New presidents for SPR, APR

May 11, 2009

Spring brings with it more than crocuses and pollen allergies: it also means new blood at some academic pediatric groups.

Spring brings with it more than crocuses and pollen allergies: it also means new blood at some academic pediatric groups.

David Cornfield, MD, is the chief of pulmonary, allergy, and critical care medicine at California’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. He’ll also be the new president of the Society for Pediatric Research, the 3,000-member academic society.

“The goals of Packard Children’s Hospital, the School of Medicine, and the Society of Pediatric Research are well aligned, Cornfield said in a statement. “There’s a very natural synergy.” He’ll stay on at his teaching and administrative positions during his one-year presidency.

The American Pediatric Society, a related group dating back to 1888, also held elections. Gary L. Fleisher, MD, of Children’s Hospital Boston as been elected vice president, and began serving his term this May. The term is followed by advancing to become president the following year, then joining a Council of Past Presidents for a third year.

Sherin U. Devaskar, MD, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is the new APS president, stepping up from the veep post for the role. Valerie P. Castle, MD, of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor was also elected to serve a five-year term as a council member.