National Conference & Exhibition Planning Group

The AAP National Conference & Exhibition Planning Group consists of a cross section of over 25 practicing pediatricians, medical and surgical pediatric subspecialists. This group works together to review and accept over 350 sessions in over 70 topic areas 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. 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 & Exhibition Planning Group Executive Committee

2018 Planning Group Chairperson

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

2018 Planning Group Members


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

Sara Berkelhamer, MD, FAAP, Buffalo, NY
Home Health; Neonatology/Perinatology
Expertise in Neonatology/Perinatal Pediatrics


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


Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH, FAAP, Kenmore, WA†
Bioethics; Disaster Preparedness; Integrative Medicine
Expertise in Bioethics/Disaster Preparedness

Michael Foulds, MD, FAAP, Colorado Springs, CO†
Liaison, Committee on Continuing Medical Education (COCME)
Medical Education; Simulation
Expertise in General Pediatrics


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


Susan Guralnick, MD, FAAP, Davis, CA
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

Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP, Wilmington, DE
Obesity; Endocrinology/Metabolism; Seniors
Expertise in Obesity


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

Mika Hiramatsu, MD, FAAP, Hayward, CA†
Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics; Psychological Issues
Expertise in General Pediatrics/Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics


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

Michael Klein, MD, FAAP, Detroit, MI
Liaison, Section Forum Management Committee (SFMC)
Expertise in Pediatric Surgery

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

Elizabeth Murray, DO, FAAP, Rochester, NY
Communications/Media; Early Career Physicians; Pediatric Trainees; International Child Health
Expertise in Emergency Medicine


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


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

Steven Selbst, MD, FAAP, Philadelphia, PA
Critical Care; Emergency Medicine; Injury/Violence/Poison Prevention; Transport Medicine
Expertise in Emergency Medicine/Critical Care

Jonathan Teitelbaum, MD, FAAP, Morganville, NJ
Gastroenterology; Nutrition/Breastfeeding
Expertise in Gastroenterology

Katherine Twombley MD, FAAP, Mt Pleasant, SC
Cardiology; Nephrology/Fluids and Electrolytes
Expertise in Nephrology

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