2023 Annual Advances in Pediatrics

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

Sunset Village Parking Lot Address: 227 De Neve Drive Los Angeles, CA 90095. Parking free with valid tuition. Validation instructions will be mailed to register attendees. Please follow the signs from the parking structure to Carnesale Commons. Parking not included for attendees with waived tuition.

Join us – 12 amazing speakers!

This event is In-Person. Please join us at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center on May 20th.
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!)
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Virtual Only

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Grant Christman
MD, MACM, FAAP – President, AAP-CA2

Welcome and Announcements

8:00 AM – 8:10 AM

  • AAP-CA2 president, 2022-2023
  • Director of Education, Division of Hospital Medicine, CHLA
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, USC Keck School of Medicine
  • Treasurer, American Academy of Pediatrics CA-2


Gender Health

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 

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Desired Outcome

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

                    Ashley Bennett, MD

Distinctions Of Race Based Medicine

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 

Read more…

Desired Outcome

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

           Kenneth Zangwill, MD, FAAP

S. Michael Marcy, MD, FAAP Memorial Lecture

9:30 AM – 10:10 AM
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. This year’s lecture will feature Kenneth Zangwill, MD, FAAP.


Past Faculty:
2022 –  Nava Yeganeh, MD, MPH
2021 –  
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

Morning Break 

Visit the Exhibits | Research Posters | Meet the Professors

10:10 am – 10:40 pm

Catherine J. Karr, PhD, MD, MS 

Healthy Air For Healthy Kids

10:40 am – 11:20 am

  • Pediatrician & air pollution research to practice leader.
  • Researcher investigating climate change, air pollution, and child health linkages.
  • Practitioner with strategies for patient, program and policy approaches to reducing the impacts of air pollution on child health.

Desired Outcomes

  • Discuss the role of air pollution on child health.
  • Utilize strategies for reducing adverse exposures to air pollution in children.

                         PANEL: TBD

Filling In the Gaps” Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics - Pathways After Age 3

11:20 AM – 12:00 PM

  • 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.


Business Meeting | Visit the Exhibits | Research Posters

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Session #1 Speaker:
Denise Nunez, MD, FAAP


Session #2 Speaker:

Session #3 Speaker:

Breakout Session #1

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

  • Track 1: E-Cigarette Update
  • Track 2: Optimizing Remuneration
  • Track 3: Acutely Ill Patients

Desired Outcome

  1. FPO

  2. FPO

  3. FPO

Session #1 Speaker:


Session #2 Speaker:
Anthony Moretti, MD, MBA

Session #3 Speaker:
Lara Bishay, MD

Breakout Session #2

1:40 pm – 2:10 pm

  • Track 1: Mental Health Topic
  • Track 2: Contract Negotiations/Government Regulations 
  • Track 3: Asthma Guidelines

Desired Outcome

  1. FPO

  2. FPO

  3. FPO
Corinn Cross

Session #1 Speaker:

Corinn Cross, MD, FAAP


Session #2 Speaker:

Session #3 Speaker:

Breakout Session #3

2:20 pm – 2:50 pm

  • Track 1: Media Training
  • Track 2: How To Run A Financially Sound MediCal Practice
  • Track 3:Febrile Infant Guidelines

Desired Outcome

  1. Track 1:  Learn how to navigate the pitfalls of media interviews.

  2. FPO
  3. FPO

Afternoon Break – Visit the Exhibits | Research Posters

2:50 pm – 3:05 pm

Sophia Yen, MD, MPH 

Reproductive Health: "Now That Roe Is Gone"

3:05 AM – 3:40 PM 

  •  Clinical Associate Professor in Adolescent Medicine in the Dept of Pediatrics Stanford Medical School.
  •  CEO/Founder of Pandia Health, the ONLY Doctor-Led, Women-Founded and Women-Led birth control delivery company.
  •  Founded  The Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women.

Desired Outcome

  • List educational and financial resources for patients seeking medication abortion
  • Discuss the 4 different options for Emergency Contraception and BMI limitations
  • Discuss the non contraceptive benefits of hormonal contraception such as making #PeriodsOptional

Presented By:

Research Awards And Presentation

3:40 PM – 4:10 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.

Grant Christman
MD, MACM, FAAP – President, AAP-CA2

Closing Remarks and Adjournment

4:10 pm – 4:15 pm

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.