We would like to take this opportunity to update you
about some of the initiatives the American Pediatric
Society (APS) will be undertaking in this next academic
year and to seek your input. As a reminder, the mission
of the APS is to advance academic pediatrics and we
strive to do this by:
1) Promoting pediatric research and scholarship;
2) Serving as a strong and effective advocate for
3) Recognizing and honoring achievement; and
4) Cultivating excellence, diversity and equity in the
field of pediatrics.
In advancing research, the APS is one of the four member
societies that organize the annual Pediatric Academic
Societies (PAS) meeting, the premier conference on
pediatric research. The PAS 2016 meeting in Baltimore
had one of the highest levels of APS participation ever
and saw the conversion to a digital format for the
organization of the meeting. A strategic planning
process, the first of its kind, is underway to guide the
PAS meeting's future. Your input is welcomed and will be
actively solicited through the APS at PAS Committee.
Also in advancing research, the APS, along with the
Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) and the European
Pediatric Research. The journal is under the
direction of a new editorial team,
Drs. Cynthia F.
Bearer and Eleanor Molloy, who have launched several
exciting new directions (see
2016 Jan;79(1-1):2) and we urge you to submit research
to YOUR journal. As child health advocates, we are
active participants in the Pediatric Policy Council,
supporting legislation and health policy initiatives as
well as making Hill visits with our SPR colleagues. If
you are interested in participating in these efforts,
please consider joining our Advocacy Committee.
In recognizing achievement, we sponsor the Howland
Award, won this year by
Barbara J. Stoll, the H. Wayne Hightower
Distinguished Professor in the Medical Sciences and Dean
of the UTHealth McGovern Medical School. Please consider
nominations for the 2017 award. Finally, we are working toward building a diverse
pipeline in academic pediatrics. We have teamed up with
the SPR and the APA in submitting a R25 curriculum grant
on team science for fellows and junior faculty in
pediatrics and are collaborating with the APA on the New
Century Scholars mentorship program for residents. We will be providing more information on these
two programs in a separate communication.
We look forward to receiving your nominations for new
APS members from a diverse and highly qualified pool of
candidates. This year we will also be undertaking a
strategic planning process. This is your society and
your commitment to its activity is essential. Please let
us know which activities you would like to participate
in and what additional initiatives you would like to see
us pursue. Feel free to email us with your thoughts and
APS Announces 2016-17
President and 2016-17 APS Council
The American Pediatric Society is excited to
announce Mark L. Batshaw, MD,
as APS President for the 2016-17 term.
Dr. Batshaw is
Physician-in-Chief and Chief Academic Officer at Children's National
Health System in Washington, DC. He is also Professor of Pediatrics
and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at The George
Washington University School of Medicine
and Health Sciences.
Welcome, Dr. Batshaw!
View the entire 2016-17 APS Council
APS Announces New PAS Program Committee Representative
Please join us in thanking
Dr. Jessica G. Moreland
(University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas) for
agreeing to serve as an APS representative to the Pediatric
Academic Societies (PAS) Program Committee. Dr. Moreland will
serve a three-year term and will help to select and organize a
strong and well balanced scientific program for the 2017 PAS
Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Thank you, Dr. Moreland!
Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) Members
The American Pediatric Society
(APS) seeks two members to serve on the APS Committee on
Diversity and Inclusion (CODI).
The CODI was created in 2012
to promote diversity and inclusion within the APS and academic
pediatrics. The committee has developed a membership database,
sponsored scientific programming at PAS meetings, and created
relationships with other organizations. The CODI reports to APS
are nine CODI Members, including the APS President and APS
Term: 3 years (July 2016 - May
Responsibility/Time Commitment: The
CODI holds one in-person meeting each year at the PAS annual
meeting and conducts regular business by teleconference every
one-two months and by email.
are interested in being considered for one of the two open
positions on this important committee, please submit a one-page
statement of interest to Brenda Peat,
firstname.lastname@example.org. The CODI will review all
applications and select two new committee members.
Submission Deadline: June 24, 2016
APS Virtual Business Meeting
The 2016 APS Business Meeting was conducted as a virtual meeting and
Business Update PowerPoint
is now available for download. The file will also be available
throughout the year on the APS website, on the
Call for Reviewers
As an APS Member, you are considered a leader in the field of
pediatric research. Now, you can share your expertise by
reviewing papers for your member journal, Pediatric Research.
Drs. Cynthia Bearer and Eleanor Molloy, the new Chief
Editors for Pediatric Research, would love your input
into the manuscript peer review process and, to that end, have
opened a Call for Reviewers to the APS membership. Manuscript
reviews can be done alone or in tandem with a junior researcher
in your institution; it is a great way to mentor up-and-coming
faculty members. |
Please consider volunteering your time to support your member
journal! If you are interested in reviewing, please contact the
Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Cynthia Bearer at
Children's Study Archive Expands
Children's Study (NCS) Vanguard Data and Sample Archive and Access
System (NCS Archive) opened March 1, 2016, and now expands to include additional data
and biological and environmental samples.
Vanguard was a pilot for a planned cohort study of environmental
influences on child health and development. Starting in 2009,
recruitment strategies were tested in 43 counties across 31 states
throughout the U.S. The study enrolled over 5,600 birth families and
followed them through 2014. At study visits, questionnaires and
interviews, neuro-psychosocial and cognitive assessments, and
physical examination data were collected, along with nearly 25,000
biological and environmental primary samples from which a sample
repository of over 250,000 items was created. That information and
material is being made available through the NCS Archive for
approved research projects by qualified investigators.
Read more about The National Children's Study Archive
Call for Howland Award Nominations - Deadline: July 1
The APS is pleased to announce the
2017 Call for APS Howland Award Nominations. The John Howland Award is the highest honor
bestowed by the American Pediatric Society, and is presented
annually by the APS for "distinguished service to pediatrics as
a whole." Since 1952, when Edwards A. Park, MD, received the
inaugural Howland Award, this honor has been bestowed upon
esteemed leaders in academic pediatrics whose significant
contributions have advanced the lives of children and the
profession of pediatrics through clinical care, scientific
discovery, mentorship and service. |
You are encouraged to nominate outstanding colleagues who have made
lasting contributions to the field of pediatrics. Please take a few
minutes to review the nomination process for the
Award, available at:
Nomination Receipt Deadline: July 1, 2016
If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please
at the APS Central Office.
Call for APS Membership Nominations - Deadline: July 31
APS is pleased to announce the
2017 Call for APS Membership Nominations.
Please take a few moments to consider colleagues from your own
institution who you can nominate or encourage to be nominated for
APS membership, as there are distinguished faculty in every
department and state who qualify but have never been nominated, as
well as international colleagues who may be eligible for Honorary
You may access the
(located in the My APS/SPR section of the website) to quickly find
out whether colleagues of your department are members. In the
alternative, you may also contact
at the APS Central Office.
2017 APS Membership Application Form
is available online or can be mailed upon request.
Application Receipt Deadline: July 31, 2016
(or first following business day)
Important issues for all of pediatrics can best be addressed by the
APS if its membership is diverse, vibrant and broadly participatory.
Help make this possible by nominating a colleague for membership by
July 31. If you have questions regarding the application
process, please contact
at the APS Central Office.
Call for APS
Council Nominations and Meet the APS Nominating Committee
The APS Council has appointed an APS Nominating Committee for the
2016-17 year. The Committee Members are:
Margaret K. Hostetter, MD, Chair, Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Donna M.
Ferriero, MD, MS, and Alan L. Schwartz, MD, PhD.
It is the responsibility of the APS
Nominating Committee to select a slate of two candidates for each of
the following positions:
Vice President (President-Elect) - Beginning
May 2017. This person will serve on APS Council as Vice
President for the 2017-18 year, as President for the 2018-19
year, and as Past President for one subsequent year.
Two Council Member Positions -
The APS Nominating Committee would
greatly appreciate your advice and counsel in the selection of
APS Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CODI)
The APS Committee on Diversity and
Inclusion (CODI) hosted a successful topic symposium at the PAS
meeting in Baltimore, "Reaching for the Tipping Point for Equity and
Inclusion in Academic Pediatrics." The presenters shared data from
organizations such as Seattle Children's Hospital, Kaiser
Permanente, and the military and made recommendations about
organizational strategies that have been utilized to increase
diversity in the healthcare workforce, including academic
Read Full APS CODI Report
Strategic Plan Committee Updates
APS Member News
Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, Named President of SUNY Upstate Medical University |
Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, was
inaugurated as SUNY Upstate Medical University's seventh
president on April 15, 2016. Dr. Laraque-Arena began her service
as president of Upstate on January 14, 2016, and was previously
chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical
Read Inauguration Announcement from
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Robert M. Eiben, MD, of Cleveland, OH, passed away on December 28, 2013.
Eiben was renowned for his clinical expertise, but was also known
for the deep compassion he extended to his young patients.
His career as an infectious disease
physician began in 1945, right before the height of the polio
epidemic that started in 1949. Dr. Eiben became an expert in
treating a disease that had no known cure. His success with caring
for and transitioning polio victims back to their homes gained the
hospital national recognition.
He participated in the March of Dimes Respiratory Center Program as
one of 15 respiratory care centers in the country to transition
polio patients, both children and adults, from a hospital
environment back to their family and society. The collaborative
effort drew upon the expertise of medical professionals from various
disciplines. Dr. Eiben later received an award for his work at the
Fourth International Congress of Poliomyelitis in 1957. He served as
Acting Chief of Clinical Investigations and Therapeutics,
Developmental and Metabolic Neurology Branch of the National
Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) from 1976 to
Elliot F. Ellis, MD,
of Sarasota, FL, passed away on February 22, 2014.
Dr. Ellis's work in curing the ills of precious children earned the
respect of families, colleagues, students and the many communities
he served. The accomplishment Dr. Ellis was most proud of, however,
was that his biggest medical fights were focused on the littlest of
patients whom he always put at ease with his soft-toned voice and
twinkling eyes. Throughout his career, Dr. Ellis supervised the
training of more than 75 allergists and earned the title he most
cherished: mentor. His training and teachings helped many doctors,
researchers and professors achieve success.
Dr. Ellis shared his knowledge with the world's students way before
the worldwide web emerged by serving as a visiting professor to
countless medical institutions. The rewards for his efforts were
many, including being the recipient the Bela Schick Award from the
American College of Allergists (1964), the Bret Ratner Award in
Allergy by the American Academy of Pediatrics (1990) and the Gold
Headed Cane by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and
Immunology (1995) for his outstanding contributions to the field of
allergy and immunology. Dr. Ellis also served his country as an Air
Force and Army doctor, retiring as a Colonel. He worked as staff
allergist and immunologist at Eglin Air Force Base in northwest
Roselyn P. Epps, MD, MPH,
of Washington, DC, passed away on September 30, 2014.
Dr. Epps spent her life and career as an advocate for women,
minorities, and the underserved. Combining her skills as doctor and
administrator, she was recognized for her foresight and leadership
in medicine, pediatrics, maternal and child health, women's health
and public health. As the first African American local and national
president of the American Medical Women's Association, she helped to
establish the AMWA Foundation, to endow its women's health
initiatives and to support research advocacy, service and
Epp's career included research, private practice, and work at the
D.C. Department of Public Health, including medical officer in child
health clinics, director of the comprehensive Clinic for Retarded
Children, chief of the Infant and Preschool Division, director of
the Children and Youth Project, chief of the Bureau of Maternal and
Child Health, director of Maternal and Child Health and Crippled
Children's Services, and chief of the Bureau of Clinical Services.
Dr. Epps authored more than ninety professional articles in peer
reviewed publications, including sixteen chapters and books. She
co-edited The Women's Complete
Healthbook selected by the New York Public Library as one of
1995's most outstanding reference books.
D. Lockhart, MD,
of Napa, CA,
passed away on March 20, 2011.
Dr. Lockhart was a graduate of Vassar College (1944) where
she studied French and Spanish. Her first job was with the OSS and
led to a year in Spain. Her mother died of cancer which inspired Dr.
Lockhart to become a physician. She enrolled in Georgetown
University Medical School in Washington DC and graduated in 1951.
Dr. Lockhart worked for eight years in Alexandria, VA, sharing a
practice with another pediatrician in the days when doctors made
house calls. Dr. Lockhart directed a pediatric ward in Algeria for
three months in 1963 under the auspices of CareMedico. Dr. Lockhart
served at the Food and Drug Administration until 1973 when the
family moved to Evanston, IL,
where she was a director of the
American Academy of Pediatrics. She also served as a colonel in the
Army Reserve Medical Corps.
Robert B. Mellins, MD,
of New York, NY,
passed away on December 12, 2012.
Dr. Mellins received a BA degree from Columbia University and a MD
degree from Johns Hopkins University, and subsequently returned to
Columbia to be trained in pediatrics, cardiology and pulmonology. He
was a compassionate physician, a devoted mentor and an
internationally recognized authority in the field of childhood
asthma. Until months before his death, he provided outstanding care
to infants and children with lung diseases.
He established the Pediatric Pulmonary Division at Columbia's
College of Physicians and Surgeons and served as president of the
American Thoracic Society, the Fleischner Society, and the L.A.
Johns Foundation, as well as vice-president of the American Lung
Association. He was Professor Emeritus at Columbia University and
the recipient of the Physicians and Surgeons Distinguished Service
Award. His pioneering research and untiring focus on the training
and mentoring of physicians and other health-care professionals
improved the lives of children around the world.
Claude C. Roy, MD, of Montreal, QC,
passed away on July 2, 2015.
studied medicine at Universite Laval,
performed pediatric residencies at McGill and Harvard, and completed
his training in gastroenterology in Colorado where he was appointed
Professor. In 1970, he was appointed Professor at Universite de
Montreal and continued his career at Hospital Sainte-Justine where
he held the positions of Director of the Research Centre (1977 -
1982), Chief of Gastroenterology (1982 - 1991) and Director of the
Department of Pediatrics (1991-1995). He was a member of the Medical
Research Council (CIHR) from 1989 to 1995, and served as its
Programs Director from 1995 to 1999. Dr. Roy was appointed Officer
of the Order of Canada in 1990, and was inducted into the Canadian
Medical Hall of Fame.
Robert Ulstrom, MD,
of Golden Valley, MN,
passed away on November 6, 2012.
Dr. Ulstrom led a distinguished 40-year career in pediatrics at the
medical schools of the University of Minnesota and the University of
California at Los Angeles. He was a pioneer in pediatric
endocrinology. His medical research on metabolism of children and
infants was recognized nationally and internationally. He retired
from the medical school in 1990. Among his many professional
activities, Dr. Ulstrom served as a member of the editorial board of
the Journal of Pediatrics,
was secretary-treasurer of the board of the Minnesota Medical
Foundation, was Markle Scholar in medical science, received the
Wyeth Award for medical research, served as a fellow at the Rand
Corp., was on the board of the American Board of Pediatrics and was
an examiner for both the American Board of Pediatrics and the
American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Ulstrom loved high-performance automobiles and was track
physician at Donnybrooke Racetrack in Brainerd from 1968-1973. He
was an accomplished photographer and a self-taught Apple computer
expert long before personal computers were commonplace. After
retirement he continued his interest in education through the
University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, as a founding board
member, its first webmaster, and an avid student.
Louis E. Underwood, MD,
of Rockville, MD,
passed away on July 21, 2014.
Dr. Underwood was a pioneer in the diagnosis and management of
growth hormone (GH) deficiency, acromegaly, and GH Insensitivity
Syndrome (GHIS). He also made many contributions to the
understanding of hypopituitarism, hyperinsulinism and Cushing's
disease in children.
Through his volunteer service with the American Board of Pediatrics
(ABP), he made significant contributions to certification. Dr.
Underwood was a member of the ABP's first pediatric endocrinology
subboard, which had its initial meeting in January 1977. He became
medical editor in 1981, serving for the next 26 years as the
physician reviewer of test questions written by subboard members as
well as serving as a resource for both the subboard and the ABP
Chief Editor. But even more,
Dr. Underwood provided continuity and a
historical view of the working of the subboard over his long and
productive tenure. Dr. Underwood was highly respected as a subboard
leader and beloved by ABP staff who worked with him.
Miriam G. Wilson, MD,
of Thousand Oaks, CA,
passed away on March 20, 2015.
Dr. Wilson graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle,
where she was awarded the President's Medal for scholastic
excellence. While enrolled in a Master's program in Physiology, she
was encouraged by her professor to become a physician. She took
pre-med classes at University of California at Berkeley. She
graduated from medical school at the University of California, San
Francisco in 1950, and moved to Los Angeles for internship and
pediatrics residency at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
Early in her career she teamed with radiologist Dr. Victor Mikity to
describe what became known as Wilson-Mikity syndrome, a lung
condition of premature infants. For many years she directed the
Genetics Division at LAC-USC Medical Center, and was a Professor of
Pediatrics at USC Medical School. Throughout her career, Dr. Wilson
was known for her unwavering adherence to the highest moral and
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