AAP president-elect honored in Guatemala
AAP President-elect Fernando Stein, M.D., FAAP, of Houston, was honored by the Guatemala Pediatric Association and several other pediatric institutions and associations during a special tribute for outstanding contributions to education and children’s health at the XVI International Pediatric Forum at the Hospital Herrera Llerandi in Guatemala City.
A native of Guatemala, Dr. Stein was recognized for his exemplary career at a pediatric meeting that drew over 1,000 attendees. He delivered a lecture at the forum on promoting freedom through science, including the Academy’s efforts to help children crossing into the U.S. from Guatemala and other Central American countries (see Letter from the President, http://www.aappublications.org/news/2016/09/22/Letter092216).
An honorary member of 15 international pediatric societies, Dr. Stein is associate professor of pediatrics in the Section of Critical Care Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
Pediatric Hospitalist Awards given to four AAP members
Four AAP members received Pediatric Hospitalist Awards at the Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2016 Conference in Chicago. The awards are presented by the Academy and AAP Section on Hospital Medicine, Academic Pediatric Association and Society of Hospital Medicine.
H. Barett Fromme, M.D., FAAP, of Homer Glen, Ill., received the Educational Achievement and Innovation Award for her work to help establish the Pediatric National Nighttime Curriculum, which includes about 75% of all residency programs across the country. She also led the Advancing Pediatric Educator teaching program to help develop hospitalists’ teaching skills. She has been named a master educator at the University of Chicago Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators.
Kavita Parikh, M.D., FAAP, of Bethesda, Md., received the Safety and Quality Improvement Award. Dr. Parikh has worked on improving the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia by enrolling over 50 U.S. hospitals and one international site and helped standardize care for children hospitalized with pneumonia, including the use of narrow-spectrum antibiotics. She is a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s National Health System and assistant professor of pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Ken Roberts, M.D., FAAP, of Mebane, N.C., received the Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding achievement throughout a lifetime career in pediatric hospital medicine. Dr. Roberts is professor emeritus of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and directed the Moses Cone pediatric teaching program in Greensboro from 1997-2009. Dr. Roberts is past president of the Academic Pediatric Association and the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, a past member of the American Board of Pediatrics Board of Directors and past chair of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations. He received the AAP Medical Education Professional Award and the Joseph W. St. Geme Jr. Award.
Derek Williams, M.D., FAAP, of Nashville, received the Research Excellence Award for research activities on respiratory infections in hospitalized children. He has received grants and awards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. He has served as the lead investigator at his institution for the CDC-sponsored study on etiology of pneumonia in the community.
IPA leaders include FAAPs
Three AAP members were appointed to International Pediatric Association (IPA) leadership roles during the 2016 International Pediatric Congress in Vancouver.
Errol R. Alden, M.D., FAAP, of Marengo, Ill., will serve as IPA president-elect until 2019. He will become IPA president from 2019-’21. AAP executive director/CEO from 2004-’15, Dr. Alden is a pediatric delegate to the American Medical Association.
Linda D. Arnold, M.D., FAAP, of New Haven, Conn., was appointed to the IPA standing committee. Associate professor of pediatrics (emergency medicine) and director of the Pediatric Global Health Track at Yale School of Medicine, she is chair of the AAP Section on International Child Health Executive Committee.
Jay Berkelhamer, M.D., FAAP, of Atlanta, was named to a three-year term as IPA treasurer. He is AAP past president (2006-’07). Dr. Berkelhamer is adjunct professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine.
Orthopedic scholars selected for travel grants
The AAP Section on Orthopaedics Global Outreach Mentored Scholarship Program offers $1,500 travel grants to pediatric orthopedic residents and fellows who are interested in providing musculoskeletal care in resource-poor regions of the world. Three scholars have been selected for 2016: Kristin Alves, M.D., from Harvard University Combined Orthopaedic Residency; Dane Church, M.D., from University of Missouri; and Nasser Heyrani, M.D., from U.C. Davis Medical and Shriners Hospitals for Children. The program is supported by a grant from K2M.
Additional Fellows earning recognition
Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP of Rockville, Md., was appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for Health Services Policy and Oversight. She serves as the principal staff assistant and adviser to the assistant secretary of defense for Health Affairs for all Department of Defense health policies, including oversight of quality assessment/quality improvement, patient safety, behavioral health, and population-based health management across the Military Health System (MHS). The MHS serves 9.6 million beneficiaries (including military families) around the globe.
Previously, Dr. Adirim was professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and attending physician in the emergency department at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. She is a member of the AAP Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Executive Committee and the AAP Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
Carol J. Baker, M.D., FAAP, of Houston, received the 2016 Alexander Fleming for Lifetime Achievement Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America for major contributions to the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about infectious diseases.
She is professor of pediatrics, molecular virology and microbiology at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Baker is a past member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases and was 2009, 2012 and 2015 Red Book associate editor.
R. Rodney Howell, M.D., FAAP, of Coconut Grove, Fla., was re-elected chairman of the board of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Dr. Howell, whose pediatric specialty training is in biochemical genetics, has been active with the MDA for more than two decades.
Dr. Howell is professor of pediatrics and chair emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics at the Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami in Florida. He served as founding chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Hereditary Disorders in Newborns and Children, and his principal focus is newborn screening policy.
Mobeen H. Rathore, M.D., FAAP, of Jacksonville, Fla., received the Physician of the Year award from Baptist Health System.
Chief of pediatric infectious diseases and immunology and hospital epidemiologist at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Dr. Rathore is co-chair of Baptist System-wide Infection Control. He also is professor and associate chair of the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Rathore serves on the subboard of pediatric infectious diseases for the American Board of Pediatrics and is responsible for certifying diplomates. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Association and is past president of the Duval County Medical Society and AAP Florida Chapter. He is a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases and Provisional Section on International Medical Graduates Executive Committee.