Planning Group

The AAP National Conference & Exhibition Planning Group consists of a cross section of over 24 practicing pediatricians, medical and surgical pediatric subspecialists. This group works together to review and accept about 350 sessions (out of about 550 proposals) that comprise the conference program. In the complex planning of this activity, the committee makeup is representative of general pediatricians in practice and academic contexts as well as all the major subspecialty groups. The chair-elect of the section forum management committee participates as a liaison and representative to the sections and councils. It is the expertise of the diverse members of this planning group that ensures the scope of practice is being met at the conference.

† denotes National Conference Planning Group Executive Committee


2017 National Conference Chairperson

Shu Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Atlanta, GA†
Expertise in General Pediatrics


New National Conference Planning Group Members


Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH, FAAP, Kenmore, WA
Expertise in Bioethics/Disaster Preparedness


Mika Hiramatsu, MD, FAAP, Hayward, CA
Expertise in General Pediatrics/Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics


Michael Klein, MD, FAAP, FACS, Detroit, MI
Liaison, AAP Section Forum Management Committee (SFMC)
Expertise in General Pediatrics, Thoracic and Endoscopic Surgery

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Steven Selbst, MD, FAAP, Philadelphia, PA
Expertise in Emergency Medicine/Critical Care


National Conference Planning Group Members


Vincent “Butch” Adolph, MD, FAAP, New Orleans, LA
Cardiovascular, Plastic & General Surgery; Ophthalmology; Otolaryngology; Urology
Expertise in Pediatric Surgery


Lisa Brown, MD, FAAP, Grand Rapids, MI
Child Abuse & Neglect; Diagnostic Skills; Environmental Health
Expertise in General Pediatrics


Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP, Amherst, NY
Adolescent Heath; Child Death Review; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender; Substance Abuse; Smoking/Tobacco
Expertise in Adolescent Health


Mary Cataletto, MD, FAAP, Glen Head, NY
Allergy & Immunology; Pulmonology
Expertise in Pulmonology


Ilene Fennoy, MD, MPH, FAAP, New York, NY
Endocrinology/Metabolism; Obesity
Expertise in Endocrinology


Frank Galioto, Jr., MD, FAAP, Fairfax, VA
Cardiology; Nephrology/Fluids & Electrolytes
Expertise in Cardiology


Rani Gereige, MD, MPH, FAAP, Miami, FL
Disease Prevention/Health Promotion; Integrative Medicine; Oral Health; Research; School Health
Expertise in General Pediatrics


Susan Guralnick, MD, FAAP, Huntington, NY
Liaison, PREP Self-Assessment
Community Pediatrics; Epidemiology; Osteopathic Pediatricians
Expertise in General Pediatrics


Adam Hartman, MD, FAAP, Baltimore, MD†
Neurology; Neurosurgery; Pharmacology; Uniformed Services
Expertise in Neurology


William Hennrikus, MD, FAAOS, FAAP, Hershey, PA
Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine; Orthopaedics; Rheumatology; Sports Medicine
Expertise in Orthopaedics


Ivor Hill, MD, FAAP, Columbus, OH†
Liaison, Committee on Continuing Medical Education (COCME)
Medical Education
Expertise in Gastroenterology

HOUTROW Amy Houtrow, MD, MPH, PhD, FAAP, Pittsburgh, PA
Adoption & Foster Care; Children with Disabilities; Child Care & Early Education
Expertise in Children with Disabilities

Jeffrey Kile, MD, MHA, FAAP, Kingston, PA†
Advances in Technology/Therapeutics; Advocacy; Med/Peds; Telehealth
Expertise in General Pediatrics


Jenifer Lightdale, MD, MPH, FAAP, Chestnut Hill, MA
Gastroenterology; Nutrition/Breastfeeding
Expertise in Gastroenterology


Mark Mammel, MD, FAAP, St Paul, MN†
Bioethics; Home Health; Neonatology/Perinatology
Expertise in Neonatology/Perinatal Pediatrics


Jennifer Miller, MD, FAAP, Berkeley, CA†
Dermatology; Information Technology; Workforce/Women in Pediatrics
Expertise in General Pediatrics


Cassandra Pruitt, MD, FAAP, Saint Louis, MO†
Hematology/Oncology; Hospice & Palliative Medicine; Hospital Care; Quality Improvement
Expertise in Hospital Medicine

Rowley Anne Rowley, MD, FAAP, Oak Park, IL
Infectious Diseases
Expertise in Infectious Diseases

Robert Saul, MD, FAAP, Greenville, SC
Genetics/Epigenetics; Radiology/Imaging
Expertise in General Pediatrics/Genetics


Daniel Schumacher, MD, FAAP, Columbus, OH
Communication/Media; International Child Health; Medical Students & Residents; Early Career Physicians
Expertise in Emergency Medicine


Todd Wolynn, MD, FAAP, Pittsburgh, PA†
Health Care Financing; Leadership; Practice Management
Expertise in General Pediatrics