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Board Members

The 2015-2016 Board of Directors of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
and the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation:


Andrew Kiragu, MD Andrew Kiragu, MD, FAAP
Medical Director
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at HCMC
R. Hampton Rich, MD R. Hampton Rich, MD, FAAP
Retired Pediatric Surgeon

Lori DeFrance, MD, FAAP
Essentia Health - Duluth Clinic



Susan Berry, MD

Sue Berry, MD, FAAP
Immediate Past President

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Institute of Human Genetics
University of Minnesota



Kelly Bergmann, DO Kelly Bergmann, DO, MS, FAAP
Pediatric Emergency Physician
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Sheldon Berkowitz, MD

Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Emily Chapman, MD Emily Chapman, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Hospitalist
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Pamela Gigi Chawla, MD Pamela Gigi Chawla, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician, Pediatric Hospitalist, Senior Medical Director of Primary Care
Vijay Chawla, MD Vijay Chawla, MD, FAAP
Mayo Clinic
Rebecca Doege, MD Rebecca Doege, MD, FAAP
Partners in Pediatrics -- Maple Grove
Janna Gerwitz O'Brien, MD Janna Gewirtz O'Brien
Pediatric Resident
Mayo Clinic
Angela Goepford, MD Angela Goepford, MD, FAAP
Associate Director of Medical Education
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota -- Minneapolis
Lisa Guetzko, MD Lisa Guetzko, MD
General Pediatrician
North Memorial Clinic - Maple Grove
Gretchen Karstens, MD

Gretchen Karstens, MD, FAAP
General Pediatrician
St. Luke's

Anupam Kharbanda, MD, MSc Anupam Kharbanda, MD, FAAP, MSc
Director of Research for Emergency and Trauma Services
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minneosta
Angela Mattke, MD Angela Mattke, MD
General Pediatrician
Mayo Clinic
Joseph Neglia, MD

Joseph P. Neglia, MD, MPH, FAAP
Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota

Juliana Olaughlin Juliana O'Laughlin, MD, FAAP
Metro Pediatric Specialists, PA
Nancy Ott, MD Nancy Ott, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Allergist
Allergy and Asthma Specialists
Michael Partington, MD Michael Partington, MD
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
Michael Pitt, MD Michael Pitt, MD
Assistant Professor, Medical Director of Informatics Education
University of Minnesota
Michelle Hulse, MD

Michelle Hulse Stevens, MD, FAAP
Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer
Infection Prevention Division

Read Sulik, MD L. Read Sulik, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP
Chief Integration Officer
Deborah Smith-Wright, MD Deborah Lee Smith-Wright, MD, FAAP
Chief of Pediatrics
Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Twin Cities

Rachel Tellez, MD

Rachel Tellez, MD, MS, FAAP
General Pediatrician



Medical Students/Trainees on the Board      
Kaitlin Leopold Kaitlin Leopold
Medical Student
Mayo Clinic


Anna Krieger Anna Krieger
Medical Student
U of M
Ashish Shaw, MD Ashish Shah, MD
Pediatric Resident
University of Minnesota
Karl Migally, MD Karl Migally, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Fellow
University of Minnesota
  Kirk Wyatt, MD    


Katherin Cairns, MPH, MBA Katherine Cairns, MPH, MBA
Executive Director
Eric Dick Eric Dick
Melissa DeBilzan Melissa DeBilzan
Director of Communications