Dr. Nader, school health
Philip R. Nader, M.D., FAAP,
of San Diego, died of acute lymphoblastic leukemia April 21 at age 81.
Dr. Nader was chair of the AAP
Committee on School Health from
1992-’95. In 1989, the Academy
acknowledged his work in school
health by presenting him the first
Milton J.E. Senn Award.
He also served as the principal
investigator for the Dyson Community Pediatrics
Training Initiative at the University of California, San
Diego, in partnership with San Diego Naval Medical
Center from 2000-’05. During that time, the Academy became the national program o;ce for the Dyson
Initiative and he became chair of the initiative’s Project
Advisory Committee (2005-’07).
Dr. Nader was emeritus professor of pediatrics after having served as chief of general pediatrics at the
University of California, Davis, since 1982. ;ere, Dr.
Nader trained pediatricians in school health, investigated obesity and focused on cardiovascular disease
prevention through nutrition and exercise.
Dr. Nader was president of the Academic Pediatric
Association from 1982-’83.
He is survived by his husband, Gary Fairbourn, one
daughter and one son.
John S. Curran, M.D., FAAP, of
Tampa, Fla., was recognized by the
University of South Florida (USF)
for his work and legacy with a building named in his honor, the Dr.
John S. Curran, M.D., Children’s
Health Center. He is retiring after
45 years at USF.
Dr. Curran most recently served
as professor of pediatrics, associate vice president of
USF Health and senior executive associate dean for
faculty and academic a;airs at USF Health Morsani
College of Medicine. He was one of the founding
members on faculty at the Morsani College of Medicine and helped establish the neonatology division and
As deputy secretary for Children’s Medical Services
in Florida, he has helped build a network of pediatric
medical specialists for children with chronic conditions.
Dr. Curran is co-founder and co-director of the
Florida Perinatal Collaborative, an evidence-based
state initiative to improve care for pregnant women
He served as AAP District X chair from 2005-’ 11
and was District X vice chair before
that. As Florida Chapter president,
he helped institute a statewide immunization program and State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Sara L. Hoyt, M.D., FAAP, of
Asheville, N.C., received the Uni-
versity of North Carolina Distin-
guished Medical Alumnus Award. Dr. Hoyt was one
of two women to graduate with the first class of 1954
graduates. Now retired, she was in private practice in
Rome, N.C., until 2001. She maintains her medical
volunteer license and has served as an elected member
of her city’s board of education and as an advocate for
abused women and children.
Christoph U. Lehmann, M.D.,
FACMI, FAAP, of Nashville, is beginning a two-year term as president
of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).
He will work within the IMIA to
establish a special interest group focused on pediatrics and child health
that will create a technical report on
pediatric functionality for health information technology systems worldwide.
Professor of biomedical informatics and pediatrics
at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Lehmann is chair of the
clinical informatics sub-board committee at the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He also is a member
of the inaugural class of the International Academy
of Health Sciences Informatics and editor-in-chief of
He most recently served as the
first medical director of the AAP
Child Health Informatics Center
and is a member of the AAP Partnership for Policy Implementation.
Daniel R. Taylor, D.O., FAAP,
of Philadelphia, received the Dean’s
Award for Excellence in Teaching from Drexel Univer-
sity College of Medicine. He also recently received the
Pediatrician of the Year Award from the AAP Pennsyl-
Associate professor of pediatrics at Drexel University, he is director of community pediatrics and child
advocacy at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
He founded a children’s advocacy project in Philadelphia to help families connect with social services.
Surendra K. Varma, M.D.,
FAAP, of Lubbock, Texas, was
named Grover E. Murray Professor,
the highest faculty honor bestowed
by Texas Tech University.
Executive associate dean for
Graduate Medical Education and
Resident Affairs, he is the Ted
Hartman Chair in Medical Educa-
tion, university distinguished professor and vice chair
of pediatrics, and professor of physiology and health
organization management at Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.
Natalie Vogel, M.D., FAAP, of
Reno, Nev., was named chief medical o;cer of the Northern Nevada
HOPES, a nonprofit community
health center that aims to reduce
barriers to care for medically underserved populations.
Dr. Vogel most recently helped
implement the organization’s new
pediatric primary care clinic.
Pediatric surgical leader, Dr. Fonkalsrud
A past chair of the AAP Section on Surgery (1986-’88), Eric
W. Fonkalsrud, M.D., FAAP,
of Santa Monica, Calif., died
April 6 at age 84.
;e Academy twice honored
him with awards for contributions to pediatric surgery: the
William Ladd Medal in 2006
and the Arnold Salzberg Mentorship Award in 2000.
Dr. Fonkalsrud served as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the Society of
University Surgeons and the Association for Academic Surgery, and held leadership roles in other
He was emeritus professor of surgery at University
of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he served
as founding chief and vice chair.
He was named an honorary member of the Jap-
anese Society of Pediatric Surgeons, Polish Associ-
ation of Pediatric Surgery and German Society of
Along with his contributions to the development
and clinical use of ileoanal pouches, he was an expert
on management of congenital chest wall malforma-
tions, gastroesophageal reflux disease and inflamma-
tory bowel disease as well as neonatal surgery.
Dr. Fonkalsrud earned his M.D. from Johns
Hopkins School of Medicine, where he also was a
surgery resident. He was a resident in general and
cardiothoracic surgery at UCLA School of Medicine and completed a pediatric surgical fellowship
at Columbus Children’s Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy, four children
and six grandchildren. An oral history about Dr.
Fonkalsrud is available in the Pediatric History Center at http://bit.ly/2uoeGwp.
William T. Atkinson, M.D., FAAP, of Miramar Beach, Fla., died June 1 at age 87.
Walter Coon, M.D., FAAP, of Clifton, N.J., died June 23 at age 86.
I.C. Kim, M.D., FAAP, of Nazareth, Pa., died June 13 at age 91.
Charles Larkin, M.D., FAAP, of Germantown, Tenn., died June 9 at age 70.
Edward G. Larsen, M.D., FAAP, of Grosse Ile, Mich., died May 14 at age 89.
Andrew Lorincz, M.D., FAAP, of High Springs, Fla., died March 31 at age 90.