Dr Karen Remley took the lead as the executive director/CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics in July 2015. She is the first female CEO of the AAP, an organization that represents 62,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists.
Dr. Remley was formerly the chief medical director of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia, which provides service to more than 4 million Virginians. From 2008 to 2012, she served as commissioner of health for the Commonwealth of Virginia, where she acted as the lead advisor to the governor on public health issues and oversaw a $560 million budget and 4,000 employees. During her tenure, the state saw significant improvements in key public health indicators including teen pregnancy, infant mortality and cardiovascular disease.
Her career includes senior leadership positions for several healthcare organizations, including Operation Smile Inc., Physicians for Peace, and Sentara Healthcare, in addition to a prior position at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia. She was the founding director of the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she led the institute’s effort to connect the medical school’s clinical, research and educational programs to specific health concerns in the community. Dr. Remley earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Dr. Remley earned her medical degree at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and completed her pediatrics residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She began her career in a small pediatric practice and worked for 15 years as an attending physician in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Va.