Dr. Lorenzo Childress III: Out of the White Coat

Lorenzo Childress III, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician who also provides wound care and hyperbaric oxygen treatments at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Center for Wound Healing.

As a primary care doctor, Dr. Childress treats a broad range of health conditions and has a special interest in the treatment of diabetes and orthopedic injuries.

“I really like helping people with diabetes. It can cause so many health problems, but it’s so treatable,” Dr. Childress says. “You get a chance to make a difference in someone’s life that’s really palpable. Preventing complications is far better for patients than treatment.”

For orthopedic injuries, such as sprains, fractures and dislocations, Dr. Childress enjoys the immediacy of the results.

“You can watch a person progress quickly.”

Married to a neonatal intensive care nurse, Dr. Childress has two children, a 6-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, who love to play Connect 4 and Memory with their dad.

AS A CHILD, HE DREAMED OF: Becoming a farmer. I had friends whose fathers were farmers, and we used to visit our family farm in Mississippi. I loved being out with the animals and in the fresh air.

HIS FIRST JOB: After eighth grade, when my school system offered summer jobs, I worked as an assistant janitor.

WHEN HE REALIZED HE WANTED TO BE A DOCTOR: I worked in my dad’s office

after my sophomore year of high school. He was a primary care physician, and I admired the relationship he had with his patients.

FAVORITE PART OF HIS JOB: Talking with my patients and getting to know them and their families.

FAVORITE MOVIE: The Deer Hunter with Christopher Walken and Robert De Niro.

IF HE COULD ADD AN EIGHTH DAY TO THE WEEK: I would take my children fishing and horseback riding more often.

WHAT HE’S PASSIONATE ABOUT: Increasing access to health care in underserved communities, where you find a lot more people suffering from avoidable diseases.

BEST HEALTH TIP FOR PATIENTS: Everything in moderation. I can’t blame a person for wanting a slice of pizza or a good hamburger—I enjoy food myself. But with diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices, balance is important. If you learn to control the proportion, you can control the outcome.