Dr. Abel J. Paredes founded his practice over 40 years ago, and it has grown steadily to accomodate the needs of the community. In 2005, the practice took on a new name along with the new location. Today, Great Kids Pediatrics and Dr. Paredes serve the greater Houston area with the help of Dr. Crane, Dr. Arnal, and Dr. Lee.
Dr. Abel J. Paredes was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he received his medical degree at the University of San Carlos in 1970. Dr. Paredes completed his Pediatric Internship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, affiliated with the University of Nebraska and Creighton University. He completed his Pediatric Residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 1973. Dr. Paredes received an award from the World Health Organization to further his studies and he completed a two-year Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at Baylor in 1975.
Dr. Paredes then joined the Faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in the Departments of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology as an Instructor and then Assistant Professor, teaching and working in the field of pediatric infections and studies of vaccines.
Dr. Paredes opened his Pediatrics practice on September 1, 1977 at Memorial City Hospital, where he has been ever since. Dr. Paredes has continued his interest in research in the development of vaccines by participating in many trials of the current vaccines our children receive, in association with the Respiratory Research Center and Department of Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. He has conducted research in the rapid diagnosis of Influenza virus with Zymetex, a private company, for the last 5 years. Dr. Paredes has remained active in teaching. High School, Medical Students and Residents from Baylor College of Medicine have rotated through his office to expand their interest in pediatrics.
Dr. Paredes has been President of the Houston Pediatric Society and the Baylor Pediatric Alumni Association. He has also been a speaker at the Baylor Pediatric Symposium in Houston, and has lectured in Pediatric Infectious Diseases in Guatemala City and San Jose, Costa Rica. Dr. Paredes is the former Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital.
His involvement has been not only in medicine, but also in his 3 children’s school activities. Dr. Paredes has coached soccer and softball for 15 years at St. Cecilia School. He became President of the School Board, where he served for 4 years.
Dr. Paredes has been married since 1975. He enjoys traveling with his family.