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David Willis, MD

Senior Fellow

David leads a national initiative to advance early relational health for child health and communities. A Boarded, Developmental-Behavioral pediatrician, David was a clinician in Oregon for more than 30 years with a practice focused on early childhood development and family therapy. Most recently, he was the first Executive Director of the Perigee Fund, a Seattle-based philanthropy focused to strengthening of the social and emotional development of all babies and toddlers and to advance the workforce to do so. And from 2012-2018, he served as Director of the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Services at the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal Child Health Bureau, in Washington DC, and continues to be thought leader in home visiting and early childhood systems.

During his career, David has also been a Harris Mid-Career Fellow with childhood development nonprofit ZERO TO THREE; the past president of the Oregon Pediatric Society; an executive member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Early Education and Child Care; and chair of the AAP’s Board’s Early Brain & Child Development Strategic Initiative. David has been a national lecturer, advisor to early childhood national policy and visionary for the transformation of child health care in coordination with early childhood communities and focused on the advancement of early relational health and young children’s social-emotional and developmental well-being.

Yet, his greatest relational health achievement comes from the joy he and his wife share with his two married sons and their young families who have each blessed them with granddaughters—2 ¾ yr. old LucyMae in Camas, WA and Clara Sophia, in San Antonio, TX.