Member Spotlight: Dr. Clark McSparren, SmartLife Member since 2018

Dr. Clark McSparren

Dr. Clark McSparren Jr., MD, is a long-standing, respected pediatrics specialist and a founder of Lancaster Pediatric Associates. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1959, he embarked on an exemplary career as a renowned pediatrician spanning more than 60 years. His dedication to his beloved city of Lancaster and the health and well-being of Pennsylvania’s children cannot be overstated.

While a practicing pediatrician, Dr. McSparren served as Chief of Pediatrics for a local hospital for five years, Medical Director of CAPs Lancaster City and the Lancaster County Head Start program for 12 years, and he co-founded the Lancaster County Committee on Child Abuse. He also served as an instructor for medical students and pediatric residents during this time.

After retiring from private practice, Dr. McSparren increased his volunteering for the School District of Lancaster, where he provided free, accessible medical care in their schoolbased clinics for students in need. Under his leadership, this program expanded beyond elementary to the middle and high school grades as well.

Dr. McSparren also led the successful campaign to build the 17-bed Seraph-McSparren Pediatric Inpatient Center at Lancaster General Hospital. The beautifully designed, state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot pediatric inpatient unit opened in September 2019.

Dr. McSparren was recently named FAAP Pediatrician of the Year for 2021 by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP). Prima Theatre held a virtual roast for Dr. McSparren, where a scholarship was named on his behalf for high school seniors wishing to pursue studies in the creative arts.

Currently, Dr. McSparren serves as Co-Chair of Willow Valley Communities’ “This is Personal” Capital Campaign Communications Committee for a world-class memory support center the senior living community is developing. He also serves on the campaign’s Executive Committee. Dr. McSparren is featured in Willow Valley Communities’ video presentation about the Memory Care Center, where he shares his unique experience as a caregiver for his late wife, Ethelmae.