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-  Spring 2014 E-News Update  -

Alan L. Schwartz, MD, PhD
President, American Pediatric Society

Please join us May 3-6, in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada, for 2014 PAS/ASPR. Access the 2014 PAS/ASPR Program and get a sneak preview of the phenomenal lineup of the events and highlights of the largest international meeting focused on research in child health.

We look forward to seeing you there to take in wonderful science, remarkable awardees, advocacy for pediatric research, and venues to meet with old and new colleagues and friends.

In This Issue:

Welcome New APS Members of 2014

The American Pediatric Society is pleased to welcome new members in 2014! There were a total of 65 members elected into the APS.

View the complete list of new members.

2014 APS Officer and Council Election Results

Congratulations are extended to the following individuals who have been elected to the APS Council.
Vice President (President-Elect) - Beginning May 2014
(Serves as President for 2015-16 and on Council as Past President for 2016-17)

Margaret K. Hostetter, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Council Member - Beginning May 2014 (5 Year Term)

Johnathan M. Davis, MD
The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center,
Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Outgoing APS Council
With much appreciation, for their dedication and service:
  • Past President - Barbara J. Stoll, MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Judy L. Aschner, MD, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • Council Member - Valerie P. Castle, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2014 Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award Recipient Announced

The American Pediatric Society is pleased to announce Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD, as the recipient of the 2014 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.

Dr. Casanova is a Professor and Head of Laboratory at the Rockefeller University, Senior Attending Physician at the Rockefeller University Hospital, and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is a pediatrician and immunologist by training, and in practice, has become a human geneticist investigating infectious diseases. He discovered that life-threatening infectious diseases of childhood may be caused by single-gene inborn errors of immunity. He revealed single-gene mutations that create 'holes' in the immune system of children who are susceptible to specific infectious diseases, yet remain normally resistant to other infectious agents.

Read more about Dr. Casanova and the Norman J. Siegel Award

2014 Mary Ellen Avery Neonatal Research Award Recipient Announced

John A. Clements, MD The American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research is pleased to announce John A. Clements, MD, as the 2014 Mary Ellen Avery Neonatal Research Awardee. Dr. Clements will receive this award at the 2014 PAS/ASPR Joint Meeting on Saturday, May 3, during the Surfactant Biology & the Avery Award Presentation session, 2:45pm-4:45pm, VCC, West Ballroom B. Please join us and participate in the wonderful tribute to Drs. Avery and Clements for their life-saving achievements and to congratulate Dr. Clements on being selected as the inaugural 2014 Mary Ellen Avery Neonatal Research Award recipient.

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

2014 Howland Medal Award Recipient Announced

Rebecca Buckley, MD The American Pediatric Society is pleased to announce Rebecca H. Buckley, MD, as the 2014 APS Howland Medal Awardee. Dr. Rebecca Buckley will receive the award at the 2014 PAS/ASPR Joint Meeting on Sunday, May 4, during the 2014 APS Presidential Plenary and Awards session, 10:15am-11:45am, VCC, West Ballroom B. Please join us and participate in this special tribute to Dr. Buckley.

Read more about Dr. Buckley and the Howland Medal Award

2014 Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award Recipient Announced

Lewis R. First, MD The Federation of Pediatric Organizations is delighted to announce Lewis R. First, MD, as the recipient of the 2014 Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award. Dr. Lewis First will receive this award at the 2014 Pediatric Academic Societies and Asian Society for Pediatric Research Joint Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada, during the Opening General Session on Saturday, May 3, 5:00pm-6:30pm, VCC, West Ballroom A. Please join us for this special tribute to Dr. First.

Read more about Dr. First and the Joseph St. Geme Award

APS Viewpoint in JAMA

The Fourth APS Viewpoint article in JAMA Pediatrics authored by Drs. Leslie R. Walker and F. Bruder Stapleton, entitled Pediatric Faculty Diversity: A New Landscape for Academic Pediatrics in the 21st Century, is now available on the APS webpage, The Voice of APS.

As noted previously, the goal of these invited columns is to use them as a platform for leaders in academic American pediatrics (as represented by the APS) to speak out on the major issues confronting pediatrics and child health in the United States. If you have suggestions for future topics and authors, please send them to Dr. Christine Gleason, APS Viewpoint Editor.

2014 PAS/ASPR Housing and Registration Deadlines Approaching

PAS registration and housing deadlines are quickly approaching, so be sure to secure your registration and housing before it's too late!

April 4 Housing reservation deadline
(for special rates)
April 17 Last Day for 2014 PAS/ASPR Registration Online (12noon CST)
You may register on-line, but at onsite fees. After April 17 12noon CST, only onsite registration is possible).
No meeting registration refunds issued after April 17.

2014 Run for Pediatric Research

The Pediatric Research Foundation (PRF) is proud to be working with the Vancouver International Marathon Society, the non-profit organization responsible for the BMO Vancouver Marathon, as the venue host for the third annual Run for Pediatric Research on Sunday, May 4, as part of the activities at this year's Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. We extend a warm invitation to all PAS registrants to participate in this special event.

Read more about the marathon

APS Program Day at 2014 PAS

Based on our successful programs in Vancouver, Denver, Boston, and Washington DC, an APS Program Day has once again been organized within the 2014 PAS/ASPR Joint Meeting in Vancouver for Sunday,
May 4.

The day will focus on cutting edge research and will honor new and senior members who have made significant contributions to the field of academic pediatrics. APS members are invited to join us for this day-long celebration of the traditions and the future of the American Pediatric Society.

View more information on the 2014 APS Program Day

Unconscious Bias and Diversity in Pediatrics: Walking the Walk

On Saturday, May 3, 8am-10am, the APS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) presents a topic symposium, "Unconscious Bias and Diversity in Pediatrics: Walking the Walk." The session will appeal to all PAS attendees; we will provide examples of the types of unconscious bias that may influence the pediatric workplace, describe the influence of unconscious bias on faculty development and success in the workplace, and articulate approaches that can be used to address and mitigate the role of unconscious bias in academic pediatrics. Please include this important session in your 2014 PAS meeting itinerary.

Read more about the Unconscious Bias session

The Human Microbiome: A New Vista on Childhood Biology

The 2014 APS State of the Art Plenary, The Human Microbiome: A New Vista on Childhood Biology, features three of the world's leaders in microbiome science. The session is chaired by Drs. Joesph Neu and Phillip Tarr, and will be held at 2014 PAS/ASPR on Sunday, May 4, 3:30pm-5:30pm. You are encouraged to mark your 2014 PAS/ASPR Itinerary now as you don't want to miss this session.

Read more about the Human Microbiome

Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CODI)

The APS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) has continued to meet every month by teleconference. We continue to work on compiling the first APS membership database and are excited to plan for the 2014 PAS/ASPR meeting.

Read Committee Report

Strategic Plan Committee Updates

Pediatric Policy Council Washington Update: Most Recent Issue Now Available

The Pediatric Policy Council (PPC) Washington Update for March 20, 2014, is now available for download within the Pediatric Public Policy section of the APS website.

This issue details information on the FY 2015 Budget Requests Released by the President, the President's Proposal to Gut CHGME with New "Targeted" Graduate Medical Education, Senator Durbin's Announced New Research Funding Bill, and more.

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

In Memoriam

Joel J. Alpert, MD, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Wayland, MA and East Parsonsfield, ME, passed away on December 31, 2013.

Dr. Alpert was a recognized leader in pediatrics. During his 42 years at BUSM and BMC (and its precursor Boston City Hospital) he pioneered pediatric primary care training, including continuity clinic sites at community health centers and the development of a curriculum that emphasized child development, advocacy and community care. BUMC's pediatric resident training in primary care in health centers was among the first in the United States.
Read Obituary

Lewis A. Barness, MD, of Tampa, FL, passed away on November 18, 2013.

Dr. Barness was the founding Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, a father of modern pediatrics and a renowned researcher in infant nutrition. He graduated from Harvard College in 1941, earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1944 and completed his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1945. Following a stint as a Captain in the U.S. Army he completed a research fellowship in Boston at Children's Hospital and MIT, followed by internship, residency and fellowship in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. In 1972 he became one of the first board-certified neonatologists in the U.S.

Dr. Barness served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania from 1950 to 1972, and was Chief of Pediatrics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 1962 to 1972. In 1972 he was recruited by the new University of South Florida College of Medicine to serve as the founding chair of pediatrics. During his tenure at USF, Dr. Barness recruited top-notch faculty, built a curriculum and attracted many of the best and brightest medical graduates to careers in pediatrics. From 1987 to 1993, Dr. Barness joined his wife, Dr. Enid Gilbert-Barness, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he was awarded Professor Emeritus status. In 1993 he returned to USF where he was a Distinguished University Professor until his retirement in 2007. During his long career, Dr. Barness had a wide-ranging influence on the field of pediatrics, serving as President of the American Pediatric Society and Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition.

As one of the most highly acclaimed pediatricians in the U.S., Dr. Barness received the American Academy of Pediatrics Abraham Jacobi Award, the American Pediatric Society's John Howland Award, and the Joseph St. Geme Leadership Award given by seven pediatric societies. Additional honors include the Borden Award, the Joseph B. Goldberger Award in Clinical Nutrition and numerous teaching awards. He was inducted into the Pediatrics Hall of Fame, and in 1987 the Mayor of Tampa proclaimed the Lewis Barness Day. The University of Wisconsin awarded Dr. Barness an honorary DSci, while USF awarded him an honorary DrPH. Read Obituary

Erika Bruck, MD, of Buffalo, NY passed away on October 13, 2011.

Dr. Bruck had an illustrious career in academic medicine. Her medical research combined astute clinical observations with expert knowledge of human physiology and clinical chemistry. Her research papers from the 1950's through the 1980's covered a wide range of topics in pediatric medicine from various aspects of renal function and kidney disease to fluidelectrolyte balance, cystic fibrosis, asthma, endocrine disorders, and type I diabetes. All were published in highly regarded medical journals. Dr. Bruck's papers provided the foundations of the modern clinical interventions for common and devastating diseases, and thus contributed to the improved health of tens of thousands of children. Read Obituary

Donald Fernbach, MD, of Houston, TX, passed away on September 22, 2013.

Dr. Fernbach received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1952. He entered his residency in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine as one of its first residents. Following his pediatric residency, he completed a residency in pediatric pathology at Children's Medical Center and Harvard University School of Medicine in Boston followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology. In 1957, he returned to Texas and joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, founding the Research Hematology-Oncology Service at Texas Children's Hospital in 1958, now known as the Texas Children's Cancer Center. From 1957-1991 Dr. Fernbach served as the Head of the Hematology and Oncology Section of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine; Chief of the Hematology and Oncology Service at Texas Children's Hospital; and Director of the Research Hematology Laboratory at Texas Children's Hospital. During his tenure at Baylor, he became a professor of pediatrics and published more than 160 scientific articles. Read Obituary

Morris Green, MD, of North Potomac, MD, passed away on August 6, 2013.

Dr. Green was a nationally renowned pediatrician, inspiring educator, and prolific author. He dedicated himself to a lifelong commitment to the health and well-being of Indiana's children through his extraordinary service of almost 50 years to Riley Hospital for Children, serving as its Physician-in-Chief from 1967-1988 and Chairman of the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Read Obituary

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