Established: February 2012


  • The Committee priorities are the creation of the membership database and planning for a plenary symposium or workshop for the PAS Meeting. The Committee Chair submits a written or oral update to APS Council at the Spring meeting and additional updates as needed.


  • To promote diversity, inclusion and equity within APS.
  • To promote diversity, inclusion and equity in academic pediatrics.

Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Planning for a plenary symposium or workshop at the PAS Meeting.


  • Call to members to serve.
  • Committee members must be APS members.
  • Members are reviewed and selected by committee members.
  • Council Liaison to serve during their tenure as a Councilor.
  • APS President and Secretary/Treasurer are ex officio committee members during their tenure in these roles.

Co-Chair Terms/Limits:

  • Co-chair terms are staggered.
  • Chairs appointed by Council, upon APS President and Secretary/Treasurer’s recommendation.
  • Chairs serve a 3-year term.
  • Chairs can serve a maximum of 1 consecutive term.
  • Chairs serve on the David G. Nichols Award Selection Committee, concurrent to chair term.

Member Terms/Limits:

  • Members serve a 3-year term.
  • Members can serve a maximum of 1 consecutive term.


  • Duration of meeting is up to one hour.
  • Meetings are held every 1-2 months.
  • Quorum is not necessary.

Current Committee:

Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH (Term: Co-Chair 2020-2023, 2023-2026)
Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH (Term: Member 2017–2020, 2020–2021, Co-Chair 2021-2024)

Michael DeBaun, MD (Term 2023-2024) ex officio (APS President)
Catherine Gordon, MD (Term: 2023–2028) ex officio (APS Secretary/Treasurer)

Karen Hendricks-Munoz, MD, MPH (Term: 2018–2021, 2021-2024)
Madeline Joseph, MD (Term: 2022-2025)
Yvonne Maldonado, MD (Term: 2019–2022, 2022-2025)
Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD (Term: 2023-2026)
Jean Raphael, MD, MPH (Term: 2019–2022, 2022-2025)
David Schnadower, MD, MPH (Term: 2021-2024)
Debora Silva, MD (Term: 2023-2026)
Brian Sims, MD, PhD (Term: 2021-2024)
Marietta Vazquez, MD (Term: 2022-2025)