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In Memoriam: Developmental-behavioral pediatrics leader, Dr. Bridgemohan, and more :

October 4, 2019

Dr. BridgemohanCarolyn H. Bridgemohan, M.D., FAAP, of Sudbury, Mass., died of a sudden-onset heart attack Aug. 16 at age 58.

A past member of the AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Executive Committee, she was the section’s current educational program chair, liaison to the Autism Subcommittee and past liaison to the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities.

She was the lead author of “A Workforce Survey on Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics” published in the March 2018 issue of Pediatrics. The three-year collaborative survey with 20 AAP sections sought to investigate data behind pediatric workforce gaps as needs increased for more specialists to care for children and adolescents with developmental, behavioral and mental health issues.

Dr. Bridgemohan also served as chair of the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-board for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics autism group.

At Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), Dr. Bridgemohan co-directed the Autism Spectrum Center and focused on research in the clinical care of children with autism spectrum disorder. She was an associate physician in the BCH Developmental Medicine Center and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

She received her M.D. from Brown University and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After she completed her fellowship at BCH, Dr. Bridgemohan became one of the hospital’s first full-time faculty in developmental-behavioral pediatrics.

She is survived by her husband, Narine, and their daughters.

Additional deaths

Abdulaziz Alnutayfi, M.D., resident member, of Toronto, Ont., Canada, died July 22 at age 27.

Robert P. Argentine Jr., M.D., FAAP, of McMurray, Pa., died of heart problems and renal disease at age 68.

Douglas Dechairo, M.D., FAAP, of Lawrence, Kan., died of lung cancer May 26 at age 78.

Heather Schramm, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, of Weeki Wachee, Fla., died on Aug. 31 at age 43.

Richard G. Skinner Jr., M.D., FAAP, of Jacksonville, Fla., died July 7 at age 98.

W. Bryan Staufer, M.D., FAAP, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died of brain cancer June 25 at age 82.

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