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Board Members

The 2017-2018 Board of Directors of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation:


Andrew Kiragu, MD Andrew Kiragu, MD, FAAP
Medical Director
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at HCMC
Sheldon Berkowitz, MD Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP
Clinical Medical Director and Physician Advisor with Children's of Minnesota

Lori DeFrance, MD, FAAP
Essentia Health - Duluth Clinic



Susan Berry, MD

Sue Berry, MD, FAAP
Immediate Past President

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Institute of Human Genetics
University of Minnesota



Nusheen Ameenuddin, MD, MPH, FAAP Nusheen Ameenuddin, MD, MPH, FAAP
Consultant with the Division of Cmmunity Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic
Kelly Bergmann, DO

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

Emily Chapman, MD Emily Chapman, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Hospitalist
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Pamela Gigi Chawla, MD Pamela Gigi Chawla, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician, Pediatric Hospitalist, Senior Medical Director of Primary Care
Vijay Chawla, MD Vijay Chawla, MD, FAAP
Mayo Clinic
Lisa Guetzko, MD Lisa Cinar, MD, FAAP
General Pediatrician
North Memorial Clinic - Maple Grove
Eileen Crespo, MD Eileen Crespo, MD, FAAP,
Chapter Oral Health Advocate and Pediatrician at HCMC
Rebecca Doege, MD Rebecca Doege, MD, FAAP
Partners in Pediatrics -- Maple Grove
Angela Goepford, MD Angela Goepford, MD, FAAP
Associate Director of Medical Education
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota -- Minneapolis
Naomi Goloff, MD, FAAP

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

Gretchen Karstens, MD Gretchen Karstens, MD, FAAP
General Pediatrician
St. Luke's
Anupam Kharbanda, MD, MSc

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

Angela Mattke, MD Angela Mattke, MD, FAAP
General Pediatrician
Mayo Clinic
Joseph Neglia, MD Joseph P. Neglia, MD, MPH, FAAP
Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota
Janna Gerwitz O'Brien, MD

Janna Gewirtz O'Brien, MD, FAAP
Associate Director of Medical Education
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota -- Minneapolis

Nancy Ott, MD Nancy Ott, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Allergist
Allergy and Asthma Specialists
Michael Pitt, MD Michael Pitt, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor, Medical Director of Informatics Education
University of Minnesota
Read Sulik, MD L. Read Sulik, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP
Chief Integration Officer
Deborah Smith-Wright, MD Deborah Lee Smith-Wright, MD, FAAP
Chief of Pediatrics
Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Twin Cities
Rachel Tellez, MD

Rachel Tellez, MD, MS, FAAP
General Pediatrician

Lindsey Yock, MD Lindsey Yock, MD, JD, FAAP
Pediatric Hospitalist at Children's of Minnesota
Medical Students/Trainees on the Board      
  Editt Nikoyan
Medical Student
Mayo Clinic

Talha Niaz, MBBS
Mayo Clinic

  Paul J. Strain
Medical Student
U of M
  Ashish Shah, MD
U of M
  Claire Williams (alt)
Medical Student
U of M


Katherin Cairns, MPH, MBA Katherine Cairns, MPH, MBA
Executive Director
Eric Dick Eric Dick
Melissa DeBilzan Melissa DeBilzan
Director of Communications


Are you interested in serving on the MNAAP Board of Directors? 

Please send an email to before March 31st of each year indicating your interest in serving on the Board of Directors. Include a copy of your CV and provide a brief (max 200 words) explanation of why you would like to serve on the MNAAP Board of Directors and what special expertise/skills/interests would you bring to the Board if elected?

  • Board members serve a 3-year term and can leave the board after their first term is up or stay on for one additional term for a total of 6 years.
  • Those new Board members elected in May will serve a term of July 1, 2018 until June 30, 2021
  • The nominating committee is composed of past presidents of the MNAAP who met and reviewed information on candidates and make recommendations to the MNAAP Executive Committee for the ballot.
  • Candidates on the ballot run in uncontested races (no opponent) so that the Board can ensure a good representation from across the state, practice  locations, and diversity
  • The Board meets 4 times per year in the evening, usually from 6:30-8:30 p.m. It has been meeting on Wednesday or Thursday evenings over the past five years, usually at a pediatric hospital or at the MN Medical Association building in Minneapolis
  • Board members are also strongly encouraged to attend the membership dinner at the annual Hot Topics in Pediatrics- and/or the Pediatrics Day at the Capitol.
  • Board members sign a "conflict of interest" statement at the first board meeting indicating that as board members they are working to promote pediatrics across the state, not a particular organization and also indicate if a conflict of interest prevent participation in a board vote
  • There is no financial compensation for Board service...just dinner at the meeting...and working with a great group of pediatricians from across the state. Mileage is reimbursed for Board members traveling from greater Minnesota to the Board meeting.
  • The Board members also serve as the board for the sister organization which is a 501c3 foundation which receives grant and government funds to promote the MNAAP chapter member priorities, The Board is called the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation
  • Board members are encouraged to also participate in one of the chapter's work groups that meet twice a year or monthly by conference call.