Welcome to the October edition 
of our monthly Newsletter. 
We celebrate many things this month.


First, it is the International Walk to School month. Over forty countries from around the world participate from Argentina to Vietnam, including Liechtenstein and Rwanda. Here at home we have our very own members-at-large, Drs. Tracy Zaslow and Cori Cross, leading the charge with their Fit to Play and Learn program. 


October is also global ADHD Awareness. We have an important article by Dr. Susan Igdaloff on the effective treatment of ADHD. 


The UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) has received continued funding from the NIH in 2012 to support the UCLA Autism Center of Excellence (ACE). As such they have a grant to study children at high risk of autism spectrum disorder, please see Dr. Susan Bookheimer's article if you have a patient that you would feel might be appropriate for her study. 


Next, October is time to vote for AAP President. Voting opens October 10th. Please review the biographies of the two candidates, Dr. Benard Dreyer and Dr.  Joseph Hagan. Remember to look for the ballot in your inbox and vote.


We have two Town hall meetings this month, one in Woodland Hills (hosted by Dr. Ken Saul), and the other in the High Desert (hosted by Dr. Damodara Rajasekhar).


The AAP-CA is hosting a Special Reception during the NCE in San Diego for you to meet CA Assemblymember Richard Pan, M.D. FAAP, who is running for State Senate.  Please feel free to attend. It will be Saturday, Oct. 11th from 4-6 pm at the Marriott Marquis, in the Santa Rosa Room. The address is 333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. There will be light hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar. You may visit Dr. Pan's website for more information about him at www.drrichardpan.com


Once again, I would like to mention the resolution process. If you have an idea that you feel the Academy would benefit from in terms of setting policy and / or concerning their activities, then please feel free to contact the chapter so we may move your idea forward in the terms of a resolution. Please submit your ideas within the next couple of weeks so that both the chapter and district can polish and place them in the appropriate format to consider them for sponsorship. Unsponsored resolutions by individuals can still be submitted. For more information, you may visit www.aap-ca.org/resolutions 


As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.



Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP


"Fit To Play and Learn"
Tracy Zaslow, MD, FAAP

October signals the call to parents, teachers, and students to join in the internationally-recognized awareness month to encourage communities to develop sustainable "walk to school" programs to help kids get active and walk to school safely. Encouraging walking is a great way to get patients and their families active and just another way you, as a pediatrician, can promote wellness and obesity prevention.   Read more.

HEDIS� spotlight - Effective Treatment of ADHD
Susan G. Igdaloff, MD, FAAP 

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood behavioral health disorders with prevalence estimates ranging from three to up to nine percent of school-age children. These children exhibit inattentiveness and may also appear hyperactive and impulsive. Many children exhibit these common behaviors periodically, but a child with ADHD ...   Read more.

UCLA Autism Study
Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D.

The UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) received continued funding from the NIH in 2012 to support the UCLA Autism Center of Excellence (ACE).    The primary focus of the UCLA ACE is to identify autism risk genes, discover how they affect brain development early in life, and develop treatments for very early interventions.  UCLA is asking for your help in identifying families in your practice who may qualify for participation in the study.   Read more...


AAP Special Achievement Awards

AAP-CA2 President, Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP, and AAP-CA2 Vice President Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, presented three of our Chapter 2 members with AAP Special Achievement Awards during the past quarterly Board Meeting of September 17, 2014 at Providence Tarzana Medical Center.

Each recipient was recognized for exceptional achievements in the following areas:

  • Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAPfor his tireless commitment to advocacy on behalf of California's children and the providers who care for them. 
  • Trish Roth, MD, FAAPfor her singular commitment to educating the community about and promoting healthy behaviors among adolescents and helping them to avoid tobacco, drug and alcohol use. 
  • Touraj Shofai, MD, FAAPfor his efforts in promoting breastfeeding which have resulted in the addition of numerous California hospitals to the ranks of Baby Friendly Hospitals. 
From left: Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP, Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, Touraj Shofai, MD, FAAP, Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP, and Trish Roth, MD, FAAP.  Special Achievement Awards during the past quarterly Board Meeting of September 17, 2014 at Providence Tarzana Medical Center.

The following AAP-CA2 members were recipients of an AAP CATCH Grant Completion Award 
(not pictured)

    • Christine Bottrell, MD, FAAP  (LATCH Now)
    • Kelly Callahan, MD, FAAP (Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Foster Children)
    • Patricia Castillo, MD, FAAP (Obesity Education in an Underserved Community)
    • Jonathan Goldfinger, MD, FAAP  (Comprehensive Physician-Led Outpatient Lactation Services)

Congratulations on your achievements!

AAP Elections Month - Meet the Candidates
Voting opens October 10th.



Benard P. Dreyer, M.D., FAAP 

Read Biography/Statement






Joseph F. Hagan Jr., M.D., FAAP 

Read Biography/Statement



Events This Month - RSPV Required

Town Hall 
- Oct. 22in Woodland Hills

Dr. Ken Saul, Member-At-Large for the American Academy of Pediatrics, CA Chapter 2, invites you to a Town Hall meeting at Maggiano's.

Guest speaker: John M. Graham Jr. MD, ScD

Topic: Plagiocephaly and Craniosynostosis.


RSVP: Ken Saul, M.D. at docKSaul@aol.com   See Flyer

Town Hall - Oct. 22 - in Victorville

Dr. Damodara Rajasekhar, San Bernardino (High Desert) Area Representative for the American Academy of Pediatrics, CA Chapter 2, invites you to a Town Hall meeting at Thai Dawn Bistro,  in Victorville, CA.

Guest speaker: Bill Mason, MD, FAAP

Topic: Updates on HPV and Influenza


RSVP: Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP, at drajasekharmd@gmail.com  See Flyer
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