A pediatric pulmonolo-gist who served as California
Chapter 2 president from
2004-’06, Allan S. Lieberthal, M.D., FAAP, of Agora
Hills, Calif., died Dec. 25 at
Among AAP contributions,
Dr. Lieberthal was co-chair of the Clinical Prac-
tice Guideline Subcommittee on Bronchiolitis
Evidence Working Group and chair of the Clin-
ical Practice Guideline Subcommittee on Acute
Otitis Media. He served as lead author of the
acute otitis media guideline and co-author of
the bronchiolitis guideline. He also co-authored
a policy and technical report on palivizumab pro-
phylaxis for children at risk of hospitalization for
respiratory syncytial virus infection.
He was a member of the AAP Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management, Council on Quality Improvement and
Patient Safety, and Committee on Practice and
Dr. Lieberthal focused on pediatric pulmo-
nary disease, cystic fibrosis and asthma, serving
as director of the Kaiser Permanente Southern
California Cystic Fibrosis Center (1994-’01) and
chief of pediatrics from 1989-’02. He also was a
clinical professor of pediatrics at University of
Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and completed his pediatric residency at
Los Angeles County Hospital and University of
Southern California Medical Center, where he
was chief resident. He retired in 2010.
He is survived by his wife, four children and
Dr. Lieberthal, past president of California Chapter 2
Director of the AAP Department of Practice
who retired in May 2016, Ed Zimmerman,
M.S., of Wheaton, Ill., died Dec. 31. He was
Those who knew him remember him as a
well-dressed gentleman who also was well-
read. A voracious bookworm, he often would
gift books to others and urge them to “read
“Ed was a kind man with a gentle heart who had a deep love
for children and passion for the mission of the AAP,” said AAP
CEO/Executive Vice President Karen Remley, M.D., M.B.A.,
M.P.H., FAAP. “His loss will be felt deeply, but his legacy at
the AAP will remain.”
Zimmerman joined the AAP staff in 1990 as a senior health
policy analyst in the Division of Pediatric Practice. Four years
later, he became a division director overseeing health care fi-
nance, policy and quality issues. For more than 16 years, he was
a department director, including over five years as a co-director
of Practice and Research and 10 years leading the Department
of Practice. His work included managing quality improvement
and innovation efforts, patient safety, private payer advocacy,
accountable care organizations, the periodicity schedule, more
than 10 clinical practice guidelines, and policies on retail-based
clinics, circumcision and Medicaid.
He is survived by his partner, Jim Provines, and three brothers.
Retired AAP department director,
Richard W. Goldsmith, M.D., FAAP, of Somerville, N.J., died Sept. 29 at age 88.
Stephen F. Kent, M.D., FAAP, of San Rafael, Calif., died Dec. 5 after a year-long battle with polymyositis at age 80.
A.J. Kravtin, M.D., FAAP, of Columbus, Ga., died Dec. 20 at age 94.
Harvey Seigerman, M.D., FAAP, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., died July 28 at age 81.
Irene Shapiro, M.D., FAAP, of New York, died Sept. 29 at age 94.
John Zaontz, M.D., FAAP, of Woodmere, N. Y., died Sept. 29 at age 93. Dr. Kravtin