AAP Fellows appointed to federal post, elected to Congress, and more
TrishaKorioth, Staff Writer
Fellows in the News
AAP Fellow appointed to federal post
Clydette L. Powell, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Arlington, Va., was named designated federal
officer of the National Clinical Care Commission by the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services. Mandated by Congress, the new federal advisory committee focuses
on complex metabolic and autoimmune disorders related to insulin and its complications.
Dr. Powell is director of the Division of Health Care Quality in the Office of Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. She
also is adjunct associate professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University
School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
She is a member of the AAP Section on Neurology, Section on Epidemiology, Public Health
and Evidence, and Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.
New National Academy of Medicine members
The following pediatricians were among the 85 elected to the National Academy of Medicine: Richard E. Besser, M.D., FAAP, of Princeton, N.J.; Amy J. Houtrow, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Pittsburgh; Jordan S. Orange, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, of New York; and Xiaobin Wang, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D., FAAP, of Ellicott City, Md. The National Academy of Medicine also elected honorary AAP
Fellow Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, M.D., B.S., Ph.D., of Karachi, Pakistan, as an international member.
Dr. Besser was selected for public health preparedness and response leadership and
for being a proponent of public understanding of complex health issues. He is president
and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Houtrow was selected for research on disability trends that uncovered health disparities
with major policy implications for the pediatric population. She is associate professor
of physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Orange was selected for research and discovery of natural killer cell deficiencies,
a new class of diseases, and for defining other genetic immunodeficiencies. He is
chair of pediatrics at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
and pediatrician-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Wang was selected for contributions to understanding fetal and perinatal genetic
and environmental precursors of diseases such as preterm birth, obesity, asthma and
hypertension. She is Zanvyl Krieger Professor and director, Center on Early Life Origins
of Disease at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and professor of pediatrics,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Children’s Center.
Dr. Bhutta was selected for child health advocacy and research implementation in marginalized
populations. He is president of the International Pediatric Association. He also is
the Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health and Policy at the Hospital for Sick
Children and founding director of the Aga Khan University Center of Excellence in
Women and Child Health in Karachi, Pakistan.
First pediatrician elected to Congress
Kimberly Schrier, M.D., FAAP, of Sammamish, Wash., was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and will be
the first pediatrician to serve in Congress. Dr. Schrier has been working as a pediatrician
with Virginia Mason for the past 16 years. She ran on a platform that includes making
health care more affordable and accessible for everyone. Read more at http://bit.ly/2DC3p4k.
Additional Fellows in the news
Jay E. Berkelhamer, M.D., FAAP, of Atlanta, and Jonathan D. Klein, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Park Ridge, Ill., were elected to 2019-’21 International Pediatric Association
(IPA) executive leadership.
Dr. Berkelhamer was re-elected as IPA treasurer. He served as AAP president in 2006-’07.
He is an adjunct professor at Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University School
Dr. Klein was elected as IPA coordinator of development. Professor and senior associate
head of the University of Illinois at Chicago pediatrics department, Dr. Klein is
immediate past chair of NCD Child, former AAP associate executive director and director
of the Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence.
Barbara A. Barlow, M.D., FAAP, of New York, received the Domestic Surgical Volunteerism Award from
the American College of Surgeons.
She has focused on childhood injury prevention, including work in Harlem that reduced
falls from windows by 96% and creation of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids.
Dr. Barlow is professor emeritus in epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School
of Public Health.
Elizabeth Goodman, M.D., M.B.A., FAAP, of New York, was named executive vice president and chief medical
officer of the Children’s Health Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides health
care to low-income children and families.
She is president of the AAP Massachusetts Chapter and a member of the Society for
Pediatric Research and American Pediatric Society.
Roshni Patel, M.D., FAAP, of Orlando, Fla., was named chief of pediatrics at Community Health Centers, a federally
qualified health center that cares for 66,000 patients.
Most recently, she was a resident physician at Orlando Health’s Arnold Palmer and
Winnie Palmer Hospital.
Leslie R. Walker-Harding, M.D., FAAP, of Hummelstown, Pa., was named associate dean of the University of Washington School
of Medicine, chair of the pediatrics department and senior vice president and chief
academic officer for Seattle Children’s. She assumes her new roles on Feb. 15.
She is a member of the AAP Committee on Substance Use and Prevention and chair of
the American Pediatric Society’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, M.D., FAAP, of Atlanta, received the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Career Achievement
Award for pioneering research to understand the prevalence of autism and other developmental
Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp is associate director for children with special health care needs
at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She initiated an ongoing population-based
active surveillance system for developmental disabilities in the United States. She
is a member of the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities.