About Us

Since 1989, Pediatric Associates of Lafayette, PC has provided comprehensive medical care for infants, toddlers, children and adolescents in the Greater Lafayette, Indiana area. Our practice is physician owned and operated and exists to serve our patients and their families. All of our providers are experienced, board certified physicians. Conveniently located just 2.3 miles from West Lafayette, our office is designed with our patients in mind, offering separate waiting rooms for sick and well patients, as well as twelve private exam rooms. We offer same day sick appointments and our doctors have privileges at both local hospitals, Franciscan St Elizabeth and IU Health Arnett. We welcome you to see our difference!


The mission of Pediatric Associates of Lafayette, PC is to be an outstanding pediatric medical home, treating our patients and their families with respect, kindness, compassion and professionalism in a Christian environment.

Pediatrician Staff

Meet the physicians of Pediatric Associates of Lafayette, PC! Please take a few moments to learn about our skilled doctors and our friendly, nurturing staff.

At Pediatric Associates of Lafayette, PC, we consider it both a great joy and responsibility to care for children. Most of us are parents ourselves, so we strive to be understanding and available to the families we are privileged to serve. We are honored that you have chosen us as your child's primary medical provider and are confident that you will be pleased with the quality of care and service that we can provide you and your family.

A vital part of our service to children begins with our outstanding staff who work hard to manage and maintain a professional, caring and supportive environment for our patients in a timely manner. Our doctors are lifelong learners. Not only have they received advanced medical training in pediatrics, they continually pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest in child health care. Each of our physicians is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Your child's health is important to us. We look forward to providing you with the excellent medical care your child deserves.

Thomas C. Padgett, M.D.

(765) 448-6158

Thomas C. Padgett, M.D. was born and raised in the Lafayette area and graduated from Harrision High School. He completed his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Purdue Univeristy. He continued to pursue his medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine, serving his residency at the Riley Hospital for Children. Following four years of private practice, Dr. Padgett established Pediatric Associates of Lafayette in 1989.

Catherine J.W. Bell, M.D.

(765) 448-6420

Catherine J.W. Bell, M.D. received her undergraduate degree in biology from Northwestern College. She went on to complete medical school and her residency at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Dr. Bell served on the clinical faculty at Memorial Medical Clinic in Long Beach, California prior to joining Pediatric Assocates in 1989.

James L. Thomas, M.D.

(765) 448-6449

James L. Thomas, M.D. received his undergraduate degree in biology from Marion College. Dr. Thomas joined Pediatric Associates of Lafayette in 1990 after he completed medical school at the Indiana University of Medicine and his residency at the Riley Hospital for Children.

Our Location

Office Hours

*hours subject to change without notice*


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