Olson Huff, MD FAAP
Dr. Olson Huff, a Kentucky native, has practiced pediatrics in North Carolina all of his professional Career.
His undergraduate degree is from the University of Kentucky and his medical degree from the University of Louisville. He completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at the Wilford Hall USAF Hospital in San Antonio Texas, and his residency in pediatrics at Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now Carolinas Medical Center). His fellowship in developmental pediatrics was at the Division for Disorders of Development and Learning at UNC, Chapel Hill.
He is a veteran of the USAF, and served as a flight surgeon in Southeast Asia and at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire, during the Vietnam War.
From 1968 to 1982 he was in private pediatric practice in Charlotte, NC. In 1982 he and his family moved to Asheville where he assumed a position with the Developmental Evaluation Center. He also was an adjunct faculty and assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) from 1982 until 1990.
In 1987, Dr. Huff established the child development program at Thoms Hospital in Asheville This program was subsequently named in his honor by the hospital’s Board of Directors. In 1994 he became the Medical Director of the Ruth and Billy Graham Children’s Health Center at Mission Hospital. Under his leadership, Mission Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in Western North Carolina, was formed. The Olson Huff Center for Child Development became a part of the Children’s Hospital in 1996.
Currently, retired from medical practice, he is a consultant to the Mission Hospital Health Care Foundation.
Dr. Huff is chair of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Partnership for Children (Smart Start), former Chair of the Task Force on Obesity and Nutrition of the Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission and currently is co-chair of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s Task Force on Early Childhood Obesity. He is immediate past Chair of the Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Federal Government Affairs and on the Board of Directors, of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation where he established the “Kids in Parks” program,; he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. He serves on a number of other boards and was recently appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to the NC Early Childhood Advisory Council.
He has authored three books and numerous articles on children’s health, development and behavior. His latest book, written for children, will be released in the fall of 2012.
He started the Sixty Second Parent in 2008 that has the www.sixtysecondparent.com website and has published two books on parenting newborns and young children. This exciting program provides information regarding health, behavior and development for parents and caregivers of young children.
His work with and for children has been recognized by The Lewis Hine Award from the National Child Labor Council, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian award, the American Academy of Pediatrics special recognition award for advancing dental care to low income children, and the Founders Award from Mission Hospital, Asheville .NC He received the Dave Tayloe Sr. award for outstanding community health service from the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Advocacy Award .He was named one of the 50 most influential citizens of the 20th century in Western North Carolina and in 2009 was inducted into the University of Kentucky college of Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame. In 2011 he received the Glaxo Smith Kline Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 he also received the Jim Bernstein Community Health Career Leadership Award from the North Carolina Foundation for Advanced Health Programs. In May 2012, he received the Razor Walker award from the School of Education at UNC-Wilmington.
Dr. Huff lives in Black Mountain with his wife, Marylyn. They have three sons and four growing grandchildren. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA, and a jogger and is an avid reader of U.S. History.