2021 Virtual Symposium (via Zoom) February 27, 2021

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Nirmala Murthy, MD, FAAP

Self care - Well Being of Healthcare Professionals

 7:00 – 7:45 AM

  • Diplomate American Board of Pediatrics
  • Medical studies in Madras Medical College, a premier medical college in India
  • Did Pediatric Residency at Lincoln Medical Center, New York
  • Started Private practice in 1986 in Apple Valley 34 years ago
  • Has chaired & vice chaired Department of Pediatrics in local hospitals for several years
  • Is a faculty in Art of Living Foundation teaching Breathing & Meditation techniques for 20 years
  • Been teaching Living Well – Healing Breath Program for health care Professionals for 5 years.
  • Married to Dr. Krishna Murthy, psychiatrist for 45 years and have 2 children
  • Very much interested in Indian classical music and teaching breathing & Meditation techniques to relieve stress and improve Well Being

 Paul A. Offit, MD

Developing a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine at Warp Speed

8:10 – 8:50 AM

S. Michael Marcy, MD Memorial Lecture

Paul Offit, MD is a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day. Dr. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman professor of vaccinology, professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and director of The Vaccine Education Center at  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Offit is currently a member of National Institutes of Health (NIH) working group on vaccines, a subgroup of the “Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines” (ACTIV) comprised of experts to combat COVID-19. He is also a member of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC).

 “Overkill” is his 11th book. 

David Rubin, MD, MSCE, FAAP

COVID in Schools

8:55 – 9:35 AM

David Rubin, MD, MSCE, is director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Rubin is one of the lead investigators on PolicyLab’s COVID-19 forecasting model, known as “COVID-Lab: Mapping COVID-19 In Your Community,” which tracks coronavirus transmission and test positivity rates across
all U.S. counties, and projects cases counts for more than 800 counties with active outbreaks.

Dr. Rubin and his collaborators have received national attention for this unique project, which they have used to
advise the White House Coronavirus Task Force, governors, state public health officials and Philadelphia leaders on emerging hotspots and local strategies for reducing the spread of the virus. The modeling project has also informed PolicyLab’s school reopening guidance, for which Dr. Rubin is a lead author and that leaders from school districts throughout the country have cited as informing their COVID-19 safety plans.

Edward Tagge, MD, FAAP

Common Surgical Considerations

9:40 – 10:20 AM

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Behavioral Medicine

ABS certified Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery & Surgical Critical Care

Program Director – Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

Surgeon Champion – NSQIP


Research interests: Mind-Body relationship in Pediatric Surgery, Integrative Medicine

VIRTUAL Exhibits | Research Posters | Breakout Networking Rooms

10:20 – 11:00 AM

Wendy De La Pena, MD

Common Causes of Arthralgias

11:00 – 11:40 AM

I am currently the Division Chief of Pediatric Rheumatology, medical director of LLUCH specialty teams centers, medical director of the LLUCH infusion center and associate program director of the LLUCH pediatric residency program.  I attended Medical school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  I completed my pediatric residency at Loma Linda Children’s hospital and my Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. 

Christopher J. Russell, MD, MS

Addressing Bias and Microaggressions in the Clinical Environment

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM

Christopher J. Russell, M.D., M.S. is an academic pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and an associate professor at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC).

    • Assistant Director, CHLA Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, where Dr. Russell’s role includes leading trainings on implicit bias and microaggressions for all CHLA employees and spearheading key health equity initiatives.
    • Co-director of the Academic Pediatric Association’s New Century Scholars Resident Mentoring Program
  • Recipient of the USC Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Award (2014-16), the Academic Pediatric Association’s Young Investigator Award (2015-16) and the NIH Loan Repayment Program through the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (2017-present)
  • Clinical and Research Focus: Inpatient care for hospitalized children with medical complexity

Sonul Gupta
Resident Research Awards and Presentation

Resident Research Awards

Understanding the Motives of Donors for a Student-Run Breast Milk Bank

1:30 – 2:15 PM

Third-year MD candidate at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine, currently investigating what breastfeeding mothers desire as incentives for breast milk donation in the Inland Empire.

Leads a group of students to create the first breast milk depot and milk bank for the region. Among these interests, Sonul is an avid board member of the student-run Healthcare Leadership Designated Emphasis at UCR, and is currently the lead for a PDSA QI project within the Women’s Health Section of Unicare Community Health. Prior to medical school, she obtained her B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from UCLA.

Jonathan Warus, MD, FAAP

Teen Suicidality

2:20 – 3:00 PM

Dr. Jonathan Warus is an Adolescent medicine physician who specializes in care for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth, HIV prevention for adolescents and young adults, and LGBQ health for youth. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and a USC faculty member.

His clinical interests include Gender Dysphoria, HIV Prevention, and LGBQ Health. Given his work with vulnerable populations, Dr. Warus frequently encounters patients with significant depression and anxiety, including those experiencing suicidality.

He completed his medical training and residency at Indiana University School of Medicine, with a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Closing Remarks

3:00 – 3:05 PM

S. Michael Marcy, MD, FAAP Memorial Lecture

In 2014, the medical community lost a brilliant professional, and a friend. Dr. S. Michael Marcy was a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. A Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at both USC and UCLA, Dr. Marcy had the distinction of having served actively in the education and research activities at the 4 major teaching programs in Los Angeles.
In his honor, and now in its seventh year, AAP-CA2 established the S. Michael Marcy Memorial Lecture. During this lecture, a world-renowned infectious disease physician is invited to speak on the latest advances of their field.  Our 2021 lecture is Paul A. Offit, MD.

Past Faculty:

2020 – Mobeen H. Rathore, M.B.B.S. (M.D.), CPE, FACPE, FIDSA, FAAP.
2019 – Karin Nielsen, MD
2018 – Michael T. Brady, MD, FAAP
2017 – Stephanie Marcy, PhD, and Wilbert Mason, MD, MPH, FAAP
2016 – Larry K. Pickering, MD. FAAP
2015 – Mark H. Sawyer, MD, FAAP

The AAP-CA2 Board of Reviewers will select abstract submissions for POSTER presentation at the AAP-CA2 Advances in Pediatrics Symposium 2021. One Abstract will be selected for oral presentation.

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Accreditation and Designation Statements and Disclosure Report

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of PeerPoint Medical Education Institute, LLC and American Academy of Pediatrics – CA2. The PeerPoint Medical Education Institute, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The PeerPoint Medical Education Institute, LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM, including 5 ABP MOC Part 2 credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.