Carl R. Olden, MD, FAAFP


Carl R. Olden, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Yakima, Washington, is a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide.

As an AAFP board member, Olden advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

Olden is the senior family physician at Pacific Crest Family Medicine. He also serves as the chief medical information officer and medical director for utilization and quality for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. He is a clinical instructor in family medicine for the University of Washington School of Medicine and Pacific Northwest University of the Health Sciences.

Olden, a descendant of the Yakama Indian Nation, practiced with the Indian Health Service on his home reservation from 1984 to 1995. Following his IHS practice, Olden joined the faculty of the Central Washington Family Medicine Residency and completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of Washington.

Olden is active nationally and internationally in maternity health care and patient safety, and serves on the national faculty of the American Academy of Family Physicians Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics course. He chaired the international ALSO Advisory Board and has traveled to Moldova, Tajikistan, Mexico, Lithuania, Portugal and the Azores, Qatar, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and most recently, Iraq, to train other physicians in the ALSO Program. He has worked with Heart-to-Heart International in Moldova and Tajikistan, and has served as U.S. representative to the Hiroshima International Council for Healthcare of the Radiation Exposed.

Olden has been involved with the AAFP at the national and state level. He has served on numerous commissions and committees, including as the physician liaison for business and marketing for the AAFP’s Maternity Care and Patient Safety Program. He is the immediate past chair to the advisory board for ALSO and the Care Team OB Patient Safety Program in Maternity Care.

Olden has held leadership roles in the Washington Academy of Family Physicians for the past decade, including president and president-elect. Most recently, Olden served as the AAFP delegate to the Congress of Delegates. In 2014, the Washington AFP named Olden their Family Physician of the Year.

Olden has been a member of the AAFP since 1977.

Olden earned his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Washington. He earned his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, in 1981. Olden completed a residency in family medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, in 1984.

He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education. Olden also maintains a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatrics from the American Board of Family Medicine.