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Improving systems for patients, pediatricians tops Dr. Beers’ agenda :

October 23, 2019

Dr. BeersMental health. Community-based prevention and treatment. Physician wellness. It’s not difficult for Lee Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP, to determine which priorities she plans to emphasize as AAP president in 2021. She hopes to address all of them.

They are “connected in so many ways,” she said.

“I have worked on a lot of different issues, but they are all interrelated in how social circumstances in our environment impact children and their families,” she said. Her mission is to make those systems better, which can have an important impact on improving physician wellness and alleviating burnout.

“If we improve systems for our patients, we are also improving the systems for ourselves as caregivers,” she said.

Dr. Beers, of Washington, D.C., was voted AAP president-elect in the 2019 AAP election. She ran against Pamela K. Shaw, M.D., FAAP, of Kansas City, Kan.

Dr. Beers won’t soon forget getting the call on Sept. 23 informing her that she had won.

“I didn’t have patients scheduled in the morning, nor did my husband, who is also a pediatrician (Nathaniel Savio Beers, M.D., M.P.A., FAAP). “So he and I took the morning to work from home. I was home with my husband when we got the call,” she said.

Dr. Beers will take over as president on Jan. 1, 2021, following Sara "Sally" H. Goza, M.D., FAAP, of Fayetteville, Ga., who will serve as president in 2020.

To read about Dr. Beers’ background, visit

Voters also chose three members to serve in the new AAP Board of Directors at-large positions:

  • Constance S. Houck, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Boston;
  • Charles G. Macias, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Houston; and
  • Joseph L. Wright, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Upper Marlboro, Md.

Results for additional AAP national offices, which take effect Jan. 1, 2020, are below.

District I Chairperson

Wendy S. Davis, M.D., FAAP (re-elected)

District II National Nominating Committee Representative

Carolyn T. Cleary, M.D., FAAP

District IV Chairperson

Michelle “Shelley” D. Fiscus, M.D., FAAP

District IV Vice Chairperson

Patricia “Pat” M. Purcell, M.D., M.B.A., FAAP

District V Vice Chairperson

Michael A. Gittelman, M.D., FAAP

District V National Nominating Committee Representative

Tisa Johnson-Hooper, M.D., FAAP

District VII Chairperson

Gary W. Floyd, M.D., FAAP

District VII Vice Chairperson

Susan Buttross, M.D., FAAP

District IX National Nominating Committee Representative

Edward S. Curry, M.D., FAAP

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