American Child Health
James J. Campbell, MD, FAAP
Dr. Campbell has worked on the Navajo Nation for over 25 years, with most of that time being spent at Fort Defiance, Arizona. While at Fort Defiance, Dr. Campbell distinguished himself as a tireless and passionate advocate for the well-being of Navajo children. As a practicing pediatrician, he was both day and night fighting on the front lines to improve child health. Over the years, he has literally touched the lives of thousands of our country’s most vulnerable and deserving children. Additionally, Dr. Campbell has also been an effective advocate at the regional and national level through his work with the Johns Hopkins University, assisting in the development of vaccines crucial to preventing serious diseases that disproportionately burden Native populations.
Dr. Campbell has been a friend, mentor and role model to many young pediatricians, family practitioners, and nurses. He is responsible for many entering and staying in the Indian Health arena. He has also mentored a number of leaders involved in Native American Child Health. Genuinely humble and unassuming, Jim is the kind of leader who did so by example. Consequently, his many achievements have gone relatively unnoticed for most of his career. However, the impact he has had, both directly through his exquisite and compassionate care, and indirectly through his leadership and mentorship of several generations of American Indian Child Health Advocates, cannot be overstated.