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


Policy Agenda for Pediatricians & Children in Nassau County

Dear NYS AAP – Chapter 2 Member,
     As the Executive Officers of your local Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), we work to make life better for children and to support pediatrics in our region, across the state, and nationally. Our work often involves meeting with elected officials to advocate for initiatives that will impact the children we care for and the practice of Pediatrics.
     In January, Laura Curran will take office as the new Nassau County Executive. She is sympathetic to the causes we espouse and we reached out to her staff to develop a policy agenda for the pediatricians and children in Nassau County.  We are asking for your input in developing this policy agenda.  Your suggestions will be compiled and considered for this agenda.
     Please email Jessica Geslani, the Chapter Executive Director, at with your suggestions. They will be compiled and reviewed.
    As a member of your the local AAP Chapter (NYS AAP – Chapter 2), we hope you see opportunities such as this as providing additional value to your Chapter membership and as a means to impact your local practice.
     The Chapter, in conjunction with partners across Nassau County, has been successful in promoting the Tobacco 21 initiative to the individual towns to reduce exposure to first- and second-hand smoke and vapor. Only the Town of Oyster Bay still allows sales of tobacco and e-cigarettes to those under 21 and we are still working with them. Tobacco Free Kids estimates we can reduce the days of life lost in the U.S. by 4.2 million if the initiative is adopted nationwide. We care for the children of Nassau County and the Pediatricians we serve.
     The Chapter Officers are available to address your concerns and questions. We invite you to visit the Chapter website and follow us on Twitter @NYSAAPCH2.
     Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Steven J. Goldstein, MD, FAAP, President | | Twitter: @SteveGoldstei10
Shetal Shah, MD, FAAP, Vice-President | | Twitter: @NICUBatman
Rob Lee, DO, FAAP, Secretary |
Sara Kopple, MD, FAAP, Treasurer |

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