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Sherin U. Devaskar, MD – President

Sherin U. Devaskar, M.D. is Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics; Mattel Executive Endowed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Physician-in-Chief, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital; and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Children’s Health, UCLA Health. She is also the Executive Director of the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute. Dr. Devaskar is an accomplished pediatrician/neonatologist, an advocate for children, researcher and educator. Most recently, she was selected as the 2021 Howland Award recipient by the American Pediatric Society.

Dr. Devaskar was the President of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs from March 2019 to March 2021, and now serves as the past President. She is also the past President of the American Pediatric Society and served on the International Pediatric Research Foundation board, after she served as the Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Research (Journal of SPR/APS/ESPR). Prior to that, she was the Chair of the Pediatric Academic Societies’ Program Committee and President of the Mid-West Society of Pediatric Research. In addition, she was a member of the American Board of Pediatrics – Subsection of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. She is currently a member of the Pediatric Policy Council.

She served as Chair of the NIH Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section, a member of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council, National Institutes of Health, Chair of the NICHD-Maternal and Child Health Committee and member of the NIH-Human and Embryology Study Section. Dr. Devaskar is an elected member of the National Academy ofMedicine (NAM), and is currently serving on the NAM Nominating Committee until 2025.

Dr. Devaskar’s research is renowned for elucidating mechanisms and processes responsible for early life origins of chronic disorders. She has been fortunate to receive National Institutes of Health support for this work. Dr. Devaskar has authored over 170 publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 30 other publications including books, book chapters, reviews, invited published papers, proceedings of conference and symposia, and monographs.


Laura Degnon, CAE – Executive Director

D. Wade Clapp, MD – Secretary/Treasurer

American Academy of Pediatrics

Mark Del Monte, JD
CEO/Executive Vice President, AAP

Ben Hoffman, MD
President, AAP


American Board of Pediatrics

DeWayne Pursley, MD, MPH
Chair, ABP

John Barnard, MD
Interim President & CEO, ABP


Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs

Joseph W. St. Geme, III, MD
President, AMSPDC

D. Wade Clapp, MD
Secretary-Treasurer, AMSPDC


Academic Pediatric Association

Barry Solomon
Past President, APA

Michael Steiner, MD, MPH
Secretary Treasurer, APA


Association of Pediatric Program Directors

Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc
President, APPD

Megan Aylor, MD
President-Elect, APPD


American Pediatric Society

Michael DeBaun, MD
President, APS

Catherine Gordon, MD
Secretary/Treasurer, APS


Society for Pediatric Research

Christina Maria Alvira, MD
President, SPR

Todd Florin MD
Strategy & Operations Officer, SPR

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