Fellows in the News: Dr. Kamath-Rayne named VP of AAP Global Newborn and Child Health,
TrishaKorioth, Staff Writer
Fellows in the News
Dr. Kamath-Rayne named VP of AAP Global Newborn and Child Health
Beena Kamath-Rayne, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Cincinnati, was named vice president of AAP Global Newborn and Child Health.
She will oversee AAP training programs and technical assistance in newborn and child
health, including the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Advanced Pediatric Life Support,
Helping Babies Survive and Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals.
Dr. Kamath-Rayne comes to the AAP from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine,
with an affiliation with the Global Child Health Center, where she is an associate
professor of pediatrics and a neonatologist.
She is a member of the Helping Babies Survive Planning Group, associate editor of
Helping Babies Breathe, 2nd Edition, and a member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation
FAAPs are Immunization Champions
Thirteen AAP members received Childhood Immunization Champion Awards from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention and Association of Immunization Managers. Individuals
from 37 states were honored. Following are highlights of their contributions. For
biographical information, see http://bit.ly/2019IzChamps.
Tami H. Brooks, M.D., FAAP, of Jackson, Miss., leads a Capitol Day for Pediatrics vaccination advocacy day each
year, focuses on immunizations as the state chapter’s legislative chair and serves
as a member of the Mississippi Vaccine Coalition. She speaks about childhood immunizations
to families at well and acute care visits, and to communities, medical students and
Sarah F. Guerrero-Duby, M.D., FAAP, of Dayton, Ohio, holds morning and afternoon huddles with nurses and residents to
review patients’ vaccine schedules and identify missed opportunities. A volunteer
physician at community clinics, she uses teaching moments to engage families, physicians
Alexander M. Hamling, M.D., FAAP, of Seattle, worked to boost the percentage of patients who receive recommended vaccines
by age 2 from 11% in 2016 to 65% in 2018. He works with a Vaccines for Children coordinator
to increase vaccination rates, identifies undervaccinated patients and reaches out
to them via phone, mail, email or the patient portal.
Deborah Ingram, M.D., chapter affiliate member, of Plantation, Fla., works with her county health department
on a summer health fair festival to provide vaccines. She uses the state registry,
office electronic health records system and staff reminders to keep patients up to
date. She and area pediatricians also collaborate on summer back-to-school vaccination
Joshua Kantrowitz, M.D., FAAP, of St. Johnsbury, Vt., works with his state’s Child Health Advances Measured in
Practice and Child Health Improvement Program to improve vaccine coverage. The practice
reached Healthy People 2020 child immunization targets three years early through teamwork
to promote immunization.
Ashlesha Kaushik, M.B.B.S., M.D., FAAP, of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, helped create a parent immunization information network
in her state and works with the AAP Iowa Chapter to reduce barriers, encourage adherence,
provide education based on science, advocate for universal immunization policies and
discourage unnecessary vaccine exemptions.
Harry A. Lehman III, M.D., FAAP, of Seaford, Del., set a practice goal of 100% immunization compliance for children
from birth to age 2 years, educates staff and encourages them to review immunization
records at every visit, and organized a work group that focuses on educating parents
on misconceptions and management of pain and anxiety.
David P. Norton, M.D., FAAP, of Holyoke, Mass., is pursuing vaccination for every child through a large practice
and many state leadership roles, including public policy and immunization practices
committee member, vaccine purchasing advisory council voting member and AAP office-based
research network state coordinator.
Eduardo R. Ochoa Jr., M.D., FAAP, of Little Rock, Ark., modified a Vaccines for Children application in a clinic that
previously offered only flu vaccine. It now provides all recommended immunizations
as well as bilingual staff. He also established an elementary school health clinic
that provides vaccines to students and their families, and testified before state
legislators about access to immunizations.
Steve S. Perry, M.D., FAAP, of Denver, worked with the state senate to improve the immunization process and
increase childhood vaccination rates. He also led a new technology program for vaccine
billing and ordering to help small providers afford vaccines and helped local public
health departments provide vaccinations. Dr. Perry died of cancer in January at age
Joseph V. Schwab Jr., M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Newark, N.J., educates his patients’ families through immunization workshops
in his waiting room and other innovative strategies. He works with his state immunization
coalition on strategies to increase immunization coverage rates and engage medical
students and colleagues.
Roderic Tinney, M.D., FAAP, of Charlevoix, Mich., is one of few pediatricians in his area. He meets most patients
as newborns and focuses on building a trusting relationship with families starting
with the hepatitis B birth dose. He also checks vaccine records before every appointment,
supports continuing education training for practice staff and takes calls after hours
to answer questions about vaccines and patient health.
Eric O. Tyler, M.D., FAAP, of Alexander City, Ala., encourages timely immunizations within his practice, through
speaking engagements in the community, by using an immunization registry and through
advocacy for Medicaid funding.
Additional Fellows in the news
Julie S. Holland, M.D., FAAP, of Evanston, Ill., was named vice president of pediatric primary care for Advocate
NorthShore Pediatric Partners.
She will work to ensure that primary care performance goals related to quality, loyalty,
operational and financial success are met. She also will focus on setting standards
and developing innovative office practices in the primary care setting.
Most recently, she was associate chair of ambulatory pediatrics and division head
of general pediatrics at NorthShore University HealthSystem.
Medical director of the Evanston Township High School Health Center, she is a clinical
assistant professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
John D. Melville, M.D., M.S., FAAP, of Charleston, S.C., received the Ray E. Helfer Society’s Teaching Award. The Helfer
Society works toward prevention, diagnosis and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
Dr. Melville is division chief at the Medical University of South Carolina.
He developed an Online Bibliography of Child Abuse Pediatrics to ease access to relevant
studies and offers input on merit. He also designed the Expert Witness Database that
documents legal issues applied by colleagues in the justice system and gives examples
of irresponsible testimony.