Jan 25, 2019
Stephen Valder is a pediatrician who practiced medicine for 24
years. He was a partner a Providence Pediatrics before retiring in
2016. He has since become interested in addressing the issue of
affordable housing as an individual unaffiliated with a non-profit
organziation. He is vice chair of the West Side Charlotte Community
Land Trust, an owner of housing units that he rents to low-income
residents, and an advocate for several affordable housing
solutions. Stephen earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology at Duke
University and an M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
aptitudes and motivations, civic engagement, affordable housing,
the obligations of privilege, and living one’s
IN THIS EPISODE
- Stephen describes how his first day of practice as a
pediatrician was like his last day of
- He shares what motivated him to retire from
the practice of medicine.
- He answers whether his colleagues felt similar
dissatisfaction with their work.
- He discusses applying multiple aptitudes on
- Stephen talks about the factors he balanced
when deciding to retire from medicine.
- He addresses what was enough financially for
him leaving medicine mid-career.
- He answers how his colleagues and patients
responded when he retired.
- He reflects on whether he retired too young and going about
engaging in community.
- Stephen explains why he became interested in affordable
housing and how he has gone about contributing to
- He shares his experience of being a landlord and what
he has learned.
- He discusses whether renting out his properties are a
business or a mission.
- He answers whether he is more fulfilled in
- Stephen considers the benefits and the obligations of
- He talks about growing up in Charlotte and the
influence and example of his parents.
- He notes the one person he met at Duke
University who has had the most impact on his life.
- He shares how he came to practice
- Stephen reveals what he wants his to have been
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