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Fellows in the News: Dr. Edwards promoted to AAP chief medical officer and more

March 1, 2022

Anne R. Edwards, M.D., FAAP, has been promoted to chief medical officer of the AAP. She previously served as chief population health officer and senior vice president of primary care and subspecialty pediatrics. In her new role, Dr. Edwards will focus on policy development, population health initiatives, physician wellness and oversight of cross-cutting and organization-wide topics and programs.

Dr. Edwards will continue to oversee initiatives in healthy resilient children, youth and families; primary care and subspecialty pediatrics; quality; and co-lead the organization’s ongoing national response to COVID-19.

Prior to joining the AAP staff, Dr. Edwards served the AAP in several roles, including as senior vice president, co-chair of the Task Force on Pediatric Practice Change and chair of the Committee on State Government Affairs. She also was president of the AAP Minnesota Chapter from 2006-’10.

Matthew Denenberg, M.D., FAAP, of Ada, Mich., was named chief of pediatrics for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak; chair of pediatrics for Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine; physician executive for Beaumont Medical Group pediatric subspecialties; and chief of the Pediatrics Service Line for Beaumont Health. He will assume his new roles in early spring.

Dr. Denenberg is vice president of medical affairs at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Spectrum Health Grand Rapids Medical Center.


Michelle A. Gill, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, of St. Louis, received the 2022 Thomas A. Hazinski Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Pediatric Research.

Dr. Gill is director of the Center for Pediatric Pulmonary Disease and Asthma and a professor of pediatrics in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonology, Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Washington University in St. Louis.



Shruti Gupta, M.D., FAAP, of Westport, Conn., was appointed director of neonatology at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut, where she will oversee the hospital’s 15-bed, level 3B neonatal intensive care unit.

Dr. Gupta is an associate professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine.




Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, of Houston, was awarded the Scientific Achievement Award from the American Medical Association for his work on promoting vaccines and combating vaccine misinformation.

Dr. Hotez is professor of pediatrics and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and co-director of Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.



Susan Mims, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Asheville, N.C., was named CEO of Dogwood Health Trust, a private foundation that aims to improve the health and well-being of people and communities throughout western North Carolina.

Dr. Mims had served as the organization’s interim CEO since December 2020. Prior to joining Dogwood, Dr. Mims served as chair of the Department of Community and Public Health at UNC Health Sciences at Mountain Area Health Education Center.



Augusto C. Ochoa, M.D., FAAP, of New Orleans, was reappointed to the Louisiana Cancer and Lung Trust Fund Board by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. The board determines policy for the Louisiana Tumor Registry and distributes state funds for cancer research. Dr. Ochoa will represent Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical School at New Orleans.

He is chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology, professor of pediatrics and deputy director for LSU-LCMC Cancer Center.



Peter C. Silver, M.D., FAAP, of New Hyde Park, N.Y., was appointed senior vice president and chief quality officer of Northwell Health, which has 22 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians.

Dr. Silver has spent the last 35 years in the Northwell Health system as part of the Department of Pediatrics, serving most recently as medical director of Cohen Children’s Medical Center.



Rajan Wadhawan, M.D., FAAP, of Winter Park, Fla., was appointed to serve as an inaugural member of Florida’s Rare Disease Advisory Council, which will assist the Department of Health in providing recommendations to improve health outcomes for residents with rare diseases.

Dr. Wadhawan serves as a senior executive officer for AdventHealth for Children and AdventHealth for Women and is associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Central Florida.

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