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LeBauer HealthCare may not have existed if not for the popularity of silk hosiery. What is now one of the fastest growing medical practices in the Southeast, LeBauer HealthCare had a modest beginning. All beginning in the 1920s, when businessman Joe LeBauer moved his silk hosiery operation from New Jersey to Greensboro, N.C.
In time, nylons would replace silk hosiery, and the family’s interest would shift from textiles to medicine. Joe’s sons, Sidney LeBauer, MD, an internist and cardiologist, and Maurice LeBauer, MD, a general surgeon, started practicing medicine on the third floor of the old Jefferson Pilot building in downtown Greensboro in 1931.
Sidney LeBauer had three sons who joined the practice: Joe LeBauer, MD, a cardiologist; Sam LeBauer, MD, a gastroenterologist; and Eugene LeBauer, MD, a pulmonary and allergy medicine specialist. His fourth son, Sidney Jr., died of heart disease two days before he was to graduate from Duke University School of Medicine.
By the time the three joined their father and uncle in the 1960s and 1970s, things were getting busy, and 80- to 100-hour weeks were commonplace. “Our father instilled in us a love of medicine, and we recognized the satisfaction he got from his practice,” Sam LeBauer says. “There has never been a day I didn’t enjoy practicing medicine.”
Over time, LeBauer HealthCare has grown into a large multi-specialty organization. The goal, the LeBauers say, has always been to offer the best possible medical care to the community, and as the patient base has grown, the practice has added new physicians to help carry out its mission.
In 1988, the practice moved to the Sidney F. LeBauer Medical Center on N. Elam Avenue. Today, there are numerous offices throughout Guilford and Rockingham counties. LeBauer HealthCare also has been a leader in clinical research in cardiology, gastroenterology and pulmonology.
“We have been very fortunate to attract a diverse group of highly trained and motivated physicians over the years,” Joe LeBauer says. “We are proud to have played a significant role in the development of medicine throughout Guilford County. Our physicians are also proud that they have been able to work closely with many other fine physicians in the area.”