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Fernando Mendoza, MD, MPH
Stanford University

Pediatrician Dr. Fernando Mendoza, MD, MPH, is named the 2022 recipient of the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award by the Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO). Dr. Mendoza is an inspirational leader, tireless advocate for our most underserved pediatric populations, and pioneering researcher focused on immigrant health and policy. His greatest legacy may be his impact on diversity in medical education, with special attention on the pipeline for underrepresented minorities.

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The American Pediatric Society (APS) is pleased to announce David G. Nichols, MD, MBA as the inaugural recipient of the new David G. Nichols Health Equity Award. This award recognizes Dr. Nichols’ outstanding contributions to advancing child and adolescent health, well-being, and equity and the far-reaching impact of his work. The award will be presented to Dr. Nichols during the APS Presidential Plenary at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2022 Meeting in Denver, April 21-25.

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Dr. Michael Heymann
Professor of Pediatrics & Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences (Emeritus)
Senior Investigator (Emeritus), Cardiovascular Research Institute,
University of California, San Francisco
Professor (Emeritus) and Research Director (Formerly)
The Liggins Institute
The University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand

The American Pediatric Society (APS) and the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) are pleased to announce Michael Heymann, MB, BCh, as the recipient of the 2022 Mary Ellen Avery Award. This award honors a pediatric investigator who has made important contributions to neonatal health through basic or translational research.

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New Endowment Established to Honor Dr. David G. Nichols

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Foundation recently awarded the American Pediatric Society (APS) a new grant to honor the career of David G. Nichols, MD, MBA, ABP President and CEO. This is the second award established to honor Dr. Nichols in as many months as he nears retirement in December 2021.

The David G. Nichols Health Equity Award is an endowed award that will be distributed on an annual basis to recognize an individual or group who has demonstrated excellence in advancing child and adolescent health, well-being, and equity through quality improvement, advocacy, practice, or research.

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion and child and adolescent health advocacy are cornerstones of the APS mission,” says Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, President of the APS and Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “Our membership and leaders are passionate about health equity and are nationally recognized for their commitment and expertise in the field. The new award will provide a platform to underscore this commitment to child and adolescent health equity and diversity.”

Award recipients will be honored at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting, and their presentations will be published in Pediatric Research, the official publication of the American Pediatric Society, the European Society for Paediatric Research, and the Society for Pediatric Research. The endowment’s distinction from other awards is that it will honor individuals and programs with a far-reaching impact on health equity.

Victoria Norwood, MD, Immediate Past Chair of the ABP Board of Directors, says award recipients will be leaders, innovators, implementors, and researchers who can help pediatricians move the equity needle. Dr. Norwood, a Professor of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Nephrology Program Director at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, was instrumental, along with other ABP volunteers, in securing the award.

“Enormous percentages of childhood disease and ill health are the result of systemic and personalized disparities,” she says. “Learning from the very top leaders and experts in this arena is the way to spread the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to improve.”

Distributions from the $125,000 endowment will cover the recipient’s honorarium, PAS registration, and travel, while the APS will donate services in-kind to cover the award administration. The first award will be presented at the PAS 2022 Meeting. Information about the nomination process will be forthcoming soon from the APS.

“David has been the ultimate change agent in very challenging times, and his successes are deeply admired, appreciated, and acknowledged by all,” says Dr. Norwood. “Honoring him in this way — a way that keeps his energy going — is what we set out to do.”

Dr. Norwood announced the David G. Nichols Health Equity Award during the ABP’s quarterly Board of Directors meeting in October 2021.

“I want to thank everyone for this incredible honor,” said Dr. Nichols, shown here during the virtual presentation with his wife, Mayme Boyd. “To have my name attached to such a prestigious forum is of course a huge honor, but more importantly, I hope the award will energize the work of thousands of pediatricians all over the country to improve the care of children, to advance child health, and to promote health care equity.”

“I believe in the power of QI to make change,” he added. “We can do this. I am convinced we can all do this together.”

Dr. Leonard says the APS and its members are delighted to honor the tremendous leadership and achievements of Dr. Nichols. “We are grateful for the partnership and financial support of the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation which made this award possible,” she says. “The timing of this award could not be better.”

The American Pediatric Society (APS) is pleased to announce Megan A. Moreno, MD, as the recipient of the 2022 Norman J. Siegel Outstanding Science Award for her considerable contributions to pediatric science. The award will be presented to Dr. Moreno during the APS Presidential Plenary at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2022 Meeting.

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The American Pediatric Society (APS) is pleased to announce Richard J. Whitley, MD, as the 2022 APS John Howland Award recipient, the highest honor bestowed by the APS. The prestigious award signifies the society’s recognition of Dr. Whitley for his significant contributions to advancing child health and the profession of pediatrics. The award will be presented to Dr. Whitley on during the APS Presidential Plenary at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2022 Meeting in Denver, Colorado, April 21-25, 2022.

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The American Pediatric Society (APS) is pleased to announce 72 new members. Founded in 1888, the APS is the first and most prestigious academic pediatric organization in North America. New members will be recognized during the APS Presidential Plenary at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2022 Meeting, April 21-25, 2022, in Denver, Colorado.

APS members are recognized child health leaders of extraordinary achievement who work together to shape the future of academic pediatrics. New members are nominated by current members through a process that recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves as child health leaders, teachers, scholars, policymakers and/or clinicians.

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We would like to make you aware of important changes related to APS membership dues that the Society is making in response to member requests and feedback.

In December, APS will launch auto-renewal, a more convenient way for members to pay and remain current on membership dues. By using this now widely adopted approach, we aim to increase convenience for members while reducing the number of dues-related emails members receive. Details on this change follow.

  • How will auto-renewal work? The debit or credit card used by a member to pay current dues (by January 2022) will be automatically charged when dues are once again owed in January 2023. Prior to an auto-renewal charge, members will receive an email alert and may stop the charge or change/update the card on file. For members who have already pre-paid 2022 dues, auto-renewal will begin in 2023.
  • When are dues owed? January 15. This new payment date is adopted to facilitate the transition to auto-renewal. For 2022 dues, members will be invoiced on December 1, 2021, for payment due January 15, 2022. Subsequent auto-renewal charges will be applied yearly on January 15, unless a member opts out of auto-renewal.
  • Will a receipt suitable for reimbursement be available? Yes. A detailed receipt will automatically be emailed upon payment and will remain available via the APS Members Center.
  • May I opt-out of auto-renewal? Yes. A member may opt-out at any time and may subsequently rejoin auto-renewal.

We trust these changes will both enhance your APS member experience and facilitate your support of the Society’s mission-critical initiatives. Member dues provide vital funding for strategic programs such as the APS John Howland Award, advocacy through the Pediatric Policy Council and APS-supported scholars in PSDP, RAPID, NCS and the APS SPR Journeys programs – to name only a few. Thank you for your continued membership and engagement. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the APS Office at any time.

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