Official e-newsletter of AAP New York Chapter 2
March 2015
Dear Chapter 2 Member,


Marc Lashley Photo

Greetings AAP NY Chapter 2!




Please read on for a short list of our top priorities and other important information:




Colin Powell once said: "There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure."  As ICD-10 transition approaches (205 days as of this writing), we must all prepare and do some hard work.  100 pediatricians attended the ICD-10 lecture given by Chapter 2 on March 2, 2015.  If you were not able to attend, please review the attached slides from the presenters to get a glimpse of some of the things we must start doing NOW to get ready.  This transition is sure to be painful, and is sure to disrupt cash flow in the average practice.  In addition, if you email our secretary (contact info below), he will send you additional files and links to help in your research.  Let us be prepared.


Click the link below for PowerPoint slides:

Dr. Susan J. Kressly's Introduction to ICD-10 

Medco's Mrs. Thelian ICD-10 Presentation


Anti-Vaccine Movement


Recently a parent in Rochester filed numerous complaints against area pediatricians who refused to accept her non-vaccinated child-alleging religious discrimination. The opinion of our lawyer at the firm of Kern Augustine Conroy and Schoppmann is that if the physicians can give a rational explanation - based upon clinical considerations, why they withdraw from treatment of a child whose parent refuses vaccination - the doctor can argue that the determination is based upon clinical considerations rather than upon religious discrimination.  I would like to remind our members that it is the official policy of the AAP not to refuse these patients, but to work with them to use any opportunity to educate them about the benefit of vaccines.  Also, here is a humorous clip from a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel (Warning - some inappropriate language).    


Know a physician who wants to become a member of chapter 2?  E-mail his or her name to our secretary below.
Marc Lashley M.D.,FAAP
President AAP NY Chapter 2

Mohammad Tahir

Interim AAP Chapter 2 Secretary


About Us 
AAP New York Chapter 2 is one of three local AAP chapters in the NYS AAP, District II.  Chapter 2 is made up of four counties: Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.
We are a non profit organization with over 1,500 members.
To learn more about your chapter, please call us at 516-326-0310, email our Assistant Exec. Director, Jessica Geslani, at, or visit our website:  
NY Chapter 2 Officers: 
President:  Marc Lashley, MD
Vice Pres.: Joseph Abularrage, MD
Secretary:  Steven Goldstein, MD
Treasurer:  Shetal Shah, MD
Immed. Past Pres:  Richard Ancona, MD

NY Chapter 2 Staff: 
Exec. Director:  Elie Ward, MSW
Asst. Exec. Dir.:  Jessica Geslani
AAP NY Chapter 2 Committees 


Contact Jessica Geslani at to learn more or to become active in any of our committees:


* Adolescence

* Bullying Prevention

* Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics/Children with Disabilities

* Disaster Preparedness

* Environmental Health

* Family Violence Prevention

* Fetus and Newborn

* Infectious Disease

* Injury, Poison and Violence Prevention

* International Language and Translations

* International Pediatrics

* Legislative

* Medical Student Outreach

* Membership

* Nutrition

* Pediatric Council

* School Health

* Senior Pediatricians

* Yoga and Meditation

* Young Physicians



A special congrats to the following AAP NY Chapter 2 members who were recently recognized by the NYC DOHMH for their outstanding immunization rates:


Loretta Au, MD, FAAP
Harry Bond, MD, FAAP
Edgar Flores-Castillo, MD, FAAP
Jack Kabariti, MD, FAAP
Karen Myrie, MD
Magalie Pierre-Louis, MD, FAAP
Elizabeth Szilagyi, MD, FAAP Wenjing Zhou, MD, PhD, FAAP  
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