American Academy of Pediatrics - California Chapter 2
Grant Christman, MD, MACM, FAAP

2024 April Edition

President's Message

Please join us for the 35th annual Advances in Pediatrics Symposium this Saturday, April 27th at UCLA. Registration is now open! Our keynote address will be given by former State Senator Dr. Richard Pan, who will be discussing “Voting as a Social Determinant of Health.”

We all know that children are unable to vote because of their age. What may be less obvious is that their parents are also less likely to vote than many other demographic groups, which diminishes their ability to influence policy on their children’s behalf. Dr Pan will be addressing how this problem impacts child health and what pediatricians can do about it. His presentation will be followed by a panel of chapter leaders who will elaborate on this important topic. 

The symposium program will also feature a live podcast session with Peds RAP during lunch, trainee research posters, and subscription giveaways. There will be presentations on firearm injury prevention, atopic dermatitis, crisis management, RSV, point-of-care ultrasound, and more. Join us in person or on Zoom!

The Chapter has other important events coming up in May. The next Chapter social is in Santa Barbara on May 9th at 6 PM, at 10 West Gallery. Representatives of state and local governments as well as the school board are planning to attend.  Please join us if you are in the area, and spread the word to fellow pediatricians you think might be interested.

The election for the 2024 – 26 Chapter board is also happening in May, and the nominating committee has finalized a ballot. If you attend the Symposium, you will hear more about the candidates there. Otherwise, look out for a special election e-mail early next week.


This month’s Member Spotlight features Dr. Chris Landon, a pediatrician of 43 years in Ventura County. Dr. Landon will be presenting a lecture on RSV Evolution at the upcoming Advances in Pediatrics symposium.


In the Trainees’ Corner, we have the winners of the 2024 Research Awards. Come see their presentations and posters at the Symposium this weekend.

In addition to three new fellows, a total of forty-one medical students from the various medical schools in our region indicated an interest in pediatrics and signed up as chapter members last month. I would like to welcome our new chapter members and encourage them to get involved by joining a chapter committee. Information about our committees and other resources are available on our website, Your support makes the work of this chapter possible!


Save the date for the following event:

  • 4/27 – Advances in Pediatrics Symposium held at UCLA
  • 5/9 – Santa Barbara Social, 10 West Gallery


Best wishes,


Grant Christman, MD, MACM, FAAP

This Week

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Anti-vaping QI Project | $750 + MOC Credit

Participate in Quality Improvement with Anti-Vaping Champions at UCLA!

AAP-CA2, in collaboration with Anti-Vaping Champions at UCLA, is recruiting practices interested in participating in a Quality Improvement project. The focus is to incorporate vaping screening, counseling, and treatment referrals during visits for pediatric patients.

25 points of ABP MOC Part 4 credit

$750 at the end of the 4th cycle

  • Baseline Data Collection (10 random charts)
  • Three PDSA Cycles + Data Collection
  • Monthly QI/data review calls

Please contact or complete this Interest Form.

AAP (National) Social Pedia Newsletter

April Social Pedia Newsletter

  •  What’s happening this month?

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Autism Acceptance Month. World Immunization Week and National Infant Immunization Week are April 24-30, plus new information on Earth Day and the Vaccine Misinformation Update Corner.

Access all resources in This Month's Issue

AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine: Improving Antibiotic Use

Is your pediatric practice interested in improving appropriate use of antibiotics in telemedicine? 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is currently recruiting practices for a no-cost, 18-month program beginning in June 2024 to promote appropriate antibiotic use in telemedicine while improving patient and family satisfaction with antibiotic prescribing. Practices will learn directly from experts in infectious diseases, antibiotic prescribing, and tele-diagnosis and receive one-on-one coaching to implement sustainable improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious syndromes over telemedicine, including those common in pediatrics such as otitis media. Participants will learn how to determine when an in-patient visit is needed, how to handle uncertainty in diagnosis over telemedicine, and how to communicate effectively with parents. Participating providers will be eligible for continuing education units (CEUs), continuing medical education (CME) credits, and American Board of Pediatrics maintenance of certification (MOC) points.

Learn more and sign up for an informational webinar on the program website:

Download Flier Here

Trainees Corner

We would like to congratulate the winners of the 2024 Research Awrads.

Selected for oral presentation are Helen Setaghiyan, BA & Meghna Patel, BS, both medical students attending University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. The top poster presenters are Gabriel Espinoza, MD, a 3rd year resident at LLU Children’s Hospital and Annie Tagvoryan, a 3rd year medical student at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. We will publish their work in the next issue, after the symposium.

We'll Come To Your School or Hospital

Dear Medical Schools and Pediatric Residency Programs in AAP California Chapter 2, 

Are you interested in learning more about local advocacy efforts? Do you want to hear more about getting involved in AAP California Chapter 2? If yes, then please consider inviting our chapter leadership to your local pediatric interest group meeting, pediatric residency noon conference, or any other gathering. Our chapter leadership wants to connect with the trainees in the area so reach out to to schedule an event at your medical school / residency program!

Member Spotlight

Name: Chris Landon, MD, FAAP, FCCP, FRSM

Practice location: Pediatric Diagnostic Center Ventura ; Midtown Pediatrics Oxnard 

Number of years in practice: 43


I was born in Hollywood at California Presbyterian Hospital. My father graduated from USC with a degree in Journalism and decided to move his small family to New Jersey so that he could work in New York. So I grew up in Paramus and Tenafly. My father discovered Elvis and that eventually led to a move to Lake Sherwood. Read more...

The Member Spotlight is written to highlight our chapter membership. Chapter members can submit personal narratives about themselves with a focus on how they maintain their physician wellness in the face of everyday struggles and challenges. Authors may also choose to highlight a practice, volunteer activities, QI projects, etc. The purpose of the spotlight series is to encourage and foster unity and support within the chapter.

Please complete THIS FORM to be considered for a future Member Spotlight in the AAP-CA2 Newsletter!


Reach Out & Read Inland Empire

Pages of Progress: Empowering Communities through Literacy with ROR-IE

By Delesa Barnes

Reach Out and Read Inland Empire Program Coordinator

Reach Out and Read Inland Empire’s (ROR-IE) book distribution initiative has undergone a phenomenal transformation, marking a significant milestone in our outreach efforts. Through strategic collaboration with partnering agencies and Reach Out and Read (ROR) providers, ... Read more

LAC DPH | Vaccine Preventable Diseases Control Program

April Update  

This month’s immunization newsletter includes updates regarding increase in measles cases and office infection prevention guidelines, nirsevimab (Beyfortus) immunization recommendations, nirsevimab inventory, and updated COVID-19 resources. It also includes a reminder to continue immunizing and promoting vaccines year-round, adolescent vaccine week resources, CDC immunization schedule updates, and upcoming immunization webinars.

View the full advisory, plus upcoming events, here

Welcome New Chapter Members

Welcome NEW members who joined the Chapter in March

Thank you for your support!

Kara Garcia, MD, FAAP - Carpinteria

Yasemin Golan, MD, FAAP - Lompoc

Tanya Minasian, DO, FAAP - Loma Linda


Kaitlyn Ang - Los Angeles

Randall Arroyo - Riverside

Ankith Arun - Ontario

Rakhi Banerjee - Los Angeles

Christina Bonaparte - Los Angeles

Christina Bonaparte - Los Angeles

Jocelyn Castro - Loma Linda

Katherine Chow - Los Angeles

Blake Colton - Pasadena

Vivian Dang - Fountain Valley

Elena Dennis - Pasadena

Karina Feliciano - Pasadena

Karina Feliciano - Pasadena

Lauren Ford - Los Angeles

Lori Horhor - Loma Linda

Chester Hui - Los Angeles

Sebastian Hurtado - Pasadena

Charisma Ibalio - Loma Linda

Sumant Iyer - Los Angeles

Nina Jaeger - Los Angeles

Tamia Jones - Los Angeles

Asha Khanna - Los Angeles

Alexia Kim - Los Angeles

Jina Kim - Los Angeles

Yeji Kim - Loma Linda

Yonghyeon Kim - Loma Linda

Talya Kurzrock - Los Angeles

Angelina Lim - Los Angeles

Marissa Lule - Los Angeles

Quinlan Morrow - Loma Linda

My Nguyen - Los Angeles

Amira Patrawala - Los Angeles

Chelsea Prudent - Los Angeles

Kate Santoso - Loma Linda

Lauren Scampavia - Los Angeles

Mason Silva - Escalon

Jocelyn Tiamzon - Loma Linda

Alexis Townsend - Loma Linda

Chelsea Wang - Los Angeles

Linda Wu - Los Angeles

Vivian Zhong - Northville

Gasol Foundation | Free Programs for kids 6 - 12

Gasol Foundation (founded by NBA Champions Pau and Marc Gasol) is a nonprofit that works through programming, research, advocacy, and awareness to promote children’s wellness, with a focus on eliminating childhood obesity.

Every Gasol Foundation program incorporates physical activity and sports, healthy eating, sleep, and emotional well-being to improve the health of our children and their overall development. 

The Galactic Sports program consists of basic sports skills and wellness lessons for children ages 6-12. The program takes children through 10 weekly one-hour lessons in a sport (basketball, track and field, or soccer) while also engaging them on the importance of healthy habits.

Register for Galactic Sports Spring '24 and view the Gasol Foundation USA Galactic Sports Spring '24 programming map today! 


AAP | Research in Office Settings (PROS)

Have you had the experience of unexpectedly having a patient with a mental health crisis during a busy clinic day?  

Wished there was something that could help you help the patient without necessarily sending to the emergency department?  

AAP PROS is recruiting practices to participate in focus groups to give feedback on a new digital suicide prevention screening and treatment tool!

The American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) network is recruiting practices with 1-3 clinicians/staff to participate in a VIRTUAL focus group, and who will also refer 4-6 parents/adolescents from the practice to also participate in VIRTUAL focus groups.


All focus groups will be separate—meaning there will be one for clinicians, one for adolescents, and one for parents.

The focus groups will be hosted in late Spring (April -May).

Primary care practices that do NOT have embedded/co-located mental health services are eligible to participate, and there is a small stipend for participants for their time. 

Interested or have questions? Contact Ali Torres, Research Associate, AAP PROS at  

Learn about a Substance Use Screening &

Counseling Intervention for Adolescents!

Adolescent Substance use Prevention Intervention REsearch Study

ASPIRE is a research study testing whether an online system called the “CRAFFT Interactive” that offers:

• Pre-visit substance use screening of adolescents aged 14–17, and

• A Clinician Report tool that guides clinicians in delivering brief counseling

Can reduce alcohol &other substance use over 12 months. Read more...

Upcoming Events

April 27 |  AAP-CA2 35th Annual

Advances In Pediatrics Symposium - Registration Open!

Register Today

Join us on April 27 at UCLA Carnesale Commons in the heart of the UCLA Campus. This year’s event is bigger and better than ever.

  • 7 lectures with exceptional speakers and panels
  • Network with fellow pediatricians
  • State of the art conference center/Free Wi-Fi/Great food
  • Live recording of the Ped’s Ra Podcast
  • Subscription giveaways
  • Industry exhibitors and product demonstrations
  • Parking included with paid registration
  • In-person event with Zoom option

The keynote lecture will follow a panel with Dr. Pan as moderator and committee representatives discussing legislation affecting children.

Registration Is Now Open - Reserve Your Spot Below!

Register Today


May 1 | San Diego Chapter Virtual Event

May 8 at 12:30 P | Climate Webinar

Climate Health Now and Voting 4 Climate & Health are joining together for a presentation (via Zoom) on Wednesday May 8, 2024 12:30-1:30 PDT:

Unleashing the Power of Civic Engagement for Climate, Health, and Equity: The Health Community Votes.

Feeling frustrated and worried about the health of our patients, our planet, and our democracy? Join the growing movement to Get Out the Vote for Health!


May 8 at 6:30 PM | Peds In The SGV


Inaugural Gathering

Niru Madduri, MD, FAAP invites pediatricians in the San Gabriel Valley to join her on May 8th in Pasadena for a dinner full of learning and connecting. Make sure you don't miss this first of its kind meeting! This event is generously sponsored by Regeneron.

May 8th at 6:30 PM

Bistro 45

45 S. Mentor Ave Pasadena, California 91106

There will be a presentation on Dupixent by Dr. Sonal Patel, MD, an Allergist with Adventist Health Pediatrics, followed by a discussion and sharing of top cases seen in clinic.

To RSVP, contact Jennifer Paul at, or call (213)-677-8524.

May 9 | Santa Barbara Social

Join Us For The AAP-CA2 Social In Santa Barbara - Next Month!

Join us in Santa Barbara county for our chapter social, hosted by Area Representative Dr. Brian Santacrose. This event will be held on May 9th, at 10 West Gallerya contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara just 1/2 block from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The social will take place from 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

Local legislators, school officials, and pediatric community members have already RSVP, so this is an event you won't want to miss as it will be an excellent networking opportunity accompanied by drinks, music, and entertainment!

RSVP by clicking on the link below. For any questions, please feel free to call (626)-379-1623.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: 10 West Gallery

10 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Download The Flier


May 11 | Food Allergy Symposium

Gores Family Allergy Center (GFAC) Food Allergy Symposium 2024

  • Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Location: Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)
  • Facilitator: Jonathan Tam, MD Ronald Ferdman MD, MEd
  • Cost: Physicians - $50; All other attendees - $25
  • CME Credits: 3.5 credits

Hosted by CHLA, this conference will feature a distinguished lineup of speakers, including, featured speaker Edwin Kim, MD who will be joining us from University of North Carolina as well as Melinda Braskett, MD, Jennifer Hershfield, PhD, Peck Y. Ong, MD, Diana Santiago, RN, and Jonathan Tam, MD. Attendees will benefit from a blend of didactic sessions and interactive breakout discussions, focusing on innovative approaches to food allergy management.


June 7 | CHLA Conference

June 22 - 23 | Inflammatory Brain Disorders Conference

Inflammatory Brain Disorders Conference 2024

June 22 - 23, 2024

The Inflammatory Brain Disorders Conference features nationally and internationally renowned experts skilled in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches who will present a diverse range of emerging clinical and research challenges, insights, and advances in the field of inflammatory brain disorders. Presentations are carefully selected to familiarize attendees with rapidly developing research and to educate clinicians on the latest understanding of treatment options. Both generalists as well as specialists in pediatric and adult medicine will find the conference valuable to their practices. The intended audience is pediatricians, family physicians, psychiatrists, rheumatologists, immunologists, neurologists, and infectious disease physicians. Though the conference is designed for physicians, all are welcome to attend.

The link to register and request admission fee be waived can be found on their official website

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