“We want to provide an old fashioned personalized service where the doctor sits down with the patient (i.e. parents) and after examination of the child and discussion of the diagnosis with the parents, a mutual agreed upon plan is made. Our nurses and clerical assistants are specially trained in common pediatric problems as well vaccine schedules. And the patient and the parent are considered crucial partners in the medical care. I am a strong believer in the preventative aspects of pediatrics and highly recommends immunizations, balanced nutrition, and exercise, which are all reviewed at each patient encounter. I can bring insight into your child’s mental, emotional, and motor development.”

Board Certification

  • Pediatrics

Areas of Expertise

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Asthma Management
  • Attention, Anxiety Disorders
  • General Pediatrics

Education

Internship and Residency

Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Eastern Virginia School of Graduate Medicine
General Pediatrics
Norfolk, VA

Medical School

Semmelweis University of Medicine at University of Budapest
Doctor of Medicine
Budapest, Hungary

Undergraduate School

University of Bridgeport
Bachelor of Arts, Biology & Chemistry
Bridgeport, CT

Hospitals Affiliated With

Chippenham Hospital
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital
Johnston-Willis Hospital
St. Francis Hospital
St. Mary’s Hospital

Professional Associations

American Academy of Pediatrics
1980 – Present

Personal Interests

Outside of practicing medicine, Dr. McGhee likes to exercise to maintain great tennis playing, gardening, and family life.

Biography

Judith F. McGhee, MD, FAAP, is a seasoned pediatrician of 30 years.

After completing college at the University of Bridgeport with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry, she returned to hometown, Richmond, VA to teach biology and chemistry in the very high school where she graduated.

Here she found that she had a natural connection with adolescents and their inquisitive minds. This would later direct her affinity for adolescent medicine. As she says, “Teenagers get a bad rap. They’re wonderful. All that optimism and humor help them get through those turbulent, emotional teen years. And their minds are open to all kinds of ideas, simple and complex. It’s really fun working with them!”

Dr. McGhee interned and trained at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk, VA. Because of her Hungarian heritage (both parents are from Budapest) and because the tuition was cheap (and she was the oldest of eight), she elected to study medicine in Hungary, where she completed her Doctor of Medicine cum laude at the University of Medicine in Budapest, Hungary.

The residency at Children’s Hospital ignited interest in neonatal medicine prompting Dr. McGhee to almost take on a fellowship in that branch of pediatrics. But then she married the love of her life. They started a family (four wonderful children) while living in Williamsburg, VA. To support the growing family and the husband who was then studying business at the College of William and Mary, Dr. McGhee worked in private practice. It didn’t take long for the McGhee’s to realize that neonatal medicine was incompatible with raising a family.

In private practice, Dr. McGhee discovered her true calling: doing pediatrics from babyhood through adolescence. Hence, when the family moved back to the Richmond area, the couple opened a private practice in Brandermill, a planned community with many families interested in the same goals for their children as the McGhee’s.

“We wanted Brandermill Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine to be part of the community that we are serving,” says Dr. McGhee.

In keeping with the theme of very special, personalized medicine, the McGhee’s set up the practice with this very mission: we want to provide an old fashioned personalized service when the doctor sits down with the patient (i.e. parents) and after the exam of the child and discussion of the diagnosis with the parents, a mutual agreed upon written plan is made.

Dr. McGhee’s other professional interests include the treatment of asthma and allergies as well as attention deficit disorder. Because of her ethnic background, Dr. McGhee has a working knowledge in German and Hungarian and has been able to help international students and their families.

She is a strong believer in the preventative aspects of pediatrics and highly recommends immunizations, balanced nutrition, and exercise, which are all reviewed at each patient encounter. She can bring insight in your child’s mental, emotional, and motor development. Dr. McGhee is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.