As medical director of the Health Network at Cincinnati Children’s, Colleen Kraft, M.D., plays a key leadership role in an organization modeling innovative ways to deliver healthcare to kids. Now, she’s bringing her skills and expertise to her new role as president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Ticking off the list of leadership roles Colleen Kraft, MD, FAAP, has held puts into perspective just how well she knows the field of pediatrics. She served as senior medical officer for a Medicaid managed care organization. She founded and ran a pediatrics residency program. She’s currently helping to lead a major pediatric health network in Ohio that is taking a radically innovative approach to delivering care, one that relies on partnership between academia and independent practices. And at the beginning of her career — before taking on all of these varied roles — she worked for two decades in private practice, experience that has helped to shape her vision for the future of the field.
Now, she’s bringing all of that knowledge and understanding with her to her new role as president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Kraft takes office as president of the 66,000-plus member organization in January of 2018.
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