40 AAP News •
www.aapnews.org • September 2015
Fellows in the News
Errol R. Alden, M.D., FAAP,
of Marengo, Ill., was named an
honorary member of the Colombian
Dr. Alden recently stepped down
as AAP executive director/CEO
after 11 years and 28 years total on
the AAP staff. Past director of the
AAP Department of Education,
he established and helped build the AAP life support
programs. He is president of the International Pediatric
Association Foundation and an honorary member of
six pediatric organizations around the world.
Daniel J. Dire, M.D., FAAP,
of Burnet, Texas, was promoted to
major general, U.S. Army Reserve
and commanding general, the
807th Medical Command, Ft.
Douglas, Utah. Dr. Dire is the
senior ranking physician in the
Army Reserve and has completed
35 years of military service.
Richard F. Howes, M.D., FAAP,
of Lafayette, La., and Robert McVie,
M.D., FAAP, of Shreveport, La.,
were named Master Pediatricians
by the AAP Louisiana Chapter
for 30-plus years of contributions
to health and welfare of the state’s
children through advocacy and
direct patient care.
Dr. Howes is professor of clinical
pediatrics at Louisiana State
University School of Medicine and
section head of pediatrics at the
University Hospital and Clinics. Dr.
McVie is professor of pediatrics and
chief of pediatric endocrinology at
Louisiana State University Health
James P. Marcin, M.D., M.P.H.,
FAAP, of Sacramento, Calif., was
named division chief of pediatric
critical care medicine at University
of California-Davis Children’s
A professor of pediatric critical
care medicine, Dr. Marcin oversees
telemedicine consultations to
seriously ill pediatric patients in remote hospitals,
emergency departments and inpatient wards.
He is a member of the AAP Committee on Pediatric
Workforce and the Section on Telehealth Care.
Sean Palfrey, M.D., FAAP, of
Boston, received the American
Medical Association Foundation
Jack B. McConnell, M.D., Award
for Excellence in Volunteerism. The
award honors a senior physician’s
commitment to volunteer medical
care provided to those without
access to health care in the U.S.
A professor of pediatrics and community health
sciences at Boston University School of Medicine and
School of Public Health, he is a pediatrician at Boston
Dr. Palfrey also serves as a house master at
Harvard University’s Adams House. He founded the
Massachusetts Chapter Immunization Institute in the
1990s and works with the state on universal medical
coverage, obesity prevention, environmental health and
other child health initiatives.
Amy S. Paller, M.D., FAAP,
of Chicago, was appointed to the
National Institute of Arthritis and
Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Advisory Council. The council
provides advice and makes research
proposal recommendations to the
National Institutes of Health.
The Walter J. Hamlin Professor
and chair of the Department of Dermatology at
Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of
Medicine, she is director of skin-related clinical
research at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s
Hospital of Chicago.
Dr. Paller is a past president of the Society for
Joseph W. Thompson, M.D.,
FAAP, of Little Rock, Ark.,
received the Nathan Davis Award
for Government Service in the
category of Outstanding Career
Public Servant at the State Level.
The American Medical Association
award recognizes an elected official
for contributions to promote
medicine and public health.
The former surgeon general of Arkansas, Dr.
Thompson helped expand health insurance coverage
and worked to combat the childhood obesity epidemic
in his state.
Dr. Thompson is director of the Arkansas Center
for Health Improvement and public health professor
at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Hector M. Calixto, M.D., FAAP, of Las Vegas,
died July 16 at age 56.
David H. Carver, M.D., FAAP, of Princeton,
N.J., died June 20 at age 85.
Frank P. Ermilio, M.D., FAAP, of Ocean City,
N.J., died July 31 at age 98.
William P. Hitchcock, M.D., FAAP, of San
Diego, died of cancer May 31 at age 58. He was
AAP Chapter 3 Pediatric Research in Office Settings
L. Frank Kellogg Jr., M.D., FAAP, of Garden
Grove, Calif., died April 30 at age 88.
Ejemeh O. Okojie, M.D., FAAP, of Baltimore,
died of breast cancer July 5 at age 46.
Charles M. Rubin, M.D., FAAP, of Chicago, died
of heart failure July 17 at age 62.
Richard M. Zakheim, M.D., FAAP, of Miami,
Fla., died of cancer July 28 at age 78.
Seen and Heard
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AAP members featured in the media
Space restrictions prohibit listing everyone.
Cindy W. Christian, M.D., FAAP, and Robert D.
Sege, M.D., FAAP, NPR, shaken baby syndrome.
Heather M. Felton, M.D., FAAP, Courier-Journal
(Louisville, Ky.), children of normal weight sometimes
viewed as too thin.
Emalee G. Flaherty, M.D., FAAP, New York Times,
medical child abuse.
Sandra G. Hassink, M.D., FAAP, AAP president,
Associated Press, preparing for the return to school.
Claire McCarthy, M.D., FAAP, Huffington Post,
what is a media diet.
Rachel Y. Moon, M.D., FAAP, Yahoo!, Parenting,
bed-sharing increases risk of sudden infant death
Jerome A. Paulson, M.D., FAAP, CNN, protecting
children from toxic substances.
James M. Perrin, M.D., FAAP, AAP immediate past
president, Philadelphia Inquirer, helping parents deal
with the stress in their own lives.
Stephen J. Pont, M.D., FAAP, U.S. News & World
Report, parents should be sensitive when talking with
their children about weight concerns.
Tommy J. Schechtman, M.D., FAAP, Miami
Herald, setting rules for use of electronic devices.
Victor C. Strasburger, M.D., FAAP, NPR, research
on media use and obesity.
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