2020 - 2022 Board of Directors Election

5/18/2020 – 5/31/2020

Incoming President/Candidate Statements

The Southern California Chapter 2 of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-CA2) Board of Directors is on a two-year cycle that commences with its July-June Fiscal Year on even years. The executive board is composed of 5 officers: president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and the immediate past-president. The executive board is joined by area representatives from our various counties (appointed by the president), and members-at-large to form the AAP-CA2 Board of Directors. Both the president and vice president must be Fellows or Specialty Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics. During the two-year term, the vice president also serves as the president-elect, becoming the Chapter President during the following term.
Our 2020 – 2022 incoming President is Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP. There are two candidates for President Elect (Dr. Grant Christman and Dr. Mitchell Goldstein). Furthermore, the Nominating Committee has prepared a slate of officers for your consideration: Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann as secretary, Dr. Edward Tagge as Treasurer, and ten Members-at-Large (Drs. Baker, Cross, Epstein, Gantz, Kamra, Petko, Ruiz, Shapiro, Suresh, and Wang). 
Voting members received the electronic Ballot via email on May 18th. Voting will close on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Results will be announced via the June edition of the AAP-CA2 e-Newsletter. Assumption of duties by newly elected officers will commence immediately following the June Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting.

PRESIDENT-ELECT | Two Candidates

The position of President-elect (Vice President) transitions in two years to Chapter President. This constitutes a six-year commitment on the executive board (2 years as vice president, 2 years as president, 2 years as immediate past president). Furthermore, the three most recent past presidents make up the Nominating Committee during each 2-year term, adding four additional years of service on this committee, hence totaling ten years of service to the chapter.

(Vote for one)

Grant Christman, MD, FAAP

Dr. Christman is a pediatric hospitalist and division Director of Education at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is currently Treasurer of AAP California Chapter 2. He previously served as Member-at-large (2012 – 2018) and chair of the Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention. He was medical director of the chapter’s Teen Safe Driving Partnership, funded by a grant from the Allstate Foundation.

As treasurer, Dr. Christman has improved the financial health of the chapter by balancing the budget and reducing costs associated with chapter programs. He has championed efforts to provide greater value to chapter members by increasing the diversity of offerings at the annual symposium and providing more opportunities for face-to-face meetings and networking.

The COVID-19 pandemic will be the greatest challenge faced by the chapter in the coming year. Dr. Christman will ensure that the chapter supports the pediatricians of southern California who are facing threats to their practices’ survival while trying to balance telehealth and limited in-person visits. The chapter will also need to advocate on behalf of children who are faced with delayed preventive care, missed vaccinations, decreased reporting of abuse, interrupted schooling, and parental unemployment.

Dr. Christman’s other priority for the chapter is promoting physician wellness and combatting burnout, which affects roughly 40% of pediatricians. He will help the chapter create a physician wellness committee, identify challenges specific to our region, and organize a local wellness conference.

Dr. Christman is a Los Angeles native and graduate of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and the Harbor-UCLA pediatric residency program. He lives in Mar Vista with his wife—a child abuse pediatrician—and three daughters, ages 10, 8, and 5, who seem to be adjusting well to waking up later and having less schoolwork.

(Vote for one)

Mitchell Goldstein, MD, FAAP

Dr. Goldstein attended the University of Miami’s Honor Program in Medical Education, completed his pediatric residency at the University of California, Los Angeles, and finished his Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Goldstein is board certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Goldstein’s most important trait is his tireless devotion to patient access issues. When his hospital and many others nationwide could not purchase equipment vital to patient care, Dr. Goldstein rallied. He wrote senators and congressman. He testified in front of a United States Senate Sub-Committee of the Judiciary regarding the practices of the Group Purchasing Organizations and the potential for restriction of access to vital medical devices. The story of Dr. Goldstein’s vigilance, success in helping modify these practices, and improve patient care made the front page of the New York Times. Dr. Goldstein has been a vocal advocate for “right” sizing technology.

He is a past president of the National Perinatal Association (NPA) and author of the NPA’s Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Prophylaxis 2018 Guidelines. Additionally, Dr. Goldstein is editor in chief of Neonatology Today. Dr. Goldstein is the Medical Director of the National Coalition for Infant Health. In this role, he lobbies for access to critical medical therapies and technology development including those essential to the prevention of NEC. He is also the outgoing chair National Chair of the Section on Advances in Therapeutics & Technology (SOATT) of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Goldstein advocates for improvement in in the physician-patient relationship as a crucial in providing exceptional care for our patients. He is a firm believer in physician leadership as a vital part of the pathyway to high quality patient care. He is vocal advocate on payment models that will sustain and support both academic and community physician practices. Adequate remuneration is key to access to care. Dr. Goldstein continues promote improvement of the

medical profession through education, research, and treatment models.



Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Secretary for the American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 2 (AAP-CA2). I have been an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics since my Internship and Residency at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. I have local experience serving as an AAP-CA2 Member at Large and national experience serving as an Executive Board Member for the AAP Section on Media and the Council on Communications and Media (COCM).

As an official media spokesperson for the AAP, I am often called upon to advocate for children and educate the public on complicated and controversial medical and parenting issues both locally and nationally. I am currently Editor-in-Chief of AAP’s best-selling parenting book, Caring For Your Baby and Young Child as well as author of Mommy Calls (AAP), Baby and Toddler Basics (AAP) and What to Feed Your Baby (HarperOne).

After 15 years in a traditional busy pediatric practice, my passion for overall child wellness and preventive medicine led me to study integrative medicine and pediatric psychiatry and ultimately opening my own pediatric wellness center. I now do nutrition and mental health consultations just as often as I treat ear infections and asthma, and I love the diversity of my patient schedule every day.

I have always been interested in public health, and serve on several local COVID-19 task forces helping advise my city, schools and community. I am ready to get back to working with our local AAP-CA2, and as your secretary I look forward to helping advocate for children and pediatricians.

I live in Calabasas with my husband and three sons, ages 14, 12 and 5. We enjoy hiking, skiing and swimming when we can go outside and otherwise play board games and card games at home.


Edward Tagge, MD, FAAP

Edward Tagge is a pediatric surgeon at Loma Linda University Children’s hospital, and is a current California Chapter 2 member-at-large.  He has been at Loma Linda since 2007, and is presently the Program Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, Surgeon Champion for the NSQIP-P project as well as Surgical Director of the NICU.

Dr. Tagge has multiple interests, particularly revolving around resident/fellow education, Integrative Medicine and NICU Parental Stress. He has published over 100 article/book chapters, and has a growing interest in the Mind-Body connection and its impact on surgical patients and their parents.

As chapter treasurer, Dr. Tagge will work together with other board members to ensure that the chapter continues to be financially healthy.

incoming president

Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP

Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP

Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP is a Pediatrician in solo practice from Apple Valley, CA. He also provides neonatal ICU care at Victorville, CA. He is married to Padma. They have two children and four grandchildren.

After completing residency in Pediatrics from University of Connecticut Medical Center, he completed his fellowship in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine from University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is Board certified in both Pediatrics, and Neonatal/Perinatal medicine. After completing fellowship in Massachusetts, he worked in Kentucky for two years before starting a solo pediatric practice in California in 1996.

Dr. Rajasekhar is our present Vice-President/President elect of AAP California Chapter-2, since 2018. He served on the AAP-CA2 board for many years as our San Bernardino/High Desert area representative. He also served as a member of AAP CA (District IX) State Government Affairs (SGA) committee for more than 10 years. He represented AAP district IX as a delegate to CMA house of delegates for 10 years until 2016.

Dr. Rajasekhar is a member of the Board of trustees at California Medical Association (CMA), and is a board member of CALPAC (CMA political action committee).  He is also a member of the CMA delegation to AMA (alternate delegate), starting January 2020 for 2 years.

Dr. Rajasekhar served as President of the San Bernardino County Medical Society starting July 2018 for one year and is the present Immediate past president.

He served as chief of medical staff at Victor Valley Community Hospital and is familiar with hospital/physician interactions related to quality of care provided to patients in California hospitals. He is a member of the provider advisory committee (PAC) at Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), which is a Medi-Cal HMO health plan that provides care for more than one million members in San Bernardino, and Riverside counties.

His international pediatric experience includes pediatric training, qualifications, and providing healthcare for children as a licensed physician in India, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom for a total of 14 years before starting pediatric residency training in Connecticut.  His qualifications include DCH (Diploma in Child Health, India), and MRCP (Member of Royal College of Physicians, London).

Dr. Rajasekhar believes in the physician/patient relationship as a key factor in providing good health care for our patients. He also believes in the need for physician leadership, to advocate for a high quality patient care.  He is passionate about promoting payment models that will sustain physician practices, which in turn will increase access to care for patients, and always works to promote the betterment of our medical profession. 

members - at - large

Cynthia Baker, MD, FAAP

I have been a Member-at Large for almost 10 years. It was my first real entry to AAP service after being a member since residency. I grew up in Philadelphia, did undergraduate and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania (go Quakers!), and came to CHLA for residency and Chief residency. I moved across the street to Kaiser Permanente LA and have been there ever since as a general pediatrician. I have been very involved in faculty, resident and medical student education, served as Associate Residency Program Director for over 20 years, CME chair for over 30 years, and on our multidisciplinary Vascular Birthmark Clinic team for 26 years, among other past and current committee memberships. I continue to have a busy clinical practice and enjoy working with my patients, families and colleagues.

I have served on our AAP Chapter 2 membership and CME committees and our Fit to Play and Learn program. I served on COPAM, a national AAP Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Management, for 6 years (2012-2018). I have been involved in collaborating/co-authoring on multiple Clinical Practice Guidelines (Visual Assessment, the Periodicity schedule/Bright Futures, and Infantile Hemangiomas). I have attended every board meeting, a few by phone, but most in person. I would continue my work on membership and CME and the FTPL program. I enjoy CME so would continue working on our Symposium and periodic meetings (Town Halls). I am happy to serve in any area needed by our Executive Board. It is an honor to be nominated and hope I can serve my AAP colleagues and continue involvement in Chapter 2.

Cori Cross, MD, FAAP

Cori Cross is a board certified pediatrician and has been serving the LA community since her residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in 2004. She has been an active member of California Chapter2 (CA-2) for over 10 years, both as a Member-at-Large and Treasurer. In addition, she is an AAP spokesperson and uses these platforms to advocate for children and educate the public on pediatric and public health issues. In addition to print interviews on behalf of the AAP, she is a repeat medical expert on CNN’s Headline News and Los Angles’ CBS news, a regular guest on RadioMD’s Healthy Children and Sirus XM’s Doctor Radio.

As a Member-at-Large, Dr. Cross sees her role as two-fold and will work to serve both her fellow pediatricians and the children in our community. She will continue to address the needs of our local community through volunteer and advocacy efforts understanding that in these new times those needs may be changing and that as the world adjusts to a new temporary normal we as a pediatric community will need to assess the needs of our patients and their families and may need to find creative and new ways to serve them.

Just as the lives of our patients have changed, the lives of our fellow pediatricians and their practices have been greatly impacted. As a Chapter, we will need to be accessible to our members to hear their needs and join as a community to help navigate these changes and support one another.

As a Member-at-Large of the Westside, I would hope that even if we could not hold in person events and town halls in the upcoming months, that we as a Chapter could serve our members by providing a forum to be able to host discussions where local pediatricians could collaborate and share information.

Throughout her time in service both at the local and national level, Dr. Cross has assessed the current needs of the community and her fellow pediatricians and collaboratively worked to find ways to address them. This is evident both in her work nationally with children and screens and locally in regard to obesity. Her experience makes her well suited to serve as a Member-at-Large during this time of changing needs.

Early in her career, it was evident that screens would have a profoundly different effect on this next generation. She joined the AAP’s Council on Communications and Media and has since served two terms on the Executive Committee. She was a lead author on the AAP’s “Media Use in School-Aged Children and Adolescents” as well as the accompanying technical report “Children and Adolescents and Digital Media.” She has continued working and educating in this space, giving talks locally and nationally to parents, student, educators and pediatricians on the relationship between screens and children which is constantly changing and the impact this has on children and their health. She has partnered with Common Sense Media locally to give panel discussions and nationally to develop resources for pediatricians to address these issues in their offices. In 2017, she won an Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award from the AAP for her work in creating the Family Media Use Plan toolkit on HealthyChildren.org. She is currently working with the AAP to update both HealthyChilren.org resources and the AAP’s children and media policy statement.

In 2017, she was also awarded the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) Community Volunteer Award for her near decade work in partnering with the nurses at LAUSD to address and curtail childhood obesity. During this time, she met with local leaders, participated in multiple Walk to School programs and spoke at many public schools about nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.

This effort columnated in the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention Curriculum that she and Dr. Tracey Zaslow co-created and which went on to be used in many LAUSD schools as a way to teach students and their parents about healthy lifestyle choices. It was for this program and her ongoing dedication to this cause that she received the AALA in 2017.

Dr. Cross graduated cum laude from Barnard College with a BA in philosophy. She attended The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she obtained her M.D. and was elected to the AOA honor society. She then moved to L.A. with her husband where she did her pediatric residency at CHLA. She currently lives in the Pacific Palisades with her husband and three children.

David Epstein, MS, MD, FAAP

David Epstein, MS, MD, FAAP, is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. He obtained a master’s degree in applied physiology & biophysics as well as a medical degree from Georgetown University. Dr. Epstein trained at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa County Medical Center for his pediatric residency and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for his pediatric critical care medicine fellowship. He spent his first 3 years as an attending physician at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA in the pediatric ICU and, then, moved back to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to join the division of Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine. He has been on staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 2006 and worked predominantly in the cardiothoracic ICU.

Through the medical group at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, he previously provided pediatric critical care services at Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks and City of Hope in Duarte. In 2015, he founded MVP Pediatric and Urgent Care in Tarzana and has dedicated himself to serving the local community by bringing pediatric critical care expertise to the front lines of pediatric urgent care. In the community, he offers the unique perspective of viewing pediatrics through both the eyes of a subspecialist in an academic institution and a primary, acute care pediatrician in private practice. Dr. Epstein’s area of research interest has been healthcare disparities and he enjoys teaching residents, fellows, and medical staff. In addition, he has previously been responsible for planning multiple symposia for pediatric critical care physicians in the Los Angeles area. He is a member of the National AAP’s Council on Communications and Media (COCM) and a member of the California Medical Association. He has also been active in social media and advocates for relaying accurate medical information and educating medical providers, families, and the community. Dr. Epstein looks forward to the possibility of bringing his unique perspective to the AAP-CA2 board of directors, as a member-at-large, and focusing on community collaboration and education. It would be a privilege to further serve the community through the AAP-CA2.

Dr. Epstein lives in Sherman Oaks. He has 3 children and is married to Alana Epstein, a licensed clinical social worker, who provides therapy in private practice in Encino and physician wellness support at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the medical group.

Lisa Gantz, MD

My name is Lisa Gantz M.D. I would be honored to join the AAP-CA2 Board of Directors (BOD) as a Member-at- Large (MAL) for the 2020-2022 term. I received my medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and completed residency training in combined internal medicine-pediatrics at UCLA. I am currently finishing up a year as Chief Resident for UCLA Pediatrics Residency 2019-2020. 

After attending my first AAP NCE in 2018, I was hooked! Participating in AAP initiatives and chapter functions has helped me develop and grow passions for advocacy, health equity, and community pediatrics. Over the past 2 years, I have attended several BOD meetings and assisted in planning of AAP-CA2 Chapter events including Life After Residency and the resident research fair at the “Advances in Pediatrics” annual symposiums. With the support of our chapter, I received an Advocacy Training Grant to create an advocacy council for UCLA Pediatrics Residency and a scholarship to attend the AAP Legislative Conference in Spring 2019. 

I have been also an active member of the Immigrant Health Initiative of AAP-CA2, participating in multiple meetings, leading a webinar on Public Charge, and coauthoring a successful resolution for AAP’s National Leadership Forum. I also co-founded the Immigrant Youth Task Force at UCLA (IYTF at UCLA), a collaboration between multidisciplinary experts at UCLA, the LA County Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the AAP-CA2 chapter. IYTF has co-sponsored several educational speaker events and is finalizing a free online community resource toolkit for pediatricians across LA county that will be featured on the AAP-CA2’s website. 

Over the next two years, I plan to continue have an active role in the chapter and hope to provide a unique perspective to the chapter leadership as an early-career physician. I look forward to continuing to work with the Immigrant Health Initiative and hope to recruit and engage other early-career pediatricians in Southern California. I will be working in outpatient primary care at Olive View Medical Center and High Desert Medical Center and would be honored to represent my colleagues, patients, and communities from the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys.

Pallavi Kamra, MD, FAAP

It gives me immense pride to serve as a Member-At-Large of the California Chapter 2 of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which has consistently been voted as one of the best across the nation. It is a rewarding experience to work with a group of pediatricians that are devoted and dedicated to improving the health of all children.

I trained at Kasturba Medical College, India for medical school and completed my residency and chief residency at the University of Minnesota. I currently work at Clinicas del Camino Real, a federally qualified health center in Ventura County. This allows me to bring a unique perspective to the board. I am cognizant of the challenges experienced by the underserved population that I cater to, as well as those faced by the physicians who care for them.

Over the past 2 years, as a Member-At-Large, I have been able to engage with other pediatricians and participate in ongoing projects at the chapter. I have also been able to help improve membership of the chapter and increase awareness regarding the work being done at the chapter.

In addition to that, as the Early Career Physician Representative, I have strongly advocated for the interests of physicians early in their careers and highlighted their demands and challenges. Taking into consideration the needs of the early career physicians, the chapter is already in the process of planning events and activities that help them feel more involved.

I hope to continue to contribute to the chapter in a meaningful manner in the years to come.

Kimberly Petko, MD, MPH, FAAP

Kimberly Petko, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and a co-founder of the CHLA Pediatric Advocacy Collaborative. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Health and Child Development at Tufts University, and both her Doctorate in Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees with a focus in Global Health at Tufts University School of Medicine. She has over 10 years of experience in public health, and has worked in Massachusetts, California, Ghana, Nepal, and the Philippines. Prior to medicine, she worked as a public health consultant for John Snow, Inc, and her team was awarded the Manual Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2009, for their work on the H1N1 influenza pandemic response.

She completed her pediatrics residency training at CHLA where she received the Chief Resident’s Service Award in 2016, and was a member of the Improving Medicine: Pediatricians and Communities Together (IMPACT) advocacy research track. Her work on child trafficking during residency was awarded by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Child International Health, and the AAP-CA2 Advances in Pediatrics Symposium in 2017. 

In 2019 she co-founded the Pediatric Advocacy Collaborative, an institution-wide, multidisciplinary organization at CHLA that increases engagement in advocacy activities through community building/networking and the development of advocacy education opportunities/events. She created the “Advocacy Spotlight Series” to highlight salient advocacy issues and provide both education and opportunities for advocacy engagement. This educational framework was recently awarded “Best of Cool Ideas” at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference in 2020. She is also involved with the pediatric residency advocacy education program and leads legislative visits with trainees.

As an AAP-CA2 member-at-large, her perspective will be informed by her clinical experience as an inpatient physician, background in public and global health, and expertise in advocacy. She hopes to increase the recruitment of trainees and early career pediatricians, build mentorship opportunities, and increase engagement in advocacy efforts.

Melissa Ruiz, MD, FAAP

I have been involved with the AAP since initiating my journey in Pediatrics. I grew up in Pasadena, California and am proud to be a member of AAP chapter 2 since moving back to Southern California.  I graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and while I had a 3-year foray into General Surgery, I found my true calling when I started Pediatric residency at the University of Illinois Chicago. During residency, I served on the Illinois Chapter of the AAP Obesity Prevention Committee and as the AAP CATCH District VI resident liaison.

I received the District VI SOMSRFT Advocacy Champion Award and my Master’s in Public Health in Community Health Sciences during my time as chief resident. California beckoned me back as I completed my training and within weeks of moving back to Southern California, I joined AAP Chapter 2 as the Early Career Physician chapter representative on the board. Near the end of my Southern California Community Medicine Fellowship, I obtained a CATCH grant geared toward connecting Pasadena Unified youth with medical homes. I now serve as the Early Career Physician District IX Representative and a actively engaged with the State Government Affairs committee. 

I executed a Town Hall and resource fair around developmental and unmet social needs screening.  I serve on two local Head Start centers’ health services advisory committees. And I am working with stakeholders from various sectors around Ventura County, as part of the Ventura County Prevention Plan Steering Committee, to develop a county-wide plan to prevent child abuse and neglect.

I am committed to the AAP and to the health and safety of children and am honored to be considered for an opportunity to serve as a member-at-large on the executive board of AAP Chapter 2.

Illan Shapiro, MD, FAAP

Thank you so much for the opportunity. My Name is Ilan Shapiro, born and raised in a small city, called Mexico City. I would like to share a little bit about me before starting with the professional bio. I’m a father of 2 amazing kids and my wife is my CEO. We have had the pleasure to live in Chicago (our first love), Florida and now our final move to Los Angeles. I have been part of the Academy for 12 years, collaborating in many different efforts including the community, communications, tech and other councils to reflect diversity, acknowledge the importance of our children and represent the voice of our pediatric community.

I started with AltaMed since 2016, advocating as a tireless advocate for health care equality, with a deep affinity for innovation and public health policy, especially relating to the Latino population.

Currently, I serve as AltaMed’s Medical Director of Health Education and Wellness, helping to create and implement programs and services that expand access to care and improve outcomes for the community. Between 2016–2017, I also served as Medical Director for Behavioral Health and created the Employee Wellness department, and was instrumental in strengthening the practice and expanding AltaMed’s offerings.

Public Health has been part of my life. After graduating as Honorary Valedictorian with my medical degree, I worked for the Mexican Secretary of Health as the liaison between Mexico and the World Health Organization (WHO) creating binational public health programs to improve the health of Hispanic communities on both sides of the border. In 2011, I was invited to join the White House Hispanic Policy Group and helped educate and raise awareness for the Affordable Care Act. I’m also a recent recipient of the Othli Award, an honor presented by the Consulate of Mexico to recognize individuals working to improve the lives of Mexican nationals living in the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining AltaMed, I held numerous health and leadership roles that focused on traditionally underserved communities. I spent five years working with migratory agricultural workers’ families and the homeless in Southwest Florida and as a pediatric resident at Mount Sinai Children’s Hospital in Chicago. I believe these roles sparked my passion for meaningful, community-focused work and Chief Medical Officer of a technology based startup Hoy Health.

In addition to my work at AltaMed, I serve on the Board of Governors at L.A. Care Health Plan. I currently act as the regional director for the National Hispanic Medical Association.

Education and more info at drshaps.com and http://bit.ly/LinkedInShapiro

  • Universidad Anáhuac – Doctor of Medicine
  • Candidate: MBA with specialty in Healthcare Leadership
  • Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives

Anagha Suresh, MD, FAAP

Thank you for extending me the honor and opportunity to be nominated for the exciting role of Member-at-Large at the AAP-California Chapter 2 . AAP has always been a guiding light for Community pediatricians to help navigate challenges in providing the best possible care to our infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Having been a member of the AAP -CA2 chapter since 2009, as Member-at-Large, I will advocate for greater collaboration between Pediatricians and Other Specialties to improve children’s health, especially in our local communities. In addition, I would leverage the platform provided to meet new members and work toward creating a unified pediatric presence to further AAP goals.

I currently serve as a general Pediatrician in Ventura County, where I live with my husband and two beautiful daughters. During the 8+ years working for an FQHC, catering to an underserved population, I have developed a passion for child nutrition, preventive health and quality improvement initiatives. I piloted a project to promote breastfeeding at our health center in 2018, and subsequently presented my observations, clinical data /findings and best practices at the 2019 Annual International Meeting presented by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, in Blackburn, UK. I am on my way to becoming a certified by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLC).

I completed my pediatric residency and served as Chief Residency at the White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. For my Medical Degree I attended M.S Ramaiah Medical College in Bangalore, India.

Though a Member-at-Large I would focus on networking, collaborating with fellow community pediatricians, increase membership and help provide a platform for education and awareness though town halls meetings. I would encourage more QI initiatives in Clinics to improve standards of care. Connecting health providers with resources and allied community members involved in child nutrition.

Outside work, I am preparing to earn my black belt in American Tang Soo Do Karate. On weekends I teach about 10 elementary school children how to inculcate values through fun-filled activities, at the Agoura Bal Vihar (a not-for-profit, aiming to enhance overall development of a child, covering physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects).

Claudia Wang, MD

Dr. Wang welcomes the opportunity to continue to serve on the AAP-CA2 board. Dr. Wang has spent the past 25+ years at UCLA Medical Center within the division of General Pediatrics. She is board-certified in both pediatrics as well as child abuse pediatrics. Her current positions include being the Pediatric Consultant for the UCLA TIES for Families foster care/adopt program, and the Medical Director of the UCLA Health System’s Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) team. Outside of UCLA Dr. Wang serves on the Los Angeles County Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) Policy Committee which includes representatives from various government and non-government agencies which reviews the state of child abuse in Los Angeles County and establishes policies and procedures to protect our most vulnerable population. In addition, Dr. Wang participates on the ICAN Child Death Review team.

Dr. Wang has focused her creative efforts on the development of child abuse teaching curriculums for training healthcare providers within and outside of the UCLA Health system. She is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Munchausen by Proxy national taskforce which published Practice Guidelines on Munchausen by Proxy in 2017. Recent publications have included co-authoring a chapter on child abuse and neglect in the newly published General Pediatrics Board Review by Oxford Press.

Serving as a Member-At-Large she looks forward to working with the Board and others in our Chapter to increase our visibility locally, regionally and nationally. On a personal note, her family enjoys living in sunny California with all the wonderful cultural aspects and opportunities for adventures.

Meet the Nominating Committee

The three most recent past presidents make up the Nominating Committee during each 2-year term.

Edward Curry, MD, FAAP
Immediate Past President
2016 – 2018 Term

Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP
Past President
2014 – 2016 Term

Helen DuPlessis, MD, MPH, FAAP
Past President
2012 – 2014 Term

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