Dr. Stephen Lefler has delivered more than 6,000 babies during more than 20 years as an OB/GYN, but he still gets excited with each new miracle that he helps bring into the world.
“I remember seeing that first baby born, and those little hands and little feet and it all just works and you know there is a God in heaven,” Dr. Lefler says. “It’s a mission for me and I love seeing people blessed with that event in their life.”
Ever since watching Marcus Welby, M.D., as a kid, Dr. Lefler says he’s been on a mission to be a doctor. He fell in love with the field of obstetrics/gynecology when he delivered his first baby during residency.
Dr. Lefler moved to Fort Smith after more than 20 years of private practice in Searcy and Russellville, Ark. He is excited about Mercy’s facilities, including the Level III neonatal intensive care unit, which will enable him to offer a more complete practice. “My patients can get the level of treatment and care they need in Fort Smith and that’s comforting,” he says.
He’s also excited about the fact that Mercy is continuously improving health care in Fort Smith through ongoing physician recruitment and a commitment to updated facilities and technology. “Mercy is known for providing quality care that is convenient and personal and I’m proud to be a part of that team.”
Speaking of personal care, Dr. Lefler makes it a goal that his patients leave him feeling cared for and well-served. Each day, he prays that he will make a difference in the life of at least one person.
Dr. Lefler also is making a difference in his field of medicine, serving as the Arkansas chairman for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The organization strongly advocates for quality health care for women and works to promote the continuing education of its physician members, particularly as it relates to patient education and increasing physician awareness of the changing issues facing women’s health care.
“I think it’s important that patient care is individualized and patients need to know the pluses and minuses of each choice. Forty years ago, patients were simply told to have a hysterectomy. Today, we discuss all the options and the patient is involved in the decisions about her care.”
Dr. Lefler joins Dr. David McClanahan, Dr. Don Phillips and Dr. Andrew Riche’ at Mercy Clinic Ob/Gyn located at 3224 S. 70th Street in Fort Smith. The phone number is 479-785-2229.