V. Fan Tait is a pediatric neurologist and brings years of experience in child health and wellness, family-centered care in medical homes, children with special needs and health care delivery systems. She is currently the chief medical officer of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) where examples of her leadership and oversight include: Global Child Health; Healthy Resilient Children, Youth and Families; health equity, the development of AAP policy; the AAP Pediatric Leadership Initiative; and Physician Wellness and Resilience.
For more than 10 years, she directed the Department of Child Health and Wellness which included many of the strategic priorities of the academy such as: early brain and child development; the Institute of Healthy Childhood Weight; Bright Futures (which is the anticipatory, preventative guidance for children, adolescents and young adults from birth to 21 years of age) and the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, which addresses health in Head Start and Child Care. In addition, she led the Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council (DPAC) from its inception as well as AAP climate change initiatives such as the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) grant.
She earned a BS from the University of Alabama, her MD from the University of Kentucky Medical Center, and her pediatric residency and pediatric neurology fellowship at the University of Utah Medical Center.