The Carithers Pediatric Group was proud to bring Tom Connolly on board in October 2002. Tom returned to his hometown after spending over four years overseas in the U.S. Air Force. He served as a military pediatrician for two years in Japan and then two years in Italy. Tom grew up in Jacksonville graduating from Bishop Kenny High School followed by a biology degree from Jacksonville University. He attended Emory University Medical School on a military scholarship. He completed his pediatric residency at Travis AFB near San Francisco, California. From there, the Air Force sent him to Yokota AB near Tokyo, Japan for two years followed by a two-year tour at Aviano AB near Venice, Italy. He currently volunteers his time as a guest lecturer in Biology at Bishop Kenny as well as volunteers as an assistant coach on the varsity boys’ basketball team. He also guest lectures at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University and Riverside Presbyterian Day School. He is currently on the board for the Early Learning Coalition of Duval (VPK program for Duval County) and is also on the board for Wolfson Children’s Hospital. He has served various office levels for the Northeast Florida Pediatric Society including president from 2011 to 2013.He is married to Mequel and they have a son, Jacob. He also has a son, Brandon, who primarily lives with his mom in Pennsylvania. He enjoys staying busy with various sports and spending time with his big family, which includes two brothers, five sisters and many nieces and nephews.