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Judy Aschner, MD – Chairperson

Dr. Judy Aschner completed medical school training, pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Her past academic leadership roles include the Julia Carell Stadler Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Neonatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2004-2013), the Michael I. Cohen Professor and University Chair of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (2013-2018). She currently serves as the Physician-in-Chief of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and the Marvin I. Gottlieb, M.D., Ph.D. Chair, Department of Pediatrics at Hackensack Meridian Health in Hackensack, NJ. Her NIH-funded translational research program focuses on (a) novel therapies to prevent and treat neonatal lung diseases and (b) understanding and mitigating the impact of environmental exposures in infancy on health outcomes for infants and children. She is principal investigator of a pediatric cohort in the NIH-funded Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. Dr. Aschner has held a number of leadership roles in state and national organizations, including past Secretary-Treasurer of the American Pediatric Society and Chair of the Organization of Neonatology Program Directors. She is a member of the Board of External Experts (BEE) at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institution of the NIH, and is a member of the National Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes.

Laura Degnon, CAE – Executive Director

Abigail Blake – Associate Director

Javier Gonzalez del Rey, MD, Med – Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Javier Gonzalez del Rey is currently Professor of Pediatrics (2004), Vice Chair Graduate Medical Education (GME) (2012), and Associate Chair for Education (2019) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  He is currently the President at the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD – 2018), and Chair Elect for the Executive Committee for the Section of Emergency Medicine at the American Academy of Pediatrics (2016).  He received his university and medical school education at the National University Pedro Henriquez Ureña (UNPHU) in the Dominican Republic, completed his pediatric residency at the University of Connecticut Pediatric Primary Care Program, and Fellowships training in General Academic Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (1991).  He is currently certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  He completed a Master’s of Medical Education and advance training in Quality Improvement Methodology (I2S2). Dr. Gonzalez del Rey’s major areas of interests include resident and subspecialty medical education – PEM, and improvement science methodology applied to medical education and training.  He represents the Association of Pediatric Program Directors.


American Academy of Pediatrics

Lee Savio Beers, MD
Mark Del Monte, JD


American Board of Pediatrics

David G. Nichols, MD
H. Stacy Nicholson, MD, MPH


Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs

Sherin Devaskar, MD
D. Wade Clapp, MD


Academic Pediatric Association

Judith Shaw, EdD, MPH, RN
Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, MBBS


Association of Pediatric Program Directors

Javier Gonzalez-del-Rey, MD, Med
Rebecca Blankenburg, MD, MPH


American Pediatric Society

Robin Steinhorn, MD
Clifford Bogue, MD


Society for Pediatric Research

Stephanie Davis, MD
David Hunstad, MD

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