Annapolis Pediatrics Announces the Retirement of Dr. Dwight Fortier
After over 40 years of service, a beloved pediatrician hangs up his stethoscope.
Annapolis, June 11th, 2018: Annapolis Pediatrics announced today that Dr. Dwight Fortier will be retiring from the pediatric practice on August 25th, 2018 after 46 years of service.
Dr. Fortier was born in Washington, DC. He attended the University of Maryland for his undergraduate degree and went on to the University of Maryland- Baltimore School of Medicine for his doctorate. He completed his internship at Mercy Hospital. He then spent three years as a General Medical Officer at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Japan working mostly as a surgeon for wounded marines and sailors. After the Navy, with three small children of his own, he decided to focus on pediatrics. He then completed his residency at University Hospital in Baltimore.
“I was always interested in pediatrics; however, having had enough of combat surgery, it became clear that working with kids was the path for me,” said Dr. Fortier.
Dr. Fortier moved to Annapolis, MD in 1972 where he joined Annapolis Pediatrics as their third pediatrician. He joined Dr. Philip Briscoe, the founding father of the practice, and Dr. Jonathan Sutton, who joined in the 1960’s. They occupied a small office on Forbes Street for many years. From this core of three doctors, the practice has grown steadily to the point of having now 21 Pediatricians and 15 pediatric Nurse Practitioners working out of five sites – Annapolis, Crofton, Edgewater, Kent Island and Severna Park. Among the group, there are certified specialists in Behavioral Pediatrics, Lactation Counseling and Pediatric Endocrinology.
“I have had the good fortune of being Dr. Fortier’s associate for 35 years. None of this expansion would have been possible without his vision and leadership,” says Dr. Samuel Libber. “I recall him saying in 1989 that he refused to work another winter in the tiny office at 201 Forbes Street. Aside from a lack of windows, this subterranean space lacked a laboratory, lunch room and fresh air. There was something submarine-like working in that space where we all got to know one another and learn each other’s habits very quickly. We wound up staying there for two more winters, much to Dr. Fortier’s chagrin, but finally moved our main office across the street to 200 Forbes Street in 1991.”
Dr. Fortier has been an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics over the years, standing for better patient quality of care, with a special interest in infectious diseases. He was the Chief of Pediatrics at Anne Arundel Medical Center from 1985 to 1990, and also one of the founders and a provider at Nighttime Pediatrics for many years. Dr. Fortier was a Managing Partner at Annapolis Pediatrics from 1994 to 2014.
Throughout his career, Dr. Fortier has paved the way for many practice accolades including Bridges to Excellence: Physician Office Systems Recognition Program and NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home which identifies practices aiming to improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs.
Dr. Fortier has been a fixture in the lives of his patients, offering top-notch pediatric care, sensitivity and humor to the practice of medicine. In his final years of practicing medicine, it was not uncommon for Dr. Fortier to see third generations of patients. These families continue to bring back their children and grandchildren to see their beloved pediatrician.
“It has been a great ride,” declares Dr. Fortier. “I have learned as much from the parents of the kids that I have taken care of as I have from my colleagues and medical partners.”
With the expansion of Annapolis Pediatrics locations and services, Dr. Fortier has become a mentor to incoming providers, showing them the way and offering wisdom over “Dining with Dwight” meetings.
“While it is bittersweet to see Dr. Fortier hang up his stethoscope after such an illustrious, influential career caring for three generations of families in the Annapolis area, we are so grateful for the countless lives that are better for his presence in them,” stated Dr. Margaret Turner, Annapolis Pediatrics’ CEO. “We wish him nothing but the best in his retirement but cannot imagine the halls of our five offices without him occasionally stopping by for a visit and a dose of his hard-earned wisdom.”
Dr. Fortier is married with four children, and five grandchildren with whom he plans to spend more time with during his less busy days of seeing patients.
As Dr. Fortier takes his well-deserved retirement, we would like to thank him for his service and loving care for our neighborhood children. He leaves behind a legacy and will forever remain a long-standing part of the fabric of the Annapolis community.
Friends, Current/ Former Patients and Colleagues of Dr. Dwight Fortier –
We are putting together a scrapbook of pictures, mementos, and testimonials to commemorate his extraordinary career as a pediatrician. If you have an anecdote to share, would like to write a letter thanking him for his specific influence in your or your child’s life, or would just like to reminisce about the “good old days”, please either hand-write and mail or email to:
200 Forbes Street, Ste 200
Annapolis, MD 21401