March 12, 2015
Karen Remley, a recent graduate of the online MPH in Public Health Practice program, will be taking over the position of Executive Director and CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Remley, who also has MD and MBA degrees, will be the first female CEO of the AAP.
"Dr. Remley's unique qualities and management experience were the right combination to build on the success of the Academy and lead us forward," said AAP President Sandra G. Hassink, MD. "Dr. Remley is a pediatrician with a broad background and experience in many aspects of the health care system. We are delighted to welcome her as our next CEO."
Remley is currently the chief medical officer for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia, and was previously commissioner of health for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2008 to 2012.
“The knowledge gained through my MPH courses, coupled with my governmental public health experience, certainly provide me with an expanded base of knowledge in the public health realm. The knowledge and skills reinforced through my coursework helped make me the successful candidate,” says Remley.
The AAP is a professional membership organization for pediatricians, with 62,000 members.
“This is the position of a lifetime for me — to be able to positively influence children's health — from policy, advocacy and supporting pediatricians — I can think of no better role,” she adds.