Yesterday, Children’s very own Judith Palfrey, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), got the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch through Canada. Below, she reflects on the once-in-a-lifetime experience:
On January 19, I had the enormous honor to accept the Olympic flame from a young man named Chris, from Manitoba, Canada, and then to pass it on in an unbroken chain to Debbie Fisher, a speed skating coach from Calgary.
Since mid-November when the flame arrived in Vancouver from Greece, each day it has been shepherded lovingly from one town to another, all over Canada. Torchbearers have carried it on horseback, in sailboats, on wheelchairs, on dogsleds and even by air when it went up to the Arctic Circle.
As my friend Susan Foley so aptly put it, the Olympics embodies “hope, aspiration and achievement.” The torch itself is the symbol of global togetherness, cooperation and communities working together. …
Judy Palfrey, MD, FAAP, has been a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston since 1974. She is a general pediatrician and child advocate. She was chief of Children’s General Pediatrics Division from 1986 to 2008 and currently directs the Children’s International Pediatric Center.
Dr. Palfrey is the new 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.
Here, she writes on the important issues discussed at last weekend’s annual AAP meeting, and she’ll be writing for Thrive regularly about issues important to health care providers, parents and children. …
In an interview with Daily Kos, Judith Palfrey, MD, Children’s pediatrician and president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, talks about health reform and how it relates to children. Some of the topics addressed by Dr. Palfrey include the importance the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the looming shortage of primary care physicians and the new law regarding tobacco products being regulated by the FDA.