UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Originally set to take place at UCLA Carnesale Commons, this event has been relocated to the state of the art UCLA Luskin Conference Center. More conveniently located – Better Parking – In the heart of the UCLA Campus.

  • 12 exceptional speakers
  • 3 AAP Presidents
  • 6 CME/ 6 MOC Part 2
  • Network with fellow pediatricians
  • State of the art conference center/Free WI-Fi/Great food
  • Parking included with paid registration/

Conference Center Address: 425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Parking Lot 8 Address: 555 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Park on rooftop/visitor section. Register your license plate at the North Kiosk that overlooks the football field and the Luskin. Registered attendees will receive a “Coupon Code”. Place receipt on dash, then walk downstairs toward the Luskin.

Join us – 12 amazing speakers!

This event is In-Person. Please join us at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center on February 26th.
COVID precautions: Large ballroom at 20% of capacity, vaccination, masking and distancing. We would love for you to join us in person. Alternative, you may register for a Virtual Only option. Please register.

Attention Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees

Are you a medical student, pediatric resident or currently enrolled in a pediatric fellowship program? If so, we are waiving the cost of registration for you. Please complete this FREE REGISTRATION FORM. We look forward to having you at our event.

Early Bird Registration (Extended!)
Two Options

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Virtual Only

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 Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP

Welcome and Announcements

8:00 AM – 8:10 AM

  • AAP-CA2 president, 2020-2022
  • Member of provider advisory committee (PAC) at Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP).
  • Served as a member of Board of Trustees at California Medical Association (CMA)

                         Nava Yeganeh, MD

COVID-19 Vaccine in Children, Past, Present and Future

S. Michael Marcy Memorial Lecture 

8:10 am – 8:50 am

  • Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Disease at the David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Physician at Mattel Children’s Hospital 
  • Co-chair, AAP-CA2 School Health Committee 

Read more…


Desired Outcome

  •  Understand the current recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 months to 5 years.

               Smita Malhotra, MD, FAAP

Leading the Second Largest School District with 600,000 students and 75,000 staff Through The COVID-19 Pandemic

8:50 AM – 9:30 AM

  • Medical Director for Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Wrote a book- The Newborn Handbook which gently guides parents through the first three months with a newborn
  • Focuses on combining traditional medicine with alternative therapies such as mindfulness 

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Desired Outcome

  • Learn about  strategic approaches for population health during the pandemic.

Margaret Mou, DO, MEd, FAAP

Combatting Compassion Fatigue​

9:30 am – 10:10 am

  • Pediatric Hospitalist, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Assistant Professor, USC Keck School of Medicine
  • Vice Chair of AAP SOHM Subcommittee on Provider Wellness

Desired Outcomes

  • Define compassion fatigue and understand its effects 
  • Reflect on the scientific evidence behind self-compassion 
  • Practice self-compassion and loving kindness meditation for others 

Morning Break 

Visit the Exhibits | Research Posters | Meet the Professors

10:10 am – 10:40 pm

                    Reshma Shah, MD, MPH

Healthy Plate, Healthy Planet: What Pediatricians Need to Know About Climate, Health, and Food

10:40 AM – 11:20 AM

  • Board-certified pediatrician and co-author of the award-winning book, Nourish: the Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families
  • Instructor, Stanford University Healthy Living Program 
  • Curriculum oversight, Stanford University Pediatric Integrative Fellowship

Desired Outcome

  • Recognize key nutrients and health advantages of plant-based diets for children.

Anisa Ibrahim, MD, FAAP

Providing Safe Havens: Compassionate Evidence-Based Care for Young Immigrants

11:20 AM – 12:00 PM 

  • Director, Harborview Medical Center’s Pediatrics Clinic, where she has been honored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine
  • Clinical interests include caring for and outreach to immigrant and refugee populations with a focus on those from East Africa

Desired Outcome

  • Recognize immigrant children in our
    care, understand the approach to conduct migration history, and review medical considerations for refugee and immigrant populations.

Karinne Van Groningen, MD, MPH

Legislative Update - The Pediatric Mental Health Crisis: CA Policy Initiatives

12:00 PM – 12:25 PM

  • Legislative & Policy Analyst, AAP-CA2, State and Government Affairs Committee
  • Board-certified pediatrician
  • Preventive Medicine and Public Health Fellow at UCLA

Desired Outcome

  • Identify current advocacy areas in California to improve children’s health.


Business Meeting | Visit the Exhibits | Research Posters

12:25 pm – 1:30 pm

Presidents Panel - Threats to Children, Culturing Change

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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AAP-CA2 Past President Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, FAAP (moderator). 

Desired Outcome

  • Conceptualize effective strategies to address large-scale issues affecting the health of infants, children, and adolescents.

Berkowitz Carol 2021

Carol D. Berkowitz, MD, FAAP
AAP President, 2004 – 2005

Colleen A. Kraft, MD, FAAP
AAP President, 2018

Szilagyi Photo

Moira A. Szilagyi, MD, PhD, FAAP
AAP President, 2022

Lindsay Wells, MD, FAAP

Implicit Bias and Its Impact Within Healthcare

2:00 pm – 2:40 pm

  • Chair AAP-CA2, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committe
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Served as a clinical lecturer and faculty advisor to the Alliance PBS Health Services Academy- UCLA Physician Shadow Program

Desired Outcome

  • Recognize how implicit bias may be operating in the clinical setting, and apply strategies that can be used to minimize its impact.

Afternoon Break – Visit the Exhibits | Research Posters

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm


Meeryo Choe, MD 

Autonomic Dysfunction and POTS

3:00 pm -3:40 pm

  • Associate Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program
  • Serves as a Neurotrauma/Sports Neurology Fellow at UCLA
  • Clinical and research interests include post-traumatic headache/migraine, gender differences in outcome after concussion, and dysautonomia

Desired Outcome

  • Understand the multifactorial etiology of POTS, and its treatment options.

James Thomason, DO

Resident Research Awards and Presentation: Providing Standardized and High Quality Nursery Discharge Anticipatory Guidance

3:40 pm – 4:05 pm 

  •  Second-year pediatrics resident, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • Graduated from Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Currently involved in a quality improvement project that is attempting to standardize nursery discharge anticipatory guidance.

Read more…

Desired Outcome

  • Apply lessons learned on the latest research presented by the winner of the Pediatric Trainees Research Awards.

Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP

Closing Remarks and Adjournment

4:05 pm – 4:10 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 2022. One Abstract will be selected for oral presentation.

Symposium Sponsor

The Child & Family Health Leadership Training Program provides interdisciplinary training in maternal and child health (MCH) practice, research, and policy analysis for health professionals and public health professionals enrolled in either the masters of public health (MPH) or doctoral (PhD, DrPH) program at the UCLA School of Public Health.

Leadership development is accomplished through coursework, mentoring, leadership seminars, and participation in local community-based planning organizations serving children and families.

Trainees receive professional development and summer stipends up to $4,000 along with additional financial support to attend conferences and training opportunities. Tuition and fees may be covered based on need.  LEARN MORE/Visit our website



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 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM, including 6 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 6 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.