In Memoriam: Pellegrini left a legacy of public policy gains for children, families
A health care policy expert who successfully championed many maternal and child health
issues, Cindy Pellegrini Johnson, of Washington, D.C., died of ovarian cancer July
26. She was 49.
Pellegrini served as associate director of federal affairs in the AAP Washington Office,
where she worked from 2004-’11 before moving to the March of Dimes as senior vice
president for public policy and government affairs. Previously, she held various positions
on Capitol Hill.
At the AAP, Pellegrini was known for her thoughtful, passionate advocacy on issues,
helping to protect preventive care for children as a no-cost service in the Affordable
Care Act and end the use of lead in children’s toys. She worked to save the Emergency
Medical Services for Children program, and she led a strategy on children and disasters
following Hurricane Katrina. Pellegrini advanced AAP positions on genetics, nutrition
and environmental health.
At the March of Dimes, Pellegrini played a key role in the legislative response to
the Zika virus and the reauthorization of the PREEMIE (Prematurity Research Expansion
and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early) Act and Newborn Screening Saves
“Cindy’s advocacy for children and families will have an enduring effect both through
the policies she fought for and in the lives of the people she touched. We will miss
her,” said AAP CEO/Executive Vice President (Interim) Mark Del Monte, J.D.
Colleagues are remembering Pellegrini for her kindness, enthusiasm and devotion to
her work and family.
“Cindy had a long legacy of fighting for the health of moms and babies. …(her) positive
outlook on life was most admirable, and she was highly regarded by everyone who had
the opportunity to meet her,” noted Stacy D. Stewart, president and CEO of the March
Among her roles, Pellegrini was the consumer representative on the Advisory Committee
on Immunization Practices (2013-’18).
Pellegrini is survived by her husband, Jason, and their children Ethan and Camilla.
Donations can be directed to the March of Dimes (http://bit.ly/2OHCeLP) or Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center (http://bit.ly/2KoZVTX).
-Alyson Sulaski Wyckoff
Additional recent deaths
Michael G.Burke, M.D., FAAP, of Columbia, Md., died suddenly on July 10 at age 62.
Raymond J. Cassady, M.D., FAAP, of Jamesville, N.Y., died July 4 at age 93.
George W. Holcomb Jr., M.D., FAAP, of Nashville, Tenn., died June 29 at age 97. A member of the AAP Section on Surgery
since 1956, he was a charter member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association
and past president of the Tennessee Medical Association.
Maria P. Markus,M.D., FAAP, of Boca Raton, Fla., died of cancer July 1 at age 60.
L. Roy Newman, M.D., FAAP, of Jenkintown, Pa., died June 24 at age 92.
A. Reginald Pilcher, M.D., FAAP, of Augusta, Ga., died June 29 at age 72.
James L. Talbert, M.D., FAAP, of Gainesville, Fla., died July 1 at age 87.
Richard E. Topel, M.D., FAAP, of Berkeley, Calif., died June 17 at age 77.