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Board Members

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


Lori DeFrance, MD, FAAP

Essentia Health – Duluth Clinic

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

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

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


Board of Directors

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

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

Deborah Buchman, MD, FAAP
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
Mayo Clinic

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

Naomi Goloff, MD, FAAP
Medical Director of Pediatric Hospice at U of M
Masonic Children’s Hospital

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

Anupam Kharbanda, MD, FAAP, MSc
Director of Research for Emergency and Trauma Services
Children’s of Minnesota

Dawn Martin, MD
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

L. Read Sulik, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP
Chief Integration Officer

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

Rachel Tellez, MD, MS, FAAP
General Pediatrician

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

Medical Students/Trainees on the Board

Sandy Liu, MD
U of M

Amr El-Bokl, MD
U of M


Katie Johnson, MD
Mayo Clinic

Alyssa Kerber, MD
Mayo Clinic

Kristin Chu
Medical Student
U of M


Fadlullah Ba’th
Medical Student
U of M

Kylie Andersen
Medical Student
Mayo Clinic

Editt Nikoyan
Medical Student
U of M



Melissa DeBilzan
Executive Director, MNAAP

Katherine Cairns, MPH, MBA
Executive Director, MAPF

Bethany Venable 
Communications Director


Eric Dick


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