EASTON — Pediatric physician Brian Corden, who has cared for Eastern Shore children since 1994, recently exited the medical stage in a big way — as the Maryland Pediatrician of the Year.
The award is gifted each year by the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to a member pediatrician whose career has “exemplified the ideals of pediatrics in service, advocacy, and contribution,” according to the MDAAP’s website.
After a long career in medicine, beginning at Georgetown University School of Medicine and ending at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center in Easton, Corden retired last year.
Corden spent several years practicing in the pediatric oncology field and served as faculty at various medical schools around the country. He also was a member of the U.S. Public Health Service for more than 23 years.
Since his retirement, Corden has continued his long time contributions to the MDAAP as an Eastern Shore representative for Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
He said he was “incredibly honored” to receive recognition from the MDAAP because he never thought he "would get something like that as just a little humble pediatrician down here in Easton.”
“All of a sudden, I get this notice from the president of the Maryland chapter that I’ve been selected as the Pediatrician of the Year, so I was quite overwhelmed,” he said. “I just feel really invigorated personally by it — sort of abashed and humbled.”
But Corden said he wouldn’t have been able to perform nearly as well in his field had it not been for his staff of managers, nurses and receptionists.
“My practice that I had wasn’t just me,” he said. “It was my absolutely wonderful staff. We all worked together, and we felt as if the kids were more family than customers.”
Corden said his favorite part of being a pediatrician was interacting with the children, who often would give him hugs and tell funny jokes.
“There’s no doubt in pediatrics that’s one of the best things, the kids when they come in,” he said. “It’s just so rewarding to see the young people.
“I see them in the grocery store now, and I just can’t believe some of these kids. I was there when they were born, and now they’re teenagers doing things.”
Now that he’s retired, though, he said things are “pretty bleak” without having as many “interesting things happening everyday.” But he assured he’s staying active with the academy, playing guitar and reading a lot.