Olson’s life has been one of many accomplishments as a father, a husband and as one of America’s most respected pediatricians. His significant contributions to the field of pediatrics has spanned over 33 years from his humble days of pediatric residency training at the Charlotte Memorial Hospital to his most recent contribution as the Medical Director of the Mission Children’s Hospital.
Olson found joy in the challenges faced within pediatric medicine and dedicated most of his career to focusing on children with special health care needs and the expansion of health care services to all children. He has left an impression on the Pediatric industry through the creation of a mobile dental program that supplies dental service to underprivileged children in rural areas. This direction has also led him to setting up the Olson Huff Center for Child Development which supplies interdisciplinary care for children.
Olson has consulted to a number of children’s foundations such as the Mission Healthcare Foundation and The Duke Endowment. In addition to those roles, he has served on a number of boards and commissions in North Carolina and nationally and was elected as president of the Board of the North Carolina Pediatric Society Foundation. He was also invited as Fellow to a number of institutes such as the Action for Children North Carolina. In this capacity, Olson focused on policy issues for health and safety of children. He is currently continuing his advocacy for children as chairman of the Committee on Federal Government Affairs of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Olson’s most notable achievement was as co-chairman of the Task Force on Obesity and Nutrition of the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission which resulted in recommendations that have changed policies in North Carolina affecting activity and nutrition in public schools.
Olson brings diversity to his role as pediatric consultant position as a veteran of the United States Air Force having served as a flight surgeon in Southeast Asia, during the Vietnam War, and in Texas and New Hampshire. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation medal for meritorious service.
Olson’s efforts have not gone unnoticed as he has been awarded a number of notable honors including the David Tayloe Senior award from the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Special Recognition Award for increasing access to dental health care for children.
The Lewis Hine Award from the National Child Labor Committee was also awarded to Olson in 2007 for his work to improve health care for low income children. Recognition of his contributions was also acknowledged when he was named one of the 100 most influential citizens of western North Carolina in the 20th century.
Olson’s literary achievements include his self-penned book, The Window of Childhood: Glimpses of Wonder and Courage. Olson has also written extensively on issues relating to children’s health and children with special health care needs, and co-authored a chapter on evaluation of learning problems in school age children published in Developmental Pediatrics. Olson now serves as a member of the editorial board of the North Carolina Medical Journal.
Olson’s lifetime of accomplishments make him the ideal candidate to share his experience and knowledge through Sixty-Second Parent.
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