I agree that Dr. Williams is great with kids who are not often sick and who are developing normally. However, I would avoid this office if your child has any sort of developmental delay. When we were at the practice, Drs. Williams and Petit essentially ignored the reports and test results sent by specialists (like developmental pediatricians and other therapists), and basically made up their own minds -- based on the 5 minutes every few months that they actually saw my child -- about what problems he did and did not have. The most heartbreaking part was when they wrote on a form -- without breaking the news to my husband and I beforehand -- that my child had mental retardation (!!!) when he didn't even have a cognitive delay! They also said he had a speech delay, which was confusing because he had just tested at his age level for speech. At first, I was heartbroken and assumed I must have misinterpreted a test result that indicated retardation or a cognitive delay, but when my child's developmental pediatrician at UMAB heard about this, the developmental pediatrician was absolutely furious. Beyond the fact that Drs. Williams and Petit appeared not to have read any of the developmental or speech reports, our developmental ped was even more angry that Drs. Williams and Petit confused "developmental delay" with something as dramatic as "mental retardation" and never bothered to explain it to me - they just let me read the form when I got home. It was a heinous experience and we immediately switched pediatricians. My child has physical limitations, but that does not mean that his pediatrician - who should be his advocate, in a sense - should label him with an array of other conditions in the absence of supporting evidence. For that reason, I no longer recommend Dr. Williams' practice.
IN RESPONSE TO THE PREVIOUS REVIEWER: Susan,
maybe Dr. Williams was great 25 years ago--and maybe he still is for the majority of his patients today--but regardless of whether or not I am angry, the fact is that Dr. Williams disregarded many reports sent by highly trained physicians who specialize in child development and who spent hours, rather than a mere 5 minutes every few months, with my child. I agree that many parents of children with developmental issues go through denial and yes, when my son was first born, I was one of them. But that was years ago. Today, I actually take the time to listen to specialists when they say that my son *does* or *does not* have certain limitations. And, according to these highly trained physicians, my son does not have mental retardation. That's not my *opinion* -- that's the conclusion of a physician with far more specialized expertise than Dr. Williams. And the fact that Dr. Williams (1) disregarded the specialist's diagnoses and (2) did not even discuss the possibility of mental retardation with me before writing it on an official form is both inconsiderate and irresponsible. With all due respect to Dr. Williams, I feel that other parents of children with developmental delays who are looking for a pediatrician *today*, rather than 25 years ago, should know that this could happen to their child, too.