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
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.