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Voters' Guide: Meet the candidates for District II offices :

July 29, 2016

The 2016 national AAP election for president-elect and district officers will begin on Oct. 21 and conclude on Nov. 21. Look for an  email message from the AAP election coordinator in October with your  personalized link to the ballot. No other login information will be  required.

Members will be asked to choose their next  president-elect: Michael T. Brady, M.D., FAAP, or Colleen A. Kraft,  M.D., FAAP. The winner will serve as the 2018 AAP president.

Voters  also will elect district officers in six out of 10 districts: district  chairpersons (who serve as AAP Board members), district vice  chairpersons and National Nominating Committee representatives. Visit  coverage of the candidates in District IDistrict IIDistrict IVDistrict VDistrict VII and District IX. The new president-elect and newly elected district officers will take office on Jan. 1, 2017.

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All members are urged to vote.

Editor’s note: Biographies and personal statements were submitted by the candidates.

District II

Michael D. Terranova, M.D., FAAP

District Vice Chairperson candidate

Dr. Terranova graduated from the University of Rochester in 1978 and from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1982. He completed his pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo in 1985.

Dr. Terranova began his career as a private practice pediatrician when he co-founded Lancaster-Depew Pediatrics in 1985. The pediatric practice now has four pediatricians and cares for patients throughout western New York. Dr. Terranova is the managing partner.

He also has been active in local, state and national organizations, including as Lancaster Schools chief school physician for 31 years and a member of the Buffalo Pediatric Society Executive Committee.

Though an active member of the Academy since 1985, Dr. Terranova's work for the Academy began as a member of the AAP New York Chapter 1 School Health Committee in the 1990s. He chaired the committee for 10 years. He also served as chapter secretary, vice president and president.

Currently, Dr. Terranova is AAP District II vice chair, chair of the District II pediatric council and co-chair of the District II Public Policy and Advocacy Committee.

Dr. Terranova lives in Elma, N.Y., with his wife, Susan, and is the proud father of three adult children.

Eric L. Beyer, M.D., FAAP

National Nominating Committee candidate

Dr. Beyer is a general pediatrician in private practice in Canandaigua, N.Y., where he has served for 15 years. During that time, he has been a member of the executive committee for New York Chapter 1 and was president from 2012-’14. He also was chapter breastfeeding coordinator until the position was absorbed. He has been on the AAP Council on Clinical Information Technology Executive Committee since 2013 and heads its nomination committee.

Dr. Beyer notes that during his service with the Academy, he has had the privilege of meeting pediatricians from many different disciplines and from all over the world. It is his hope to bring that experience to the National Nominating Committee and its critically important work.

Abraham Jelin, M.D., FAAP

National Nominating Committee candidate

Dr. Jelin is a clinical assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and associate chairman of pediatrics and chief of the Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. He graduated from Williams College and the New York University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric training in Atlanta and New York and his gastroenterology fellowship in Atlanta at Emory. He has been practicing pediatric gastroenterology in Brooklyn since 1977.

His initial activity in the AAP was and continues to be as a member of the New York Chapter 2 Committee on Nutrition. In that role, he co-authored educational brochures for parents and pediatricians. He served as an officer and then president of N.Y. Chapter 2 and the Brooklyn Pediatric Society. He was the District II (New York State) representative to the Chapter Forum Management Committee. He co-chaired the NYC Youth Advocacy Committee and has been proactive in efforts to improve school nutrition on both a state and local level.

He sits on the District II Policy and Advocacy Committee and the District II Membership Committee. He is co-chair of the District II Committee on Nutrition. He also is a member of the Section on Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Executive Committee.

Dr. Jelin believes the AAP is a potent and essential voice for children and just as importantly for all pediatricians, including pediatric subspecialists. He sees membership on the National Nominating Committee as an avenue for him to continue promoting the goals of the AAP.

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