Michael A. Weiss, D.O., FAAP
Coto de Caza, Calif.
The Blueprint for Children and the AAP 5-Year Strategic
Plan clearly articulate the core issues we face today: access to
care, Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage, promotion of prevention and attending to children with
special health care needs, among many others. Given the
heterogeneity of our stakeholders, it is more important than
ever to focus on how to address the Academy’s priority issues.
We must effectively communicate the importance of children’s issues in a manner
that resonates with our local and national policymakers. Pediatricians understand how
preventive care and anticipatory guidance foster a healthier future for children. I strongly
support creation of clear, data-driven messages that focus on the value proposition of
investing in children. It is our responsibility to craft messages supporting the value of
obesity prevention, immunizations and access to care for all children that will resonate
and effect change. We must also develop quality metrics that benefit children and
demonstrate our value. We should not accept being an afterthought in policy decisions.
By virtue of what pediatricians do on a daily basis, nurturing is inherent. This
should extend beyond our day-to-day patient interactions into our profession as
a whole. We must cultivate the grassroots passion of our membership. Front line
support enhancing ideas like Annual Leadership Forum resolutions and Community
Access to Child Health grants should be reinforced. Additionally, we are all being
asked to do more with less. The only way to make this work is to take a very strong
look at how we deliver care. The Academy can help educate and support primary
and specialty care practices in true care model redesign where efficiencies can be
achieved with existing resources. Enhancing the Triple Aim of healthy populations,
outstanding patient experience and improving the value of care by also restoring the
joy of practice should be a major focus. This can only be achieved with front line,
rolling up of the sleeves work around how we deliver care in a team-oriented manner.
By translating the message and nurturing the cause, we have an opportunity to
make a real difference.
Kyle Yasuda, M.D., FAAP
Members founded the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Our mission is “dedicated to promoting optimal health
and well-being for every child as well as helping to ensure
that Academy members practice the highest quality health
care and experience professional satisfaction and personal
well-being.” This mission continues to be valid and summarizes the challenges we are facing: How do we succeed
in optimizing child health while supporting members in these changing times?
The AAP Blueprint for Children clearly articulates the scope of child health
issues we are addressing nationally. To successfully implement this plan, our team
— members, staff, volunteers and community partners — must all be focused in
the same direction. Advocacy in our states, territories and uniformed services needs
to have laser-like efficiencies, and our national Blueprint translated into messages
that are useful at the state and local levels. We have an excellent Department of
Community and Chapter Affairs and Quality Improvement, and its Division on
State Government Affairs. We must work together to message our positions objectively and in a timely fashion.
We members need to be resilient, healthy and have satisfying professional careers.
Our health and well-being are crucial and foundational to having a strong, respected
American Academy of Pediatrics. It is imperative that we strategically plan and
resource appropriately caring for ourselves and our practices. Physician resiliency
needs to be a primary fiber that is integrated into the fabric of our profession.
Healthy pediatric practices
There are many different types of pediatric practices, and together they are essential in delivering quality child health care. We need to dream of the ideal practices
in all by being innovative, creative and taking risks. This will become a reality
with the help of knowledgeable partners, including health economists, families,
payers and business leaders.
President-Elect Candidates’ Position Statements
May 1, 2017
Dear Voting Fellow:
As stipulated in the bylaws of the American Academy of Pediatrics, I am hereby officially
notifying you of the candidates for president-elect:
• Michael A. Weiss, D.O., FAAP, Coto de Caza, Calif.
• Kyle Yasuda, M.D., FAAP, Seattle, Wash.
Candidates for district offices are listed at right.
According to the Academy’s bylaws, petitions for candidates for president-elect must be
submitted to the Academy’s Central Office at least 30 days prior to the election (by noon CT on
Aug. 15). Petitions must bear the signatures of at least 5% of the vote-eligible members from
each of at least five districts. For district positions, the petition must include the signatures
of at least 5% of the vote-eligible members from a majority of chapters in the district, and no
more than 50% of the signatures may come from one chapter.
The May through September issues of AAP News will contain information on each president-elect candidate. The Voter’s Guide in the July issue of AAP News will contain biographical
information on all district candidates. This information also will be posted at www.aap.org/
election (login required), in addition to similar information on any candidates who may be
nominated by petition.
The election by all voting members will be conducted online only. The election will commence on Friday, Sept. 15 and conclude at noon CT on Sunday, Oct. 15. Online voting instructions will be provided by email to all voting Fellows with email addresses on file with
Watch your email in September for voting information from the AAP election coordinator.
The email message will contain your personalized link to the election ballot (no additional
ballot login information will be required). The candidates receiving a majority of the votes cast
in each category will be declared the winners.
If you have any questions concerning the election procedures, contact Katie Friedman at
email@example.com or 847-434-4296.
Karen Remley, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., FAAP
CEO/Executive Vice President
2017 district office candidates
District Chairperson Warren Seigel, M.D., FAAP
District Vice Chairperson Scott Krugman, M.D., FAAP
Jay Ludwicki, M.D., FAAP
National Nominating Committee Danielle Dooley, M.D., FAAP
Eve Kimball, M.D., FAAP
District Chairperson Richard Tuck, M.D., FAAP
National Nominating Committee Barbara Bayldon, M.D., FAAP
Robert Schremmer, M.D., FAAP
District Chairperson Martha Middlemist, M.D., FAAP
District Vice Chairperson Gregory Blaschke, M.D., FAAP
Arturo Gonzalez, M.D., FAAP
National Nominating Committee Melissa Mason, M.D., FAAP
Jackie Nelson, M.D., FAAP
District Chairperson Lisa Cosgrove, M.D., FAAP
Albert Holloway, M.D., FAAP
District Vice Chairperson Mobeen Rathore, M.D., FAAP
National Nominating Committee Evelyn Johnson, M.D., FAAP
There are no position vacancies in Districts I, IV, VII or IX.
Candidates for AAP president-elect, district offices announced