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Emily Chapman, MD, FAAP, chief medical officer at Children’s Minnesota, spoke at a press conference in support of the Breakfast After the Bell legislation, which would make it easier for children to get breakfast at school.

Robert Jacobson, MD, FAAP, an expert in childhood vaccines at Mayo Clinic, was interviewed by the Louisville Courier Journal after the governor of Kentucky said he favors exposure to chickenpox over vaccination. Read the article here https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2019/03/20/matt-bevin-exposed-kids-chickenpox-instead-vaccine/3221848002/

Emily Borman-Shoap, MD, testified before the Senate Higher Education Finance & Policy Committee on March 5 in support of SF 1702 (Clausen), which would provide funding to support mental health training for pediatric residents at the University of Minnesota.

Nathan Chomilo, MD, FAAP, testified on behalf of HF 909, which would provide funding to address racial disparities in prenatal care.

Past MNAAP President Andrew Kiragu, MD, FAAP, recently testified in support of HF 8, which would require criminal background checks for private firearm sales and transfers and HF 9, also known as the “red flag” bill, which would allow law enforcement and family members to petition a court to prohibit people from possessing firearms if they pose a significant danger to themselves or others.

An op-ed written by Nathan Chomilo, MD, FAAP, arguing the case for paid family medical leave, was printed in the Star Tribune on Feb. 25.

Past MNAAP President Mike Severson, MD, FAAP, and Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota Executive Director Bharti Wahi penned a great opinion piece encouraging lawmakers to repeal the sunset of the provider tax.

Past MNAAP President Marilyn Peitso, MD, FAAP, testified on Feb. 13 before the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee in support of House File 12, a bill that would ban “conversion therapy” for children or vulnerable adults in Minnesota. You can view her testimony here.

Nathan Chomilo, MD, FAAP, was selected by the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights to receive the 2019 History Makers at Home Award. The award honors African American leaders throughout the state who are making a difference in their communities in the areas of the business, health, education, government, and more. Dr. Chomilo was highlighted on the department’s Facebook page as part of a series introducing the award winners.

Angela Goepferd, MD, FAAP, spoke to KARE 11 about the impact online hate speech can have on children.

Lindsey Yock, MD, JD, FAAP, co-chair of MNAAP’s policy committee, testified about childhood hunger and health on Feb.5, 2019 before the House Education Finance Committee as part of an informational hearing on school nutrition. Her testimony is available at http://ww2.house.leg.state.mn.us/audio/mp3ls91/edfin020519.mp3 (beginning at 44:40).

Lucien Gonzalez, MD, MS, FAAP, was named chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatric’s national committee on Substance Use and Prevention. The committee is tasked with producing guidance for pediatricians, state and federal government, and other stakeholders to reduce harm from substance use.

Nathan Chomilo, MD, FAAP, medical director of Reach Out and Read Minnesota, congratulated Minneapolis on becoming the country’s largest “Bookend City” in the country, meaning all 32 clinics in the city have chosen to participate in Reach Out and Read. Additionally, clinics had to meet eight quality measures, which included at least 75% of providers being trained in the model and every clinic creating a literacy-rich environment for their patients. All together in Minnesota, there are 262 clinics now participating in Reach Out and Read, representing 40% of all children ages 6 months through 5 years statewide.

Gigi Chawla, MD, MHA, FAAP chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota, participated in a panel discussion following the Minnesota premiere of No Small Matter. The documentary focuses on the importance of high-quality early childhood education in child development. The screening was hosted by Children’s Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio, and HealthPartners.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee hosted MNAAP President-elect Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, for a discussion of the health impact of screen time on children and adolescents on January 24. Dr. Berkowitz shared with the committee the most recent research about screen time and its impact on child health and brain development. Dr. Berkowitz’s testimony can be viewed at the link available here.

Nathan Chomilo, MD, FAAP, co-authored a commentary in Minnesota Medicine focusing on the small but significant steps all physicians can take to make a difference in addressing health equity in Minnesota. Read the article here.

MNAAP President-elect Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, offered the Star Tribune insight into Minnesota’s drop in national health rankings, particularly where low childhood vaccination rates are concerned. Read the article here.

Robert Jacobson, MD, FAAP, past MNAAP president, pediatrician, and professor of pediatrics at Mayo Clinic, has been selected as Minnesota’s 2018 HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention Champion for his continual efforts to promote HPV vaccination and its power to prevent cancer. For his 13 to 15-year-old patients seen in the last two years, 71.2 percent have completed the HPV vaccine series as compared to only about 19.5 percent of 13 to 15-year-olds statewide completing the recommended HPV series.

Read more about the work Dr. Jacobson has done to improve HPV vaccination rates.

A recent study published in Pediatrics involving the four children’s hospitals in Minnesota looked at the cause of delayed discharge in children with medical complexity. Of 1,582 delayed discharges, 92 percent were directly attributed to lack of availability in home care nursing. The study suggests that increasing the availability of home care nurses or post-acute care facilities could reduce the length of hospital stay and associated costs. Roy Maynard, MD, FAAP with Pediatric Home Service oversaw the study.

Ruth Lynfield, MD, FAAP, Minnesota Department of Health State Epidemiologist and Medical Director, was named co-chair on CDC‘s Acute Flaccid Myelitis Task Force.

Claire Neely, MD, FAAP was named President and CEO of ICSI.

Rachel Tellez, MD, FAAP wrote a letter published in the Washington Post about the role physicians play in reducing gun violence.

Nadia Maccabee-Ryaboy, MD testified in support of T21 at the Eden Prairie City Council. It successfully moved forward to a final vote the following month.

Nate Chomilo, MD, FAAP partnered with Twin Cities Medical Society to write a letter published in the Sun Post regarding Brooklyn Center’s T21 and E-cig sale restriction legislation. Both restrictions were voted in to place the same week.

Following a national search, UCare has hired Julia Joseph DiCaprio, MD, MPH, FAAP to lead the Medical Director team, as well as the Clinical Services, Pharmacy and Quality Management departments.

Lucien Gonzalez, MD, MS, FAAP, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and a Pediatric Addiction Medicine expert, was recognized by the AAP Section on Adolescent Health as the recipient of the Richard B. Heyman Award at the recent AAP National Conference & Exhibition.

Marc H. Gorelick, MD, MSCE, FAAP, President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Minnesota was presented with the Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award from the AAP’s Section on Emergency Medicine at the recent AAP National Conference & Exhibition.

Angela Mattke, MD, FAAP, with Mayo Clinic wrote an article for AAP News recently that provided tips for pediatricians on connecting with the public via Facebook Live Stream. Check it out»

Rachel Tellez, MD, FAAP, wrote an article about how to teach children about differences that was featured in the April issue of Minnesota Parent. Check it out»

Nate Chomilo, MD, FAAP, was awarded the Gretchen Hunsberger Medical Champion Achievement Award from Reach out and Read. Additionally, he and Judith Eckerle, MD, FAAP, were profiled in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine for the Top Docs: Rising Stars edition. Check it out»

Mary Murati, MD, FAAP was recognized with the Bill Richards Young Physician Leadership Award by Park Nicollet Foundation. Since 2009, Dr. Murati has been a Park Nicollet Pediatric Hospitalist, with a keen eye for quality improvement.

Elsa Keeler, MD, MPH, FAAP, was recently named Clinic Medical Director at the HealthPartners White Bear Lake clinic.

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May 2, 2017

gewirtz-obrien-janna-15933253What do you like best about being a pediatrician at Mayo?
I went into pediatrics to help children and adolescents of all backgrounds thrive. I love watching my patients grow and develop at every visit. I am incredibly grateful for my wonderful interdisciplinary team at Mayo. There is a true appreciation of the biologic, psychological and social determinants of health. The whole team works together to provide endless support for my patients and their families.

What’s one pediatric issue you are particularly passionate about and why?
I am particularly passionate about mental health and substance abuse among adolescents. Mental illness touches the lives of many of my patients. In 2013, 15 percent of 9th graders in the state of Minnesota reported seriously considering suicide and there is good evidence to support that the number of suicides in the state of Minnesota is on the rise. When I meet a teenager who is struggling with mental illness, I am full of hope that we can help them feel better, return to function and thrive. There is so much that we as pediatricians can do in our offices, in our communities and in our state to promote positive mental health.

You’re a board member of MNAAP. What benefits have you gained from your involvement?
I have met a dynamic group of pediatricians who share my passion for advocacy. The members of the Minnesota AAP leadership team work tirelessly on behalf of Minnesota’s children and families. They have helped engage me in legislative advocacy. Pediatricians’ Day at the Capital is just one of many opportunities to speak to legislators on behalf of children. I have also enjoyed being involved in work groups targeting mental health, poverty and health disparities.

Which other organizations or initiatives are you currently involved with?
I work as a volunteer physician at the Rochester Alternative Learning Center Health Clinic and serve on the board of Rochester Students’ Health Services, the organization that runs this clinic. Seeing students at the Rochester Alternative Learning Center has helped to drive my passion for working with adolescents.

What’s one thing most people are surprised to learn about you?
I am a passionate Rochesterian! Prior to moving to Rochester, Minnesota, I lived in Rochester, New York, where I attended college and medical school at the University of Rochester. I still sport my Rochester Yellowjacket gear around town in Minnesota. It is a constant source of confusion for family and friends. Go Yellowjackets!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
These days, my favorite activities include chasing my 1-year-old daughter around the park and watching her explore the world. My husband and I love finding new adventures for her around Minnesota.

Anything else you want to add?
I would encourage Minnesota pediatricians to take advantage of all that the Minnesota AAP has to offer. Whether it is a webinar on children’s mental health, an opportunity in legislative advocacy or involvement with a grant to combat food insecurity within your practice, the AAP has a lot to offer. We are always looking for ways to better support pediatricians, our patients and their families. The Minnesota AAP is a place for your voice to be heard on behalf of all children.

 

February 1, 2017

lori-defranceWhat does a typical day or week look like for you?

I see patients in clinic 3 days per week. I round in the nursery daily as needed to see newborns. My section chair responsibilities involve numerous meetings and leadership duties. I also teach medical students and family practice residents who rotate through our clinic.

What do you enjoy about working in Duluth? What makes this region special to you?

I have lived and worked in Duluth since I completed my pediatric residency in North Carolina in 1989. I thoroughly enjoyed living in North Carolina, but I wanted to return to my Midwest roots since I grew up in North Dakota. I was drawn to Duluth and the surrounding region’s beauty and recreational opportunities. Lake Superior is the centerpiece of our landscape here and I never grow tired of seeing and enjoying this grand lake. My husband and I also own a cabin on a lake close to Ely, MN. It is a very quiet lake so it has become a sanctuary for us where I can enjoy peaceful activities like canoeing and kayaking. I am able to sit on the dock and read a book while listening to the loon’s call – quintessential Minnesota lake living.

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November 1, 2016

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What does a typical day or week look like for you?
I work half-time in our general pediatric clinic at Children’s Minnesota, seeing patients two mornings and two afternoons a week. The other part of my time is spent as the Physician Advisor for Children’s, supporting our in-patient Case Management, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) and Revenue Management programs.

While in clinic I see a wide variety of patients, including many patients with complex health care needs and a large number of non-English speaking immigrants. I am also involved with our hospital’s Ethics Committee – both providing consultation and education.

What’s one pediatric issue you are particularly passionate about and why?
There are actually many things I’m passionate about, including providing equitable care to everyone, providing care that is needed (rather than mandated by various agencies), and preventing gun violence.

But most important is making sure my patients are fully immunized. It is incredibly frustrating to me when families refuse to vaccinate their children for reasons that are not based in science. However, I am committed to continuing to work with these families in the hopes they will ultimately agree to the needed vaccinations.

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August 4, 2016


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Dr. Mattke is a pediatric consultant at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center where she has have worked for four years since graduating in 2012 from Mayo Clinic’s Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine residency.

What does a typical day or week look like for you? 

I practice primarily outpatient pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, MN. I see patients about three to four days per week in my outpatient clinic which is a satellite, primary care clinic in Northeast Rochester. I spend a half-day per week supervising the pediatric residents’ outpatient clinic. This is my favorite part of the week. I am pretty sure I learn as much from the residents and their patients’ diagnoses as they learn from me. Their upbeat energy fuels my tank for the week. I am also part of the social media team for the Children’s Center.

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February 8, 2016
Dr. Peitso with daughter Hailey, a psychologist, on her wedding day in September of 2015. Dr. Peitso and her husband also have another daughter, Robyn who is a 4th year medical student, and a son, Matthew, who is a geologist.

Dr. Peitso with daughter Hailey, a psychologist, on her wedding day in September of 2015. Dr. Peitso and her husband also have another daughter, Robyn who is a 4th year medical student, and a son, Matthew, who is a geologist.


What does a typical day or week look like for you?

After a long career as a primary care pediatrician, last year I switched gears and became a pediatric hospitalist at St. Cloud Hospital. Shifts vary from 9-12 hours in length. I take care of sick children and also healthy newborns, in support of a very busy newborn service. I am fortunate to have NICU and PICU backup. I also have a 0.2 position as physician champion with the Care Transitions team within CentraCare, which allows me to continue my work advocating for families and robust care coordination.

What’s one pediatric issue you are particularly passionate about and why?
Addressing disparities in health care. With the help of a MNAAP grant from AAP Friends of the Children several years ago, my peds department had the opportunity to improve our developmental screening process for Somali children and bring on board a Somali community health worker. This experience has raised my awareness of all manner of barriers to equal health care access, and also the power of individual commitment and action.

You’re an active member of MNAAP. What benefits have you gained from your involvement?
When I was contemplating stepping up my involvement in MNAAP activities, Dr. Jeff Schiff told me that being active in MNAAP had a way of opening doors. I have gone through many doors, personal and professional, directly leading from my activities with MN AAP.

Which other organizations are you currently involved with?
I serve on the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota Medical Association and the Board of the Minnesota Medical Association Foundation. I am a member of AAP and the Section on Hospital Medicine and the Council for Children with Disabilities. I also sing in my church choir when able.

What’s one thing most people are surprised to learn about you?
I am a Boston Marathon finisher and am currently in a 12-step program for grieving ex-runners. It’s called “Yoga”.

What’s one of the best pieces of advice or funniest things a child has said?
Best advice category: “Hey mom, can we get a dog?”

Anything else you want to add?
There is a power and momentum created when pediatricians, passionate about advocating for children, work together with parents and other advocates, toward a common goal. I highly recommend it as both a professional and leisure time activity.

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