Chip Harbaugh

MD, FAAPSession Speaker

Founder, Kids Health First Pediatric Alliance

Dr. Chip Harbaugh grew up in Atlanta in the Druid Hills area. He enjoys engaging patients to help the parents in the early years understand the joys as well as the concerns of parenthood. Dr. Harbaugh enjoys teaching about child development as well as disease processes so that parents can fully understand their children. As children grow from infants to toddlers to Middle School and beyond, they need a guiding hand in both educational and social issues. Harbaugh believes that the mission of pediatricians is to make sure that each child reaches their potential to become the best person they can be as an adult. Children are the future of our families and our society.
Dr. Harbaugh served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Kids Health First Pediatric Alliance, a metropolitan Atlanta Independent Physician Association (IPA) driven by 37 private pediatric practices and 210 pediatricians covering 750,000 patients. Dr. Harbaugh founded the organization in 1996 and served as its leader until recently.

With a special interest in medical quality improvement and advocating for patients, physicians and dentists, Dr. Harbaugh has held numerous positions outside of his clinical practice. He has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ COPAM (Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine) and was recently appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Conference and Exhibition Planning Committee Group. He was also elected to the Executive Committee of the Section on Administration, Practice Management for the national AAP and serves on the organization's Steering Committee on Quality Improvement, Child Healthcare Financing Committee and Accountable Care Organization Committee. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – appointed Dr. Harbaugh to their Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) in 2007 to help with the interface of public healthcare and the physician and dental community. In addition, Dr. Harbaugh represents the American Academy of Pediatrics on United Healthcare’s Physician Advisory Board with the goal of bridging the gap between physicians and payors to improve quality while decreasing healthcare costs.