CHICAGO –The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), announces the election of James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP, as its president-elect. Dr. Perrin will take office on Oct. 22 at the 2012 AAP National Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans. He begins his one-year term as AAP president Jan. 1, 2014.
Dr. Perrin is a primary care pediatrician with a lifetime of policy work and advocacy for children and adolescents, especially those with chronic conditions. A professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Perrin heads the Division of General Pediatrics at the MassGeneral Hospital (MGH) for Children. He also founded and directed the MGH Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy.
“I want to help the Academy address important problems like obesity, asthma, mental health conditions, and developmental disorders, given their growing prominence among children and adolescents,” said Dr. Perrin. “We can help such children develop healthy lives.”
A graduate of Harvard and Case Western Reserve Medical School, he completed his residency and fellowship at Rochester University Medical Center. Dr. Perrin worked for two years in Washington, D.C., on rural primary care and migrant health. He developed and ran a rural community health center in upstate New York before moving to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and later MGH to develop divisions of general pediatrics in both sites.
His research examines day-to-day issues of pediatrics: asthma, otitis media, children’s hospitalization, health insurance, and chronic illness and disabilities. He now leads the Clinical Coordinating Center for the national Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network to improve care for children with autism and other developmental disorders.
Dr. Perrin has a long record of AAP service. He chaired the AAP Committee on Children with Disabilities, co-chaired a committee that developed practice guidelines for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and co-chaired a work group to implement the ADHD guidelines. He has also served on the AAP task force on mental health and the committees on federal government affairs and genetics. Dr. Perrin was president of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association and founded its journal, Academic Pediatrics.
Dr. Perrin’s wife, Ellen, is also a pediatrician. Both enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, and spending time with their children and grandchildren in North Carolina and Maine.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org.