COCIT is led by an 11-member Executive Committee. Members of the Executive Committee are elected by their peers within COCIT.
In addition to the elected members of the Executive Committee, COCIT has established strategic liaison relationships with other member groups within the AAP. These liaisons participate in Executive Committee meetings and play an active role in accomplishing the work of COCIT.
Executive Committee Leadership
Emily Webber, MD FAAP
Dr. Emily Webber is a pediatric hospitalist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and Medical Director for Pediatric Clinical Informatics. She has worked on projects including computer physician order entry (CPOE), optimization of workflow and process, as well as using the EMR to improve patient engagement. Her particular areas of interest include design of clinical decision support and pediatric safety challenges within vendor EMR products. She also has interest in using social media to promote medical education and health issues, and can be found on Twitter via @pedshospdoc.
Dr. Webber is a member of the Cerner Pediatric Leadership Council and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), a graduate of the OSHU 10x10 program, and a board certified pediatrician and clinical informatician.
Gregg Alexander, DO
Dr. Gregg Alexander is a solo pediatrician at Madison Pediatrics in London, Ohio. He received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Geisinger Medical Center.
Dr. Alexander works to advance technology in healthcare through many roles. As Chief Medical Officer for Health Nuts Media, he works to advance health literacy and patient engagement using entertainment (animation, games, apps) with easily understood language and engaging content. Currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Health Information Partnership, the HIE/REC for the state of Ohio, he also blogs regularly on health information technology for HIStalkPractice.com. He has also provided independent consultant services to a range of companies from private physician practices to EHR vendors to large firms such as Thomson Reuters.
Within the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Dr. Alexander sits on the Executive Boards of both COCIT and the Child Health Informatics Center.
Executive Committee Members
Eric Beyer, MD FAAP
Dr. Beyer is a general pediatrician in private practice in Canandaigua, New York, where he lives with his wife, Anne and their three children. He is the current president of AAP NY chapter 1, where he is also web master. In that capacity, he produced and hosted a weekly video podcast. His interest in technology goes back to a community college course in BASIC on the TRS-80 he took in the third grade.
He was also, until recently, chapter breastfeeding coordinator and is a fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.Sandy Chung, MD, FAAP
As a practicing pediatrician, part-time Medical Director of Informatics for a large network of physicians (>2000 doctors), board member of our statewide health information exchange, and advisory council member for the national public-private initiative Carequality (which has the mission to improve interoperability and data exchange among disparate EHRs and data sources), I would bring to the committee multiple perspectives - from the boots-on-the-ground view in a practice, the large population health-hospital system view, the state government view, and the federal policy view. In addition, I understand personally the challenges that pediatricians have with health IT. I started a statewide pediatric telemedicine program in primary care, developed a local health information exchange, and helped many pediatricians across the state make the transition to EHRs through our regional health information organization. My passion is to help pediatricians with evaluating, adopting, implementing, and being comfortable with health technology in this rapidly changing environment.
Alex Hamling, MD, MBA, FAAP
Dr. Hamling is board certified pediatrician working at Pacific Medical Centers at their Bothell, WA campus. He obtained his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and his MBA in Healthcare Management from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. He completed his general pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medicine Center. His clinical interests include optimizing pathways to treat children with asthma; care for children with type 1 diabetes; and volunteer medicine. He is adjunct faculty through Washington State University College of Nursing and teaches DNP students in his outpatient clinic.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Hamling, worked at the U.S. Naval Branch Health Clinic at Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, in Atsugi, Japan. Prior to living overseas, Dr. Hamling worked as a pediatric hospitalist through Seattle Children’s Hospital. Despite all his travels across the country and out of the U.S. (Canada, Japan, Spain, Uzbekistan, Great Britain, and Guatemala), he still has a special place in his heart for his hometown of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Hamling has been an active member in the AAP, serving on the Section of Young Physicians’ Nominations Committee for two terms; the Strategic Planning Committee for Pediatric Hospital Medicine Certification; and the Section of Early Career Physicians Liaison to the Committee on Coding and Nomenclature. He has participated in many AAP sponsored programs including the Family-Centered Care Assessment Pilot Project and focus groups targeting ENDS and the care and privacy rights for adolescents. He is also part of the inaugural class of the AAP’s Young Physician’s Leadership Alliance training program (2014-2017.)
During his off time, he enjoys geocaching, gardening, walking with his daughter to local coffee shops, and dancing (salsa, swing, tango, etc.)
Eric Kirkendall, MD MBI FAAP
Eric is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He has a Master of Biomedical Informatics degree (Clinical Informatics track) from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Eric is currently the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer at Cincinnati Children's and works within the Departments of Pediatrics, Information Systems, Biomedical Informatics, and in Patient Safety through the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence. His other informatics roles at CCHMC include Subject Matter Expert, Patient Safety team member, physician and administrator liaison. Eric was heavily involved in the design and successful implementation of a new integrated EHR system at CCHMC and continues to evaluate its clinical performance and optimization.
Eric's research interests include using the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to promote patient safety through automated adverse event detection and providing clinical decision support (CDS) in the pediatric medication prescribing process. Previous and ongoing research projects have also focused on user perceptions of EHRs, rapid implementation of evidence-based medicine CDS, and the use of natural language processing to detect iatrogenic harm. Eric is involved with several national collaborative efforts to detect safety events and prevent patient harm through the use of EHR-related tools. He has successfully collaborated with project teams at both the local and national levels, and leads many operational and research groups at CCHMC. Eric also contributes to informatics education at all levels and is the Chair of Education for the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT). Eric has been a member of the AAP for over a decade, is currently a Fellow of the AAP, and is a member in good standing in both COCIT and the Section on Hospital Medicine.
Ann Mann, MD, FAAP
Dr. Ann Mann is a general pediatrician and medical director of a primary care clinic in Denver, Colorado. She completed medical school and residency at the University of Iowa, is a graduate of the OHSU 10x10 Informatics course, and is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Past AAP leadership experience includes serving as a state chapter vice-president, at-large state board member, and state legislative co-chairperson. Having experience as both a pediatric hospitalist as well as an outpatient pediatrician, she understands the importance of EHR interoperability as well as the need for safer pediatric healthcare and better community health. Dr. Mann is interested in the utilization of mobile health applications to engage communities and to improve their well-being, through education and data exchange.
Stephen Morgan, MD FAAP
Dr Stephen Morgan currently holds the position of Senior Clinical Informatician at Partners Healthcare Information Services in the Clinical Informatics Research and Design division. In this role, he serves as a knowledge expert and is responsible for a number of research and development activities at Partners Healthcare, with a focus on clinical decision support in pediatrics. He also maintains an active full time clinical practice in primary care pediatrics in Salem, MA. In each of these roles he strives to blend the concepts of informatics and clinical practice.
Eric Shelov, MD, FAAP
Dr Shelov is a pediatric hospitalist and the Associate CMIO at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is board certified in Clinical Informatics and will complete a Masters degree in Biomedical Informatics at Oregon Health Sciences University in 2016. He is on faculty for CHOP's new Fellowship in Clinical Informatics and am a clinical informatics advisor to CHOP's Office of Quality Improvement, where he provides guidance and CDS development expertise for QI projects. Since 2009, he has participated in and overseen EHR implementations and optimizations at CHOP.
In serving on the COCIT Executive Committee, he hopes to become a more prominent advocate of pediatric needs in the EHR. Clinical Informatics is a rapidly evolving field. There has been tremendous growth and progress in recent years but also disappointment as the road to interoperability appears much bumpier than originally planned. Modular applications hosted within EHR's (SMART, FHIR, etc.) are generating enthusiasm for enhanced interoperability, but in addition to advancement we should expect some excitement to fade as we realize the limitations of these tools.
There will be difficult choices ahead for practices, hospitals, and organizations like the AAP: which are the right tools to support high quality care? When should we work within our increasingly vendor-based systems versus a vendor-neutral approach? Dr Shelov looks forward to sharing his experience and foundational knowledge to help COCIT and the AAP navigate the choices we will face in the near future.
Srinivasan Suresh, MD, MBA, FAAP
In my current roles as the CIO and CMIO of a large children’s hospital, I provide strategic direction to our HIT and HIE initiatives. I was instrumental in my organization winning the ‘HIMSS Davies’ award, and in maintaining our HIMSS Stage 7 EMRAM designation. Serving on the COCIT executive committee, I look forward to expand my work to benefit more pediatric providers and more children. As an IT physician champion, I constantly serve as a bridge between IT personnel and clinicians, and am passionate in the application of clinical information technology to enhance the care of children. Board certified in pediatric emergency medicine and in clinical informatics, I am fortunate to have developed an expertise in medical education, information science, informatics research, business development and hospital administration. Currently, I am the co-lead of a COCIT policy statement and technical report on clinical documentation (work-in-progress) to be published in Pediatrics.
Jeffrey Wright, MD, FAAP
Dr Jeffrey Wright is an academic general pediatrician who was among the initial cohort of those board certified in Clinical Informatics. He has over 30 years of experience working on both the hardware and software side of computers. He developed wireless LANs, used tablet PCs, wrote programs for ePrescribing and an EMR that were used in a primary care clinic back in the 1990s. Recently I had the experience of transition to EpicCare. His interests include quality care and outcomes measures, development of medical homes, and education of residents in the use of information technology. His goal is to advocate for tools that both improve patient care, and also improve satisfaction among pediatricians.
Immediate Past Chair
Stuart Weinberg, MD FAAP
Dr. Weinberg is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in Computer Science, he attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then completed his pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
As fate would have it, the nearby University of Pittsburgh was one of a handful of sites offering training in biomedical informatics through the National Library of Medicine, and he completed a three-year fellowship there after residency under Dr. Randy Miller.
He first became involved with the Section on Computers and Other Technologies (SCOT) in 1990 and had the pleasure of serving on its Executive Committee from 1994-2000. He served on SCOT/SCOCIT/COCIT in additional capacities throughout the years, including Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, Computer Lab Coordinator, Nominations Committee Member/Chair, and Vice Chair. He developed and currently maintains the Pediatric Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Review site. He was honored to have received the Byron Oberst Award in 2004.
His interests include clinical decision support, clinical reminders, web services, electronic outpatient whiteboards, immunization registries, personal health records, barcoding, intuitive user interfaces, pediatric-specific applications, and camp informatics. For additional information, please see his Vanderbilt web page.
Executive Committee Liaisons
Dale Alverson, MD, FAAP
Section on Telehealth Care Liaison
Dr Alverson is Professor Emeritus and Regents' Professor at the University of New Mexico, where he is the Medical Director of the Center for Telehealth and involved in the planning, implementation, research, and evaluation of Telemedicine systems for New Mexico, as well as nationally and internationally. He is the CMIO at LCF Research, assisting in their efforts to address the development and meaningful use of health information exchange, adoption of electronic health records, and integration with telemedicine. He is a Past President of the American Telemedicine Association. He is also deeply involved with collaborative international programs to advance Telehealth and e-Health globally.
Frances Chan, MD, FAAP
Section on Advances in Therapeutics and Technology
I am in my twenty-third year as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. For the last seven years, I have been a member of the AAP Council on Clinical Information Technology. Recently I was introduced to the Section on Advances in Therapeutics and Technology. In 2007, I accepted several responsibilities all of which I continue to hold at this time. One is in the role of a Medical Informatics Liaison Officer. This involves a significant effort in supporting the Chief Medical Information Officer at Loma Linda University Health. Also in the same year, I was named one of the Vice-Presidents and the Chief Compliance Officer for the faculty employment corporation. In this role I provide support in matters that relate to group finance performance and policy changes. As the Chief Compliance Officer, I also report to the board of directors and am responsible for all matters related to fulfilling regulatory requirements (the main functions include internal audits and education). These three roles have allowed me to interact with numerous faculty and other health care providers as they provide patient care and where that intersects with the electronic health record and documentation requirements by insurance payers.
Melissa Van Cain, MD
Section on Pediatric Trainees
I am excited about being the SOPT liaison to COCIT. I have a passion for using innovative technologies to improve medical care. I have a strong background in technology including a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Before going to medical school I worked as a Process Engineer where I used computers and technology to streamline the product design process. In medical school I helped found the WCMC Technology Committee to facilitate communication between the administration and students about integrating technology into the curriculum. Being the SOPT liaison to COCIT allows me to better understand how the AAP and pediatricians are using CIT and the challenges they face integrating CIT into clinical practice. I hope to connect with other pediatricians who share my passion for CIT and how it can enhance medicine.