Seven AAP members began three- or four-year terms as members of the National Vaccine
Advisory Committee (NVAC) in February. NVAC members provide peer review, consultation,
advice and recommendations to the assistant secretary for health who serves as director
of the National Vaccine Program.
Jay C. Butler, M.D., C.P.E., FAAP, of Anchorage, Alaska, is chief medical officer for the Alaska Department of Health
and Social Services and director of the Division of Public Health. He is an affiliate
professor of medicine at the University of Alaska Anchorage and president of the Association
of State and Territorial Health Officials.
John Dunn, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Kirkland, Wash., is medical director of preventive care, clinical lead for immunization
population management and in practice at Kaiser Permanente Washington. He is a clinical
instructor in the family medicine residency program at University of Washington School
of Medicine and serves on government and professional committees within the state.
NVAC representative member Leonard R. Friedland, M.D., FAAP, of Lafayette Hill, Pa., is vice president and director of scientific affairs and
public health for Vaccines North America at GSK. He is a medical volunteer pediatrician
with Rotaplast, which provides free reconstructive cleft palate/cleft lip operations
and treatment for children worldwide. He is GSK’s primary medical and public health
representative and its spokesperson for U.S. vaccine topics at the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, congresses, media outlets and other venues.
Robert H. Hopkins Jr., M.D., FACP, FAAP, of Little Rock, Ark., is professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and director
of the internal medicine-pediatrics combined residency at University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock. He also is director of the general internal
medicine division at the UAMS College of Medicine.
Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., FAAP, of Fairway, Kan., is associate chair for Community and Regional Pediatric Collaborations,
chief of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Section at Children's Mercy Hospitals and
Clinics, Kansas City, Mo., and professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas
City School of Medicine. Her research focuses on reducing hospital-acquired infections,
treating antibiotic-resistant infections, and vaccine implementation and education.
She is a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases and associate editor of
the Red Book.
H. Cody Meissner, M.D., FAAP, of Boston, is professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and
chief of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Service at Floating Hospital for Children.
He is an ex officio member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases and associate
editor of the VisualRed Book.
Larry K. Pickering, M.D., FAAP, of Atlanta, is adjunct professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.
He served as senior adviser to the director of the National Center for Immunization
and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is
past executive secretary for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Dr.
Pickering was editor of the 2000-’12 editions of the Red Book. He is past president of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.
Additional pediatricians in the news
Patrick H. Conway, M.D., M.Sc., FAAP, of Ellicott City, Md., was one of 10 individuals honored by the American Medical
Association with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. Dr.
Conway received the award in the category of Member of the Executive Branch in Career
He was recognized for his work to improve health outcomes as the chief medical officer
and deputy administrator for Innovation and Quality at the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS). In these roles, he helped to implement the Affordable Care
Act and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. A pediatric hospitalist,
Dr. Conway is CMS acting administrator.
Gilbert A. Handal, M.D., FAAP, of El Paso, Texas, was elected president of the El Paso County Medical Society.
Dr. Handal is professor of pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
El Paso and a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Paul L. Foster School
Solomon L. Moshe, M.D., FAAP, of Bronx, N.Y., received the Bernard Sachs Award from the Child Neurology Society
for his research in neuroscience with relevance to the care of children with neurological
Dr. Moshe is vice chair of neurology and director of pediatric neurology and clinical
neurophysiology at Montefiore Health System and Yeshiva University Albert Einstein
College of Medicine.
He has focused on translational approaches to understanding how epilepsy develops
and consequences of the disease on children and infants. Dr. Moshe also researches
outcomes of prolonged febrile seizures in the absence of epilepsy.
Richard J. Pan, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Sacramento, Calif., received the Life Sciences Champion Award from the California
Life Sciences Association for leadership and efforts toward advancing biotechnology,
biomedical science, and pharmaceutical and medical device innovation in the state.
Democratic state senator in California, Dr. Pan introduced a bill to remove all vaccine
exemptions except medical exemptions. The bill became state law in July 2015. Dr.
Pan continues to practice in Oak Park, Calif. He co-founded and served as chair of
the Healthy Kids Healthy Future program to help the 65,000 children in the Sacramento
area access health, dental and vision care. He served as AAP District IX vice chair
Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, of Rochester, N.Y., received the Hower Award from the Child Neurology Society for
being an outstanding teacher, scholar and for contributions to the field and the society.
Dr. Schor is the William H. Eilinger Chair of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief
at University of Rochester Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. Her research is
focused on the preclinical pharmacology of targeted therapies for neuroblastoma.
John R. Schreiber, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Springfield, Mass., was appointed chief executive officer of the Medical College
Physicians (MCP) and senior associate dean for clinical affairs – adult practice.
MCP is the Medical College of Wisconsin’s adult patient care practice based in Milwaukee.
He most recently was president of Baystate Medical Practices in Springfield, Mass.,
and chief physician executive at Baystate Health.