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Colleen A. Kraft, MD, FAAP

2017 President-Elect

Colleen A. Kraft, MD, FAAP, is the 2017 president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Kraft will begin her one-year term as AAP president on Jan. 1, 2018.

Dr. Kraft is a graduate of the first Head Start class in 1965. She went on to receive her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech and her M.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

She is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and the medical director for the Health Network by Cincinnati Children’s (HNCC). HNCC is an innovation lab for alternative payment models with Medicaid managed care. HNCC provides data and incentives to the community-based network of providers in the Greater Cincinnati area, helping practices understand risk stratification and proactive care management for their population of pediatric patients. 

Prior to her arrival in Cincinnati, Dr. Kraft was a primary care pediatrician in private practice in Richmond, Va., and the founding pediatric program director at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. 

She was president of the AAP Virginia Chapter from 2006-2008 and was best known for working with the Legislature to improve Medicaid payment rates for pediatric services. 

Dr. Kraft is co-author of the book Managing Chronic Health Conditions in Child Care and Schools. She has been actively involved in pediatric engagement in school and child care for children with special health care needs. She serves on the AAP Task Force on Pediatric Practice Change and the National Medical Home Initiative Project Advisory Committee. 


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