Maine AAP 2016 Fall Conference

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Agenda

Saturday, October 15


7:00 – 8:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 AM

Conference Welcome

  • Janice Pelletier, MD, FAAP President, Maine AAP

    Janice L. Pelletier, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician, teacher, lecturer, and researcher who received her education at Harvard, Einstein Medical School, Eastern Virginia Graduate School, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Massachusetts General, and the Hospital for Sick Children. She has published in both basic and clinical arenas. As an avid teacher and mentor, she has taught for 10 years, been a physician for 30 years - in general pediatrics for 17 years - overlapping with subspecialty consultative work for 20 years which she now exclusively practices. She is Head of Pediatric Dermatology at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she mentors numerous residents, medical students, nursing students, and undergraduates. She is tremendously enthusiastic in her role as President of the Maine Academy of Pediatrics, where efforts have focused on advocacy and legislation related to child health- particularly on poverty, resilience, immunizations, and collaborations. 

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Treatment Options and Hope for Addicted Mothers and their Infants

  • Eric Haram, LADC-Director Outpatient Behavioral Health, Mid Coast Hospital

    Director Outpatient Behavioral Health at Mid Coast Hospital.  Brunswick, ME

    Mid Coast Hospital administers a full continuum of addiction and mental health services. Eric is responsible for daily operations, state and national accreditation as well as the overall quality and finance of the Department.

    In addition, Eric is a Senior Field Consultant to the Northern New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Brown University and National Implementation Coach for the University of Wisconsin, Madison-Department of Engineering, (Niatx).  Eric is, or has provided coaching for Maine Quality Counts implementing SBIRT services in Maine’s Patient Centered Medical Home initiative, MAT expansion with the states of Ohio, Mississippi, Texas, West Virginia, and Maine.  Currently, serving as Co-Chair of the US Attorney’s Task Force on  the Treatment and Prevention of Opioid Dependence, State of Maine.

9:30 - 10:15 AM

Break with Exhibitors

10:15 - 11:15 AM

OB Levels of Care & Thresholds of Viability – Case Based Discussion

  • Michael G. Pinette, MD Division Director Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Maine Medical Partners & EMMC

    Dr. Michael Pinette is the Medical Director of Women’s Health at Maine Medical Partners and the Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Maine Medical Partners and Eastern Maine Medical Center. Dr. Pinette attended Dartmouth Medical School and did his internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is a life-long Maine resident with 27 years of medical practice in the State. Dr. Pinette is the author of over 200 Academic Papers, Books, and chapters relating to Obstetrics and is a Senior Member of the AIUM, Society of MFM, and ACOG.

11:30–12:30 pm Breakout Sessions

NRP Update

  • Kelley Bowden, MS, R.N. Perinatal Outreach Nurse Educator, Maine Medical Center

    Kelley Bowden is the Perinatal Outreach Nurse Educator for the state of Maine.  After graduating from the University of Southern Maine with her Bachelor’s degree in nursing, she joined the Maine Medical Center NICU staff.  Kelley then went on to earn a certificate from Georgetown University as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.   After working in the NICU for 18 years, she left to become a chart abstractor for the Maine Birth Defects Program and assumed the outreach position in 2004.  Kelley completed her master’s degree in nursing at USM in 2005.

    In her current role, she serves as a resource and consultant for birthing hospitals, community based health care organizations, and health care providers on topics related to perinatal care.  Kelley presents locally and nationally and has publications in Pediatrics, Advances in Neonatal Nursing, and on the National Guideline Clearinghouse website.  She is past Board Chair of the March of Dimes Maine Chapter and sits on several statewide committees, including the Maternal, Fetal, and Infant Mortality Review Panel. 

    Kelley is the section chair for AWHONN Maine, the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses in Maine.  She also facilitates meetings of the Perinatal Leadership Coalition of Maine, a group that meets four times per year to discuss and collaborate on a variety of perinatal issues.  Kelley’s projects in the past four years include education of perinatal nurses and physicians on the importance of educating families on the Period of PURPLE crying and Safe Sleep for Newborns, co-leadership in the development of the Snuggle ME project, a guideline to assist providers in caring for drug affected mothers and babies. In 2012, Kelley became a co-principal investigator for a New England regional three year Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) grant to establish Critical Congenital Heart Disease screening, education and data collection programs in Maine.

Comprehensive Assessment of the Medical and Mental Health Needs of Foster Children in Maine 1999 to 2016

  • Adrienne Carmack, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician Penobscot Pediatrics & Chair, Foster Care Cmte, MAAP

    Adrienne Wallace Carmack, MD graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and surgeons. She did her residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Carmack moved to Maine in 2005 with her husband and family. She began to work at Penobscot Pediatrics in 2007. Her work has focused on the health care needs of children in foster care and substance affected infants. Dr. Carmack is the Medical Director of the Key Clinic and the CHAMP Clinic at Penobscot Community Health Center, in Bangor. Dr. Carmack is the Contact for the Foster Care Committee of the Maine AAP.  Dr. Carmack lives in Veazie with her husband, and their 6 children ages 17-24 years.

  • Stephen Meister MD, MHSA, FAAP Medical Director The Edmund N Ervin Pediatric Center MaineGeneral Medical Center; President Elect, Maine Chapter of the AAP

    Stephen J. Meister, MD, is the Medical Director for the Edmund N Ervin Pediatric Center/MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville and Augusta, Maine. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, he served his internship and residency at the Babies and Children’s Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.  He later was awarded a Masters in Health Services Administration from The George Washington University. 

    During his active duty in the US Navy, Dr. Meister served as Division Head of the Pediatric Acute Care Clinic at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. In 1990-91, during the First Gulf War, he served with the Marine Corps in a field hospital managing the Emergency Department near the Kuwait border of Saudi Arabia. He practiced General Pediatrics for over 20 years and from 2009 to 2011 was the Medical Director for the Family Health Division of the Maine CDC.

    Dr. Meister is a Diplomat of both the American Board of Pediatrics and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2003 and again in 2007, Dr. Meister was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award for his work with foster care in Maine.  He is the author of presentations on the assessment of stress/trauma in children, is the past Chair of the Maine Child Death and Serious Injury Review Panel and the Vice President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Steve’s real passion these days is to promote resiliency in teenage boys by coaching a high school sports team using a positive skill building approach to model behavior. Steve feels that it’s important to remember how to play and have fun.

Children’s Health: Impact of Chronic Disease and Health on Child’s School Attendance, Education and Well-Being

  • Moderator: Susan Lieberman, MEd Director, Count ME In

    Susan Lieberman M.Ed. is Director of Count ME In, a statewide program focused on increasing student attendance through data-driven strategies. She formerly directed the Maine Children’s Cabinet program Keeping Maine’s Children Connected, a statewide liaison network and training program linking school districts, regional state agencies, in-patient psychiatric hospitals, and correctional facilities focused on youth who experienced disruption in their education. Previously, she co-chaired the Maine Governor’s Task Force to Engage Maine’s Youth and staffed the Maine Children’s Cabinet Shared Youth Vision District Councils. She has over twenty five years of experience working in the fields of education and mental health as a licensed social worker and certified teacher, managing community and state run programs as well as working directly with youth and families.

  • Wanda Fernald, RN BSN School Nurse/Certified Health Educator, Mount Desert Elementary

    Wanda Fernald, RN, BSN, is a School Nurse/Certified Health Educator at Mount Desert Elementary. She grew up in upstate New York graduating in 1982, with a BSN, from Syracuse University School of Nursing.  Her work experience includes pediatrics at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, labor & delivery in NY and at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Community Health and School Nursing since 1987.   She received her health education certificate in 1994.  Currently, she is the School Nurse and Health Educator for Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, a BLS and Safe Sitter Instructor, involved in several community organizations and school committees, and lives in the village of Somesville on Mt. Desert Island. 

  • Sheena Whittaker, MD Pediatrician, Ellsworth Pediatrics

    Sheena Whittaker, MD, has practiced Pediatrics for the past 12 years at Maine Coast Pediatrics, part of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (MCMH). She is also the Chief Medical Officer at MCMH. She attended George Washington Medical School in Washington , DC and completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

  • MaryElizabeth Prokopius Parent

NAS – Strategies for Treatment in Maine and New England

  • Mark S Brown MD MSPH, Neonatologist/Pediatrician Eastern Maine Medical Center

    Dr. Brown has been a neonatologist since 1981 and serves as Chief, Pediatric Service and Chief, Section of Neonatology, and Medical Director of Nurseries at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC).  Dr. Brown has a longtime interest in research and quality improvement, with a current focus on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and development of a comprehensive program including community partners, transition and outpatient treatment of NAS.  

  • Anne Johnston, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics UVM and UVM Children’s Hospital

    Dr. Johnston received her medical degree from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada in 1981. She completed her pediatric residency in Montreal, Quebec and then completed her Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship at the University of Vermont and Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in 1999.

    Dr. Johnston returned to Montreal and worked as a neonatologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at McGill University. She specialized in the treatment of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn with inhaled nitric oxide. She was associate director of the neonatal ECMO program in Montreal.  In 1997 she returned to the University of Vermont.

    Dr. Johnston developed an interest in the follow up care of infants discharged from the NICU and in 2000 started a Neonatal Medical Follow Up Program at University of Vermont Medical Center Children’s Hospital. At that time, she also developed an interest in the care of the opioid-dependent infant. With her team, she created a novel way of weaning infants from opioids by weaning doses of methadone in the outpatient setting while in the care of their family.  To date, Dr. Johnston and her team have followed over 1,400 infants exposed to opioids during pregnancy. Through getting to know these women (and their families) and hearing about their struggles and remarkable strength in overcoming their obstacles, their journey into a life of recovery has become a passion of Dr. Johnston’s. She also has an incredible team that works with her and shares her passion for the care of these families.

    Dr. Johnston’s hobbies include a passion for yarn and knitting as well as paddle boarding, swimming, and skiing in the winter. 

  • Margaret McLaren, MD, FAAP, ​Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut Medical School; Medical Director/Pediatrician, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center & Hartford Hospital

    Margaret McLaren was born in South Africa where she received her medical training from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.  Her early research was on rheumatic heart disease in children before coming to the U.S in 1976 as a Fellow in Epidemiology at the National Institute of Health, where she served on the National Task Force on Heart Disease in Children. After her 4th child was born, she did a 2 year fellowship in epidemiology at Yale University. In 1989, she completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School Of Medicine and was appointed to a new position as medical director of the Well Newborn Nursery at Hartford Hospital. She played a major role in facilitating Hartford Hospital becoming CT’s first Baby Friendly Hospital in support of breastfeeding and also developing a nationally recognized breastfeeding peer counselor program. In 1991, she founded PROkids, a primary care intervention and medical home for infants and young children affected by maternal substance use, initially at Hartford Hospital and from 1996-2015 at Connecticut Children’s. Her major area of interest is the promotion of infant mental health and attachment in children at risk through strengthening the care-giver environment. She has developed a model of intervention, Empathic Care.  In 2005 she received a 21st Century Leadership Fellowship Award from Zero to Three. 

12:30 – 1:15 PM

Lunch Buffet & Welcome from Senator Angus King (taped)

  • Angus S. King, Jr. United States Senate, Maine

    On January 3, 2013, Angus S. King, Jr. was sworn in as Maine’s first Independent United States Senator.

    Senator King joins a long line of independent leaders from the State of Maine. He is a steadfast believer in the need for greater bipartisan dialogue and relationship building among legislators.

    Senator King began his career as a staff attorney for Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Skowhegan. In 1972, he served as chief counsel to U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics in the office of former Maine Senator William Hathaway.

    In 1975, he returned to Maine to practice with Smith, Loyd and King in Brunswick. In 1983, he was appointed Vice President of Swift River/Hafslund Company, an alternative energy development company working on hydro and biomass projects in Maine and New England. Six years later, he founded Northeast Energy Management, Inc., a developer of large-scale energy conservation initiatives at commercial and industrial facilities in Maine.

    In 1994, Senator King was elected Maine's 72nd Governor. During his two terms in the Blaine House, he focused on economic development and job creation, and also achieved significant reforms in education, mental health services, land conservation, environmental protection, and the delivery of state services. He was re-elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine’s history.

    Senator King was born in Alexandria, VA in 1944. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1966 and from University of Virginia Law School in 1969. Senator King is married to Mary Herman and has four sons, Angus III, Duncan, James, and Ben, one daughter, Molly, and six grandchildren. He lives in Brunswick.

1:15 – 1:45 PM

Break with Exhibitors

1:45-3:30 pm Quick Hits (general session) –10-15 minute short talks on variety of pediatric topics

WIC and Growth Charts

  • Christopher Pezzullo, DO State Health Officer, CDC/DHHS

    Dr. Christopher Pezzullo is the State Health Officer for Maine CDC|DHHS. From 2011 to 2013 he served as President of the Maine Osteopathic Association. Prior to working at the Maine CDC he served as both the Medical Director for University Health Care and as chair and associate professor at UNECOM department of Pediatrics.  He completed his pediatric residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, and attended medical school at UNECOM (class of 1993).  Dr. Pezzullo continues to practice one day a week at Freeport Pediatrics. He is married and has two adult children.

  • Heidi Morin MS, RD, LD, CLC Dietitian, CDC/DHHS

    Heidi Morin MS, RD, LD, CLC is a Dietitian for the WIC Program at the Office of Disease Control and Prevention. Her primary role is to provide technical assistance to local WIC agencies. Heidi also collaborates with community partners to improve nutrition knowledge, increase access to healthy food, and reduce childhood hunger. She plans, tests and implements computer application upgrades; develops and implements policies and procedures and conducts biannual management evaluations of local WIC agencies.

Cerebral Palsy Care in Maine; Why your CP patients don’t have to travel to Boston anymore!!!

  • Alexa Craig, MD Pediatric Neurologist, MaineHealth

    Alexa Craig, MD, is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology.  She is also board certified in Epilepsy. She completed her medical training at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine in 2006. Her residencies were at Maine Medical Center in Pediatrics in 2008 and at Seattle Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Pediatric Neurology in 2011. She completed a fellowship at St. Louis Children's Hospital in Neonatal Neurology in 2012. She currently practices at Maine Medical Center in Neonatal and Pediatric Neurology.

20 Suggestions to Help Children with Autism Eat Better

  • Stephen Meister MD, MHSA, FAAP Medical Director The Edmund N Ervin Pediatric Center MaineGeneral Medical Center; President Elect, Maine Chapter of the AAP

    Stephen J. Meister, MD, is the Medical Director for the Edmund N Ervin Pediatric Center/MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville and Augusta, Maine. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, he served his internship and residency at the Babies and Children’s Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.  He later was awarded a Masters in Health Services Administration from The George Washington University.

    During his active duty in the US Navy, Dr. Meister served as Division Head of the Pediatric Acute Care Clinic at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. In 1990-91, during the First Gulf War, he served with the Marine Corps in a field hospital managing the Emergency Department near the Kuwait border of Saudi Arabia. He practiced General Pediatrics for over 20 years and from 2009 to 2011 was the Medical Director for the Family Health Division of the Maine CDC.  

    Dr. Meister is a Diplomat of both the American Board of Pediatrics and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2003 and again in 2007, Dr. Meister was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award for his work with foster care in Maine.  He is the author of presentations on the assessment of stress/trauma in children, is the past Chair of the Maine Child Death and Serious Injury Review Panel and the Vice President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Steve’s real passion these days is to promote resiliency in teenage boys by coaching a high school sports team using a positive skill building approach to model behavior. Steve feels that it’s important to remember how to play and have fun.

Buff on the Beach - Enhancement Drug Use by Non-athletes

  • Michele Labotz, MD InterMed

    Sports Medicine Physician

    Michele LaBotz, is a Sports Medicine Physician and I has been caring for athletes at all levels of participation since 1997. She initially trained in pediatrics before she completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She subsequently served as a team physician, as well as assistant professor and associate director of the sports medicine fellowship at the University of Hawaii.

    In 2006 her family returned to Maine, where she began a private practice career at InterMed’s sports medicine clinic. She is currently a member of the national executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and is particularly interested in the principles of exercise training, injury prevention, nutrition and supplement use, and speaks nationally on a variety of topics concerning the young athlete. Her most recent publications include the sports nutrition chapters for both the AAP’s Pediatric Nutrition Handbook and Care of the Young Athlete and she was  lead author of the AAP's clinical report on Performance Enhancing Substances which was released this past June.  

Effects of Trauma on Development

  • Mark Rains, PhD Indep Psychologist

    MARK RAINS, PhD Mark Rains is a psychologist supporting resilience in children, families, and communities through evaluation, therapy, consultation, and training. He earned his PhD in child/clinical/community psychology from the University of Rochester and began employment with Aroostook Mental Health Center in Caribou, Maine, over thirty years ago. After developing a specialty in infant mental health in Michigan, he returned to Maine in 1998 to collaborate in the Pediatric Rapid Evaluation Program and the Mid-Maine Child Trauma Network at Maine General Medical Center. He currently maintains a private practice in Farmington, Maine, and staffs the Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He co-authored a survey and briefing paper on Adverse Childhood Experiences in Maine and has presented nationally on cumulative risk, mental health diagnosis and intervention with infant-parent relationships; and a wellness pyramid of community resources providing a foundation for family protective/promotive factors, which contribute to resilience expectations, that support healthy coping, toward wellness. He participates with Kennebec Pediatrics and Southern Kennebec CDC Head Start in the AAP  Early Childhood Education / Medical Home Collaborative.

Lead Poisoning: The Provider’s Role in a New Effort to Eradicate an Old Problem

  • Andrew Smith, SM, ScD State Toxicologist, CDC, State of Maine

    Andrew Smith is the State Toxicologist and the Manager of the Environmental and Occupational Health Program within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Department of Health and Human Services.  He leads a team of public health professionals including toxicologists, epidemiologists, public health physician and nurse, health communications specialist, environmental scientists, and information technology analysts.  His Program works on a range of topics including childhood lead poisoning prevention, carbon monoxide poisoning prevention, fish consumption advisories, private well water safety, extreme heat events, and toxic chemicals in children’s products.  He is the principal investigator on federal CDC grants for Building Resilience Against Climate Effects and Environmental Public Health Tracking.  Dr. Smith obtained his master’s and doctorate of science degrees in environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He has published in the fields of oceanography, toxicology, epidemiology and environmental health. 

Sunday, October 16


8:00 – 10:00 am NAS/DAB in Maine & Speaker Introductions

Speaker Introductions - State of state for Maine

  • Christopher Pezzullo, DO State Health Officer, DHHS

    Dr. Christopher Pezzullo is the State Health Officer for Maine CDC|DHHS. From 2011 to 2013 he served as President of the Maine Osteopathic Association. Prior to working at the Maine CDC he served as both the Medical Director for University Health Care and as chair and associate professor at UNECOM department of Pediatrics.  He completed his pediatric residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, and attended medical school at UNECOM (class of 1993).  Dr. Pezzullo continues to practice one day a week at Freeport Pediatrics. He is married and has two adult children.

Opioid-exposed Newborns and Their Families – the Vermont Approach

  • Anne Johnston, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics UVM and UVM Children’s Hospital

    Dr. Johnston received her medical degree from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada in 1981. She completed her pediatric residency in Montreal, Quebec and then completed her Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship at the University of Vermont and Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in 1999.

    Dr. Johnston returned to Montreal and worked as a neonatologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at McGill University. She specialized in the treatment of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn with inhaled nitric oxide. She was associate director of the neonatal ECMO program in Montreal.  In 1997 she returned to the University of Vermont.

    Dr. Johnston developed an interest in the follow up care of infants discharged from the NICU and in 2000 started a Neonatal Medical Follow Up Program at University of Vermont Medical Center Children’s Hospital. At that time, she also developed an interest in the care of the opioid-dependent infant. With her team, she created a novel way of weaning infants from opioids by weaning doses of methadone in the outpatient setting while in the care of their family.  To date, Dr. Johnston and her team have followed over 1,400 infants exposed to opioids during pregnancy. Through getting to know these women (and their families) and hearing about their struggles and remarkable strength in overcoming their obstacles, their journey into a life of recovery has become a passion of Dr. Johnston’s. She also has an incredible team that works with her and shares her passion for the care of these families.

    Dr. Johnston’s hobbies include a passion for yarn and knitting as well as paddle boarding, swimming, and skiing in the winter. 

Empathic Care for Newborns and Young Children with Prenatal Substance Exposure and their mothers

  • Margaret McLaren, MD ​Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut Medical School; Medical Director/Pediatrician, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center & Hartford Hospital

    Margaret J. McLaren, M.D., F.A.A.P. is the Medical Director, Well Newborn Medicine, Hartford Hospital, in Hartford CT and a Attending Pediatrician, at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT. Dr. McLaren was born in South Africa where she received her medical training from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.  Her early research was on rheumatic heart disease in children before coming to the U.S in 1976 as a Fellow in Epidemiology at the National Institute of Health, where she served on the National Task Force on Heart Disease in Children. After her 4th child was born, she did a 2 year fellowship in epidemiology at Yale University. In 1989, she completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School Of Medicine and was appointed to a new position as medical director of the Well Newborn Nursery at Hartford Hospital. She played a major role in facilitating Hartford Hospital becoming CT’s first Baby Friendly Hospital in support of breastfeeding and also developing a nationally recognized breastfeeding peer counselor program. In 1991, she founded PROkids, a primary care intervention and medical home for infants and young children affected by maternal substance use, initially at Hartford Hospital and from 1996-2015 at Connecticut Children’s. Her major area of interest is the promotion of infant mental health and attachment in children at risk through strengthening the care-giver environment. She has developed a model of intervention, Empathic Care.  In 2005 she received a 21st Century Leadership Fellowship Award from Zero to Three. 

10:15 – 11:15 AM

Immunization Controversies: influenza, meningococcal B and HPV

  • H. Cody Meissner, MD Professor of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine, Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Tufts Medical Center

    H. Cody Meissner, MD, is a leading national expert on childhood vaccinations who consults with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on periodic updates to the recommended immunization schedule for newborns through 18-year-olds. He is an ex-officio member of the Committee on Infectious Diseases for the American Academy of Pediatrics and an associate editor for the Red Book. At Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center he heads the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Meissner is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He has published more than 250 articles regarding pediatric infectious disease.

11:15 – 12:15 PM

GI Issues and Reflux – Treatment Options including Proton Pump Inhibitors

  • Anna Furr, DO Maine Pediatric Specialty Care, Pediatric Gastroenterology, MaineHealth

    Anna Furr, DO, graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She completed her Pediatric Residency training at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, and her Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr Furr joined Maine Pediatric Specialty Care at Maine Medical Center in 2007.  She works with children from throughout the state of Maine with a wide variety of GI disorders.  Dr Furr lives with her husband and three children in Scarborough, Maine.  She especially enjoys running, cycling, cooking, spending time at the ocean, and forcing her lovely children to eat their vegetables.