29 Mar 2005

Dr. Stewart Gordon ’82 Devotes Career To Helping Children

Dr. Stewart Gordon ’82, chief of pediatrics at LSU Health Sciences Center/Earl K. Long Medical Center, has dedicated his medical practice to helping children with obesity and abuse and to educating parents on early child development.
In addition to enhancing pediatric medical education at Earl K. Long Medical Center, Gordon has been instrumental in instituting many child advocacy programs. His programs address child abuse prevention, childhood obesity and the importance of early brain development.
Gordon currently serves as president of the organization YouWho, Inc. This program was established to provide one organization that could work in combination with other child advocate groups to speak together rather than individually. In his pediatric weight management program at Pennington, Gordon also works with children suffering from obesity. The program works with overweight children to help them and their families learn how to lead healthier lives.
Reach Out and Read is a program Gordon helped develop in the Pediatric Clinics at LSUHSC / EKLMC in order to expose young children to reading and to educating parents on the importance of early infant brain development. His belief in this program is that the first five years of a child’s life are important for the highest level of brain development.
‘Reading promotes ‘School Readiness,’ an important building block for long term success,’ commented Gordon.
In addition to these programs, Gordon has been active in many other areas. He designed the state of Louisiana’s medical program that offers health care to incarcerated youth from ages 10 to 21 years. He has served on boards for child advocacy programs such as Louisiana Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, Louisiana Juvenile Justice Commission Advisory Board and Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana.
Gordon pursued a career in pediatrics because of his love of children and for the gratification of watching children get well. He saw the need in the community to help educate parents and children on the importance of early child health care and development.
‘Most of us who grew up with the luxury of a Catholic High education did not appreciate how fortunate we were to be in that environment. There are many people in the Baton Rouge community that were born into a much different, less fortunate environment. We are better served as a community if we become more aware of those who struggle to live around us and do something to improve their future,’ commented Gordon.
While at Catholic High, Gordon was involved in Key Club, Student Council and Band. He served his senior year as a senator for the Hi-Y convention and president of the National Honor Society. The NHS moderator presented Gordon with the Golden Bear for Outstanding Member of NHS for heading one of the most successful tutoring programs at that time.
‘Stewart is very committed to his family, friends and the children of our community. In his positions at Earl K. Long, the Pennington, and YouWho, Inc. he is very passionate about educating and caring for children,’ commented Sonny Chastain ’82.
‘His role goes well beyond that of a mere job, but a vocation or calling. Each day, Stewart truly exemplifies the call to serve others that the Brothers of the Sacred Heart instilled in us,’ added Chastain.
Dr. Gordon and his wife of 12 years, Cricket, have two children, eight-year-old Emma and four-year-old Webster and are expecting another baby in April.