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Jeffery Kile, MD has always loved working with children. While a high school student at Bishop Hoban, Dr. Kile was a karate instructor. Later, when the Wilkes-Barre native was studying medical technology at King’s College, he was a CYC camp counselor. “I took a year off between college graduation and medical school,” Dr. Kile said. “During that time, I worked full-time at the CYC. I started its first after-school program for children. I do great with kids, so I knew before I started medical school that I wanted to be a pediatrician. I said so at my interview – that’s not a statement the admissions committee is used to hearing.”

Dr. Kile’s ease with children, combined with his love for science, has garnered him consecutive awards for the region’s “best pediatrician.” In 2016, he was No. 1 in the region, moving up a spot from his second-place award in 2015 in a local newspaper poll in which the public votes for their top choices. Dr. Kile says he is humbled by the awards and believes they underscore the need to connect on a personal level with every family he serves.

Dr. Kile said he builds connections by being both down-to-earth and, on occasion, humorous. “I can be a funny guy,” he said. “I have fun. I give the kids high fives and sometimes we put the stethoscope on a stuffed animal. But I also have to be reassuring to the parents. So even though I’m sometimes funny, I’m also pretty direct. For most parents, their kids are more important than their own lives, they need to trust me. So I try to draw from my own experience as a father.”

“Teaching is in my blood, so when Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine came along, I knew I wanted to be part of it,” Dr. Kile said. “As a resident — and later as chief resident – I was always teaching either the residents in the years behind me or medical students. When I returned to Wilkes-Barre, I wanted to continue that and Geisinger Commonwealth allows me to do that. I think one important lesson is striving for that human connection with patients and families. Medicine is a science, but it’s also an art. The art is applying the science to the patient’s wishes, desires and needs. I hope my students are learning that.”
Jeffery Kile