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Fellows in the News: Dr. Diekema appointed to HHS committee, and more :

November 1, 2020

Dr. ChungDai Hyun Chung, M.D., M.B.A., FAAP, of Dallas, was named chief medical officer of the Children’s Health pediatric health system, which is affiliated with University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.

He is professor of surgery, chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and executive vice chair of UT Southwestern Department of Surgery. He also is surgeon-in-chief and senior vice president of surgical services at Children’s Health.




Dr. DiekemaDouglas S. Diekema, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Kenmore, Wash., was appointed to a four-year term on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The committee provides regulatory oversight and makes recommendations related to the protection of human subjects in biomedical and behavioral research supported or conducted by the DHHS with emphasis on special populations such as children and pregnant women.

Dr. Diekema is American Board of Pediatrics liaison to the AAP Council on Bioethics and a member of the National Conference & Exhibition Planning Group.


Dr. PermarSallie Permar, M.D., Ph.D., chapter affiliate member, was appointed chair of the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital effective Dec. 1.

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Permar studies the treatment and prevention of viral infections in newborns, including the development of vaccines to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Zika and cytomegalovirus.

Dr. Permar is director of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program that trains pediatric subspecialists across the nation for a career in pediatric health research. The program is supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs.


Dr. TurnerDavid A. Turner, M.D., FAAP, of Chapel Hill, N.C., was named vice president for competency-based medical education of the American Board of Pediatrics. He succeeds Carol L. Carraccio, M.D., M.A., FAAP, who retired in June.

Dr. Turner most recently was associate director of graduate medical education, associate professor with tenure of critical care and section chief of pediatric intensive care of Duke University Hospital and Health System.




Fellows in the News acknowledges AAP members’ national and prominent awards, honors and appointments. Submit biographical sketch, academic titles, memberships in AAP groups and a high-resolution photo to Trisha Korioth; phone 630-626-6791. Publication is at the discretion of AAP News.

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