Newsletter October 2017

Steven J. Goldstein, MD, FAAP

Steven J. Goldstein, MD, FAAP

Dear NYS AAP – Chapter 2 Member,

I am pleased to share with you some notes describing our most recent quarterly Chapter 2 Executive Committee Meeting that took place on September 28th at NYU Winthrop Hospital. While not everything discussed at a meeting will be of interest to everyone, much goes on that is relevant to our agenda for children and for pediatric practice.

The Chapter Officers and Committee Chairs work diligently on behalf of the Chapter membership and report on their accomplishments at each meeting. Our meetings are a time for sharing, discussion, and comment. Chapter and District staff and officers report on finances, legislative progress, grants, and educational endeavors. Practical office matters are often discussed by the Pediatric Council, including new coding issues and guidance. Representatives from each of the four county societies in Chapter 2 (Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Pediatric Societies) are also each given an opportunity to present items of interest.

This was the first meeting of my tenure as Chapter President, and there was much to discuss. Some of the highlights and links of interest are presented below. I will focus on other areas of interest in upcoming emails.

Thank you!

Steven J. Goldstein, MD, FAAP
President, NYS AAP – Chapter 2


National Conference and Exhibition (NCE)

The Academy’s National Conference and Exhibition took place in Chicago in September and it was an amazing meeting.  Those of you that have not made it to an NCE are missing something really incredible.  Pediatricians from all over the world come together to learn from each other and share successes and challenges. I always come home feeling energized about Pediatrics.

This year’s keynote speaker on Nurturance and Attachment was Clinical Psychologist Luz Towns-Miranda. She is the mother of Lin-Manuel Miranda, author of the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights.


Vote for AAP President Elect by October 15th!

Voting for the AAP President Elect opened at the NCE.  This year the very qualified candidates are Michael Weiss (left) and Kyle Yasuda (right).  Their statements and the ballot can be found at

Please take a moment to review their qualifications and vote.  The election ends on October 15.  Every vote counts.

Let’s see a great turnout from Chapter 2!


National AAP Awards

A number of national awards are announced at the AAP NCE each year. This year, I am pleased to tell you that AAP Past President Benard Dreyer received the Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. His acceptance speech describing his long career and the privilege of working with children was very moving.

Our Chapter 2 Vice President, Shetal Shah, received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Section on Epidemiology, Public Health and Evidence and the Council of Community Pediatrics.

Dina Joy Lieser, former head of our Early Childhood Committee, and now working in Washington, DC, received the Dr. Susan S. Aronson Early Education and Child Care Advocacy Award from the Council on Early Childhood.

Congratulations to the award recipients. We are proud of their accomplishments and their membership in our District and Chapters.


Fundraising for the AAP’s New Headquarters

The AAP is building a new headquarters in Itasca, Illinois with more space for employees and meetings and greatly enhanced capability to host meetings through technology. Click here to learn more about the For Our Future initiativeI donated personally to this crucial initiative and I urge you to do so as well.

The Chapter Executive Committee voted to donate $2000 this year, and $1000 each year for the subsequent 4 years. Chapter members will benefit from increased efficiency at the National level and increased ability to participate in educational endeavors from afar. I am pleased to share that the Nassau Pediatric Society made a donation as well. If the NYS AAP Chapters are successful in raising $50,000, a “New York” room will be named in the new building for the state and those AAP Presidents that came from New York. Your individual gifts will also be credited to this initiative if you mention NYS AAP when you donate.


Disaster Relief

The Chapter made a sizable donation to the Friends of Children Fund for disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

We encourage all of our members to direct their donations there as well, to benefit the children and families affected by Hurricane Maria.

Click here to donate.


New Initiatives and Ongoing Projects

Jack Levine presented a new initiative from The March of Dimes named the IMPLICIT Toolkit. IMPLICIT is the acronym for Interventions to Minimize Preterm and Low Birthweight Infants through Continuous Improvement Techniques. The Chapter, in cooperation with Chapter 3, will be presenting a CME webinar on the toolkit in the near future. The toolkit can be accessed here: There is much discussion about making programs such as this part of Value Based Care, and we recommend that everyone familiarize themselves with the concepts involved.

Rob Lee, Chapter 2 Secretary, presented information about our collaboration with Help Me Grow ( and their efforts to promote developmental and maternal depression screening.

As part of the Chapter’s continued commitment to leadership development, the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath was distributed to those in attendance, and a vignette from the book was discussed. If you are interested in paradigms for looking at and instituting change in your work, volunteer, or home environments, I highly recommend the book.

We had updates on our Strategic Planning initiatives, which started during Immediate Past President J. Abularrage’s tenure, followed by committee and liaison reports. Some highlights from these reports include 3 new breastfeeding videos now posted on the Chapter website, an evening in November for Early Career Physicians sponsored by Chapters 2 and 3, and our Director of Policy, Advocacy and External Relations, Elie Ward, continued teaching us about advocacy and her involvement as our voice in discussions around the state that will impact the future of pediatrics in New York.

Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented to David Fagan and Mark Welles for their crucial work as Chairs of the Bullying Prevention Committee. Is a question about bullying part of your well visit template?

The Pediatric Council Update included new guidelines for transitioning patients to adult care available at, and new guidance on what qualifies as a new visit after an immunization visit from AAP coding which can be accessed at

A report from our District Chair Warren Seigel followed, highlighting National AAP issues. Warren represents our three NYS AAP Chapters (Chapters 1, 2 & 3) to the National AAP.

Over this past summer we had staff changes: Jessica Geslani transitioned into her new role as Executive Director of Chapters 2 and 3, and she is thriving. You can reach her with concerns and questions at 516-326-0310 or via email at Elie Ward has retired from her position as Chapter Executive Director, and is now Director of Policy, Advocacy and External Relations for all three Chapters. She is continuing her ongoing involvement in advocacy work at all levels of government and is also assisting with grant management.


Connect with Chapter 2

The Chapter has many opportunities for its members to make a lasting contribution to child health in our communities. Our committees welcome new members and ideas. Please visit the Chapter 2 website at and contact us or a committee chair to get involved. Put a visit to our website on your weekly to-do list, as we frequently update the site.

Follow us on Twitter: @NYSAAPCH2. I can be followed @SteveGoldstei10. Let me know if you would like to learn how to use Twitter.

Contact us! I would like to hear your suggestions, comments, concerns, and even critiques. Please email me at


Newsletter September 2017

Dear NYS AAP – Chapter 2 Member,

The newly elected officers of the New York State American Academy of Pediatrics (NYS AAP) – Chapter 2 would like to introduce themselves, solicit your input, and involve you in promoting child (and pediatrician) health in our region.

We will serve in these offices until July of 2019 and hope to accomplish much during that time.  Even more important is the fact that chapter membership offers multiple opportunities to network, learn new skills, contribute opinions, suggest new initiatives, educate, and advocate.

As local pediatricians in a chapter almost 70-years old, your local AAP’s credibility, combined with the expertise of its members, is in a unique position to improve the care of children in our region.  With your help, we can have even more influence in shaping the policy and future of health care in New York State.

While most of the AAP’s 10 Districts are made up of multiple states, New York and California each comprise a District.  There are three Chapters within the NYS AAP (District II), and our Chapter 2 has approximately 1,400 members from the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, and the counties of Nassau and Suffolk.  Chapter 3 is composed of Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, and the upstate counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester.  Chapter 1 covers the rest of New York State.

Because AAP members from New York City are split between Chapters 2 and 3, look for increased collaboration between the Chapters through our Committees and initiatives that further our agenda in New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area.

Now a little about us:


Steven J. Goldstein, MD, FAAP

Steven J. Goldstein, MD, FAAP

Steven J. Goldstein, MD, FAAP
Follow Chapter 2 on Twitter @NYSAAPCH2
Follow me on Twitter @SteveGoldstei10I am a general pediatrician with offices in Brooklyn and Queens.  In my
work as Chair of the Pediatric Council I advocate for children’s
healthcare coverage and for fair payment for pediatric services.  I
believe that a healthy future for our nation and a competitive workforce
in the global marketplace depends on raising our children in safe
environments with adequate nutrition, educational opportunities, and
quality pediatric healthcare.

Shetal Shah, MD, FAAP

Shetal Shah, MD, FAAP

Vice President
Shetal Shah, MD, FAAP
shetaldoc@hotmail.comI am a practicing neonatologist and Professor of Neonatology and
Pediatrics at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital/New York Medical
College.  My interests include neonatal immunology (particularly
immunizations), stem cell therapy and neonatal healthcare policy.  My
work with the AAP started when I wanted to help pass a law in NYS to
promote influenza immunization.  My work with the local AAP Chapter
showed me the power of dedicated individuals to institute change.  We have had much success, but there is still work to do!

Robert Lee, DO, FAAP

Robert Lee, DO, FAAP

Robert Lee, DO, FAAP am an academic pediatrician and Associate Residency Program
Director at NYU-Winthrop Hospital.  As Co-Chair of the new Foster
and Kinship Care Committee, I advocate for children exposed to toxic
stress.  I will help develop quality educational programs and work to
engage the members with the goal of improving children’s health
through policy, advocacy, and education.

Sara Kopple, MD, FAAP

Sara Kopple, MD, FAAP

Sara E. Kopple, MD, FAAP
SaraKopple@gmail.comI am a general pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Clinical
Medicine at The New York-Presbyterian/Queens Medical Center.  My
interests include early childhood development, legislative advocacy,
and medical education.  I believe our role as pediatricians in the
community is to advocate and provide a voice for children and
families on an individual and population level.

Jessical Geslani

Jessica Geslani

Executive Director
Jessica Geslani
jgeslani@aap.orgOn July 1, 2017, Jessica Geslani assumed her new position as
Executive Director of the Chapter.  She will also serve Chapter 3,
facilitating our joint initiatives.We welcome Jessica to her new responsibilities.

Elie Ward

Elie Ward

Director of Policy, Advocacy & External Relations
Elie Ward, MSW
eward@aap.netElie Ward also transitioned into a new position in July, and we
welcome her efforts to represent the members of the District both in
Albany and New York City.  She will also assist in Grant
Management for the Chapters.


Do you have a particular interest, specialty or passion within Pediatrics?  Do you perceive the need for an educational program we have not addressed?  Our Committees welcome new members and new ideas.  The Committees, their Chairs, and contact information are listed here:

Send an introductory email to us or to a Committee Chair and join with us and pursue your interest or passion!

We will be publicizing a number of events of interest to our members in the coming weeks, and hope you will join in.  The AAP’s National Conference and Exhibition was in Chicago this year, from September 15 to 19, and fulfilled its promise to be a great way to network, learn, and develop our skills.  The NCE is in Orlando next year, and the NCE site can be reached here:

We are on social media.  Please sign up for Chapter 2’s Twitter account @NYSAAPCH2 to get a daily, 140-character dose of the work we do each day to make our region a healthier place for children and a more practice-friendly environment.  If you need help creating a Twitter account, contact Jessica Geslani at

The Officers of the Chapter look forward to working with you in the coming years.  Please let us know what you need and how we can engage you in our vital work.

Steve Goldstein
Shetal Shah
Robert Lee
Sara Kopple


President’s Newsletter, 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:

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