Voting for AAP president-elect and national officers will take place from Sept. 7-21.
All terms begin Jan. 1, 2020. Voting will be conducted online only. Watch for an email
message that contains your personalized link to the election ballot (no additional
ballot login information will be required).
Members will choose their next president-elect: Lee Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP, or Pamela
K. Shaw, M.D., FAAP. The winner will serve as AAP president in 2021.
Voters also will elect district officers in six of 10 districts: district chairpersons
(who serve as AAP board members), district vice chairpersons (who assist and support
the district chairperson when needed) and National Nominating Committee representatives
(who nominate two candidates for president-elect).
Also on the ballot are individuals vying for three new at-large board member seats
representing pediatric medical subspecialists, pediatric surgical specialists and
at-large Fellows or specialty Fellows.
For questions about election procedures, contact Katie Friedman at email@example.com or 630-626-6296.
All members are urged to vote.
President-elect candidates discuss how AAP can support pediatric experts
The AAP president-elect candidates were asked: How can the AAP support and promote
the position of pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical
specialists as the experts providing care to children in the changing landscape of
health care delivery?
Lee Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP
As health care evolves, pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric
surgical subspecialists must lead the way as child health experts. The unique expertise
we bring is critical for quality health care system design and delivery, and we need
to be prepared to use this expertise to influence change. In this evolving landscape,
to ensure decisions are made in the best interest of children’s health, the AAP should
develop and support its members to be “at the table” when and where these decisions
are being made. As the old saying goes, “If you aren’t at the table, you are on the
As president, I will work with the AAP to encourage greater involvement of its members
Advocacy and leadership development for members at all stages of their career, to
ensure we have the skills and relationships needed to make our voices heard in a proactive
Education focusing on health care policy, financing and system reform, including regular
and enduring education — such as webinars and podcasts — for members looking to build
their knowledge and skills.
Member support to address the concern that this participation takes time and often
requires daytime availability. When possible, stipends and/or access to virtual meeting
technology should be made available so opportunities are more accessible to a broader
range of members.
By supporting our members to engage at all levels of health care policy and delivery,
including local, state and federal, together we can work towards systems which promote
the highest quality care for children and families.
Pamela K. Shaw, M.D., FAAP
Kansas City, Kan.
Children are not little adults. As pediatricians, we are specially trained to care
for young people at every developmental stage while simultaneously addressing the
surrounding forces that shape them. We know the value of pediatrics and the medical
home that we practice in. We need to use this language confidently with patients,
payers, institutions and fellow members of the health care team. We do more than give
shots and check growth charts. We are charged with caring for the physical, mental
and emotional health of the whole child. The AAP must promote the ability of the pediatric
medical home to provide the continuity and guidance that parents need.
Trends in pediatric visits are changing. Research shows that pediatricians are still
the preferred providers for children. We are seeing children for more visits for health
maintenance and chronic disease management, but fewer sick visits.
Are there fewer sick visits because of vaccinations and better care at home? These
questions could be addressed with a data registry, which is part of an AAP plan to
gather data on children’s overall health. This registry will benefit generalists and
subspecialists with outcomes data to target and provide better care. From preventive
health to neurosurgery, the registry will provide practical data to create evidence-based
answers. With data, we can prove the value of pediatrics to our families and multiple
other stakeholders. We can move into value-based care from a position of strength,
showing that the pediatric medical home is what is best for children and adolescents.
Wendy S. Davis, M.D., FAAP
District chairperson candidate
Dr. Davis received an M.D. degree from the University of Virginia, completed pediatric
residency and chief residency at Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital,
and a general pediatrics fellowship at Yale. Subsequently, she practiced general pediatrics
both at the University of Vermont (ultimately as clinical professor of pediatrics)
and in community practice from 1987-2008, directing the Division of General Pediatrics
and providing consultation to the Vermont Department of Health (VDH). In 2007, she
became director of maternal and child health at VDH, then served as Vermont’s Health
Commissioner (2008-’11) and as Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment
Program chief (2011-’13). In 2013, she returned to UVM’s Vermont Child Health Improvement
Program, where she oversees state and national pediatric quality improvement initiatives
Dr. Davis’s experience in AAP leadership began with her service as Vermont Chapter
president, strengthening partnerships between child health and public health professionals
to improve health care delivery and outcomes, especially for the state’s most vulnerable
populations. Nationally, she served as District I National Nominating Committee representative
and District I vice chairperson, with liaison roles to the Sections on Pediatric Trainees
and Early Career Physicians and the Chapter Forum Management Committee, prior to beginning
her current term as District I chairperson and member of the AAP Board of Directors
in January 2017.
She continues to leverage insights gained from working with pediatricians and their
child health allies, as well as her leadership experience in primary care, academic
medicine and public health, to support pediatricians and to advocate and help improve
outcomes for children and families.
It is a privilege to serve as District I chairperson at this critical juncture in
the history of our organization, our country and our globe. I am proud of our efforts
to address the many threats to the health of children and families — promoting vaccine
delivery (engaging in our first districtwide project to improve HPV vaccine coverage
rates), addressing the impact of opioid exposure on patients and caregivers, and advocating
for systems that mitigate trauma and protect the health of vulnerable and immigrant
children. Hearing about these efforts firsthand at our chapter, district and national
meetings, I am grateful for our ability to learn from and leverage each other’s successes
for the collective good.
It has been gratifying to serve during a time of such growth in our organization.
I began my current term at the time of publication of our Five-Year Strategic Plan,the
culmination of a structured process to “clarify key trends shaping the future of pediatric
health care” and articulate strategic goals to assure that the AAP remains “strong,
healthy and vibrant” over the ensuing five years.
We moved quickly to revise our bylaws and implement key action steps, diversifying
representation on the Academy’s Board of Directors beyond geographic districts and
facilitating broader access to leadership opportunities with a focus on participation
by historically underrepresented member groups at all levels of the Academy. This
election cycle we will vote for three new at-large director positions, representing
medical subspecialists, pediatric surgical specialists and at-large or specialty fellows.
The reports from the AAP Task Force on Addressing Diversity and Inclusion and Task
Force on Bias and Discrimination establish pathways to operationalize the multidimensional
activities necessary to embrace and disseminate their recommendations.
I would be honored to continue our collaboration to improve outcomes for children
and families by strengthening our capacity to address the psychosocial aspects of
pediatric care and moving beyond the important work within our practices to address
the social influences on health in our neighborhoods, communities, regions and states
in support of our mission to attain optimal physical, mental and social health and
well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Carolyn T. Cleary, M.D., FAAP
National Nominating Committee candidate
Dr. Cleary is a partner and primary care pediatrician at the Elmwood Pediatric Group
in Rochester, N.Y. She attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She was a resident
and chief resident at the University of Rochester, serving as the AAP resident representative
for the program. She has stayed involved in the AAP since that time.
She has been the AAP New York Chapter 1 Pediatric Research in Office Settings representative,
the New York (District 2) National Committee on Membership representative, New York
Chapter 1 officer and board member (treasurer, vice president, president, immediate
past president), and currently serves as New York Chapter 1 Finger Lakes Pediatric
She is on the board of Accountable Health Partners (an accountable care organization)
and Concordia Healthcare (a super clinically integrated network). She is co-chair
for Accountable Health Partners’ Pediatric PCP committee and serves on its Pediatric
Work Group committee. She is the consultant to a child care in Rochester, N.Y. She
is on the Monroe County Medical Society Quality Collaborative steering committee and
has served on the subcommittees for pediatric preventative care guidelines and pediatric
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder treatment guidelines.
Dr. Cleary is married to an internist and has two grown children.
Michelle “Shelley” D. Fiscus, M.D., FAAP
District chairperson candidate
Dr. Fiscus has been engaged in the AAP on the local, state and national levels for
more than 20 years. She became active in the Tennessee Chapter (TNAAP) as chair of
the Young Physicians’ Committee, planning the chapter’s first conference for young
physicians. She has served as vice president, president and immediate past president
of the Tennessee Chapter, chair of the chapter’s Nominating Committee, and member
and chair of the chapter’s Legislative Committee. She has been heavily involved in
legislative affairs on the state level and spent significant time lobbying the Tennessee
state legislature on behalf of children.
Dr. Fiscus is co-creator and medical director of the Behavioral Health in Pediatrics
(BeHIP) program, a TNAAP initiative focusing on improving the management of behavioral
health disorders within primary care.
In 2015, Dr. Fiscus was elected District IV representative to the AAP National Nominating
Committee and, in 2018, was elected chair by the committee’s members.
Dr. Fiscus was co-owner of a two-pediatrician practice in Tennessee for 17 years before
pursuing a new career in public health. She serves as medical director of the Tennessee
Department of Health’s Immunization Program where she oversees administration of the
Vaccines for Children program and coordinates clinical response to vaccine-preventable
Dr. Fiscus graduated from Indiana University and Indiana University School of Medicine,
and completed her residency in pediatrics at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for
Children at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.
As my District IV friend Dr. Debbie Greenhouse and I like to say, “I drank the AAP
Kool-Aid” long ago. I was wooed easily. As an early career physician, Dr. Quentin
Humberd, then-president of the Tennessee Chapter, told me the chapter needed me and
gave me a task. That was all it took. I’ve been hooked ever since. So many of us who
have become engaged with AAP tell similar stories — someone in leadership, somewhere
along the way, encouraged us to grow with the Academy.
Since then, I have served in the First World and in the Third World, in private practice
and now, in state public health. I have owned a small independent practice, weathering
the challenges of diminishing insurance payments, small business ownership, electronic
health record purchases (and re-purchases), vaccine-hesitant parents, competition
from retail-based clinics, expansion of scope of practice and escalating costs. Like
many, I eventually fell victim to burnout and left practice. I’m not ashamed to say
I succumbed to the mental, physical and financial hardships of today’s primary care
My emergence from that difficult time allowed me to find new energy in state public
health and an ability to empathize with and advise colleagues who are facing similar
situations. My involvement in the Academy certainly contributed to my resiliency.
It’s critically important that those in Academy leadership truly understand the challenges
that are faced by its members so that the organization may best support and protect
those who are called serve the world’s children.
Over the past decade, I have had opportunities to serve the AAP and, more importantly,
the children and pediatricians this amazing organization has been charged to protect.
The Academy has provided me with invaluable training and experiences. It has stretched
me beyond my natural boundaries and has challenged me more than anything else I have
encountered. It would be an honor to continue to serve the Academy, its members and
our children as District IV chair as we work together to ensure that the futures of
our children, as well as those of the physicians who serve them, are protected.
Robert “Bob” C. Gunther, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
District chairperson candidate
Dr. Gunther is a general pediatrician/pediatric hospitalist. He resides on the Outer
Banks of North Carolina, after working in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where
he practiced general pediatrics for the past 30 years. During that time, the practice
grew from two providers to 10 providers. He is a pediatric hospitalist in a community
hospital in Virginia. He has been involved with international medical mission work
over many years and recently completed his second West African pediatric mission with
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
Dr. Gunther completed his medical school training at Pennsylvania State University,
residency training at University of Kentucky and his master of public health at Johns
Hopkins School of Public Health. He has clinical faculty appointments in pediatrics
at the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Edward Via College
of Osteopathic Medicine.
He has served in a number of roles with the Academy, including the Council on School
Health and presently is District IV vice chair. He has worked in many roles at the
chapter level, including president of the Virginia Chapter. He is a strong advocate
for children, including past service on the Virginia Healthy Youth Foundation, which
works to reduce youth tobacco use and obesity.
Dr. Gunther has served his community in a variety of capacities, including school
board chair, school health advisory board, parks and recreation commission, and soccer
coach. He has served his church as a deacon and elder. He enjoys time with his family,
including his wife, three grown children and their families.
It is an honor and privilege to be nominated for the position of AAP District IV chairperson.
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as district vice chair (DVC) for
two terms. This position has prepared me to serve as district chair.
During my time as DVC, I traveled around the district and come to know many of you
and appreciate what you are doing whether you are a generalist, specialist, community
or hospital-based, training, early-career or more seasoned pediatrician. Wherever
you are serving, there are challenges but also rewards.
Pediatric practice has become more complicated no matter what the setting. There
are new forms of insurance payment, increasing standardization of practice, different
employment settings and the ongoing challenge of the electronic medical record. We
are confronted by societal issues of immigration, legalization of marijuana and a
new plague of nicotine addiction foisted upon our youth by the tobacco industry in
the form of e-cigarettes. The controversy around issues of gun safety and mental health
access continue. Even evidence-based care such as immunizations creates conflict.
For those in the trenches providing day-to-day care, it has become more challenging
to find joy in the work.
The Academy serves as a focal point for the pediatrician and for child health. The
Academy provides education for the child health team and for our families. It provides
a trusted voice for children on critical issues related to child health. In short,
the Academy is the “go to” source for quality information on issues around infant,
child and adolescent health. It is well-recognized by government, media, parents and
pediatricians as the place for credible information.
The Academy provides hope and a solid foundation for child health care and advocacy
based on the best available evidence. We must continue to lead, continue to educate
and continue to serve. The hallmarks of our leadership are kindness, justice, inclusion,
equity and compassion for one another and for those we serve. Our leadership will
help support a child health system that provides quality, accessible, high-value care,
while maintaining joy in pediatric practice.
Patricia “Pat” M. Purcell, M.D., M.B.A., FAAP
District vice chairperson candidate
Dr. Purcell is a general pediatrician in private practice, delivering care to children
and families for more than 20 years in her hometown of Louisville, Ky. She joined
East Louisville Pediatrics after residency, beginning her career as a partner of the
practice. She received her B.A. degree from Otterbein University and her M.D. degree
from Medical College of Ohio. Additionally, she earned her M.B.A. degree in 2018 from
Indiana’s distinguished Kelley School of Business.
Dr. Purcell maintains a part-time clinical practice and devotes additional time to
numerous professional activities. She also serves as an assistant clinical professor
gratis at the University of Louisville Medical School and actively participates in
teaching rotating residents and medical students.
She is president of the AAP Kentucky Chapter and has completed terms for both secretary/treasurer
and vice president. During her tenure as president, the chapter has garnered two AAP
Chapter Awards of Excellence. She continues to develop and lead chapter initiatives,
including curbing e-cigarette use by partnering with the AAP Julius B. Richmond Center
of Excellence and the parent/caregiver driven organization, Operation Parent.
Additionally, Dr. Purcell has championed work on substance abuse prevention, collaborating
with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Division of Developmental and Behavioral
Disabilities. Nationally, she maintains membership in the AAP Sections on Breastfeeding
and Telehealth Care.
Dr. Purcell has two children and two grandchildren and enjoys running and cooking
Charles R. Woods Jr., M.D., M.S., FAAP
District vice chairperson candidate
Dr. Woods serves as chair of pediatrics, University of Tennessee College of Medicine-Chattanooga,
and chief medical officer, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. He would bring 25-plus
years of clinical, academic and administrative experience to the role of District
IV vice chairperson.
His AAP national roles to date have included chair of the Section on Epidemiology,
Public Health and Evidence Executive Committee (2016-’20); member of the Task Force
on Policy Development Process Improvement (2017-’18); co-author of the AAP Pediatric Clinical Practice Guidelines & Policies Manual; Section on Infectious Diseases liaison to the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
(current); methodologist for febrile infant under 3 months old guideline committee;
AAP federal legislative fly-in, 2018; and member of the Council on Quality Improvement
and Patient Safety Executive Committee (inaugural year, 2014, as it transformed from
the Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management).
He has experience in three state chapters, all in District IV: North Carolina Pediatric
Society, 1992-2006, where he served as chair of the Committee on Infectious Diseases;
Kentucky Chapter, 2006-’18; and Tennessee Chapter, July 2018 – present.
In his academic/administrative roles, he has received multiple teaching awards, including
Distinguished Educator Award, 2012, University of Louisville School of Medicine, and
Kentucky Medical Association Educational Achievement Award, 2017. He also established
a research unit focused on Kentucky Medicaid data analysis around prescribing practices
for psychotropics, antimicrobials and vaccines, and championed faculty development
across all missions, including advocacy and community engagement. He has been engaged
in operational and financial support of general pediatrics practices and the broad
array of pediatric subspecialties.
Michael A. Gittelman, M.D., FAAP
District vice chairperson candidate
Dr. Gittelman is a pediatric emergency department (ED) physician at Cincinnati Children’s
Hospital and professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati School
of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate work at Swarthmore College and his medical
school training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency
in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and a fellowship
in emergency medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Besides Dr. Gittelman’s clinical work in the pediatric ED, his academic accomplishments
have been within the field of injury control and advocacy. He has served on the boards
of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, the Society for the Advancement of Violence
and Injury Research, and as chair of the AAP Section on Injury, Violence and Poison
Prevention Executive Committee; he was instrumental in merging the AAP injury committee
and section to form its council. Currently, he is the president of the AAP Ohio Chapter.
As a chapter leader, he has developed a statewide bicycle helmet intervention, a gun
safety program in the pediatric office setting, a hospital-based safe sleep quality
improvement (QI) program and an injury QI program for practicing pediatricians.
His area of research expertise has been to study the impact of screening and counseling
families about injury risk in the office and ED setting to promote safer behaviors
and prevent injuries. His efforts have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
Tisa Johnson-Hooper, M.D., FAAP
National Nominating Committee candidate
Dr. Johnson-Hooper has been affiliated with Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) for 19
years. She is medical director for the HFHS Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
(CADD). Her clinical duties include participating in CADD’s multidisciplinary diagnostic
team and providing primary pediatric care at HFHS New Center One in Detroit.
She has maintained a long-standing interest in advocating for children with disabilities
and has focused her primary care practice on providing high-quality, comprehensive
primary care for children and youths with special health care needs. She has developed
associations with an array of policy and advocacy organizations as well as state and
national collaboratives. Her most recent quality improvement efforts have focused
on transition from a pediatric to an adult approach to health care, developmental
screening and integrative mental health initiatives.
Dr. Johnson-Hooper has been an active member of the AAP since pediatric residency.
She has served as the Michigan Chapter liaison to the AAP Section on Children with
Disabilities, board member of the Michigan Chapter, and secretary and chairperson
of the chapter’s annual conference.
Gary W. Floyd, M.D., FAAP
District chairperson candidate
Dr. Floyd grew up in Midland, Texas, and attended the University of Texas and the
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed a pediatric residency
at Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma, where he also served as chief resident.
Dr. Floyd has served as a general pediatrician in Oklahoma City (five years); as academic
faculty at Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma (five years), part of which he served as
residency program director; as medical director for pediatric emergency services at
Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth (15 years); as medical director of urgent
care services and public policy at Cook Children’s (five years); as executive vice
president, medical affairs/chief medical officer, then executive vice president, government
affairs at John Peter Smith Health Network in Fort Worth (seven years), and currently
as a general pediatrician and health care policy consultant.
Dr. Floyd is a past president of the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS), the AAP Texas
Chapter, and is AAP District VII vice chair. He is a past president of the Tarrant
County Medical Society. He is a delegate to the Texas Medical Association (TMA), where
he serves on the TMA Board of Trustees and is vice chair of the Texas delegation to
the American Medical Association (AMA), where he serves on the AMA Council on Legislation.
He testifies for TPS and TMA before committees at both the Texas House and Senate,
and he is a staunch advocate for patients and physicians.
Dr. Floyd has been married to Karen for 44 years. They have two married daughters
and two grandsons.
It’s an incredible privilege and responsibility to be nominated to serve as district
chair and an AAP board member. I believe in organized medicine at the local, state
and national levels. Physicians join these organizations to collectively improve patient
care, ensure the well-being of physicians and their practices, and push back when
other entities invade the sanctity of our patient-physician relationship. Additionally,
our AAP is unique in that, as pediatricians, we accept the role of public health and
child welfare as part of our lives and practices.
Duties of the district chair/board include governance, policy formulation and fiduciary
responsibilities. As District VII chair, I am also charged with representing the members
of my district and the patients and families they serve. To do so, I will draw on
the opinions and expertise of our District VII leaders, chapter officers, members
and executive directors whom I have learned to value and trust over the years.
Finishing as District VII vice chair, I recognize that membership and communication
are keys to district and Academy success. Granted, majority opinion rules, but we
must remain sensitive to and respectfully consider minority opinions in order to promote
collegiality and understanding, enlarge consensus and make good decisions even better.
We have many challenges ahead and are just scratching the surface of diversity, inclusion
and bias. Work and learning in these areas must continue in order to educate and make
Surveys still indicate members most value our advocacy efforts. My main advocacy interests
for children include promoting appropriate vaccinations, nonintentional injury prevention,
intentional injury prevention and defending our child abuse experts, and finding ways
to bring attention and remedy to social determinants of health that impact so many
of our patients and families. My main advocacy interests for our pediatricians include
protecting against scope creep (a lot of people want to do what we do without doing
what we’ve done) and protecting the sanctity of our patient-physician relationship
and the autonomy of clinical decision-making by physicians, whether employed or independent.
Susan Buttross, M.D., FAAP
District vice chairperson candidate
Dr. Buttross, professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
(UMMC), served as division chief of child development and behavioral pediatrics for
26 years and is medical director for the Center for Advancement of Youth in Jackson,
She earned her medical degree from UMMC and completed her pediatric residency there
and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, with post-residency study
at the University of Tennessee Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities. She is
board certified in pediatrics and developmental and behavioral pediatrics.
Dr. Buttross has served in AAP state, district and national offices, including Mississippi
Chapter president, district forum representative, National Conference & Exhibition
Planning Group, and PREP the Course, development and public education committees.
She is the AAP District VII taskforce representative on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
and an AAP national spokesperson.
Her awards include the AAP Special Achievement Award, Best Doctors in America, UMMC’s
2018 Gold Medallion for Excellence in Research and 2019 Doctor of the Year from the
Mississippi Chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
Dr. Buttross hosts a weekly show on Mississippi Public Radio, “Relatively Speaking,”
on family issues. She has authored many publications and has received several grants.
She is principal investigator for a Health Resource and Services Administration three-year,
$10.5 million grant on developmental screening and early intervention.
Dr. Buttross is a passionate child advocate. She and husband Robert Riddell have five
children and 10 grandchildren and reside in Canton, Miss.
Chadwick T. Rodgers, M.D., FAAP
District vice chairperson candidate
Dr. Rodgers has practiced general pediatrics at Little Rock Pediatric Clinic in Arkansas
for the last 18 years. He also works part time as chief medical officer for Arkansas
Foundation for Medical Care, a health utilization review and health care improvement
He grew up in Little Rock and attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He returned
home to attend medical school at University of Arkansas for Medical Science and completed
his internship and residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital where he also served
as chief resident. During his residency, he served as the Arkansas representative
in the resident section of the AAP attending the National Conference & Exhibition.
As a resident, he brought Reach Out and Read (ROR) to Arkansas and continues to provide
oversight as medical director for the Arkansas coalition of ROR sites. He has served
in the AAP Arkansas Chapter leadership for 16 years, including two terms as chapter
president. He has attended numerous district meetings and the National Conference
for 19 consecutive years. He has served on the Committee on Practice and Ambulatory
Medicine. He also was involved in the creation of the Section on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender Health and Wellness and is completing his tenure as a member of its
inaugural executive committee.
He is president-elect of the Arkansas Medical Society, serves on the board for Arkansas
Advocates for Children and Families, and is involved in numerous community activities
outside of clinical practice. He and his husband, Eric, have one daughter and two
Edward S. Curry, M.D., FAAP
National Nominating Committee candidate
Dr. Curry is immediate past president of AAP California Chapter 2. During his term
as president, he was involved with advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels,
which included multiple visits to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. He forged community
collaborations with Los Angeles area Head Start, San Bernardino Preschool Services,
Regional Centers in Los Angeles County and First 5 programs in Los Angeles, San Bernardino
and Ventura counties.
Dr. Curry has been involved in multiple leadership positions in California Chapter
2, including vice president, treasurer and member-at-large. He has been chair of the
High School Biomedical Scholarship Committee since 2000, which has awarded over 80
scholarships to deserving high school students. He has been project leader for three
Maintenance of Certification quality improvement projects on HPV and immunizations.
Dr. Curry has been a member of the Bright Futures Health Supervision Guidelines Steering
Committee since 2008. He is involved with the workgroup from the California Department
of Health Services to help implement Bright Futures guidelines as the standard for
pediatric preventative care in California. He is treasurer for California District
IX. He was a member of the AAP Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine from
Dr. Curry earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed
his training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He has been a partner pediatrician
with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group at Kaiser Fontana for the past
34 years. He practices in the areas of general pediatrics, autism, and learning and
There are no position vacancies in Districts III, VI, VIII or X.
Wayne H. Franklin, M.D., M.P.H., M.M.M., FACC, FAAP
Pediatric medical subspecialist candidate
Dr. Franklin is professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
and director, Division of Pediatric Cardiology. He obtained his undergraduate degree
at Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania.
He did his pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
and his fellowship in pediatric cardiology at CHOP. He received his master’s degree
in public health (1998) from the Ohio State University and his master’s in medical
management from the Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California
He has served on the AAP Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety for over
10 years, including as chair for four years and currently is immediate past chair.
Other national AAP involvement includes Section on Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery’s
Advocacy Committee (2016-present), Policy Taskforce (2016-’18), Maintenance of Certification
Portfolio Review Committee (2015-’18) and Subcommittee on Apparent Life-Threatening
Events Guideline Development (Brief, Resolved, Unexplained Events) (2013-’16).
He has been involved with each chapter (Delaware, Ohio and Illinois). At the Illinois
Chapter (ICAAP), he was on the nominating committee (2008-’12), the annual educational
conference committee (2007-present; chair 2018-’19) and the Continuing Medical Education/Quality
Committee (2014-present). He has advocated for children’s health in Delaware (testified
regarding secondhand smoke, Delaware Senate), in Ohio (was named one of Forty under
40 with work on anti-tobacco initiatives) and in Springfield, Ill., where he has attended
every ICAAP lobby day. Nationally, he has lobbied on Capitol Hill in D.C. for the
past two years on keeping children safe from firearms.
I am a pediatric cardiac electrophysiologist and belong to several subspecialty organizations.
I consider the AAP and the Illinois Chapter to be my home.
I believe that I and the other physicians elected to at-large board positions for
surgical specialists and at-large fellows or specialty fellows could work together
within the board to make sure that subspecialty care is considered a co-equal priority.
To grow the subspecialty membership is essential. We need to show the value in being
an AAP member to subspecialists. When I query my subspecialty colleagues who are not
AAP members, they say that they are members of their specialty societies and the AAP
is not as relevant. They would prefer to spend the limited amount of money on their
specialty societies. We must show them otherwise.
I would like us to work with the board to improve access to subspecialty care. This
includes medical subspecialists, surgical subspecialists and those within behavioral
and mental health fields. We need, not only for general pediatricians to advocate,
but also for subspecialists as well. Moreover, we will work with the Section on Telehealth
Care to make subspecialists more accessible to rural children. To accomplish this,
we need to work with the chapters at the state level to make billing for telehealth
care more equitable. We need to have subspecialists more active in their chapters.
The states address a majority of the access-to-care issues because Medicaid is a state-run
Finally, we will work with the executive committee of the sections, the Committee
on Membership, chapter executive directors and presidents, and the other specialty
societies to develop ways for subspecialists to get discounted AAP and specialty national
and chapter memberships. This will be a lot of work, but I am sure that if we achieve
it, we will be able to get more subspecialists involved in the AAP and the chapters.
If any of these concerns that I have outlined ring true for you, please consider casting
a vote for me as the at-large board position formedical subspecialists.
Charles G. Macias, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
Pediatric medical subspecialist candidate
Dr. Macias is a father, partner, clinician, academician and avid advocate for high
quality and safety in children’s health.
He is a graduate of Stanford University, Southwestern Medical School and UTHealth
School of Public Health. He has practiced pediatric emergency medicine for over 20
years and championed or led local and national educational initiatives and conferences.
As chief clinical systems integration officer for the Texas Children’s system, he
led large programmatic activities for population health, value-based care, quality
improvement (QI) in pediatric and women’s health care delivery, analytics, evidence-based
practice implementation, research and education.
He served on numerous AAP chapter and national committees and chaired the Section
on Emergency Medicine Executive Committee, growing education, research and quality
initiatives. He created and chaired the Committee on Quality Transformation of the
Section on Emergency Medicine and the AAP Pediatric Septic Shock Collaborative (engaging
45 hospitals to improve sepsis outcomes).
As executive director for the EMS for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center,
a QI-based coordinating center of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau/EMSC for the
nation’s 58 state and territories’ offices, he helps improve infrastructures, processes
and outcomes for children who are acutely ill or injured and strengthens academic
and community partnerships.
As a father and life partner with 7-year-old twins, and as a bilingual Latino with
a family embedded in traditional Mexican culture, he has lived firsthand the implicit
biases existent in today’s health care systems. But it has propelled his efforts for
community outreach, policy reform, education and programmatic efforts at reducing
vulnerabilities in children.
As the world becomes increasingly complex, our children’s health and well-being are
increasingly vulnerable. I support prioritization of those issues most illustrating
vulnerability: firearm safety and injury prevention, opioid and other drugs of abuse,
mental and behavioral health, border health issues, discrimination and bias, addressing
social determinants of health, and disaster preparedness and recovery.
The AAP must become more nimble and efficient, driving transformation of children’s
health by thoughtful prioritization of efforts and enhanced collaboration internally
(across chapters, sections, councils and committees) and externally (systematically
embracing professional organizations and sister societies). Innovative solutions can
come from democratizing the use of analytics and digital technology for information
and education spread, intensifying greater standardization and rapid cycle time for
policy statements and technical reports, increasing efforts in value-based care initiatives,
and creating greater focus on the spread of QI strategies.
I support a data-informed responsiveness to the needs of AAP stakeholders: increasing
membership and engagement through the marketing of more robust access to data, the
provision of social media/mobile platforms and other digital transformation modalities
for members, and increased access to provider well-being programs.
Priorities must concurrently address the needs of the community and academia. By building
greater research and quality infrastructures and processes, the AAP can generate knowledge
and support program implementation. This includes acceleration of demonstration projects
for the AAP’s Child Health Data Registry for health services research, population
health, QI and value-based care data.
Arming the workforce with critical competencies in advocacy across chapters and subspecialties
will assure sustainability of program efforts. This includes developing virtual platforms
for provision of state-based analytics, standardized approaches/support for mentoring
advocates, and infrastructure and processes to support ongoing advocacy efforts of
former AAP advocacy trainees across sections, chapters and committees.
To build efficiency and effectiveness in AAP efforts, I support a holistic approach
to addressing the health of children by supporting comprehensive assessments of each
considered priority for effective gap closures through the quadruple aim: better outcomes
for children, better experiences for families, reduced per capita cost of care (value)
and greater well-being for the workforce.
William L. Hennrikus, M.D., FAAP
Pediatric surgical specialist candidate
Dr. Hennrikus is professor of pediatric orthopedics, associate dean of continuing
education and a distinguished educator at Penn State College of Medicine. He is medical
director of the Penn State Pediatric Bone and Joint Clinic.
Dr. Hennrikus graduated from Georgetown Medical School. He completed his residency
at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego and his pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Children’s
Hospital in Boston. He is a retired captain in the Naval Reserves.
Dr. Hennrikus has held numerous leadership positions in the Academy. He is the pediatric
orthopedics editor for AAP Grand Rounds and a member of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness Executive Committee.
Previous AAP leadership roles include chair of the Practical Pediatrics Continuing
Medical Education committee, chair of the Section on Orthopaedics Executive Committee
and member of the National Conference & Exhibition Planning Group. In addition, Dr.
Hennrikus has served on the boards of the Society of Military Orthopaedic surgeons,
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society and the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society.
In 2016, Dr. Hennrikus received the AAP distinguished service award for pediatric
orthopedics. He has authored more than 150 scientific articles and book chapters.
In 2000, he was an inaugural Pediatric Orthopaedic Society traveling fellow to China.
He helps lead two annual global health medical mission trips to Panama and Ghana with
Penn State medical students. He and his wife, Dr. Eileen Hennrikus, a hospitalist,
have raised five wonderful children. One of his children is a resident and another
is a medical student — both are Naval officers.
I have been a member of the Academy for nearly 25 years. During that time, I have
attended every annual National Conference meeting and have participated in almost
all options offered, including podium presentations, posters, symposiums, plenaries
and the Pediatrics for the 21st Century program. I have participated in six AAP Annual
Leadership Forums. I have contributed to multiple AAP policy statements on trauma
and sports medicine topics. I have watched with great interest the role of the AAP
in education, advocacy, policy, publications, philanthropy and patient care.
All of these areas are rapidly changing, and it is critical that the best leadership
possible is identified to navigate the changing landscape of health care in order
to serve the needs of the AAP membership and promote and protect the health care of
children. Themes such as changes in health care delivery, universal access to immunizations,
declining Medicaid coverage, gun safety, lawn mower safety, prevention of drowning,
eliminating family separations at the border, disaster preparedness, global health,
opioid abuse, burnout in adolescent athletes, the utilization of nurse practitioners
and physician assistants, physician wellness, and liability risk are at the forefront.
There is probably no time in our recent history when outstanding AAP leadership is
of greater need to address these issues and more.
I am passionate about strengthening the Academy’s impact on child health and improving
member value. I have been fortunate to have had close interactions with numerous talented
AAP leaders — in my chapter, my district, in the sections and councils, on various
committees and on the board — who have mentored me throughout my career leading to
this nomination. I hope to give back and contribute my personal characteristics of
teamwork, strategic thinking, commitment to service, collaboration, strong organizational
experience and collegiality to serve you well on the AAP board.
I am honored to be nominated for the at-large board position representing the pediatric
surgical subspecialists. Thank you for your vote.
Constance S. Houck, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
Pediatric surgical specialist candidate
Dr. Houck is a senior associate in perioperative anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital
(BCH) and an associate professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. She completed
training in pediatrics, anesthesiology and pediatric critical care medicine and has
worn many hats during her 27 years at BCH. She cares for children throughout the perioperative
period — providing preoperative evaluation and preparation, intraoperative anesthesia
and postoperative care. She also serves as medical director of the inpatient unit
at Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham. When this satellite hospital opened in 2007,
she was asked to create a hospitalist program to care for the primarily surgical inpatient
population. She recently completed a master of public health at the Harvard Chan School
of Public Health with an emphasis on quality and safety research.
Dr. Houck has held many leadership positions within the AAP over the last 20 years.
She served on the Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (SOA) Executive Committee
from 1998 to 2013, serving as section chair from 2008-’11. After completing her term
as ex officio chair, she was appointed as the SOA voting member on the Committee on
Drugs. In 2015, she was elected chair of the Surgical Advisory Panel and serves on
the Section Forum Management Committee. She has also worked with leaders of the Section
on Hospital Medicine as a member of the Surgical Care Subcommittee.
She lives with her husband, Don, and has a 22-year-old son working at NASA-Goddard
Space Flight Center.
The real strength of the Academy is the way that it has embraced all of the physicians
who care for children and encouraged collaboration amongst these physicians for the
singular goal of providing for the health and well-being of all children. Despite
the difficulties of expanding the organization to leverage the expertise of the many
pediatricians, pediatric medical specialists and pediatric surgical specialists within
the Academy, the AAP has always tried to be inclusive rather than exclusive.
As medical care has become more complex, the amount of “siloing” between pediatric
generalists, specialists and subspecialists has only increased. In 2019, we are able
to do so much more for children with congenital anomalies and complex medical needs,
and these children undergo an increasing number of invasive surgical and medical procedures.
Unfortunately, anesthesiology and surgery have become a “black box” for many pediatric
medical professionals, which can limit communication and understanding.
Due to my training and experience in both the pediatric medical and surgical spheres,
I bring with me a breadth of knowledge that spans a large range of pediatric care.
As a pediatric anesthesiologist and hospitalist, I interact on a regular basis with
both my pediatric medicine and surgical specialist colleagues to optimize perioperative
care for children. As chair of the Surgical Advisory Panel, I regularly communicate
with the Board of Directors about the activities and unique contributions of our surgical
specialist sections and how they advance the care of children.
I also serve as a member of the AAP-endorsed American College of Surgeons Children’s
Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program, which aims to assure that “every
child in need of surgical care in North America today will receive this care in an
environment with resources optimal for his/her individual need.”
As a member of the Board of Directors, I hope to have a role in decision-making that
will allow me to continue to work toward optimizing the perioperative care of children,
amplifying the voice of pediatric surgical specialists and increasing the value of
AAP membership for surgical specialist members.
Rachel L. Dawkins, M.D., FAAP
At-large Fellow or specialty Fellow candidate
Dr. Dawkins is a general pediatrician and medical director of the pediatric and adolescent
medicine clinics at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in her hometown of St. Petersburg,
Fla. She also holds the rank of assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine.
Dr. Dawkins completed undergraduate and medical school at the University of Miami.
She moved to New Orleans for residency at Louisiana State University and stayed as
faculty where she spent six years as an associate program director for the pediatric
Dr. Dawkins’ involvement with the Academy started as a resident. She worked with the
AAP Friends of Children Fund to help raise money for residents and pediatricians affected
by Hurricane Katrina. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Dawkins became part of the executive
committee of the then Section on Residents as well as the executive committee of the
Section on Young Physicians, where she later served as chair. She currently is an
action group chair for the Section Forum Management Committee. Dr. Dawkins has been
involved on the boards of the AAP Louisiana and Florida chapters. She serves on the
board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast.
Dr. Dawkins’ clinical interests include advocacy, obesity and social media. Outside
of work, she loves paddle boarding, football and recently started learning to play
the drums. She is passionate about all things New Orleans, especially the Saints,
and is always willing to give recommendations for anyone visiting NOLA!
It is truly an honor to be a candidate for the at-large seat on the American Academy
of Pediatrics Board of Directors.
I consider the AAP to be my professional home and have been involved in leadership
at all phases of my career — during my years as a trainee, an early career physician
and now in my second decade of practice. The advocacy work of the Academy is unparalleled
and keeps me closely involved.
What is important for the AAP going forward?
The AAP must continue to be the leading voice for children, families and pediatricians.
As we all know, families, legislators and media get information from a dizzying number
of sources. The Academy is a go-to resource for evidence-based information and should
continue to speak up for children through both traditional and social media. We must
continue to streamline the process for publishing and disseminating policies that
we can in-turn share with the public.
Members will continue to find their “home” within the Academy by engaging all levels
and types of pediatricians through education, leadership and advocacy. It is essential
to recognize that leadership comes in many forms, including trainees and early career
physicians. Chapters, sections, councils and committees should find ways to harness
the energy and expertise of the almost 20,000 of members of the Sections on Medical
Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees and Early Career Physicians in order to
ensure that AAP leadership and engagement remains strong in the years to come.
One of the ways the Academy can innovate is through the improved use of technology.
Members want to be able to access AAP resources through the website and through mobile
devices. While some of us still love the feel of a book or journal, we often need
to find information quickly. Additionally, members are not always able to attend live
events such as the National Conference & Exhibition. The Academy should look into
the use of web-based modules and simulations for advocacy and leadership training
that would allow members to participate on their own time.
Thanks so much for your consideration!
Joseph L. Wright, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
At-large Fellow or specialty Fellow candidate
Dr. Wright is interim president and CEO, senior vice president and chief medical officer
of the University of Maryland Capital Region Health. He previously served as chair
of pediatrics at Howard University College of Medicine and senior vice president for
community affairs within the Children's National Health System. He maintains adjunct
appointments as professor of pediatrics and health services administration, respectively,
at the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine and Public Health.
Dr. Wright’s scholarly interests include injury prevention, emergency medical services
for children and the needs of underserved communities. He has been recognized by the
Academy for his leadership and advocacy work with the 2011 Fellows Achievement Award
and the 2013 Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award both given for exceptional contributions,
respectively, to the disciplines of injury prevention and emergency medicine. Dr.
Wright chairs the AAP Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine as well as the AAP
Task Force on Addressing Bias and Discrimination; he also served as inaugural chair
of the AAP Violence Prevention Subcommittee.
Dr. Wright has provided national leadership through advisory service to several organized
medicine and governmental bodies, including the Association of American Medical Colleges,
American Hospital Association, March of Dimes and the Food and Drug Administration.
He regularly presents invited congressional testimony as well as testimony before
state and municipal legislative bodies.
Dr. Wright is a graduate of Wesleyan University, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
and earned a master’s of public health degree in administrative medicine and policy
from George Washington University.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has never been more well-positioned to exercise
broad leadership on issues impacting the health and well-being of children. In 2009,
the AAP Board of Directors approved a set of principles focused on the reduction of
disparities and the promotion of equity in children’s health care. Over the past five
years, the Academy’s strategic platform, the AAP Agenda for Children, has sequentially
elucidated and emphasized cross-cutting issues such as early brain development, childhood
poverty and discrimination. The fundamental incorporation of these priorities into
the AAP Agenda for Children has strengthened the organizational commitment to the
enduring principles of access and health equity.
The Academy’s approach to addressing these broad areas is being strategically executed
through blending member engagement with a synergistic focus on the continued emergence
of the “new morbidities” as coined by AAP Past President Robert J. Haggerty, M.D.,
FAAP, more than 20 years ago. This is the lens through which I have personally experienced
the AAP as a member and represents the unique, influential position that the Academy
has established in the organized medicine arena.
As an active volunteer within the AAP committee, council and section leadership structure,
I have borne witness, and been a direct contributor, to several of the Academy’s policy,
programmatic and legislative victories. Through leadership participation, I have come
to understand the tactical importance of professional credibility and strategic partnership
in tackling challenges to optimal child health. Whether through primarily authoring,
or leading the development of, policy statements; working with the Washington office
on congressional testimony; or interfacing with the board on task force assignments,
I have come to fully appreciate the value of collaboration, perseverance and the “long
game” in child health advocacy.
Lastly, I believe in leading from within. As the son of two New York City municipal
employees who dedicated their work lives to public service, I have grown to respect
leadership humility and worked to incorporate this principle into my leadership walk.
I am honored to have the opportunity to participate in this historic election and
look forward to similarly contributing as an AAP board member.