Seven AAP members began
three- or four-year terms as members of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) in February. NVAC members provide
peer review, consultation, advice
and recommendations to the assistant secretary for health who
serves as director of the National
Jay C. Butler, M.D., C.P.E., FAAP, of Anchorage,
Alaska, is chief medical officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and director of the
Division of Public Health. He is an affiliate professor
of medicine at the University of Alaska Anchorage
and president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
John Dunn, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, of Kirkland,
Wash., is medical director of preventive care, clinical
lead for immunization population management and
in practice at Kaiser Permanente Washington. He is
a clinical instructor in the family medicine residency program at University of Washington School of
Medicine and serves on government and professional
committees within the state.
NVAC representative member Leonard R. Fried-
land, M. D., FAAP, of Lafayette Hill, Pa., is vice presi-
dent and director of scientific affairs and public health
for Vaccines North America at GSK. He is a medical
volunteer pediatrician with Rotaplast, which provides
free reconstructive cleft palate/cleft lip operations and
treatment for children worldwide. He is GSK’s pri-
mary medical and public health representative and its
spokesperson for U.S. vaccine topics at the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, congresses, me-
dia outlets and other venues.
Robert H. Hopkins Jr., M.D., FACP, FAAP, of
Little Rock, Ark., is professor of internal medicine and
pediatrics and director of the internal medicine-pedi-atrics combined residency at University of Arkansas
for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock. He also
is director of the general internal medicine division
at the UAMS College of Medicine.
Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., FAAP, of Fairway,
Kan., is associate chair for Community and Re-
gional Pediatric Collaborations, chief of the Pediat-
ric Infectious Diseases Section at Children’s Mercy
Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, Mo., and pro-
fessor of pediatrics at the University of Missou-
ri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Her research
focuses on reducing hospital-acquired infections,
treating antibiotic-resistant infections, and vaccine
implementation and education. She is a member of
the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases and as-
sociate editor of the Red Book.
H. Cody Meissner, M.D., FAAP, of Boston, is
professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of
Medicine and chief of the Pediatric Infectious Disease
Service at Floating Hospital for Children. He is an ex
officio member of the AAP Committee on Infectious
Diseases and associate editor of the Visual Red Book.
Larry K. Pickering, M.D., FAAP, of Atlanta, is
adjunct professor of pediatrics at Emory University
School of Medicine. He served as senior adviser to
the director of the National Center for Immunization
and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and is past executive secretary for the Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices. Dr. Pickering was editor of the 2000-’ 12
editions of the Red Book. He is past president of the
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.
Patrick H. Conway, M.D.,
M.Sc., FAAP, of Ellicott City, Md.,
was one of 10 individuals honored
by the American Medical Association with the Dr. Nathan Davis
Award for Outstanding Government
Service. Dr. Conway received the
award in the category of Member of
the Executive Branch in Career Public Service.
He was recognized for his work to improve health
outcomes as the chief medical officer and deputy administrator for Innovation and Quality at the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In these
roles, he helped to implement the Affordable Care Act
and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization
Act of 2015. A pediatric hospitalist, Dr. Conway is
CMS acting administrator.
Gilbert A. Handal, M. D., FAAP,
of El Paso, Texas, was elected president of the El Paso County Medical
Dr. Handal is professor of pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health
Sciences Center El Paso and a pediatric infectious disease specialist at
the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
Solomon L. Moshe, M.D.,
FAAP, of Bronx, N. Y., received the
Bernard Sachs Award from the Child
Neurology Society for his research in
neuroscience with relevance to the
care of children with neurological
Dr. Moshe is vice chair of neurology and director of pediatric neurology and clinical neurophysiology at Montefiore Health
System and Yeshiva University Albert Einstein College
He has focused on translational approaches to understanding how epilepsy develops and consequences
of the disease on children and infants. Dr. Moshe also
researches outcomes of prolonged febrile seizures in the
absence of epilepsy.
Richard J. Pan, M.D., M.P.H.,
FAAP, of Sacramento, Calif., received the Life Sciences Champion Award from the California Life
Sciences Association for leadership
and efforts toward advancing biotechnology, biomedical science, and
pharmaceutical and medical device
innovation in the state.
Democratic state senator in California, Dr. Pan introduced a bill to remove all vaccine exemptions except
medical exemptions. The bill became state law in July
2015. Dr. Pan continues to practice in Oak Park, Calif.
He co-founded and served as chair of the Healthy Kids
Healthy Future program to help the 65,000 children
in the Sacramento area access health, dental and vision care. He served as AAP District IX vice chair from
Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D.,
FAAP, of Rochester, N. Y., received
the Hower Award from the Child
Neurology Society for being an
outstanding teacher, scholar and
for contributions to the field and
Dr. Schor is the William H. Ei-linger Chair of Pediatrics and pedi-atrician-in-chief at University of Rochester Medicine’s
Golisano Children’s Hospital. Her research is focused
on the preclinical pharmacology of targeted therapies
John R. Schreiber, M. D., M. P. H., FAAP, of Springfield, Mass., was appointed chief executive officer of the
Medical College Physicians (MCP) and senior associate
dean for clinical affairs – adult practice. MCP is the
Medical College of Wisconsin’s adult patient care practice based in Milwaukee.
He most recently was president of Baystate Medical
Practices in Springfield, Mass., and chief physician executive at Baystate Health.
AAP members named to national vaccine committee
Dr. Butler Dr. Dunn Dr. Friedland Dr. Hopkins Dr. Jackson Dr. Meissner Dr. Pickering