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May 3, 2019 MNAAP Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference and Annual Meeting

MNAAP’s annual conference draws speakers and attendees from clinics, hospitals and health systems across the state. We encourage you or at least one representative from your practice or organization to attend! This is a great opportunity to network and learn from local pediatric experts about many hot-button issues. Additionally, meet the chapter’s Distinguished Service and Child Advocacy Award, recipients. Join for part or all of the day as your schedule allows. A live stream option is available for those unable to attend in person. 

Conference Agenda

8:30 – 9 a.m. Peds and Politics: Advocacy Update (Presentation Slides)

Lindsey Yock, MD, JD, FAAP, Children’s Minnesota

Dr. Yock is a pediatric hospitalist and adjunct attorney at Children’s Minnesota and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She serves as a board member of the Minnesota AAP Chapter and as co-chair of the Chapter’s Public Policy Committee. She is on the Institutional Review Board of Children’s Minnesota. Her areas of focus are children’s health; intersections of law, medicine and public policy; advocacy; and the welfare of pediatric research subjects. She completed her training and chief residency in pediatrics at Mayo Clinic (’14, ’15) after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law and Medical schools (’08 and ’11). She earned her AB in biochemistry from Harvard (’04).

9 – 9:30 a.m. Post-InPatient Management of Patients with Suicidality

Paige Partain, MD, FAAP, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Partain is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in 2017.  Following residency, she completed a 1-year fellowship in Pediatric Behavioral Health at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is currently a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Her clinical interests include resident and medical student education, mental health treatment, and integration of mental health treatment into primary care.

Resource: Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC)

9:30 – 10 a.m. Vaping and Marijuana Use (Presentation Slides)

Lucien Gonzalez, MD, FAAP, University of Minnesota

Lucien Gonzalez is a Pediatrician and Addiction Medicine specialist, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gonzalez is incoming Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Use and Prevention. He serves as faculty for the Academy’s online QI module, and forthcoming Project ECHO on Pediatric Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, both funded by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Research interests include exploring the role of medical culture in maintaining the science-practice gap in pediatric substance use. Dr. Gonzalez is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed fellowship training in Addiction Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

10 – 10:30 a.m. BREAK/NETWORKING

10:30 – 11 a.m. Guns 101: Talking to Kids and Parents about Gun Violence Prevention (Presentation Slides)

Andrew Kiragu, MD, FAAP, HCMC

Dr. Andrew Kiragu is currently the Dr. Kiragu is currently the Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Hennepin Healthcare. Dr. Kiragu also provides pediatric critical care at Children’s of Minnesota and Gillette Children’s Hospital as an Associate of the Children’s Respiratory and Critical Care Specialist’s group. Dr. Kiragu is a passionate advocate for children and is Immediate-Past President of the MN Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Trust Me, I’m a (Certified) Doctor: Innovations and Improvements in Maintenance of Certification (Presentation Slides)

Marshall L. Land, Jr., MD, FAAP, American Board of Pediatrics

Dr. Marshall L. Land, Jr. is a general pediatrician and is the R.James McKay, Jr., MD Green and Gold Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Vermont Children’s Hospital.  He was also in private practice for 40 years.  He currently serves the American Board of Pediatrics as Advisor for Diplomate Outreach and Strategic Planning, co-leading their initiative on behavioral and mental health.  He is a past Chair of the ABP Board of Directors.  He is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Healthy Parenting in Primary Care Collaborative, and also the Collaborative on Creating an Integrated Health Care Workforce to Improve Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health for Children and Families.  He has also served on several AAP committees. Dr. Land graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and did his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont.

12 – 1 p.m. Lunch and Annual Meeting 

Afternoon Sessions

1 – 1:30 p.m. Acne Management in Today’s Teens: Facts vs. Fads (Presentation Slides)

Ingrid Polcari, MD, FAAP, University of Minnesota

Ingrid Polcari is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and is the Program Director of the Dermatology Residency Program. She is an active member of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and is helping to standardize resident education in Pediatric Skin Disease. She has co-authored teaching materials for the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She completed a residency in Pediatrics before completing her Dermatology residency and Pediatric Dermatology fellowship. She completed her medical training at Loyola University, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago before returning to Minnesota to practice.

1:30 – 2 p.m. Kawasaki Disease: History and Clinical Practice (Presentation Slides)

Richard Andersen, MDinfectious disease consultant, Children’s Minnesota

Dr. Andersen completed undergraduate education at Stanford University in medical school at the University of Minnesota. After pediatric residency and fellowships at the Mayo Clinic, he completed his fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at the University of Colorado. He left a tenured faculty position at the University of Iowa and became Medical Director of infectious disease at Children’s Minnesota, where he was also director of medical student education.  He has recently retired.

2 – 3 p.m. Subspecialist Panel: Treating Pediatric Obesity (Presentation Slides: Part 1 Part 2)

Claudia Fox, MD, FAAP, University of Minnesota; Seema Kumar, MD, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Claudia Fox, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, is a pediatrician who specializes in the care of children and adolescents with severe obesity.  She completed her medical training and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota.  She also completed a Fellowship in Academic General Pediatrics and Masters of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.  She is Board Certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine.  Dr. Fox directs the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital Weight Management Clinics and co-directs the Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine.  Her research interests are in the clinical management of severe obesity in youth, and especially in pharmacotherapy for weight reduction in this population.

Dr. Seema Kumar is Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is the Chair of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. She also serves as the program director of the Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship program at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.  She is American Board Certified in General Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology and Obesity Medicine. Dr. Kumar is the medical director of the Pediatric Weight Management Program at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. She has been the primary investigator of several clinical trials in children with obesity including those examining the impact of vitamin D supplementation on cardiometabolic risk markers. She has over 120 scientific publications and presentations in national and international journals and conferences. Dr. Kumar’s interests include the treatment of childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, and related cardiometabolic risk factors.  She is the past Co-Chair of the Data Monitoring Committee of Pediatric Obesity and Weight Evaluation Registry (POWER), the first multicenter registry in the United States of 31 pediatric multidisciplinary weight management programs. She also serves a study section member of the American Heart Association.

3 – 3:30 p.m. BREAK/NETWORKING

3:30 – 4 p.m. Genetic Assessments and Counseling in Pediatrics (Presentation Slides)

Susan Berry, MD, FAAP, University of Minnesota

Susan A. Berry, M.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota.  She is the Director of the Division of Genetics and Metabolism in the Department of Pediatrics and the Institute of Human Genetics.  She received a BA in Biochemistry (Rice University 1975) and MD (Kansas University, 1978).  She did her Residency in Pediatrics (1978-1981) and Fellowship in Medical Genetics (1981-1984) at the University of Minnesota and has been on the faculty there since 1984. Like many genetics professionals, she sees adults and children with genetic conditions of all kinds.  She has a particular interest in providing management for persons with inborn errors of metabolism and has a longstanding interest in improvement in their care through early diagnosis and treatment.

4 – 4:30 p.m. The Challenge for the Balance: Infancy and early childhood growth to promote optimal neurodevelopmental and cognitive outcomes

Johanna Scheurer, MD, FAAP, University of Minnesota

Dr. Johannah Scheurer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and is a practicing Neonatologist at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. She studies the role of nutrition and growth in enhancing long-term neurocognitive development for infants hospitalized in the NICU. Additionally, Dr. Scheurer has leadership roles in clinical education and simulation across the continuum from medical students to fellows.

4:30 – 5 p.m. Magic 2.0 – What Pediatricians Can Learn from Magicians (Presentation Slides)

Michael Pitt, MD, FAAP, University of Minnesota

Dr. Michael Pitt is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota where he also is an Associate Residency Program Director and the Associate Chair for Faculty Development. His research ranges from novel approaches to medical education, physician communication and media messaging, and the practical and emotional preparation for work in resource-limited settings in global health. In addition to being an award-winning teacher, Dr. Pitt is a professional magician, having performed all over the world for over 25 years. In the last decade, he has taught thousands of physicians how to learn to think like magicians in their interactions with patients at the bedside, leveraging skills honed by magicians over centuries, such as misdirection and magician’s choice, to increase rapport and diagnostic yield.

5:00-6:00 p.m. Eighth Annual Student/Resident Abstract Competition, Cash Bar and Networking

View abstract summaries

2019 Abstract Competition Winners:

  • Elli Jacobson, University of Minnesota – Med Student QI – Oral Health for Physicians: Incorporating Oral Health Education into Medical Training
  • Nelson Gruszczynski, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine – Med Student Case Study – Seizures, Hypoglycemia and Ketosis: What is the Beta Cell Doing?
  • Sharmila Raghunandan, MD, University of Minnesota – Resident QI – Peripheral Blood Smear as a Diagnostic Tool for Sickle Cell Disease in a Resource Limited Setting Peripheral Blood Smear as a Diagnostic Tool for Sickle Cell Disease in a Resource Limited Setting
  • Alice Lehman, MD, University of Minnesota  – Resident Case Study – Acquired prothrombotic state in a pediatric patient with severe H1N1 
  • Taylor Argo, MD, University of Minnesota – Fellow QI – No Missed Opportunities: A trainee-driven long acting reversible contraceptive workshop for pediatric primary care clinicians


Evaluation form

Quiz for MOC 2 credit

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity and individual assessment of and feedback to the learner, enables the learner to earn up to 5.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

The American Academy of Pediatrics designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This event is made possible in part by an AAP educational grant supported by Abbott Nutrition.


Year Distinguished Service Award Winner
2018 Linda Thompson, MD
2017 Lydia Caros, MD
2016 Marilyn Peitso, MD
2015 Chuck Oberg, MD, FAAP
2014 Daniel Broughton, MD, FAAP
2013 Thomas Scott, MD, FAAP
2012 Michael Severson, MD, FAAP
2011 Edmund Burke, MD
2010 Blanton Bessinger, MD, MBA
2009 Ted Thompson, M.D.
2008 Amos Deinard, MD, MPH
2007 Michael A. Bronson, MD
2006 Gerald Gilchrist, MD
2005 Richard Raile, MD
2004 James H. Moller, MD
2003 Henry Staub, MD,FAAP
2002 James Moore, MD, FAAP
2001 G. Scott Giebink, MD, FAAP
2000 Lowell Barr, MD, FAAP
1999 Gunnar Stickler, MD, PhD
1998 Jack Harkness, MD
1997 Russ Lucas, MD and Mildred Norvall, MD
1996 James Moller, MD
1995 Arnold S. Anderson
1994 Henry Staub, MD
1993 Paul Quie, MD
1992 Betty Jerome, MD- first award


Year Child Advocacy Award Winner
2017 Anne Edwards, MD
2016 Carolyn Allshouse and Lynne Burke
2015 Art Rolnick, PhD
2013 Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP
2012 Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH
2011 Glenace Edwall, PhD, PsyD, LP, MPP
2010 John Hurley, MHA
2009 Brynn Duncan and Family
2008 Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
2007 Paula Goldberg, Marge Goldberg
2006 Marianne Keuhn
2005 Charles Oberg, MD
2004 Sen. Becky Lourey
2003 Forrest Blanton Bessinger, MD,FAAP
2002 James Koppel
2001 Daniel Broughton, MD, FAAP
2000 Senator Pat Piper
1999 Susan Carlson
1998 Peggy Spector
1995 Patty Wetterling & Clark Hassey
1994 Mary Azzahir


Year Special Awards
2018 AAP’s Large Chapter of the Year Award Presented to MNAAP (for accomplishments in 2017)
2017 AAP Holryod-Sherry Award: Dr. Dan Broughton
2017 AAP Murray Davidson Award: Dr. Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg
2015 Partners in Advocacy Award: Brandon Stahl
AAP Special Achievement Award: Larry Eisinger, MD of Fergus Falls for advocacy of rural pediatric care.
AAP Special Achievement Award: Ted Jewett, MD for leadership as a the Minnesota PROS liaison for 10 years.
2014 AAP’s Large Chapter of the Year Award Presented to MNAAP (for accomplishments in 2013)
Representative Kim Norton Receives the 2014 Child Advocate Legislator of the Year Award
Korissa Olson, Stacey Nugent and Paula and Andrea Bastian Receive the 2014 Newborn Screening Parent Advocate Award
AAP Special Achievement Award: Brian Lynch, MD, for his work as CATCH liaison for Minnesota
AAP Special Achievement Award: Tom Scott, MD, for his work in advancing bullying prevention legislation and the Marriage Equity amendment
2013 Senator John Marty Receives 2013 Child Advocate Legislator of the Year Award
AAP Special Achievement Award: Gordy Harvieux, MD of Duluth for leadership in implementing health care home in Minnesota.
AAP Special Achievement Award: Andrew Olson, MD of Minneapolis for leadership in implementing a medical student and resident abstract competition at the chapter level.
2012 AAP Special Achievement Award: Nancy Monaghan-Beery, MD of Duluth for her work in coordinating the Duluth Harvest Run, a run/walk, to raise awareness of childhood obesity.
AAP Special Achievement Award: Susan Berry, MD of Minneapolis for her work in coordinating the Minnesota newborn screening advocacy collaboration with professional and national parent groups.
AAP Special Achievement Award: Weining Hu, MD, and David Tilstra, MD of St. Cloud for their work with BLEND.
2010 AAP’s Large Chapter of the Year Award presented to MN-AAP (for accomplishments in 2009)
2008 AAP Award to Anne Edwards, MD, president, for leadership in overcoming unforeseen obstacles and successfully moving the chapter forward
2009 Special Achievement Award to Gordy Harvieux, M.D.
AAP Award to MN-AAP for its medical home program
AAP Award to Jeff Schiff, MD, for his efforts to advance medical home
2007 Special Service for Children Award to Representative Thomas Huntley
2001 Holroyd-Sherry Award to Marjorie Hogan, MD, FAAP
1997 National Academy’s Musical Education Award to Gunner Stickler, MD
1983 AAP Award to MN-AAP Safety Committee for Child Safety Restraint Awareness
1982 MN-AAP Public Service Achievement Award to Sen. Dave Durenberger
1963 MN-AAP Award to Harold Flanagan, MD, upon his election to AAP president
1956 MN-AAP Award to Dr. Huenekes


Each year MNAAP recognizes those who are leading or involved in significant efforts to protect the health of Minnesota’s children. Award winners are recognized at MNAAP’s annual meeting.

Distinguished Service Award

Each year the MN-AAP recognizes a pediatrician for his or her outstanding efforts that contribute to the improvement of child health care. This is really the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for the pediatrician who has dedicated his or her life to improving care for children throughout the state of Minnesota.

Nomination Form: Distinguished Service Award»

Child Advocacy Award

In addition, MN-AAP chooses an individual from the community who goes above and beyond his or her everyday routine to advocate for the health and welfare of children in Minnesota.

Nomination Form: Child Advocacy Award»

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