When Dr. Jason Terk entered medical school, his focus was the care of children.
“I wanted to go into a field that I knew I could make a difference in people’s lives,” the pediatrician said. “I wanted to get into something that would really sustain my idealism. I really wanted to help people and pediatrics was really a natural fit.”
Today, he practices at Cook Children’s Pediatrics - Keller, which is a part of Cook Children’s Health Care System. He has been in active practice since 1997 and sees approximately 500 patients a month, ages birth to 18 years.
Terk’s enthusiasm for his occupation is clearly evident.
“I understood pretty early on that I could pretty well connect with kids,” said Terk, 47. “It’s one of the few careers in which you can be completely goofy in your career. And it’s a rare thing to be able to go to work and do something that you truly enjoy. And that’s what I get in my life.”
Dr. Justin Smith, a pediatrician at Cook Children’s Pediatrics - Lewisville, lauded the Keller doctor’s “strong commitment to kids and their health.”
Smith spoke of Terk‘s keen insight into the healthcare system and admires his colleague who often talks of being “an advocate for children and being a voice for them because they often don’t have a chance to speak up for themselves.”
Terk’s dedication was recently recognized when he was named president of the Texas Pediatric Society. He will serve a one-year term, ending in September.
According to its website, the Texas Pediatric Society — the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics — believes that the most important resource of the state of Texas is its children, and pledges its efforts to promote their health and welfare.
The society is a state professional nonprofit organization of more than 3,500 Texas pediatricians and several hundred medical students, Terk said.
Terk is honored to have been selected, explaining, “It’s my privilege to be able to lead an organization of such committed and talented people.”
Tricia Hall, executive director of the Texas Pediatric Society, said they are excited about Terk’s presidency and the leadership skills he brings to the society.
“He is passionate about the health and well-being of children and has demonstrated his commitment through his tireless advocacy on behalf of children’s issues,” Hall said.
The Keller physician said he is proud of any recognition his new post brings to the health care system and its Keller site in particular.
Terk said he “would be comfortable with my children seeing any of my partners and vice versa.”
The family he referred to are his wife, Rose, and sons, Joshua, 15, who attends Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas — Terk’s alma mater — and Colin, 12, who attends Indian Springs Middle School.
He is looking forward to serving as society president, saying his work allows him to further his advocacy for children “outside the four walls of my office.”