History of the Practice

Our physicians and staff at Pediatric Care of Rockville have been caring for children in the Greater Washington area for over 45 years.

It is difficult to pinpoint the starting date of this practice, but a reasonable year might be 1968, when the young Dr. James D'Albora joined the established practice of Dr. Robert Scanlon. In 1971, they moved to the Camalier Building in the rapidly growing, but still rural, suburb of Bethesda. (It’s hard to think of Bethesda as “rural” now!)

Three years later, Dr. Judith Osha joined the practice after training here as a Georgetown medical student and pediatric resident. Shortly after, the practice recruited several more bright stars from Georgetown: Dr. Charles Coggeshall, Dr. Thomas Botsford, and Dr. Anna Erdman. We were devastated when Dr. Erdman passed away after a long illness on March 11, 2004. Several days earlier, she had been awarded the Pediatrician of the Year by the Montgomery County-Prince George's County Pediatric Society in recognition of her extraordinary talents and lasting impact on the community. She will never be forgotten by her friends, colleagues and patients.

By the spring of 1990, the office on the second floor of the Camalier Building was getting too small for the growing practice. That October we relocated to the first floor of the same building. Over the next 10 years the practice grew to include three new providers. Dr. Peggy Lee joined in 1993 and Dr. Kathleen Hawkins in 1999. Both were also trained at Georgetown University Hospital Center and carry on a long tradition of excellence. Upon graduation Dr. Lee was awarded “Resident of the Year” and Dr. Hawkins promoted to Chief Resident. In 1996 we recruited Bridget Conger from the Georgetown PICU to work as our head nurse. She left in 2000 to complete her graduate education as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and rejoined in 2005 to assume her current role as one of our 8 core providers.

The new millennium brought several significant changes. In the summer of 2000 we moved to our current location in the Willco Building. In 2004, following the retirement of Drs. D'Albora and Osha, the name of the practice was changed to "Pediatric Care of Rockville, P.A.". Over the decade the PCOR family grew to include Dr. Shuchi Bhatt (2002) and Dr. Peter Everett (2005). Unfortunately both have since moved on. Dr. Everett relocated to Massachusetts to be close to family, and just recently Dr. Bhatt transferred to a hospital-based practice. We cherish their friendship and recognize the contributions they made to PCOR, and know they continue to impact children and families in their new roles.

Adding fresh faces to our practice helps keep our knowledge current to provide our patients with the best possible pediatric care. Drs. Cantor and Troilo both trained at Georgetown and joined us in 2011 and 2014 respectively. Our newest doctors are Dr. Uliassi from Cornell and Dr. Lostumbo from Dartmouth.

In 2012 Dr. Coggeshall retired and recently in 2017 Dr. Botsford retired; both served PCOR for almost 40 years! Each was a mentor and inspiration both personally and professionally, and their impact on everyone at PCOR is enduring. We are proud to carry on their tradition of excellence!