Russell C. Libby, M.D. ’79, B.S. ’74, F.A.A.P, Awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Charles “Buzzy” Vanchiere Award
Russell C. Libby, M.D. ’79, B.S. ’74, F.A.A.P, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), has been awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Charles “Buzzy” Vanchiere award. The award — recognizing the outstanding contributions in the education of pediatricians in administrative pediatrics, practice management, and payment — will be presented during the AAP’s National Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, California, Oct. 11–14.
The award, established in 2001, celebrates the work of its namesake Charles “Buzzy” Vanchiere, and celebrates practicing or administrative pediatricians who enhance the quality of care of their patients by providing educational services to all pediatricians at the local and national levels.
Libby is the founder, president and medical director of Virginia Pediatric Group and co-founder of American Pediatric Consultants, Inc. He is actively involved in the American Academy of Pediatrics and currently serves as chief of general pediatrics at Inova Children’s Hospital. Additionally, Libby is the president of HealthConnect IPA, a primary care Independent Practice Association.
Most recently, Libby served as president of the Medical Society of Virginia and past president of the Medical Society of Northern Virginia. Notably, he has edited the American Academy of Pediatrics “Guidelines for Pediatric Home Health Care” and their policy statement on the “Principles of Child Health Financing.”
Libby has extensive legislative experience representing organized medicine, especially on issues pertaining to malpractice liability reform and the patient-physician relationship. He is also a member of the Aetna Physician Advisory Board.
“For more than 30 years, Russell Libby has been a dedicated physician in the top of his field, consistently being named one of the best pediatricians in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area,” said Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, RESD ’85, Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, vice president for health affairs, and dean of SMHS.
In addition to his clinical work, Libby helped establish the SMHS Adopt-A-Doc Scholarship program, through which alumni can support a medical student’s education with a minimum gift of $20,000 over four years.