging out with my family. The introvert’s dream. But it takes very little motivation to get me to mountains covered with snow or into a lake standing on a surfboard behind a boat.
Describe yourself in one word. Compassionate
If you were to give one piece of advice to someone starting out in your field what would it be? Never. Give. Up. When you’re called to something, don’t stop until you get there. There were more than a few significant hurdles along my journey, and I plan to run into others as I move forward. Lean into those you love when obstacles come. They have been the ones that have reminded me of who I really am along the way and who will provide the best perspective when goals seem out of focus. The road into medicine is a long one and the career is naturally filled with triumphs and losses. Hold the triumphs closely and be vulnerable to work through the losses honestly.
Pioneer Drive Baptist Church; Member
Pioneer Drive Baptist Church; Worship band member 2015-present
Pioneer Drive Baptist Church; Personnel Committee member 2019 – 2021 and vice chair (20-21)
Hendrick Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors member; 2015-present
Hendrick Medical Center – Credentials Committee member; 2018-2021
Hendrick Medical Center Pediatrics Section Chair; 2016-2018
AISD Student Health Advisory Committee member; 2016-present
AISD Sexual Education Curriculum Committee; 2016-2017
Big Country County Medical Society member; 2015-present
Texas Medical Association member; 2015-present
American Medical Association member; 2015-present
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics; 2015-present
Stephanie, spouse, (age 30 for the last several years)
Norah, daughter, 8 years old
Elliot, son, 5 years old