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Dr. Avril Beckford

Dr. Avril Beckford
WellStar Medical Group
Specialties: Pediatrics
Languages Spoken: English
Degree: Doctor of Medicine
School: University of Cape Town
Residency: Red Cross Children's Hospital
PennState Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Certification: American Board Pediatrics
ACO Provider: Yes
Hospital Affiliations:
WellStar Cobb Hospital


A resident of Atlanta, Dr. Beckford, is a board-certified pediatrician practicing at WellStar Medical Group, Pediatric & Adolescent Center and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is currently the chief pediatrics officer for WellStar Health System.


Dr. Beckford was appointed to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society and founded the Pediatric and Adolescent Center of Cobb in 1994. She served as the president for the Board of Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 2008-2010 and is the former chairperson of the section on Families and Professionalism. She completed her Pediatrics Residency at Penn State University Children’s Hospital and received her medical degree at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, before emigrating to the United States in 1985.


Dr. Beckford held a teaching position at Penn State University Children’s Hospital as chief resident and instructor and is an outpatient clinical preceptor for the Pediatric Department of The Morehouse School of Medicine. She has served on a number of volunteer boards and is the author of three books and numerous articles and book chapters.


She enjoys speaking to parent groups, has been featured on CNN and PBS and is passionate about caring for children and supporting their parents. Dr. Beckford is married to Lawrence Rowley, M.D. and their son Derek is a senior at Stanford University.


Practice Affiliations

2016 Member of the Professional Staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Recent Media

Meet Avril Beckford, M.D., Chief Pediatrics Officer

Medical Practice

WellStar Medical Group
Pediatric & Adolescent Center

4581 South Cobb Drive
Suite 100
Smyrna, GA 30080
Phone: (770) 801-5000
Fax: (770) 435-6680
WellStar Medical Group
Pediatric & Adolescent Center

1180 Ernest Barrett Parkway
Suite 102B
Kennesaw, GA 30144-4534
Phone: (678) 354-2273
Fax: (770) 794-6837
WellStar Medical Group
Pediatric & Adolescent Center

1810 Mulkey Road
Suite 201
Austell, GA 30106
Phone: (770) 819-9262
Fax: (678) 945-1295

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