Todd Harris, M.D.

Monday Notes: Carolina Panthers Edition

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

Girl Panther football

Okay, so this is not a sports blog – but where a child is involved – maybe a pediatrician should comment:

What is not to like about this reaction from the Carolina Panthers 31-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks?

Cam Newton and the Panthers have a tradition: after scoring a touchdown, they hand the ball off to a child in the stands.

As a pediatrician and a parent (and a Panther’s fan), I think this is a great idea. Rather than taking the ball home to let it gather dust in some trophy case (or a closet, because in the case of Cam Newton, he could collect quite a few of these over the years), why not make some child’s day (which we know makes some parent’s day as well)?

When you see the child’s face – you know that there is something extra special about the look of unbridled joy from a child.

Go Panthers! Keep pounding!!

And now, back to the daily lineup…


Today is Monday, January 18, 2016

  • We sign off our answering service at 8:00 am to take calls directly from our office until we finish our evening clinic (typically around 7:00 pm).


  • 8:00 – 8:30 am: Today if you arrive at the Duraleigh office during that time your child will be seen by our pediatrician(s) covering walk-in patients. These times are for acute sick visits only (symptoms of a short duration).
  • As always, all other visits today are scheduled by appointment only.

Today’s Lineup

  • On Call: Dr. Leigh Lehan will be rounding on our newborns at Rex Hospital.
  • In our Duraleigh Office today:  Drs. Muff Carr, Lily Harris, Leigh Lehan,Sarah Owrey, and Tom Sena
  • In our Brier Creek Office today:  Drs. Jamila Fletcher, Rick Gessner, and Jen Long

After Hours Care

  • Our On Call Pediatrician manages our after hours care.
  • Urgent calls outside regular hours: 919-781-7490
  • After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Todd Harris, M.D.

Calling All Cards

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

Calling all cards

December 7, 2015It is starting to appear. Like previous years, the arrivals will no doubt be slow at first but then show steady, daily increase – as each week passes, more and more will come.

No, I am not talking about the flu. This is something else – something much safer and much more fun:

A favorite RCAM holiday tradition has always been receiving holiday cards from our families.

[WARNING: The following could sound like begging.] If your family practices the tradition of sending a holiday card – particularly if it includes some version of a family photograph – please consider sending one our way:

Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine
Holiday Card Department
3100 Duraleigh Road, Suite 300

Raleigh, NC 27612

Know that one of the best parts of this tradition is displaying the cards in our office.

Plus, we’ve taken it a step further: If you have sent a card in the last 10 years, it has been saved and cataloged so that each year’s card can be displayed together.

Finally, It doesn’t have to be a Christmas Card – any holiday will do – or just send a picture. We really just get a kick out of this visual of our families through the years.

Todd Harris, M.D.


Written by Todd Harris, M.D.


November 5, 2015 – You may recall an earlier post about the 12 finalists for this year’s 2 new inductions into the Toy Hall of Fame.

Those 2 new inductions will be announced sometime today. This morning, I would like to present the 2015 RCAM Toy Hall of Fame Bracketology.

It works for college basketball. Let’s see how it works for toys.

The 12 finalists have been divided into 4 Regions with 3 toys in each. Since there are 3 per Region, 1 of those 3 gets a bye to the second round with a chance to go to The Toy Final Four.

The Upper Region

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Todd Harris, M.D.

RCAM Halloween 2015: Recap (Ratings Included)

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.


November 1, 2015 Hope your family had a safe and fun Halloween.

You can’t take that for granted because we all know that Halloween can get ugly.

Take – for example – the competition between the Nurses at our Duraleigh and Brier Creek offices – this ongoing battle turns fierce this time every year.

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Todd Harris, M.D.

October 6, 2015 – We can have fun here, right? We don’t always have to have that heavy, guilt-inducing medicine talk, do we?

Ok, now that we have that straight…

The National Toy Hall of Fame (HOF) is located in Rochester, NY and housed in The Strong® – a “highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play.”

The Toy HOF annually names 12 finalists for induction and then two or three are selected for induction.

This year’s 12 finalists have already been announced and include: American Girl dolls, Battleship, coloring book, Jenga, PLAYMOBIL, puppet, scooter, Super Soaker, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, top, Twister, and the Wiffle Ball.

RCAM takes notice of such things because we know that the work of childhood is play. Where there are children, there is play; and where there is play, there are toys. It is not a stretch to think that that has always been true (EDITOR’S NOTE: this is true – note that “stick” is already in the Toy Hall of Fame).

Therefore, in honor of outstanding achievement in the field of Toys, RCAM announces a 3 part series:

National Toy Hall of Fame

We will find out on Thursday, November 5 at 10:30 am which two or three from that list will be recognized with permanent inclusion in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Which two are most deserving of this honor? Participate in our poll and next week read one pediatrician’s take on who should be added to the Toy Hall of Fame:

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