Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, began his one-year term as president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Jan. 1, 2019.
Dr. Yasuda formerly worked in primary care pediatric practice for 18 years prior to joining the University of Washington School of Medicine where he served as clinical professor of pediatrics for 16 years and medical director of the associated pediatric clinics. For the past 3 years, he was the pediatric consultant for Public Health Seattle King County and its prevention and early intervention initiative, BestStart for Kids, a $400 million voter-supported initiative in King County, Wash., that focuses on prevention and early intervention from prenatal to 24 years of age.
He has been active with the AAP for more than three decades, during which time he has served as the Washington state chapter president and various leadership roles in the AAP including chair of the AAP Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine, which often is called on to comment on how policies and procedures could impact pediatricians in practice.
Dr. Yasuda was elected chair of District VIII in 2011 after serving as vice chair. His district included 12 States, Uniform Services West and 2 Canadian Provinces.
He has received the Stanley Stamm Role Model in Medicine award from the university’s pediatric residency program in 2005 and the Academic Pediatric Association’s Teaching Program award in 2014. He also is one of the founders of BestStart Washington, a nonprofit organization that is focusing on empowering families and caregivers to explore nature with children.