Judy Palfrey, president of AAP and Children's doc, carrying Olympic torch today

Olympic leaderChildren’s own Judith Palfrey, MD, FAAP, will be carrying the Olympic torch today as it makes it way through Calgary, Canada. Palfrey will be one of 12,000 torchbearers who will relay the Olympic flame on its 28,000 mile trek from Victoria, British Columbia to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. She is the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which is the nation’s largest pediatric organization, with a membership of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists.

We’re proud to have someone as committed to children’s health as is Palfrey carrying the Olympic torch. We hope you’ll join us in watching Palfrey live today from 11 a.m. to noon as she participates in the longest relay held by a single country in the history of the Olympic Games.

Judith PalfreyPalfrey has been a pediatrician at Children’s since 1974 and is a dedicated child advocate. She was chief of Children’s General Pediatrics Division from 1986 to 2008 and currently directs the Children’s International Pediatric Center.

Read what Palfrey has to say after one of her first AAP meetings as president.