Events at


1. Dr. Smolen is completing his 33rd year of private practice, August 2015.


2. Dr. Smolen’s first book called Can Doesn’t Mean Should is being printed  and is now available on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes + Nobles, and major book stores.


3. Dr. Smolen is named to Business NC Magazine’s Best Doctors 2014.


4. Dr. Smolen is named part a Best Doctor by BestDoctor America 2014.


5. Dr. Smolen continues to be a contributor to the Charlotte Observer News Alliance in 2014.


6. Dr. Smolen is named by “Vitals” a Patients’ Choice recipient 2014.


7. The pediatric blog becomes one of the most successful pediatric blogs on the internet, currently with 50,000 visits/month-April 2015


8. Can Doesn’t Mean Should is referred to  in psychologist John Rosemond’s syndicated column, April 2015, as an “Excellent resource” for parents.


9. South Charlotte Weekly did a featured article about Can Doesn’t Mean Should, April 2015.


10. The Duke University library, Doc Smo’s alma mater, acquires a copy of Can Doesn’t Mean Should- April 2015.



11. The Charlotte Observer printed a feature article about Dr. Smolen and his Blog and Book- June 2015


12. Dr. Smolen spoke to parents at “Child and Family Development” June 25th, 6:15-7:15, in Charlotte, NC


13. Dr. Smolen will be appearing on WBTV’s live morning talk show on June 25th at 8am EST. 



14. Dr. Smolen appeared on Charlotte Today, a live talk show CNBC at 11:00 on July 8th, 2015




15  Dr. Smolen will be appearing again on Charlotte Today, a live talk show CNC at 11:00am on August 5th, 2015



16  Dr. Smolen will be appearing at a book signing and lecture at Talbots, Southpark in Charlotte, October 1st, 2015 5-7pm.



17 Dr. Smolen will be speaking and signing his book at Park Road Books on October 17th, 2015 11:00am-1:00pm.



18 Dr. Smolen will be speaking and signing his book at Toys and Company, Cotswold Shopping Center, Charlotte, NC, November  7th, 2015, 10:00am-1:00pm.



19 Dr. Smolen held a book signing at Barnes and Nobles Book Store on Morrison Ave in Charlotte, December 5th 2015.




20. Dr. Smolen’s book and blog were featured in an article in the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School alumni magazine, fall 2015.


21. Dr. Smolen became a featured teacher on the popular website, His new course entitled “Bringing Baby Home” gives new parents valuable information about caring for their newborns.


22. Dr. Smolen becomes a contributor to Healthy Moms Magazine–



23. Dr. Smolen leads a discussion with parents and staff of Carolinas Pediatric Rehabilitation Facility about today’s parenting challenges-July 14th, 2016


24. Portable Practical Pediatrics is named  #9 best pediatric blog  Feedspots top 100 pediatric blogs!-August 2017

25.  After 36 years of continuous pediatric practice, Dr. Smolen has semi-retired from the practice of general practice and now is enjoying other pursuits. Currently he is writing his second book about parenting and children. 

26.  Dr. Smolen’s first book, “Can Doesn’t mean Should” can now found in the following libraries around the world:

            Saint Tammany Parish Library-Covington, LA, U.S.

             Johnston Public Library-Johnston, IA, U.S.

             Yolo County Library, Woodland, Ca, U.S.

             Bibliotheek Wageningen, Wageningen, HD Netherlands

             Taipei American School, Taipei City, Taiwan

             Auckland Libraries, Auckland, Australia

             Duke University  Library, Durham, NC, U.S.

27. Dr. Smolen has been chosen to be the 2020 President of the Charlotte Pediatric Society

28. Dr. Smolen’s second parenting book hits the stores, Great Kids Don’t Just Happen, 5 Essential for Raising Successful Children-October 2019


  1. Ellen Cotton says:

    Hi there, I am a parent of 4 kids, all go to Providence Pediatrics in Charlotte. I am very involved in a local group here call Families Managing Media, started by local Mom Melanie Hempe, RN of Matthews, NC. We educate parents about the importance and benefits to limiting and managing screen use in the home (video gaming, social media, smart phones, ipads, etc…). She has appeared many times on the Charlotte Today show and writes blogs for Charlotte Parent magazine. My children see Dr. Moorman, and I spoke quite a bit with him about our organization, and gave him some of our material. Parents need help! Please feel free to check out our website at for more info. We can be a great resource for families who are struggling with this issue. We also hold monthly meetings and seminars in the Charlotte area. We would love to share our info on your website, or on your pedcasts! Please feel free to contact me or Melanie at

    • DocSmo says:

      Thank you for your work on behalf of children and families. I will check out your website with great interest. I may be able to help you get the word out. I’ll be in touch. Thanks. Doc Smo

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