Anna Kuo, MD, started volunteering with the ABP nearly two decades ago when she was invited to submit two questions to be considered for the certification exam.
“A couple of months later, I received a letter from the ABP inviting me to join the Pilot Testing Committee. I guess I did OK!” laughs Dr. Kuo, a general pediatrician and 2019 Chair of the ABP Board of Directors.
Dr. Kuo is one of seven general pediatricians at Peachtree Park Pediatrics, one of the oldest pediatric practices in Atlanta. Treating children from birth to age 21, they describe their patients as “family” — fitting since some are in the second and third generations to receive treatment at Peachtree Park.
“The ABP is dedicated to the promotion of child health by setting high standards for pediatricians,” she says. “I am extremely proud of that because I know my patients would expect nothing less.”
The ABP Board of Directors tries to balance its composition with general pediatricians and subspecialists, private practitioners and academic physicians.
“I think there is a misperception that the ABP is composed solely of academicians and subspecialists who do not understand the demands of a community office practice,” she says. “On every committee I have ever sat on at the ABP, my opinions as a community generalist have been elicited and considered. In fact, I will be the third out of the most recent six Board chairs who is a general pediatrician in private practice.”
After serving on the Pilot Testing Committee, Dr. Kuo joined the General Pediatrics Examination Committee that writes questions about behavior and development, preventive pediatrics, and adolescent medicine. As a member of the MOCA-Peds Task Force since 2016, she helped develop the pilot and wrote many of the questions used in the MOCA-Peds pilots in 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Kuo joined the ABP Board of Directors and the ABP Foundation Board of Directors in 2014 for a six-year term. She will chair the board in 2019, and then serve another year as Immediate Past Chair. In her role on the Board, she also serves on the Finance, Long-Term Investment, Nominating, and Executive committees.
“Dr. Kuo holds herself to the same high standards for her work with the ABP that she maintains for the care of her patients,” says David A. Gremse, MD, Immediate Past Chair of the ABP Board of Directors and Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. “She is a strong advocate for promoting policies that benefit pediatricians and improve the delivery of care for children.”
Dr. Kuo says her work with the ABP can be time-consuming, but the rewards are worth the effort.
“Pediatricians in private practice play a critical role at the ABP,” she says, “and I enthusiastically encourage my colleagues to consider nominating themselves to one of the ABP question-writing committees. This is a time of great change in the world of pediatrics, and we welcome fresh voices and ideas that will support the mission of the ABP.”