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The 2020-2021 Board Members of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation:

Officers

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Eileen Crespo, MD, FAAP
President-Elect 
Chapter Oral Health Advocate and Pediatrician
HCMC

 

 

 

 

 

Janna Gewirtz O’Brien, MD, FAAP
Treasurer
Pediatrician
Adolescent Medicine Fellow in the University of Minnesota Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program

 

 

 

 

 

Lori DeFrance, MD, FAAP
Immediate Past President
Pediatrician
Essentia Health – Duluth Clinic

 

Board of Directors

Ria Bardhan, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician
Allina Health

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

 

 

 

Marcie Billings, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician
Mayo Clinic Children’s Center

Deborah Buchman, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician
Southdale Pediatrics

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

 

 

 

 

Nathan Chomilo, MDFAAP
General Pediatrician and Internal Medicine Hospitalist; Park Nicollet
Medical Director, Medicaid & MinnesotaCare, Minnesota Department of Human Service

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

Valeria Cristiani, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician
Mayo Clinic

 

 

 

Madeleine Gagnon, MD, FAAP
Associate Medical Director
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

 

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


 

 

Kathy Kulus, MD, FAAP
Medical Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
CentraCare Health

 

 

 

Hannah Lichtsinn, MD, FAAP
General Pediatrician, Internal Medicine
HealthPartners

Dawn Martin, MD
Pediatrician
Hennepin Healthcare

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

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

 

 

 

Andrea Singh, MD, FAAP
Chairperson of Pediatrics, Park Nicollet Health Services
Medical Director of Newborn Nursery, Methodist Hospital
Pediatrician, Park Nicollet Health Services

Katie Smentek, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician
Mankato Clinic

Rachel Tellez, MD, MS, FAAP
General Pediatrician
HCMC

Medical Students/Trainees on the Board

 

 

 

Robert Mills, III, MD
Resident
U of M

Bonnie Bentson, MD
Resident
U of M

Brandon Jones, MD
Resident
Mayo Clinic

 

Jessica Ulrich, MD
Resident
Mayo Clinic

 

 

 

Staff

Melissa DeBilzan
Executive Director, MNAAP

Katherine Cairns, MPH, MBA
Executive Director, MAPF

 

 

 

Bethany Venable 
Communications Manager

  

Eric Dick
Lobbyist

 

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