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Fellows in the News: TIME Magazine honors Dr. Hanna-Attisha, and more :

May 25, 2016

TIME Magazine honors Dr. Hanna-Attisha

Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of West Bloomfield, Mich., was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, taking the 20th spot.

Director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, Dr. Hanna-Attisha discovered that children’s blood lead levels were elevated due to drinking Flint, Michigan’s lead-tainted water. She became a recognized and trusted face in the media and when speaking with government officials as she advocated for the children’s immediate and future health needs.

Dr. Hanna-Attisha will give a plenary address titled “Cracking the Case: the Flint Water Crisis and Public Health Advocacy” on Oct. 23 at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition,


CDC names immunization champions

Several AAP members were among those honored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CDC Foundation as Childhood Immunization Champions.

The award recognizes up to one individual in each state and eight territories for efforts in vaccine leadership, collaboration, innovation and advocacy. Honorees include

Graham Barden, M.D., FAAP, of New Bern, N.C.; Matthew Dorighi, M.D., FAAP, of Denver; Robert Dudley, M.D., M.Ed., FAAP, of New Britain, Conn.; John Dunn, M.D., FAAP, of Bothell, Wash.; Colleen Mattimore, M.D., FAAP, of Orchard Park, N.Y.; Jody Murph, M.D., FAAP, of Iowa City, Iowa; Ronald Samuels, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Boston; and Don Wilber, M.D., FAAP, of Midwest City, Okla.

Find biographical information on each winner at


Additional Fellows in the news

Peter C. Adamson, M.D., FAAP, of Medford, N.J., and Augusto C. Ochoa, M.D., FAAP, of New Orleans, were appointed to the National Cancer Institute’s Blue Ribbon Panel to inform the scientific director and goals of Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Advisory Board. The panel will provide scientific guidance to advance cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Among the themes is the development of new approaches to the treatment of pediatric cancers.

Dr. Adamson is chair of the Children’s Oncology Group, which includes more than 200 hospitals, universities and cancer centers. He also serves as chief, Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and director, Experimental Therapeutics in Oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of pediatrics at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ochoa directs the Louisiana State University (LSU) Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center. He holds the Al Copeland/Cancer Crusaders Chair in Neuroendocrine Cancer, co-directs the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium and is head of the Al Copeland-LSU Health New Orleans Partnership in Viruses, Cancer and Immunotherapy. He is a professor of pediatrics and adjunct associate professor of biochemistry at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. He served a five-year term on the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Board of Scientific Counselors for Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology and is a member of the NCI Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee and Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network.


Dr. ChristoffelDr. ChristoffelKatherine K. Christoffel, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Chicago, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Medical Council on Gun Violence.

Professor emerita of pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Christoffel was recognized for trailblazing research that helped establish gun violence as a pediatric and public health concern in need of more funding and further study. Her current studies are focused on childhood obesity.




Dr. CurranDr. CurranJohn Curran, M.D., FAAP, of Tampa, Fla., was named deputy secretary for Children’s Medical Services (CMS) by the Florida Department of Health. He will oversee the Office of the CMS Managed Care Plan and Specialty Programs, Division of Children’s Medical Services and CMS area offices. He has served as medical director of the Tampa Bay Region Children’s Medical Services since 1986.

As Florida Chapter president, he helped lead a team of pediatricians in the implementation of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and a statewide immunization registry. He served as AAP District X chair and AAP board member, and was a member of the AAP Committee on Child Health Financing.

Dr. Curran is the senior administrator and faculty member of the University of South Florida College of Medicine and was founding neonatologist at the Tampa General Hospital. He served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, retiring as a colonel.


Dr. DayDr. DayScottie B. Day, M.D., FAAP, of Nicholasville, Ky., was named associate chief medical officer for Kentucky Children’s Hospital and vice chairman of inpatient pediatrics.

He is a member of the National Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Expert Work Group of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act Pediatric Measurement Center of Excellence.




Matthew W. Gillman, M.D., FAAP, of Boston, was named program director of the National Institutes of Health Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes. The seven-year initiative uses large existing study cohorts to conduct research on high-impact pediatric outcomes.

Dr. Gillman has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on several large, high-profile studies, including the National Children’s Study. He is professor of population medicine at Harvard Medical School and a professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. JacobsDr. JacobsRichard F. Jacobs, M.D., FAAP, of Little Rock, Ark., was named the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine.

The Robert H. Fiser Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, he is professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at UAMS College of Medicine. Dr. Jacobs also is pediatrician-in-chief, specializing in pediatric infectious diseases at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.




Brian Lynch, M.D., FAAP, of Rochester, Minn., received the Public Health Champion Award from Olmsted County, Minnesota, for his work with the county’s public health services and other community organizations on health promotion.

Among efforts, Dr. Lynch was honored for implementation of a childhood obesity project at elementary schools and launching a sustainable model of improving care coordination and referral processes among pediatric primary care, public health, and child and family services providers offering developmental and mental health services to children from birth to age 5.

He is a general pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Lynch also coordinates the Minnesota AAP Community Access to Child Health Grant.

Anthony J. Mancini, M.D., FAAP, of Chicago, was selected to chair the 2017 World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology in Chicago. Co-sponsored by the Academy, the meeting is held every four years.

Dr. Mancini is professor of pediatrics and dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is head of the Division of Dermatology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where he also directs the fellowship training program in pediatric dermatology. A member of the AAP Section on Dermatology, he is president of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology.



Dr. MilohDr. MilohTamir Miloh, M.D., FAAP, of Bellaire, Texas, was named director of pediatric hepatology and liver transplant medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital. He is associate professor of pediatrics-gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine.






Dr. MoyerDr. MoyerVirginia A. Moyer, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Chapel Hill, N.C., received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Association of Rice University Alumni. Dr. Moyer received her undergraduate degree from Rice in 1974.

Vice president of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Quality at the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Moyer oversees the development and administration of MOC in general pediatric practice and 14 pediatric subspecialties. Dr. Moyer is a past member (2003-’08) and chair (20011-’14) of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force from 2003-’14.



Eliezer Nussbaum, M.D., FAAP, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was named chief of staff at Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach.

Chief of Miller Children’s Pediatric Pulmonary Center, Dr. Nussbaum helped develop the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit. He is professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine.


Dr. PendergrassDr. PendergrassDr. ShifrinDr. ShifrinThomas Pendergrass, M.D., FAAP, of Kirkland, Wash., and Donald L. Shifrin, M.D., FAAP, of Mercer Island, Wash., received the Richard A. Molteni Medical Staff Award for Professionalism and Quality from Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Pendergrass received the award for contributions in the hospital setting. For 24 years, he served as director of medical education at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health and associate in the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Dr. Shifrin was honored for efforts in community pediatrics. He is senior pediatrician at Allegro Pediatrics and clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His contributions have helped raise awareness of media’s impact on children.


Dr. WarrenDr. WarrenMichael Warren, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Nashville, was appointed deputy commissioner for population health for the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). He most recently served as assistant commissioner for TDH Family Health and Wellness.

Dr. Warren has helped lead efforts in maternal and child health, chronic disease prevention, health promotion and supplemental nutrition.

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