Meet Our Pediatricians
Over my years of training I have come to realize that Pediatric medicine and preventive medicine are synonymous terms. A good pediatrician provides appropriate care from birth and on to keep patients away from disease, rather than treat them when the disease has already occurred. That is why I feel it so important to start with good newborn care along with anticipatory guidance and timely immunizations. With childhood obesity becoming an epidemic, early intervention with proper diet and exercise need to be at the forefront as a preventive strategy.
When I have time, I get involved in community projects such as providing school supplies to the less fortunate and food drives during the holidays. I am also passionate about child advocacy in the community.
My own children are all grown, and my wife and I are proud grandparents. I’m a beach lover and an ex-surfer, so I always enjoy heading to the beach with my grandkids. At home, I like spending time with the three dogs that my wife and I rescued.
Although I’ve been practicing for more than three decades, some aspects of my philosophy of care have remained unchanged. I compare preventive medicine to using a seat belt. It ensures the safety and well-being of my patients, and it’s going to be the key to the success of pediatrics in the 21st century.
I work four days a week, and my husband is also a physician. We have three children, a dog, a cat and a rabbit to care for. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with them and reading.
It’s fun for me to watch my kids and my patients grow up in the same area I did. I was born in Green Cove Springs and raised on Fleming Island.
I served in the US Navy as a Pediatrician. After transferring to Jacksonville on my final tour, my wife and I decided to make Jacksonville our home. Being Georgia natives, we are close to our families. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, and going to the beach.
I understand how to work with children and families because my husband and I are raising two kids of our own. We love spending time together as a family and taking trips to the beach.
My philosophy of care centers on active communication between parents and the physician. It is important to have ongoing relationships with the patient and their families in order to provide great care. This relationship provides the foundation for a healthy future.
Tariq Gulzar, MD
My education and qualifications include a residency in pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, FL, a certification in pediatrics advanced life support, and a board certification in pediatrics.