-   2016 APS E-News Update: Issue 1  -

       Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
2016 APS Members' (Howland) Dinner

The APS Members' Dinner honoring the 2016 John Howland Medal recipient, Dr. Barbara J. Stoll, will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore on Sunday, May 1, in conjunction with the PAS 2016 Annual Meeting.

The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore is a beautiful venue befitting this special occasion,

and the evening promises to be a wonderful celebration for all who attend!
RSVP by March 15, 2016  Note: Member login required.

In This Issue:

Welcome New APS Members of 2016!

The American Pediatric Society is pleased to welcome 75 new members accepted into APS for 2016. Congratulations to all and welcome!

View the complete list of new members

2016 APS Officer and Council Member Election Results

Congratulations are extended to the following individuals who have been elected to the APS Council.

APS Vice President (President-Elect) - Beginning May 2016
(Serves as APS President for 2017-18 and as APS Past President for 2018-19)
  • Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco General Hospital, and UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA
APS Council Member - Beginning May 2016 (5 Year Term)
  • Leslie R. Walker, MD, University of Washington, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
APS Vice President (President-Elect)APS Council Member

Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPHLeslie R. Walker, MD

Outgoing APS Council
With much appreciation, for their dedication and service:
  • Donna M. Ferriero, MD, MS, APS Past President
  • Hugh M. O'Brodovich, MD, APS Council Member

2016 Award Recipients Announced

Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award

The American Pediatric Society is pleased to announce Jordan S. Orange, MD, PhD, as the recipient of the 2016 Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award. This award is bestowed on a newly elected APS Member to acknowledge his/her outstanding contributions to science.

Please join us at the 2016 APS Presidential Plenary & Awards Session on Sunday, May 1, to hear Dr. Orange present some of his breakthrough research and to congratulate him on his achievements and membership in the APS!

Read more about Dr. Orange and the APS Norman J. Siegel Award

Mary Ellen Avery Neonatal Research Award

The American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research are pleased to announce Steven H. Abman, MD, as the 2016 Mary Ellen Avery Neonatal Research Award recipient.

Dr. Abman will receive this award at PAS 2016 on Saturday, April 30, 3:00pm-5:00pm, during the Neonatal Pulmonology: BPD & Pulmonary Hypertension & Avery Award Presentation session.

Please join us and participate in the wonderful tribute to Drs. Avery and Abman for their life-saving achievements and to congratulate Dr. Abman on being selected as the 2016 Mary Ellen Avery Neonatal Research Award recipient!

Read more about Dr. Abman and the Mary Ellen Avery Award

2016 APS International Travel Grant Program Recipients Announced

The American Pediatric Society is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2016 APS International Travel Grant Program (ITGP):
  • Jon S. Abramson, MD
  • Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH
  • Randy Q. Cron, MD, PhD
Each 2016 APS ITGP recipient will be awarded $3,500 in an effort to help offset the cost of their registration, hotel accommodations and travel to the 6th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies (EAPS 2016), October 21-25, 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The goal of the APS ITGP is to foster international collaboration in the advancement of child health through participation and presentation of research and scholarly work by APS members at EAPS 2016.

Congratulations to Drs. Abramson, Coyne-Beasley and Cron on being selected as the 2016 APS ITGP recipients! A report on their international collaboration experience will be published in a future APS E-News Update.

2016 Howland Medal Award Ceremony

Please join us and participate in the special tribute to Barbara J. Stoll, MD, 2016 APS Howland Medal Award recipient. Dr. Stoll will be presented with the Howland Medal at PAS 2016 on Sunday, May 1, during the 2016 APS Presidential Plenary and Awards session, 10:15am-11:45am, Baltimore Convention Center, Ballroom III.

We look forward to honoring Dr. Stoll and to seeing all of you at the 2016 Howland Medal Award Ceremony!

Read more about Dr. Stoll and the Howland Medal Award

APS Program Day at PAS 2016

Based on our previous successful programs, an APS Program Day has once again been organized within the PAS 2016 meeting in Baltimore, MD, for Sunday, May 1. The day will focus on cutting edge research and will honor new and seasoned members who have made important contributions to the advancement of child health.

View more information on what the APS Program Day will include, as well as the video of Dr. Christine Gleason sharing some of the highlights

2016 APS Members' Networking Lunch - Please Join Us!

Please join us for the exciting panel discussion on "Advancing Global Child Health: Opportunities and Challenge" organized for the 2016 Members' Networking Lunch taking place during PAS 2016 on Sunday, May 1, at 12:00pm. There is no fee for attending but RSVP is required.  Please RSVP by March 31, 2016. Note: Member login required.

APS Recommended Leadership Development Sessions at PAS 2016

The APS Council has reviewed PAS 2016 program content to specifically identify sessions with opportunity for career or leadership development. These sessions would be beneficial for APS Members to learn more about issues in academic medicine, administrative practice and national initiatives and perspectives that influence clinical care, research in children's health and educational training. The sessions will also be tagged in the PAS 2016 Mobile App.

APS Recommended Leadership Development Sessions

PAS 2016 Advance Rate Registration and Housing Deadlines Approaching

PAS registration and housing deadlines are quickly approaching. Process your registration and housing today to ensure best housing and registration rate options!

March 31 Advance Rate Registration Deadline 
(full rate after March 31) 

April 1 Housing reservation deadline
(for special PAS discount rates)

APS Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CODI)

The APS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) is planning for PAS 2016 in Baltimore. You are invited to attend the CODI Topic Symposium, "Reaching for the Tipping Point for Equity and Inclusion in Academic Pediatrics" on Monday, May 2, from 1-3 pm. You will hear from leaders in organizations that have addressed diversity, including the LCME and the military, in addition to clinical and academic institutions. 

Read Full APS CODI Report

APS Strategic Plan Committee Updates

Most Recent PPC Washington Update Issue Now Available

The Pediatric Policy Council (PPC) Washington Update for February 19, 2016, is now available for download within the Advocacy and Pediatric Policy section of the APS website.

The PPC Washington Update is issued monthly and distributed to all APS members. Past PPC Updates are available at the Advocacy and Pediatric Policy Updates section of the APS website.

Member News

Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, Named President 
of SUNY Upstate Medical University

Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, was named the President of SUNY Upstate Medical University September 10, 2015 and assumed the role of President January 14, 2016. She is the former Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Vice-President of the Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn and Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine (Investigator Track) and Yeshiva University.

Read Announcement from Upstate Medical University

Fernando Mendoza, MD, Receives
Stanford School of Medicine's Diversity Award

Over his medical career, Fernando Mendoza, MD, a Professor of Pediatrics, has created programs that open doors for minorities to pursue careers in medicine and that train doctors to advocate for equal access to medical care. For his efforts, he has been recognized with the 2015 Dr. Augustus A. White III and Family Faculty Professionalism Award. The award, presented by the Medical School's Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, recognizes individuals who help to reduce health disparities and empower underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in medicine. 

Read Announcement from Stanford University

Bonita Stanton, MD, Named Founding Dean of Seton Hall University
and Hackensack University Health Network's New School of Medicine

Bonita Stanton, MD, has been named Founding Dean of Seton Hall University and Hackensack University Health Network's new school of medicine, slated to open in 2018. A pediatrician, Dr. Stanton is now Vice Dean of Research at Wayne State University School of Medicine, where she also served as Chair of Pediatrics.

Read Announcement from The Setonian

In Memoriam

Robert J. Arceci, MD, PhD, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away on June 8, 2015.

Dr. Arceci completed his undergraduate studies at Trinity College, and received his PhD and MD from the University of Rochester in New York. He completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Following faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Boston Children's Hospital, he became Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Arceci was Director of the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Hematology/Oncology at Phoenix Children's Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, as well as Co-director of the Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine. In addition to this leadership roles, Dr. Arceci was an excellent clinician, known both nationally and internationally. Some of his patients traveled from across the United States, Europe and Middle East. He was considered one of the world's experts on histiocytic disorders and pediatric acute myelocytic leukemia (AML). Read Obituary

Robert B. Cotton, Jr., MD, of Nashville, TN, passed away on January 2, 2015.

Dr. Cotton led a distinguished career at Vanderbilt where for more than four decades he served as a devoted leader, mentor and scientist, laying the foundation for groundbreaking research in infant prematurity. He attended the University of Virginia for both his undergraduate studies and medical school. He began his career in neonatology at Vanderbilt in 1972 as a Clinical and Research Fellow. He then joined the faculty in the Division of Neonatology at Vanderbilt University, attaining the rank of Professor in 1985. He served as the Director for the Division of Neonatology from 1989-2003, during which time he was responsible for training over 40 post-doctoral fellows in neonatal-perinatal medicine. His research contributions have had long-lasting impacts on the care of newborns and he was an exceptional clinician and passionate teacher. Read Obituary

Antoni M. Diehl, MD, of Lenexa, KS, passed away on September 22, 2015.

Dr. Diehl completed his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University and received his MD degree from the University of Minnesota. After serving in the Naval Reserves, he completed his residency in pediatric cardiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Later, he was a Professor of Pediatric Cardiology for 25 years at the University of Kansas Medical Center and headed its Department of Pediatric Cardiology. He later had a private practice for 13 years though St. Luke's Hospital and Children's Mercy Hospital. Dr. Diehl participated in more than 32 medical missions providing healthcare in rural sugarcane villages of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and he was part of the Kansas University's team that trained Thailand and Guatemala's first pediatric cardiologists. Read Obituary

John H. Githens, Jr., MD, of Denver, CO, passed away on November 5, 2014.

Dr. Githens received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and his MD degree from Temple University in 1945. After serving active duty in the Navy, he completed training in pediatric hematology at Philadelphia Children's Hospital. In 1950, Dr. Githens became Chief Resident in Pediatrics at University of Colorado Medical Center and subsequently became Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Colorado Medical School. He spent a brief period of time as Chair of Pediatrics at University of Kentucky Medical Center but returned as Associate Dean of University of Colorado Medical School, where he served until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1987. As Founder and Director of the Colorado Sickle Cell Treatment and Research Center, Dr. Githens received the Governor of Colorado's Proclamation Award, proclaiming September 28 as Dr. Jack Githens Day. Read Obituary

Robert E. Greenberg, MD, of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on December 16, 2015.

Dr. Greenberg completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University and in 1953 received his MD degree from the University of California San Francisco, where he was awarded the prestigious Gold Headed Cane by his peers as the top student in his graduating class. After conducting pediatric training at Children's Hospital in Detroit, he became a Postdoctoral Fellow of Pediatric Endocrinology at State University of New York at Syracuse. In 1976, Dr. Greenberg became the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico, where he received countless honors, awards, and grants throughout a career that combined clinical medicine, teaching, biomedical research, administration, and extensive public policy and advocacy efforts. He co-founded the New Mexico child advocacy organization Coalition for Children and after retirement, made several international trips to volunteer with American Jewish World Service. Read Obituary

Stuart Handwerger, MD, of Cincinnati, OH, passed away on November 22, 2015.

Dr. Handwerger received his medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine. He was a Professor of Medicine at the College of Medicine at University of Cincinnati and longtime Director of Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Dr. Handwerger's research focused on fetal and perinatal endocrinology, with a particular interest in human trophoblast differentiation. Read Obituary

Stephen F. Kemp, MD, PhD, of Little Rock, AR, passed away on November 18, 2015.

Dr. Kemp received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon, and received his MD and his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Chicago. He completed his postdoctoral training as a resident in pediatrics, and his postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Stanford University. He accepted a faculty appointment in 1984 at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and later served as Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology from 1987 to 2001. At the time of his death, he was a Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Humanities at the UAMS. Dr. Kemp was recognized as an expert in the area of growth and growth disorders, serving as principal or co-investigator on numerous clinical trials studying growth issues. He also authored or co- authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters and was frequently invited to lecture internationally on growth issues. Read Obituary

Charles Kennedy, MD, of Brunswick, ME, passed away on October 6, 2015.

Dr. Kennedy prepared for medicine at Princeton University (1942) and received his MD degree at the University of Rochester while in the Navy V-12 program. After serving two years active duty at the Veteran's Administration psychiatric hospital in Canandaigua, NY, he became a resident in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo and later was a Fellow in Neurology at the Neurological Institute in New York. He was then appointed Chief of Neurology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. During a sabbatical in 1967 at the Laboratory of Cerebral Metabolism at the National Institutes of Health, he pursued a research career simultaneously with an appointment as Professor of Child Neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. As author of many papers in both clinical and experimental neuroscience, he played an important role in the research for determining the locations in the brain of its various function activities. Read Obituary

C. Everett Koop, MD, of Hanover, NH, passed away on February 25, 2013.

Dr. Koop completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1941. Upon completion of his residency at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, he became Surgeon in Chief of Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, a position he held for the next 33 years until President Ronald Reagan nominated him to be Surgeon General of the United States in 1981. He was a Vice Admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and served as the 13th Surgeon General of the United States under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1989. Dr. Koop was known for his work to prevent tobacco use, AIDS, and abortion, and for his support of the rights of disabled children. Read Obituary

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