Olson Huff, MD, FAAP
Olson Huff is a developmental pediatrician who practiced in North Carolina for more than forty years. A well known child advocate, he was the founder of the Olson Huff Center for Child Development and the founding medical director of Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville, NC. He initiated many programs to assist in the health care of vulnerable populations e.g. the dental program that serves children in rural western North Carolina. He is an author of many scientific articles, regularly writes a blog on children’s health and social justice issues and has written four books, one of which, “How to Enjoy the First 60 Days of Life,” won the gold medal from the Independent Publishers Association. He served the North Carolina Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics as vice-president and president, was a member of the Academy of Pediatrics National Nominating Committee and the Committee on Federal Government Affairs as well as chair of that committee.
Olson has received numerous awards for his work as an advocate for children and for the advancement of health care access to vulnerable populations, including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine North Carolina’s highest civilian award, the advocacy award from the senior section of the Academy of Pediatrics and the Lewis Hine Award from the National Child Labor Committee. He is a veteran of the USAF, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and received his medical degree from the University of Louisville. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, a jogger and an avid reader of US History.