New members, plus a fond farewell


Dr. Tina Q. Tan welcomes 4 new members to our editorial advisory board, wishes a fond farewell to another board member, and shares her must-read articles from the May issue.

This is a very exciting time for Contemporary Pediatrics®—we are welcoming 4 distinguished additions to our Editorial Advisory Board (EAB):

Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD, FAAP, FAAAAI, FACAAI, director of the Division of Allergy & Immunology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida, brings expertise in an important area that many clinicians address with patients daily. Her interests include allergic rhinitis, food allergy, anaphylaxis, and atopic dermatitis.

Jessica Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, FAAN, is a clinical professor of nursing at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas, and immediate past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. A nationally recognized antihuman trafficking advocate, Peck served as founding chair of the Alliance for Children in Trafficking (ACT) and started the ACT Advocates grassroots program, training thousands of nursing professionals at the local, state, national, and international levels to respond to human trafficking, a problem that many clinicians may not be aware could exist in their communities.

Rebecca A. Baum, MD, a developmental behavioral pediatrician and clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, where she serves as chief of the Section of Development, Behavior, and Learning. She was a contributing author for our March issue, which focused on the national emergency in children’s mental health. She brings a wealth of expertise on adolescent issues that practices are encountering more often.

Emily Aron, MD, is a child and family psychiatrist, Medical Director, Medstar Infant and Early Childhood Clinic, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in Washington, DC.

I also want to extend a special thank-you to Harlan Gephart, MD, who is retiring after 25 years as an active EAB member. We are so grateful for his robust contributions and dedication to Contemporary Pediatrics®—and we wish him all the best.

Be sure to check out the must-read articles in this month’s issue:

  • Practice Improvement offers an excellent guide on how to stay in practice and remain profitable. Written by EAB member Andrew J. Schuman, MD, this practical piece packs valuable tips for pediatricians.
  • The Respiratory Disorders/Pediatric Pharmacology section report explains how messenger RNA vaccine technology is furthering the development of vaccines for influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, and other conditions.
  • The Developmental Disorders section features a timely summary of what clinicians should know when treating eating disorders, which have surged throughout the pandemic.

As always, thank you for providing outstanding care to your patients during these rapidly changing times: and enjoy the warmer weather around the country! As Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party.’ ”

Please stay safe and well. I welcome your suggestions, comments, and questions.

With warm regards,

Tina Q. Tan

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