Plenary Speakers - Click on the title of each session to view video from the 2013 National Conference Plenary Sessions

Friday, October 25

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award
Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP

Presented by The American Academy of Pediatrics

Awarded at Peds 21 Friday, October 25th




Saturday, October 26
10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

P1058 AAP Presidents Address
Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP

Join AAP President Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP, as he provides an update on AAP efforts to advance our Agenda for Children and reflect on his year as AAP president.

The Art Contest and Education Award will also be featured during this plenary.

P1059 Keynote Address: Learning from Disney® - Going from Good to Great in Patient Perceptions
Fred Lee

Fred Lee will share important insights from his Disney inspired experiences, where he asserts that we cannot go from good to great in patient perceptions by focusing primarily on patient satisfaction or service excellence alone. He will share what the single most important variable in patient perceptions is, and discuss why it is not on our patient surveys and consequently ignored in service excellence initiatives.


P1061 Introduction of Candidates
Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP; Thomas Tryon, MD, MBA, FAAP

This year, for the first time, NCE attendees will have the opportunity to hear from the two candidates running for the office of 2014 AAP President-Elect during the annual Presidential Plenary. Come hear them share their vision for our children, our profession and our organization. Afterwards, take advantage of special voting kiosks to cast your vote onsite!



Sunday, October 27
10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

P2067 Are You Ready to Return to Play—Concussion
Mark Halstead, MD, FAAP

Many states have passed or are considering legislation requiring medical evaluations for athletes prior to returning to play after a head injury. Media attention has focused on this issue for professional athletes but there is increasing concern for younger children and adolescents, as well. Come hear one of the experts on this topic discuss the issues that all pediatricians need to know about this topic.


P2068 Skin to Skin: The Magical First Moments
Jae Kim, MD, PhD, FAAP

Recent reports found that early skin-to-skin contact between the mother and baby at birth reduces crying, improves mother-baby interaction, keeps the baby warmer, and increases breastfeeding initiation and duration. This session will discuss the importance of skin-to-skin contact and the evidence supporting the practice of keeping stable newborns with their mothers after birth and throughout the hospital stay.


P2069 The 3 Year Visit: Checking Up on the Affordable Care Act
Anne R. Edwards, MD, FAAP

As pediatricians, we see significant developmental changes in our patients between the ages of 2 and 3 years. The same is true of the Affordable Care Act. With the January 1, 2014 “go live” date approaching, state and federal policymakers have been hard at work implementing this monumental law. Sit in on the ACA's 3-year check-up as we assess its development, recognize its potential strengths, and support its optimal future.


P2070 Finding the Military Child in Private Practice and Addressing Their Unique Needs
Col Jeffrey Hutchinson, MD, FAAP

The goal of this session is to assist civilian providers to better identify and provide services to children in their practice who may be routinely or intermittently eligible for military services. This program will also discuss the varied aspects of military culture and how that can differ in the active duty versus the "weekend warrior" families.


P2071 Using Simulation to Improve Patient Outcomes and Optimize Healthcare Processes
Tore Laerdal, MSc, FAAP

The education of healthcare providers through the use of patient simulation has gained much momentum in recent years due to factors such as increased focus on patient safety and more recently maintenance of competence. This session will introduce attendees to developments in technology and educational methodologies which have dramatically improved the opportunity for simulation to improve patient outcomes and optimize healthcare processes.



Monday, October 28
10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

P3063 Genetic Testing for Diagnosis
Bruce Gelb, MD

The field of molecular genetics of cardiovascular disease has made great strides in our understanding of the etiologies, cellular biology, and mechanisms responsible for heart disease in recent years. In addition, stem cell therapy and other novel genetic-based treatments are on the horizon. These updates will be provided.



P3064 Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: Is There a Difference?
Alessio Fasano, MD

This session will enable participants to identify children who are at risk for celiac disease and use the most appropriate serological tests to screen for the condition. The importance of confirming the diagnosis of celiac disease before starting treatment will be emphasized. Participants will be introduced to the concept of non–celiac disease gluten sensitivity and will be able to discuss how this differs from celiac disease with the patient and their family.


P3065 Long-term Follow-up Care for Pediatric Cancer Survivors
Melissa Hudson, MD, FAAP

This plenary session will outline the essential issues in cancer survivorship, including long-term follow-up guidelines for survivors of childhood cancer.




P3066- Aurora, Newtown, Boston and Beyond: Violence and Its Impact on Children
David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

This session will present information on the impact of violence on America's youth, resources for pediatricians treating children exposed to violence, and discussion on strategies for advocacy initiatives.



P3067 Keynote Address: The Century of the System
Atul Gawande, MD

 The remarkable expansion of pediatric knowledge and innovation over the past century has had a dramatic impact on improving the health of children. But this “Century of the Molecule” has added remarkable complexities to our ability to deliver advanced technologies in a coordinated, systematic fashion. These complexities have resulted in medical errors, duplication of services and lack of communication among healthcare providers. This session will explore ways in which we can promote teamwork and collaboration that will allow all parts of this complicated system to function more effectively as we move into the “Century of the System”.



Tuesday, October 29
10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

P4044 Christopherson Lecture: Addressing Newborn Survival Globally—How Can Pediatricians Contribute
Zulfiqar Bhutta, MB, BS, PhD, FAAP

Dr Bhutta is a Husein Laljee Dewraj Professor and the Founding Chair of the Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. His research interests include newborn and child survival, maternal and child undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.



P4045 Why Pediatric Management of ADHD Matters: Adult Outcomes of Childhood ADHD
William Barbaresi, MD, FAAP

While previous research on the long-term outcome of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been limited by biased, clinic-referred samples, this session will present cutting-edge research findings on the long-term adult outcomes of childhood ADHD from a population-based birth cohort.



P4046 Early Screening and Diagnosis in Autism Spectrum Disorders: How Low Can We Go?
Patricia Manning-Courtney, MD, FAAP

The AAP recommends screening for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) at 18 and 24 months of age and ongoing surveillance. It is important for the primary care provider to be knowledgeable regarding current research on validated screening measures for ASDs in common use as well as the consistency of early diagnosis. This is important for accurate counseling for families and making appropriate judgments regarding referrals for diagnosis and intervention. In addition, emerging research is identifying symptoms of ASDs earlier in infancy and childhood. It is important for pediatricians to have access to this information to support surveillance in the medical home and for monitoring of younger siblings of children with ASDs.


P4047 Endocrine Disruptors: Longitudinal Cohort Studies in Highly Exposed Boys
Mary Lee, MD

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with the body’s endocrine system. Persistent organic pollutants, such as dioxins, can act as endocrine disruptors. This session will describe research results concerning endocrine disruptors on the developing male reproductive system.


P4048 Expecting the Unexpected: Dealing with Incidental Findings from Clinical Genome Sequencing
Bruce Korf, MD, PhD, FAAP

Clinical genome sequencing is a new and powerful diagnostic tool. Along with the possible identification of a genetic cause for a child’s problems, there is the possibility of discovering other unexpected genetic mutations that may be medically significant. How should the pediatrician deal with such incidental findings? This talk will consider recent policy statements on the topic and offer suggestions for the pediatrician to fully appreciate the power and limitations of genome sequencing in clinical practice.

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