Dr. Olson Huff
Dr. Huff is one of America’s most respected pediatricians. His significant contributions to the field of pediatrics has spanned over 40 years, from his days of pediatric residency training at the Charlotte Memorial Hospital to his most recent contribution as the Medical Director for The Center for Health and Aging, Mountain Area Health and Education Center.
Dr. Huff found joy in the challenges faced within pediatric medicine and dedicated most of his career to focusing on the expansion of health care services to all children, with a special focus on children with special health care needs. This direction led him to the establishment of The Olson Huff Center for Child Development, which supplies interdisciplinary care for children with special needs.
Dr. Huff is the Chairman of the Committee on Federal Government Affairs for the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he works with the US Congress to reform the US health system. One of Dr. Huff’s proudest achievements is the creation of a mobile dental program that supplies dental service to underprivileged children in rural areas. Dr. Huff has also consulted to a number of children’s foundations such as the Mission Healthcare Foundation and The Duke Endowment. In addition to those roles, he has served on a number of boards and commissions in North Carolina and nationally and was elected as president of the Board of the North Carolina Pediatric Society Foundation. He was also invited as Fellow to a number of institutes such as the Action for Children North Carolina. In this capacity, Olson focused on policy issues for health and safety of children.
Dr. Huff’s most notable achievement was as co-chairman of the Task Force on Obesity and Nutrition of the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission which resulted in recommendations that have changed policies in North Carolina affecting activity and nutrition in public schools.
Dr. Huff’s efforts have not gone unnoticed as he has been awarded a number of notable honors including the David Tayloe Senior award from the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Special Recognition Award for increasing access to dental health care for children. The Lewis Hine Award from the National Child Labor Committee was also awarded to Olson in 2007 for his work to improve health care for low income children. Recognition of his contributions was also acknowledged when he was named one of the 100 most influential citizens of western North Carolina in the 20th century.
Dr. Huff’s literary achievements include his self-penned book, The Window of Childhood: Glimpses of Wonder and Courage and co-author of A practical guide to raising two, three and four year olds and Caring for your newborn – How to enjoy the first 60 days as a new mom. Olson now serves as a member of the editorial board of the North Carolina Medical Journal.