When he takes over as AAP president on Jan. 1, 2019, Kyle Yasuda, M.D., FAAP, will
draw on three decades of experience with the Academy.
Dr. Yasuda, of Seattle, was elected president-elect in the 2017 election. Chair of
AAP District VIII since 2011 and a former Washington Chapter president, Dr. Yasuda
said his background gives him a great foundation to go forward.
“I believe the Academy is a relationship organization, and I look forward to fostering
relationships, not only within the Academy but outside,” he said.
He’ll need to apply those skills when advocating for children and families, and promoting
pediatrician resiliency — his top two priorities.
Acknowledging the rapidly changing landscape of health care, Dr. Yasuda said, “I think
we just need to be very strategic and focused on advocating for kids — nationally
and at the state level.”
He also considers pediatrician resiliency to be a “huge issue on the radar screen.
“I think the best way to articulate my concerns or interests would be that the health
and well-being of pediatricians and their practices are really important to me, and
we have to focus on preventing and mitigating physician burnout,” said Dr. Yasuda,
a former chair of the AAP Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine.
He will serve as president-elect beginning Jan. 1, and will follow AAP President Colleen
A. Kraft, M.D., FAAP, in 2019. He ran against Michael A. Weiss, D.O., FAAP, of Coto
de Caza, Calif.
Dr. Yasuda is medical director for children and families for public health at Best
Starts for Kids, a county initiative that focuses on prevention and early intervention.
Before that, he worked at University of Washington School of Medicine, serving as
both clinical professor of pediatrics for 16 years and medical director of the associated