workgroups for children with special health care
needs. With his background as chair of the chapter
pediatric council since 2008, he was selected as a
member of the AAP Private Payer Advocacy Advisory Committee in 2012. He is completing his last year
of the three-year term on the National Nominating
I am honored and excited to be a candidate for
district chair. In these challenging times we are facing on a national level as well as on the state chapter
level, I hope to continue the great work that Sara H.
Goza, M.D., FAAP, has been doing for the past six
years. Her shoes will be hard to fill, but I know that
I am up to the challenge.
I plan to continue to help the four chapters in our
district to excel not only in advocacy for children but
also ensuring that our members practice the highest
quality health care, experience professional satisfaction and personal well-being.
The Academy’s five-year strategic plan lays a
wonderful groundwork for the Academy to remain
strong, healthy and vibrant over the next five years.
While we have a national strategic plan, we also must
look at each chapter strategically and develop long-term goals for continued health and vibrancy on the
local and national levels. We must continue to seek
diversity and inclusiveness within our Academy and
in the delivery of pediatric care.
As the board transitions from a management
board to a governing board, we have to redefine roles
and expectations, as well as grapple with appropriate representation on the board both geographically,
specialty and other constituencies.
Locally, within our four chapters in District X,
we must continue to advocate for what is best for
children and families as well as add value for our
members which must include continued quality
We must be agile as we adapt to the changing
landscape of pediatrics. We must be proactive as we
continue to address technology, population health,
value-based payments and other issues that affect our
members. I look forward to serving as District X chair.
Mobeen H. Rathore, M.D.,
District Vice Chairperson
Dr. Rathore is a pediatrician, active clinician and a
dedicated advocate for children. As president of the
AAP Florida Chapter, he led
the fight for increasing access to health care for children and protecting physicians’ right to discuss gun
safety at home. These issues were upheld by federal
courts and have national implications.
He collaborated in the AAP Adolescent HIV Prevention Project and in developing the AAP Disaster
Preparedness Toolkit. He is a member of the Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee)
and on the Editorial Board of Pediatrics in Review
and previously of AAP Grand Rounds.
Additionally, he is on the Board of Governors of
the Florida Medical Association, past president of
Duval County Medical Society and served on boards
of HIV Medicine Association, Pediatric Infectious
Diseases Society and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Rathore is a tenured professor at University of Florida (UF) and chief of pediatric infectious
diseases at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. He has received accolades as an educator
by medical students and trainees and has mentored
many young physicians. He is the founding program
director of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship at UF. He serves on the sub-board of pediatric
infectious diseases. He is a successful researcher,
continuously funded by the National Institutes of
Health since 1994.
As a community advocate, Dr. Rathore started a
free clinic, serves on the board of a community diversity organization, is president-elect of Leadership
Jacksonville, and is a mayoral appointee to the Environmental Protection, Asian American Advisory
and HIV Advisory Boards.
Evelyn D. Johnson, M.D.,
Dr. Johnson is a general
pediatrician born, raised and
trained in Georgia. The path
to her current practice in
Brunswick, Ga., began with
primary education in Columbus followed by college
classes at Georgia Tech and University of Georgia
(UGA), then three years in the U.S. Army with overseas duty in Okinawa. The path meandered back to
UGA, then University of Kansas (clinical psychology), back to Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)
for her MD, then to University of Maryland Medical
System for pediatrics residency.
Readied with the MSM motto “to serve the underserved” and trained at an inner-city (Baltimore) residency, then moving to South Florida to work at a
migrant health clinic was an ideal recipe to launch
her into a solo, 80% Medicaid practice in southeast
Having come full circle to Georgia, she was introduced to the AAP Georgia Chapter 20 years ago and
has never regretted her membership. She has chaired
the chapter’s Healthy Weight Taskforce; represented the chapter on the GA Children’s Cabinet, GA
SHAPE and the Brain Trust. Advocacy experiences
through the chapter legislative committee, as well
as attending the annual Legislative Conference in
Washington, D.C., have given her an invaluable
foundation to serve. Four years of leadership in the
chapter allowed her to view the AAP from all angles,
and she stands ready to sell all her colleagues on the
multitude of benefits that membership offers.
Being a part of this 60,000-plus member professional society has truly been a fulfilling experience
and to continue in a role of nominating future leaders would be a most honorable position.
There are no position vacancies in Districts I, IV,
VII or IX.
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