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The 2018-2019 Board Members of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation:

Officers



Lori DeFrance, MD, FAAP

President
Pediatrician
Essentia Health – Duluth Clinic

Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP
President-Elect
Clinical Medical Director & Physician Advisor
Children’s of Minnesota

Eileen Crespo, MD, FAAP
Secretary 
Chapter Oral Health Advocate and Pediatrician
HCMC

Andrew Kiragu, MD, FAAP
Immediate Past President
Interim Chief of Pediatrics
HCMC

 

Board of Directors

Nusheen Ameenuddin, MD, MPH, FAAP
Consultant with the Division of Community Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
Mayo Clinic

Ria Bardhan, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician
Allina Health

Kelly Bergmann, DO, MS, FAAP
Pediatric Emergency Physician
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Deborah Buchman, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician
Southdale Pediatrics

Pamela Gigi Chawla, MDFAAP
Pediatrician, Pediatric Hospitalist, Senior Medical Director
of Primary Care

Lisa Cinar, MD, FAAP
General Pediatrician
North Memorial Clinic – Maple Grove

Valeria Cristiani, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician
Mayo Clinic

Seth Gregory, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician
Mayo Clinic

Angela Goepferd, MD, FAAP
Associate Director of Medical Education
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota — Minneapolis

Gretchen Karstens, MD, FAAP
General Pediatrician
St. Luke’s

Dawn Martin, MD
Pediatrician
Hennepin Healthcare

 

 

 

Joseph P. Neglia, MD, MPH, FAAP
Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota

Janna Gewirtz O’Brien, MD, FAAP
Adolescent Medicine Fellow
Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Nancy Ott, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Allergist
Allergy and Asthma Specialists

Michael Pitt, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor, Medical Director of Informatics Education
University of Minnesota

Katie Smentek, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician
Mankato Clinic

Deborah Lee Smith-Wright, MD, FAAP
Chief of Pediatrics
Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Twin Cities

Rachel Tellez, MD, MS, FAAP
General Pediatrician
HCMC

Lindsey Yock, MD, JD, FAAP
Pediatric Hospitalist at Children’s of Minnesota

Medical Students/Trainees on the Board

Sandy Liu, MD
Resident
U of M

Amr El-Bokl, MD
Resident
U of M

 

Alyssa Kerber, MD
Resident
Mayo Clinic

Kristin Chu
Medical Student
U of M

 

Fadlullah Ba’th
Medical Student
U of M

Micaela Witte
Medical Student
Mayo Clinic

 

Staff

Melissa DeBilzan
Executive Director, MNAAP

Katherine Cairns, MPH, MBA
Executive Director, MAPF

 

 

 

Bethany Venable 
Communications Manager

  

Eric Dick
Lobbyist

 

Annual Sponsors