medicine and hospital
medicine leaders and
others interested in
leadership won’t want to
miss the Leadership Development Conference
April 7-9 at the Hilton
St. Petersburg Bayfront
in St. Petersburg, Fla.
plenaries, panel discus-
sions and small-group
breakout sessions, the
meeting is designed to
help advance knowl-
edge in implementing
health care regulations
and reform. Other top-
ics that will be discussed
include improving the
quality of pediatric
emergency care and
inpatient medicine, de-
regional academic children’s hospitals
and community hospitals, and patient
and physician satisfaction.
The opening plenary by Mark D.
Baker, M.D., FAAP, will focus on “The
Evolving Health Care Environment for
• “Surviving in the Era of Health
Care Reform: A Field Guide for
Pediatric Hospital Medicine and
Emergency Medicine Providers,”
with AAP CEO/Executive Vice
President Karen Remley, M.D.,
M.B.A., M.P.H., FAAP;
• “Health Disparities and Advocacy,
National and International,” with
Benard P. Dreyer, M.D., FAAP;
• “Quality and Safety of Healthcare
Delivery in Children’s and Community Hospitals,” with Evaline A.
Alessandrini, M.D., FAAP, and Ricardo A. Quinonez, M.D., FAAP;
• “Transforming the Patient, Family
and Provider Experience,” with Jay
Kaplan, M.D., FACEP; and
• “Continuing Education to Main-
tain Workforce Readiness,” with
Mary C. Mathews Ottolini, M.D.,
Earn up to 17. 5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Find the program schedule
and registration information at http://
HPV vaccination webinar
Join a panel of experts in pediatric primary care, infectious diseases, obstetrics and gynecology, and ear, nose and throat for an HPV vaccination update
webinar at 1 p.m. ET March 6. The webinar addresses HPV vaccination topics,
including trends in HPV disease prevalence and prevention. Register at http://
Environmental health webinars
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) program hosts
a regular webinar series presented by environmental health experts addressing
topics related to pediatric and reproductive environmental health.
Join webinars or access archived webinars for free on the AAP PEHSU website,
http://bit.ly/2kpkNg3, or at http://www.pehsu.net/webinars.html.
Indigenous child health meeting
Join the Academy and
Canadian Paediatric Society March 31 to April 2
for the 7th International
Meeting on Indigenous
Child Health at the Denver
Marriott City Centre.
An international roster of speakers will discuss indigenous child and youth
health, including resiliency, epigenetics, injury prevention, nutrition, traditional healing, infectious diseases, health equity and oral health.
Keynote speaker Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) will present her
project to photograph citizens of each federally recognized tribe. She will
discuss solutions to historical inaccuracies, stereotypical representations and
silenced Native American voices in mass media.
Participants can earn up to 9 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Visit
Knowledge-sharing key focus of leadership development conference
Pediatrician and public health advocate Richard E. Besser, M.D., FAAP, known for his medical reports and analysis on ABC News, has been
named president and chief executive officer of
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
He will take over in April. The RWJF, based
in Princeton, N.J., is the nation’s largest philanthropy focused solely on health and health care.
Dr. Besser said he is honored to be joining a
foundation “so deeply committed to building a
culture of health in this country.
“Working to improve the health and well-be-
ing of all Americans is a high calling,” he said in
a press statement. “Doing it here, with an orga-
nization of such stature and credibility will be a
great honor and privilege.”
Dr. Besser has served as an award-winning
chief health and medical editor at ABC News
since 2009, reporting on a range of topics from
around the world — from Ebola to umbilical
cord blood banking to Hurricane Sandy. He has
been active on social media, occasionally joining
forces with the Academy to build awareness of
pediatric health issues.
Before becoming a “TV doctor,” Dr. Besser was
acting director of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) during the H1N1 pandemic,
placing a priority on communications. He received a
Surgeon General’s Medallion for his efforts over that
Dr. Besser joined the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence
Service in 1991. From 1993- ’98 he served as pediat-
ric residency director at University of California, San
Diego, during which time he also researched pediatric
tuberculosis for the county health department.
In 1998, Dr. Besser returned to the CDC as an
infectious disease epidemiologist. When he left
the agency, he was director of its Coordinating
Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency
The keynote speaker at last year’s AAP National
Conference & Exhibition, Dr. Besser is a member of the AAP Section on Infectious Diseases
and Section on Epidemiology, Public Health and
Evidence. During his 2016 keynote, Dr. Besser
described his on-air life at ABC News and interest in social media to reach people of all ages. He
encouraged pediatricians to work with the media
and use their expertise to communicate with the
public to make an impact on children’s lives.
Dr. Besser is professor of pediatrics at Columbia
University; a visiting fellow at Harvard School of
He will succeed Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., who
has headed the RWJF for the last 14 years.
Photo by Ronald Flores
Last fall, Richard E. Besser, M.D., FAAP (left) moderated a panel on children’s health priorities with AAP leaders and other
experts, including then-AAP President Benard P. Dreyer, M.D.,
FAAP, and Alma J. Powell, chair of America’s Promise Alliance.
Dr. Besser to head Robert Wood Johnson Foundation