The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently re-appointed Dr. Jay P. Goldsmith to the AAP Committee on the Fetus and Newborn. In this highly competitive election process, committee members are appointed by the AAP Board of Directors and reappointed biennially for a six-year term. As a member of the Committee on the Fetus and Newborn, Dr. Goldsmith will help develop many of the AAP policies and programs relating to fetal and neonatal care world-wide. Dr. Goldsmith is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and is board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine, with more than 40 years of clinical experience in neonatology. Dr. Goldsmith is currently the Elsie Schaefer Chair of Neonatology and Section Chief of Neonatology-Perinatology Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. His publications include over 100 scientific articles, 25 book chapters, and six editions of the textbook he co-authored, Assisted Ventilation of the Neonate.

Dr. Samir S. El-Dahr was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC). The membership of AMSPDC consists of the chair of each accredited medical school in the United States and Canada and is a major voice for academic pediatrics in North America. Its purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of children in their communities and throughout the world. As an elected member of the board of directors, Dr. El-Dahr will serve a two-year term. Dr. El-Dahr is the Jane B. Aron Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is an active clinician with an interest in pediatric hypertension and transplantation. Dr. El-Dahr is actively involved in laboratory research and currently holds NIH funding related to mechanisms of kidney development.

CEO of Tulane Health System, Dr. William Lunn congratulates both physicians. “I am proud of Dr. Goldsmith and Dr. El-Dahr, who advocate on behalf of all children for the right to high quality health care,” he said. “As an academic medical center, our mission at Tulane Health System is to provide world-class patient care, education and research – these gentlemen are truly living that mission through cutting-edge discovery and education, in our community and beyond.”