TPS Sidney R. Kaliski, MD Award of Merit

Kimberly Avila Edwards, MD, FAAP

Kimberly Avila Edwards MD, FAAP is a practicing pediatrician and the Director of Advocacy and External Affairs at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, and since August of 2020, Dr. Avila Edwards has had the honor of serving as the Associate Chair for Advocacy for the Department of Pediatrics at Dell Medical School.  Dr. Avila Edwards practices primary general pediatrics onboard the Dell Children’s Medical Center mobile clinic, where she serves as medical director. Dr. Avila Edwards is a graduate of Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in Biochemistry, and Harvard Medical School.  She completed her pediatric training at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital.  Prior to joining Dell Children’s Medical Center, Dr. Avila Edwards served as a part-time general pediatric practitioner and urgent-care provider at Austin Regional Clinic, a multispecialty group practice in the Austin area.  Dr. Avila Edwards co-founded the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity at Dell Children's Medical Center in 2010; served on the editorial board for America Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Active Living for Families project; and was on the steering committee for the Institute for a Healthy Childhood Weight from 2012-2016.

Dr. Avila Edwards has spent almost two decades in various roles with the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS), and nationally in the American Academy of Pediatrics.  She chaired the Obesity Committee of TPS from 2007 to 2011.  Dr. Avila Edwards also served as the co-chair of the TPS Legislative Committee and has actively participated in Texas legislative sessions, sharing her content expertise and testifying before various state legislative committees on behalf of the Texas Pediatric Society, the Texas Medical Association, and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians on various obesity and other child health-related bills.  In 2012, Dr. Avila Edwards served as the youngest and first Hispanic President of the Texas Pediatric Society.  She then served from 2013 to 2015 in the national role as the Texas Alternate Chapter Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics.  In January 2016, she became Chapter Chair for Texas in the American Academy of Pediatrics, a position she held until Sept 2019.  In March 2019, Dr. Avila Edwards assumed an American Academy of Pediatrics District leadership position, serving as the AAP District VII Chapter Forum Management Committee member, a role she holds to date.