When it came time for Richard Tuck, M.D., FAAP, to choose a specialty, his thoughts rested solely with his desire to help children and their families.

Everything else — such as financial considerations and the long hours — never crossed his mind. He would go into pediatrics for the purest of reasons.

“When I got into practice, I realized how much work it really is,” Dr. Tuck said. “I took a step back and really thought about what I was doing and I came to the realization I was truly in this because I love it. I’m meeting people’s needs. Ever since that moment, I’ve never looked back on my decision.”

And that decision has led to an award-winning career, one in which he has touched countless lives and has become an indefatigable leader on several issues important to the Academy. On Jan. 1, his role expanded even further as...

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