Dr. Spyridon Papadopoulos, known as “Dr. Spero” joined Children’s Medical Center in 1995. Dr. Spero was born in Rhode Island, but grew up in North Carolina, where he attended kindergarten through medical school. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which he received a B.A. in Chemistry with Honors.
While home in rural Sanford, NC, during college breaks, he saw patients with his former pediatrician, Dr. Mary Margaret McLeod, who mentored him and opened his eyes to the wonders of pediatrics. Dr. McLeod, the only pediatrician for several rural North Carolina counties, saw patients from all walks of life and often received payment for her services in vegetables from the garden and baked goods, if at all.
While attending medical school at Duke University, he met his wife-to-be and confirmed his love of pediatrics. Dr. Spero and his wife moved out to Denver to do their pediatric training, and have been in Colorado ever since. Upon completion of his pediatric internship and residency, he served as a Chief Resident in Pediatrics in the combined program of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, The Children’s Hospital (Denver), and Denver General Hospital. Dr. Spero worked for The Children’s Hospital in its Community Hospital Based Program prior to joining Children’s Medical Center.
Dr. Spero is married with two teenage sons. His wife is a pediatrician in practice in the south-central metropolitan area. Outside the office, he enjoys road and mountain biking, running, and hiking. His clinical interests include the infectious diseases.