|Dr. Paul Tudder, a Leesburg-based gynecologist, recently celebrated 30 years in practice. Photo Courtesy/Sarah Pingley|
In 1983, Leesburg was a small town with much of what we see today not yet on the horizon.
There was one high school, not three. No government center. Market Station was not built. And Leesburg Corner Outlets didn't exist.
Dr. Paul Tudder, a gynecologist, began his independent practice in Leesburg in July 1983.
Celebrating his 30-year-anniversary in July, Tudder is still based in Leesburg with a practice in Reston and privileges at Reston Hospital Center. He is hoping another 30 years are ahead of him.
“I am thankful that God in his grace has given me an opportunity to do something that I genuinely love for the past 30 years and hopefully 30 more,” Tudder said. “It is such an honor to arrive at a point in my career that I am now delivering the sons and daughters of those I delivered many years ago.”
With a small town upbringing, Tudder chose Leesburg because it reminded him of home.
“I was interested in a small town environment, just the kind of place that I grew up in. The kind of place where you knew your neighbors and their children and they knew you,” Tudder said.
Tudder estimates he's delivered about 5,000 babies, but he acknowledges that he doesn't keep track and “every day is a new day and every baby is a new baby.”
The community has given Tudder numerous awards for his work, including the most compassionate doctor award and the Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr. Humanitarian Award in 2011 by Reston Hospital Center. He's also been named one of The Washingtonian's top doctors for OB/GYNs for several years running.
Advancements in technology have greatly changed how Tudder has conducted medical procedures over the years, including changes in pain management, incision size and genetic testing.
“Technological growth has been incredible during my career, we went from making large incisions in gynecology with patients going home in four to five days, and with today's technology, we are making three small 5 millimeter incisions and sending the patient home within 24 hours,” Tudder said. “Obstetrically the most rapidly growing technology has been in the field of genetics. Simple blood tests can rule out a variety of problems related to genetic mutations.
“When I first started, sonography was in its infancy, as were epidurals for pain control during labor. Today they are very common tools,” Tudder added.