City School of Medicine.
He has been a member of the AAP, the Missouri
Chapter and the Section on Emergency Medicine
(SOEM) for over 15 years. It was his pleasure to
serve as the section’s program chair for three years.
While in that position, he orchestrated the section’s
educational program for the National Conference &
Exhibition. He also served as the chair of the SOEM
Committee for the Future from 2008-’ 12, where
one of his successes was boosting young physician
Dr. Schremmer’s professional enthusiasms include
medical education, simulation, pediatric resuscitation and the history of medicine. He helped to
develop the Children’s Mercy Center for Pediatric
Simulation and serves as its medical director. Dr.
Schremmer also has led Children’s Mercy Hospital
Pediatric Advanced Life Support/Basic Life Support
Training Center as its medical director for over 10
years. With both positions, he has had the opportunity to interview scores of employment candidates
and has developed keen interview skills. He also has
served as both member and chair of many hospital
Dr. Schremmer is married and in his free time
loves to travel, attend theater and enjoy a nice glass
of wine. He would be privileged to serve District VI
and the Academy as a National Nominating Committee member.
Martha Middlemist, M.D.,
Dr. Middlemist is a
board-certified general pediatrician at Pediatrics 5280 in
Centennial, Colo. Her practice is actively involved in quality initiatives, practice transformation and participates in a clinically
integrated network of care.
Dr. Middlemist earned her medical degree from
the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She
completed her pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is actively involved
with the Academy, serving as District VIII vice
chairperson. Her passions are advocacy, physician
wellness and promoting child health and well-being.
Dr. Middlemist has been the legislative co-chair
for the AAP Colorado Chapter for the last eight
years, helping to promote child health issues in
Colorado. She has been a member of the American Board of Pediatrics General Pediatrics Exam
committee from 2010-’ 17 and also has represented
community pediatricians on the Children’s Hospital
Colorado Board of Directors for the last three years.
Dr. Middlemist and her spouse, Scott, reside in
Greenwood Village, Colo., and have two college-age
children. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, golfing,
running and travel.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is my professional home. The Academy has helped to expand
and strengthen my role as a practicing pediatrician
through its policies, practice guidelines, education
and advocacy for children.
The AAP also has been a conduit for my personal and professional development. Over the last six
years, I have had the opportunity and pleasure to
serve as the District VIII vice chair. This position
has been an amazing journey, allowing me to meet,
network and work with many individuals who share
my passion for the improvement of child and family
health as well as the health and well-being of their
I am excited at the prospect of continuing my
work for the Academy as the District VIII chairperson.
With the release of the Academy’s Blueprint for
Children and development of the new strategic plan,
I am invigorated about the direction the Academy is
moving. The advocacy plan established in the
Blueprint is an excellent example of the Academy taking
the lead on local and federal child health issues. As
members, we should continually work to innovate
and improve all aspects of the Academy and its mission. As a physician, I am very supportive of the
Academy adopting a digital transformation strategy
and implementing a forum for physician well-being
I believe my progression from an engaged chapter
member to chapter president and finally as a district
leader provides a unique approach and perspective
when serving District VIII.
Greg S. Blaschke, M.D.,
District Vice Chairperson
Dr. Blaschke graduated
from the Medical College
of Wisconsin, completed
residency at Naval Hospital
His 29-year clinical, academic and leadership career includes experience in system transformation
and quality efforts across many settings. He has practiced in clinics, community hospitals and academic
centers, including solo, medium and large groups,
and in austere, rural, suburban and urban environments. His global experience includes humanitarian
assistance, education and community advocacy in
Dr. Blaschke holds leadership roles in local, re-
gional and national programs and committees. He
is the immediate past president of the Oregon Pedi-
atric Society (AAP Oregon Chapter), was a member
of the AAP Committee on Pediatric Education and
is a member of the Council on Community Pedi-
atrics, joining as co-principal investigator for San
Diego’s Community Pediatric Training Initiative.
He worked in a variety of roles for the AAP Bright
Futures Guidelines since 1996 and is active in medical
home transformation in Oregon.
For his work in faculty/curriculum development,
he received the 2006 AAP Education Award and
the Association of Pediatric Program Directors’
2012 Walter W. Tunnessen Jr. MD Award for the
Advancement of Pediatric Resident Education. He
is a passionate advocate for vulnerable children,
including the underserved; lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and questioning youths; and children
and youths with special health care needs.
Arturo Gonzalez, M.D.,
District Vice Chairperson
Dr. Gonzalez is board-certified in pediatrics. He has
been practicing general pediatrics in a single specialty
group practice in Scottsdale, Ariz., since 1993.
He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. He completed his
residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center/New York
University Medical program where he was chief resident and was given the distinguished Mario Merli-no, M.D. award for most outstanding resident.
He has been involved with the AAP Arizona
Chapter in several leadership positions, including
Medical Home Project co-chair, Community Access
to Child Health (CATCH) facilitator, secretary, vice
president and president. He has been a community
clinical preceptor for Phoenix Children’s Hospital,
was involved with the Partnership for a Drug-Free
America and was appointed by former Arizona Gov.
Janet Napolitano to serve on the First Things First
Board. He was a member of the Real Arizona Coalition S.A.N.E. Program for U.S. immigration reform led by The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor,
former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
He has been recognized as one of the “Top Docs”
by Ranking Arizona Annual Report, “Best Doctors
in America,” “Best Pediatrician in Scottsdale, AZ”
and “Best Pediatrician in the Valley” two years in
a row by Arizona Foothills Magazine. He has been
featured in AAP News, CNN, The Arizona Republic,
ABC15 News, Raising AZ Kids and most recently
lectured in Cancun, Mexico on “The Health Prob-
lem of the Migrant Child.”
His wife is a pharmacist and has three grown
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