Mission, vision, & values

The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to champion optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults and to advocate for and support its members in these endeavors.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ vision exists to prepare its members with the tools, skills, and knowledge to be the best qualified health professionals to: 

  1. Provide care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults
  2. Collaborate with others to assure child health
  3. Advocate for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults and such that decisions affecting their health are medically based, soundly intended and address their needs
  4. Derive professional satisfaction and growth from the care of children and their families

By providing these services, the AAP will be the most valuable professional organization to which those eligible for membership can belong.

For our core values, we believe in the inherent worth of all children. They are our most enduring and vulnerable legacy. Children deserve optimum health and require the highest quality health care. Pediatricions (primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub specialists, and pediatric surgical specialists) are the best qualified of all health professionals to provide child health care. A dynamic organization is necessary to advance these values. The AAP is that organization. 

chapters& districts

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an international organization with headquarters in Itasca, Illinois. In the Americas, it is divided into geographical areas called districts, which may comprise one or more States. The larger states are further divided into chapters.

The State of California is District IX, which is sub-divided into four chapters: Chapter 1 includes all 48 Northern California counties (the dividing line being the southern borders of Monterey, Kings, Tulare, and Inyo counties). Chapter 2 includes seven of the ten Southern California counties: Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. Chapter 3 includes Imperial and San Diego counties. Chapter 4 is the Orange County Chapter.

Chapters 1 and 2 were orginally organized in February 1955, Chapter 2 then comprising all ten Southern California counties. Chapter 3 became independent and was established in October 1961, and Chapter 4 in October 1985.

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presidents

2020 – 2022 Damodara Rajasekhar | 2018-2020 Alice Kuo | 2016-2018 Edward S. Curry | 2014-2016 Paula J. Whiteman | 2012-2014 Helen DuPlessis | 2010-2012 Laura Mabie | 2008-2010 Mary Doyle | 2006-2008 Wilbert Mason | 2004-2006 Allan Lieberthal | 2002-2004 Elliot Weinstein | 2000-2002 Steven Feig | 1998-2000 Robin Doroshow | 1995-1998 Jeffrey Penso | 1994-1995 Harry Wright | 1992-1994 Robert Adler | 1990-1992 Joan Hodgman | 1988-1990 Anthony Hirsch | 1984-1987 Elmore Lewis | 1981-1984 Arthur Lisbin | 1978-1981 Lafayette Burns | 1975-1978 Robert Shirley | 1972-1974 Merl Carson | 1969-1971 Robert Shirley | 1966-1968 Gordon Richardson | 1962-1966 Gordon Richardson | 1959-1962 Sidney Rosin | 1955-1958 R. Wendell Coffelt