2018 - January Edition
Edward Curry, MD, FAAP   President, AAP-CA2
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday break.  
As you will see in this edition, we are starting 2018 with a full schedule of events, with Town Hall Lecture/Dinners in Marina Del Rey, Victorville, Woodland Hills, and Riverside. Additionally, Dr Susan Igdaloff has scheduled eight lectures on the topic of suicide awareness. Be sure to save the dates and sign up to attend these educational events. 
I am excited to announce the 29th Annual Advances in Pediatrics Symposium to be held at our usual location, the  Sheraton Universal Hotel. The date is Saturday, April 28. Please look below for the amazing speaker lineup and topics. We will also be hosting a networking reception on the evening prior (Friday night) as an opportunity to meet the speakers, as well as local Chapter and National AAP leadership in a more personal setting. Please save the dates. 
We received a new grant from the National AAP. We will soon begin recruiting practices interested in improving HPV vaccine series completion rates.  
Our Board of Directors elections are held every two years. The next elections will take place this May for the 2018-2020 term. Please look below for more details if you are interested in serving on our board as a Member-At-Large, or perhaps as chair of a committee for a specific project on which you may be involved.
I want to thank our District IX Section On Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) Representative, Christine Thang, MD for submitting an article on her experience at the Las Vegas Pediatric Conference, and a Shout-Out to Leila Yoonessi, MD, MPH, FAAP for her article featured this month on LA Parent Magazine.
That's it for now. Thank you for everything that you do for children, and for your ongoing support of the Chapter. 
Please feel free to get involved locally by contacting our Chapter 2 Executive Director.
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.
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Resident's Corner
One Pediatric Trainee's Experience at the AAP-CA Vegas Conference
Christine Thang, MD
Christine Thang, MD
UCLA Pediatric Resident
During the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, I had the privilege to attend the AAP-CA 39th Annual Las  Vegas Seminars on Pediatric Updates thanks to a generous grant from Abbott Nutrition presented to the AAP-CA Foundation. As a pediatric trainee, it was especially humbling to learn from and attend alongside practicing community pediatricians. Read more ...

Member Spotlight
Article on LA Parent Magazine
Congratulations to Leila M. Yoonessi, MD, MPH, FAAP of Long Beach for her article featured on page 17 of this month's LA Parent Magazine. The article may be accessed clicking the "Read Article" link below, as well as on the home page of laparent.com  
Leila M. Yoonessi, MD, MPH, FAAP 
  It's the season of colds, flu - and cough. Leila Yoonessi, MD, MPH, FAAP , a pediatric pulmonologist at Dignity Health - St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, reminds parents to watch out for rhinovirus (the common cold), as well as respiratory syncytial virus, which can be truly dangerous in younger children. She also has tips about managing cough. Is cough ever harmful in and of itself? Cough is ...   Read Article

In Memoriam
Alvin A. Miller, MD, FAAP
1926 - 2017

Alvin Miller loved music and his passion for newborn care was unparalleled. He passed away peacefully on December 12 in his sleep. He will always be remembered as a violinist since age 7 - which was a constant presence through his medical career and family life. He was a founding member of the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra and left a legacy of music through his children and grandchildren. In the words of his children: "Dad was most relaxed when in his easy chair in the back room listening to FM classical music. Our dad was always witty, clever, creative and the consummate entertainer."

A pediatrician for 60 years, he was a pioneer in the field of Neonatology and an award winning teacher of medical students. He traveled to Romania to help repair their broken medical system after Communism and was awarded the Humanitarian Award from the University of Illinois. On March 4, 2012, Dr. Miller presented a lecture on developments in the last 50 years of neonatal clinical care. You may view his lecture here.

Dr. Al, as he liked to be called, devoted decades of summers to Camp Hess Kramer as a camp physician. He loved those summers at camp and instilled "camp traditions" through his family.

He never stopped learning, valued education and kept his mind sharp to the very end. He will be remembered and missed by the hundreds of "Premies" that he saved and will always be "Dr Al" to us all.

He is survived by his sister Dorothy (Gene) and his children Ross (Eva), Judi Joyce (Randall), Donald (Amy), and Jonathan (Penny) Miller as well as his eight grandchildren, Jenna Crucitti (Dom), Sofie, Jamie, Eliot, Jason, Madison, Miriam, and Sarah.

The 29th Annual AAP-CA2 Pediatric Symposium

Speaker Lineup 

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Sheraton Universal Hotel

Save The Date!
In The Community
November 7 at Loma Linda University Medical Center  
San Bernardino Area Representative Mitchell Goldstein, MD, FAAP hosted and presented at a Town Hall on Nutritional Considerations for Infants at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Goldstein spoke on Pediatric Malnutrition and At Risk for Malnutrition. Guest speaker  Elba Simon-Fayard, MD, FAAP spoke on Feeding Intolerance. while guest speaker Munaf M. Kadri, MD spoke on Emerging Science in Infant Nutrition Related to Immunity and Human Milk Fortification. This event was generously sponsored by an educational grant from Abbott Nutrition, through the American Academy of Pediatrics.  
November 18 in Pasadena  
Melissa Ruiz, MD, FAAP provided parents with information on the importance of the Medical Home at a health fair in Pasadena on November 18. 2017, at the Villa Parke Community Center. Over 500 families attended the event, with 82 participants during her presentation. Dr. Ruiz also announced the launching of the websites,  http://www.medicalhomepusd.org and http://www.medicalhomepusd.org/es which are targeted to parents of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). This project is funded by a CATCH grant and delivered in partnership between AAP-CA2, PUSD and Young & Healthy, an organization in Pasadena that relies on volunteer physicians and allied health professionals to provide health care at no cost to uninsured children. See their list of volunteers
From left, Melissa Ruiz, MD, MPH, FAAP - Early Career Physicians Representative for AAP District IX and originator of the Medical Home/Hogar Medico education program for PUSD, with Whitney Harrison, Young & Healthy Program Director.
November 28 in Burbank / December 8 in Long Beach 
On March 9, 2015, Michael Igdaloff, age 26, son of Susan Igdaloff, MD, FAAP died by suicide.  
Since then, Dr. Igdaloff has become a firm voice to raise awareness in the health care community about suicide risk with the hope to save lives. Her 60 minute presentation is eye-opening, with compelling statistics and revealing facts about how "educational" the internet can be for individuals considering suicide. Dr. Igdaloff has already presented at Providence Saint Joseph (Burbank) and at Miller Children's (Long Beach). A video of her presentation will soon become available.
(Graph, top left) Death due to motor vehicle accident has shown a decline since 1999, while death by suicide has increased. As of 2014, 10 - 14 year olds are more likely to die from suicide than from a motor vehicle accident. (QuickStats) 
Upcoming Lectures
3/12 at Huntington Hospital
Medical Staff Conference (12PM)  
3/20 at LA County USC Pediatric Grand Rounds (9 AM)
3/22 at Harbor-UCLA Pediatric Grand Rounds (8:30 AM)
3/27 at Valley Presbyterian
Medical Staff Conference (12 PM)
4/3 at Pomona Valley Hospital
Medical Staff Conference (12:30)
4/10 at CHLA - Clinical Services
Non-physician Staff  (12 PM)
4/23 at Citrus Valley Med Center
Pediatric Dept. Conference (12P) 
5/2 at Riverside Community Hospital (12:30 PM)
Two Town Halls: Best Practices in Developmental Screening - An Inside Look 
Funded by First 5 LA.  
November 15 in Marina Del Rey 
Alicia Bazzano, MD, MPH, PhD, FAAP, Chief Physician Consultant at Westside Regional Center, and pediatric neurologist Ari Zeldin, MD, FAAP, FAAN, delivered a fantastic lecture in a very relaxing "living room talk" setting at Cafe Del Rey, in Marina Del Rey on November 15.  
Dr. Bazzano spoke about the importance of developing every child , while Dr. Zeldin provided an overview of the practices and processes of the Regional Center. To close the evening, Dr. Bazzano interviewed Dr. Zeldin on several topics of controversy, concluding with his perspective of the future of pediatric neurology.  
November 30 in Woodland Hills

Carlo DeAntonio, MD, FAAP and Margaret Swaine, MD, both clinicians at the North Los Angeles Regional Center, discussed best practices in developmental screening and early detection of autism. Also, guest speaker Christine Park, MD, FAAP and Chief Medical Officer of Northeast Valley Health Corporation ( NEVHC) shared the "First Connections Developmental Screening Initiative", the highly efficient screening and referral process implemented in her clinic.
AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large Ken Saul, MD, FAAP was the moderator for the evening. 


Pediatrician Needed:
Expert Witness case review, reporting and testimony ; Starting out part-time position; Downtown Los Angeles.
Inquiries: Contact Michael Weinraub, MD.
Office: (213)335-6512
Email: WeinraubMD@gmail.com

New QI Project - HPV Vaccine Series Completion

We will soon begin recruiting practices to participate in a quality improvement project aimed at improving HPV vaccine series completion in 11 and 12 year olds. This project will be open to all practices. Stay tuned!

AAP-CA2 2018-2020 Board Nominations
Paula Whiteman
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP 
The AAP-CA2 is preparing for the 2018-2020 election cycle.  
Have you ever considered serving on our Board of Directors? Please feel free to nominate yourself or someone else you think would be interested in getting more involved with our chapter. Please  click here for the chapter interest form. Please submit by January 31, 2018. 

We look forward to working with you in the future.
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP
Chair, AAP-CA2 Nominating Committee 2016-2018
Representative, AAP-District IX CFMC  
Immediate Past President, AAP-CA2 
UPCOMING EVENTS -  Save The Dates!
January 24, 2018 in Marina Del Rey -  Town Hall / Dinner 
Please join us in Marina Del Rey for an evening of professional development and networking.  

Norman Lavin, MD
Sign up today for this event. Space is limited.  
Topic: Central Precocious Puberty 
Speaker: Norman Lavin, MD, PhD. 
Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM. 
LOCATION: Cafe Del Rey, 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292      
February 1, 2018 in Victorville -  Town Hall / Dinner 
Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP AAP-CA2 Area Representative
Please join AAP-CA2 Area Representative for San Bernardino County/High Desert Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP for an evening of professional development. 
  1.  Diagnosis and management of neonatal Syphilis.  
  2. Changes to Global P4P in 2018 - IEHP.

  1.  Mitchell Goldstein, MD, FAAP -  Neonatologist, LLUMC/AAP-CA2 Area Representative, San Bernardino.
  2. TBD
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018 at  6:30 PM. 
LOCATION: In Victorville, specific location TBA. 
RSVP: Please email Dr. Rajasekhar at drajasekharmd@gmail.com 
February 7, 2018 in Woodland Hills -  Town Hall / Dinner 
Please join AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large Ken Saul, MD, FAAP for an evening of professional
Ken Saul, MD, FAAP
Topic: RSV - New Strategies for Prevention and Treatment 
Speaker: Doran Kahana, MD - Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA 
Date: February 7, 2018 at  6:30 PM. 
LOCATION: Maggiano's, 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills.      
RSVP: Please email Dr. Ken Saul at docksaul@aol.com
February 21, 2018 in Riverside -  Town Hall / Dinner 
Please join us in Riverside for an evening of professional development and networking.   
Topic: Central Precocious Puberty - Early Recognition & Management 
Amrit Bhangoo, MD
Speaker: Amrit Bhangoo, MD - Pediatric Endocrinologist , CHOC 
Date: February 21, 2018 at  6:30 PM. 
LOCATION:       Mario's Place Restaurant, 3646 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501  
March/April/May - Grand Rounds Lecture on Suicide
It is Time to Open our Eyes! As pediatricians and health professionals working with children and adolescents, little attention is given in training or ongoing education to the third leading cause of death in 10-14 year olds and second leading cause of death in 15-34 year olds - SUICIDE. This presentation is to raise your awareness and give an overview of the scope of the problem and associated risk factors. An extensive list of resources will be provided for further training, referrals, and to use as resources professionally or personally.
Topic: "It is Time to Open Our Eyes - Suicide Risk with a Focus on the Pediatric and Adolescent Population"
Speaker: Susan Igdaloff, MD, FAAP
3/12 Huntington Hospital; Medical Staff Conference (12PM) 
3/20 LA County USC Pediatric Grand Rounds (9 AM)
3/22 Harbor-UCLA Pediatric Grand Rounds (8:30 AM)
3/27 Valley Presbyterian; Medical Staff Conference (12 PM) 
4/3  Pomona Valley Hospital; Medical Staff Conference (12:30) 
4/10 CHLA - Clinical Services; Non-physician Staff  (12 PM) 
4/23 Citrus Valley Medical Center; Pediatric Department Conference (12P)  
5/2 Riverside Community Hospital (12:30 PM)

While registration is not required, you may still sign up to receive a reminder. 
RSVP : Please Click To Register

Save The Date!

The 29th Annual AAP-CA2 Pediatric Symposium
Saturday, April 28, 2018
at the Sheraton Universal Hotel

Statewide  Advocacy
Please visit the AAP-CA website for more information on the most current Advocacy Priorities and High Priority Bills list for the 2017-2018 Session.

AAP-CA2 Video: We Are The AAP-CA Chapter 2 -  2017

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