Plenary Sessions

Moscone West, 3rd Floor

Saturday, October 22

10:30am – 12:15pm

P1080- AAP President’s Address


Benard Dreyer, MD, FAAP

President, American Academy of Pediatrics



P1081- Keynote Address: Promoting Children’s Health: From ABC to the Twitterverse


Richard Besser, MD, FAAP

Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News

Richard Besser, MD, FAAP, chief health and medical editor for ABC News and a former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will share a frank behind-the-scenes look at how he uses media to promote children’s health. He is the only network medical correspondent who also is a practicing pediatrician. His reports covering everything from Ebola to emergency preparedness and response are seen on “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight,” “Nightline,” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” In addition, his weekly health Twitter chat, #abcDrBchat, reaches millions.



P1082- Stockman Lecture: The Co-production of Communication- A Student-Patient Reflects


Samantha Kennedy

MD Candidate, Class of 2019, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Samantha Kennedy is a second year medical student whose education is interlaced with insight from her experiences as a pediatric chronic illness patient. Samantha co-led the patient advisory board for a national pediatric learning health network from 2012 through 2015. She co-developed a peer-to-peer social network, and co-created care improvements at the local and national level with patients, families, and clinical teams. As she advances in her medical education, Samantha now strives to navigate the challenge of open communication with patients and families with empathy and resolve to keep her promises to her younger self.


Sunday, October 23

10:30am – 12:15pM


P2085- AAP President-Elect Candidate Presentations (Not Designated for CME Credit)

Colleen Kraft, MD, FAAP Video
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine; Medical Director, Health Network by Cincinnati Children’s

Michael Brady, MD, FAAP Video
Associate Medical Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, Ohio State University



P2086- Youth Opioid Addiction: a Part of Your Practice, so What Should You Know?


Pamela Gonzalez, MD, MS, FAAP

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota

Youth opioid use and addiction is an emerging public health crisis. In this session, the epidemiology of youth opioid use will be reviewed. An overview of the rationale and mechanism of buprenorphine treatment, with focus on efficacy in adolescents, will be presented. Training resources for pediatricians in office-based treatment of opioid use disorder will be provided.


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P2087- Safe and Effective: HPV Vaccine – the Pediatrician’s Critical Role


Joseph Bocchini Jr., MD, FAAP

Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Louisiana State University Health – Shreveport

The newly licensed 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has the potential to reduce HPV-related cancers by 90%. Parental concerns, lack of information, allegations of safety issues, negative press, and provider hesitancy have resulted in HPV vaccine uptake lagging behind other recommended adolescent vaccines. Pediatricians should make a strong recommendation for HPV vaccine at ages 11 through 12 years and can emphasize the cancer prevention effects to parents. This session will review current AAP recommendations for HPV vaccines, early evidence of HPV vaccine effectiveness, and address recent negative press..


Gail Dines

P2088- Media’s Impact on Youth Sexuality

Gail Dines, PhD

Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, Wheelock College

Through use of contemporary media images and clips, the speaker will discuss the impact media and the pornography industry have on children and teens and how consumption of the ubiquitous images correlates to alteration in teen sexual behavior and sexual victimization.


Mona Hanna-Attisha (W)

P2089 – Cracking the Case: The Flint Water Crisis and Public Health Advocacy


Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP

Hurley Children’s Hospital; Michigan State University

Despite the many challenges that face pediatricians and their patients, lasting change benefiting child health and wellness is possible. The advocacy by Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, FAAP, for children affected by the Flint water crisis demonstrates one member’s impact on public health policy in a community, leading to action by state and federal governments. This advocacy provides a poignant teachable example for other AAP members to be inspired by and to emulate when facing similar challenges.


Monday, October 24

10:30am – 12:15pm
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P3079- Preparing for Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Zika and More


Eric Dziuban, MD, DTM, FAAP

Team Lead, Children’s Preparedness Unit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pediatricians and others who care for children often face overwhelming challenges during infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies. This session will provide an update on lessons learned during recent infectious disease outbreaks such as Zika and highlight steps that pediatricians can take to advocate for children and improve hospital and office practice preparedness during these situations. Strategies and resources will be shared that will lead to improved preparation and treatment of children in a public health emergency.



P3080- Processed Food: An Experiment That Failed


Robert Lustig, MD, MSL

Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco

Processed foods have been linked to obesity, particularly the high sugar content of our diets. In addition, sugars have been linked to the development of diabetes, hypertension, and fatty liver disease. Conflicting information on sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners makes giving accurate advice to parents difficult for pediatricians. This session will provide evidence on the role of food processing, including the use of sweeteners, in the development of obesity and chronic metabolic disease, and provide pediatricians with information that serves as a basis for accurate advice to parents and children.



P3081- The Colonization Imperative: Establishment of the Infant Microbiome and Impacts on Health


David Brumbaugh, MD, MSCI, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Faculty will describe mechanisms of establishment of the normal infant microbiome, including evidence that has contributed to understanding this complex and fragile system. Disruptors such as infant formula feeding will be presented and discussed. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence linking infant colonization disruption and disease will be described with special attention on risks for obesity.


Michael Georgieff

P3082- Iron Deficiency and the Infant Brain: the First 1,000 Days


Michael Georgieff, MD, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota School of Medicine

The session will provide an overview of brain development in the first 1,000 days of life and describe the impact of iron deficiency occurring at various points during this time. Research examining ways to remediate the injury done by infant iron deficiency also will be presented, and advocacy to avoid long-term impact of these deficiencies will be discussed.



P3084- Who’s Your Mommy? Who’s Your Daddy? Bioethics of Reproductive Technology


Lainie Ross, MD, PhD, FAAP

Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Ethics, University of Chicago

This session will review the ethical considerations attached to the regulation of developing the “Three Parent Embryo” technique to treat serious mitochondrial disorders. The Food and Drug Administration’s rulings and Institute of Medicine report on Ethical and Social Policy Considerations of Novel Techniques for Prevention of Maternal Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Diseases will be discussed, if available.


Tuesday, October 25

10:30am – 12:15pm

P4043- Achieving Social Justice


Andrew Racine, MD, PhD, FAAP

System Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Montefiore Medical Center

This session will address the critical mission of achieving social justice. The speaker will delve into the core issues of homelessness, school expulsion, poverty, food insecurity, adverse childhood experiences, and toxic stress.


James Perrin

P4044- Practice Transformation: Mastering the New Environment of Pediatric Practice


James Perrin, MD, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Harvard Medical School

The passage of the Affordable Care Act has galvanized massive changes in the health care system. Value-based payments have begun to replace fee-for-service, with growth of large organizations such as accountable care organizations and community-integrated networks. This presentation will frame these changes in the context of pediatricians’ commitment to child, family, and community health and the growth of new technologies that are changing the face of pediatric practice.



P4045- The State of Coverage: Medicaid, CHIP, and Marketplaces


Anne Edwards, MD, FAAP

Chair, Pediatrics Park Nicollet; Co-lead, Health Partners Children’s Health Initiatives 

Through implementation of health care reform enacted by Congress in 2010 and transition to new health care delivery and payment models, state governments have had a greater share of the responsibilities for transforming health care in America. This session will provide attendees with a look at the status of Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and marketplace and employer-based insurance coverage for children in 2016. Data on coverage variability by region of the country, payer type, and socioeconomic status will be examined. Faculty will discuss the critical need for pediatricians to take the lead on these important issues and strategies for navigating the political waters at the state level.


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P4046- Unaccompanied Refugee Minors: Supporting Their Health and Development


Marsha Griffin, MD, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

This session will review the history and epidemiology of unaccompanied refugee minors in the U.S., including the recent influx of youth from Central America. Circumstances that cause youth to leave their country of origin, the hazards of travel to the U.S., and the challenges that these youth face upon arrival will be presented. Recommended screening for emotional, developmental, and medical issues will be provided. Resources available to these youth and the knowledge needed to advocate on their behalf (eg, need for counseling, access to ongoing medical care, and registration for school) also will be discussed.



P4047- Infection Control of Olympic Proportions


Carrie Byington, MD, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics & Infectious Diseases, University of Utah

Faculty will share how she went from pediatric infectious disease specialist to Chair of the Infectious Disease Advisory Group for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil through help from her leadership experience within the AAP and associated media training. Learn about the Advisory Group’s involvement in infectious disease management for Team USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in summer 2016.


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