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Executive Committee Roster

​Term End DateCity, State​
David Hill, MD, FAAP
Wilmington, NC
Nusheen Ameenuddin, MD, MPH, FAAP
Vice Chairperson - Program Chair
​VI​2019Rochester, MN
Yolanda (Linda) Reid Chassiakos, MD, FAAP
Membership Chair
​IX​2019​Northridge, CA
​Hansa Bhargava, MD, FAAP​X​2020​Decatur, GA
​Rhea Boyd, MD, FAAP​IX​2018​​San Francisco, CA
Jeffrey Hutchinson MD FAAP
I​2018​Columbia, MD
Megan Moreno, MD, FAAPVIII​2018Seattle, WA
​Elizabeth Murray, DO, FAAP​II​2020​Rochester, NY
​Michael Patrick, MD, FAAP​V​2020​Columbus, OH
​Jenny Radesky, MD, FAAP​V​2018​​Ann Arbor, MI
​Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH, FAAP​V​2020​​Ann Arbor, MI
​Justin Smith, MD, FAAP​VII​2019​​Colleyville, TX

Executive Committee Bios 

    Nusheen Ameenuddin, MD, MPH, FAAP

    Nusheen Ameenuddin, MD, MPH, FAAP is a practicing general pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her interest in children and the media was sparked during residency, but it was only after being asked about the commonly advertised drug Viagra by a four year old patient that she realized the true reach of media and its impact on children.

    ​During her term on the executive board of COCM, she served as the lead author and editor of Pedialink's first media-related course, "Media: Wired Kids and Your Practice." She was also a section editor for AAP Grand Rounds, providing commentary on recent scholarly publications on media and children. In addition, she is a part of AAP's Children, Adolescents and Media Leadership Working Group.

    Dr. Ameenuddin loves teaching on multiple levels, serving as Director of Mayo Clinic's Pediatric Resident Continuity Clinic and working each day to probide parents with the tools to help their children reach their full potential.

    Hansa Bhargava, MD, FAAP

    I am currently a staff pediatrician at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Medical Editor for Pediatrics at WebMD. In my opinion, COCM is a very important part of the AAP as it often bridges what we as pediatricians know and what the media and parents actually believe. As Lead Physician of a large ambulatory center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for 7 years,  I  was involved in administrative and policy decisions  but also with establishing clinical guidelines on a systemic level. Additionally, I was chair of a committee which focused on the best way to communicate with patients and help them have the best experience. ​

    My position as Medical Editor at WebMD has broadened my experience in communication to even a larger audience. In this role, I am frequently reviewing the latest publications in pediatrics and contributing to relevant content as part of the news team. This includes writing regular blogs and contributing to special reports. Knowing the latest publications as well as the journalist's view on what is "engaging" has given me a unique perspective on what matters to the media.  I regularly appear on Fox 5 Atlanta, and have been called as an expert on other media including CNN, CBS, Telemundo, Politico and NPR. Presentations to other physicians is part of my job as well; I am part of the Pediatric Advisory Board at Medscape for whom I do commentaries regularly, as well as interviews.  ​

    Rhea Boyd, MD, FAAP

    Rhea Boyd, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician and child health advocate in the Bay Area. Dr. Boyd graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Health from the University of Notre Dame. She earned a M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco, where she participated in the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved Program.

    Dr. Boyd works clinically in the Department of Pediatric Urgent Care at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and in the Department of Adolescent Medicine and Teen Health at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She holds an adjunct clinical instructor position at Stanford University where she teaches on structural inequality, health literacy, physician bias, and cultural humility for the Stanford Pediatric Residency Program. 

    Dr. Boyd is a member of the Academic Pediatric Association Task Force on Childhood Poverty's Education Subcommittee, that is developing a national pediatric curriculum to educate medical students and pediatric residents on the health impacts of child poverty. 

    She is active in her regional American Academy of Pediatrics where she serves on the Board of Directors for California Chapter 1 and the California Chapter 1 Foundation. There, she leads a partnership between the regional AAP and a San Francisco-based tech non-profit to improve social service referrals in the Bay Area by utilizing a digital referral database and secure, web-based referral portal. In addition, she is coordinating a group of public health officials, community advocates, and funders to evaluate and address the child and public health impact of harmful police practices and policies. She also sits on the California American Academy of Pediatrics State Government Affairs Committee. 

    She is the author of the blog Rhea.MD. where she critically engages the intersections between health, justice, and community. She is a featured author on Med Page Today's KevinMD and can be found on twitter @RheaBoydMD. She helped co-found UCSF's Department of Pediatric's blog and has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. 

    She is passionate about connecting the dots between social inequality and health and interested in continuing to explore how digital clinical tools, interdisciplinary partnerships, and social media can incorporate diverse types of data and voices into traditional processes to improve health, particularly for underserved communities of color.

    Yolanda "Linda" Reid Chassiakos, MD, FAAP

    ​Linda is the Director of the Klotz Student Health Center at California State University Northridge and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. After completing ​​​Medical School and residency in Pediatrics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Chassiakos served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserve and as the Assistant Head of the Ambulatory Pediatrics Branch at Naval Hospital Bethesda and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. After her honorable discharge, she served as the Project Director of the Preventive Services Initiative (Healthy People Objectives) at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Washington DC at the Department of Health and Human Services; a Medical Editor, writer, and Host for the Hospital Satellite Network; and the Medical Editor and reporter for Eyewitness News at the CBS Affiliate in DC. Dr. Chassiakos then joined Lifetime Medical Television as a Medical Editor, Writer, and Host, and wrote for the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and the Los Angeles Times. She served as a member of the AAP Provisional Committee on Communications and a founding member of the AAP Media Resource Team. Dr. Chassiakos continued to serve as a free-lance medical reporter and essayist for the Los Angeles Times, Tribune International, CNN, Salon, after moving to practice adolescent medicine at the UCLA Ashe Health Center, where she was subsequently appointed the Chair of the Medical Staff. In 2000, she became the Director of the Klotz Center at CSUN, and continued to serve as an AAP Spokesperson, COCM member, and enthusiastic contributor. In 2013, Dr. Chassiakos was elected to the Executive Committee of COCM for a three-year term. For her efforts in promoting the good health of children, adolescents, and young adults via the AAP and its Media Resource Team, District IX, Chapter II of the AAP Awarded her a Special Achievement Award

    David L. Hill, MD, FAAP

    ​David L. Hill, MD, FAAP is the chair of the AAP Council on Communications and Media, a member of the AAP Children, Adolescents, and Media Leadership Working Group, and a scientific advisory board member of the Institute of Digital Media and Child Development as well as a board member of the North Carolina Pediatric Society. An adjunct assistant professor of​​​​ pediatrics at UNC School of Medicine, he served as the 2014 Media Visiting Professor at Duke University. He is ​also the author of Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro (AAP Publishing, 2012) and has appeared in Hank Azaria’s Fatherhood online series for Disney, AOL, and David has been a commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and a regular contributor to member stations WUNC and WHQR as well as RadioMD’s “Healthy Children Radio.” A humorist and (very) occasional standup comedian, David maintained a regular humor blog (“Needles”) for Pediatric News from 2011 to 2014. Dr. Hill has worked as a medical content advisor for, Sharecare, Inc., and Pediacare Brands. Dr. Hill graduated from Rice University and attended medical school at the University of Texas Houston before completing a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency at the UNC School of Medicine. He practices at Coastal Pediatric Associates in Wilmington, NC, where he lives with his wife, three children, and two step-children.
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    Jeff Hutchinson MD FAAP

    Jeff Hutchinson MD FAAP is a Colonel in the US Army who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the United States Military Academy. He received a medical degree from the University of California San Francisco and completed a residency in Pediatrics at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. After residency he served military families in Landstuhl Germany as a general pediatrician, cared for troops as a task force surgeon in Saudi Arabia, and was the 3rd Brigade Surgeon for the 25th Infantry Division (Light). As pediatric teaching staff at Tripler he received the James Bass teaching award in 2002 before starting fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Triservice military program in San Antonio. His previous assignment as Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda has allowed him to be an advocate of education and young adult health with publications in the Journal of Pediatrics, the Journal of Military Medicine, and the Journal of Adolescent Health. He has been awarded several teaching awards including the LTG Claire L. Chennault Award for faculty excellence and two Walter Reed Department of Pediatrics Outstanding Teacher Awards. He has also received the Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Conference Emerald Award for Medical Leadership and the Order of Military Medical Merit.

    Currently he is the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer for the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine – “America’s Medical School” Uniformed Services University. He understands that communication is the cornerstone to everything we do in medicine. Whether we teach individual patients or tweet to a million followers our ability to share information and ideas is linked to our talent in communication​​. He joined the AAP Section on Media, the precursor of the COCM, in 2003 as an adolescent medicine fellow with interests in gaming and the growing social use of media. Now as an adolescent health advocate and champion for diversity and inclusion his role in media education and use is critical. He has advocated for media and technology with the National Medical Association, the Uniformed Service Chapter of the AAP and pediatric programs in San Antonio and Washington DC.

    As a proponent for media awareness, telemedicine and innovative education, he teaches medical students, residents and faculty the potential for self-improvement and the risks of unwanted influence.

    He serves on the National Academy of Medicine (former Institute of Medicine) Board on Children Youth and Families and his research and national presentations focus on Media, Military Families, Education and Sports Medicine.

    Megan A Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, FAAP

    ​Megan is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is PI of the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) at Seattle Children's Research Institute. Dr Moreno's training includes a MD from George Washington University, a Master's in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's In Public Health from the University of Washington.

    Dr Moreno's research interests focus on the intersection of technology and adolescent health. SMAHRT is a transdisciplinary research team with emphasis on trainee mentorship, collaboration, and diversity of members. Dr Moreno and her research team focuses on 3 core research areas: 1) innovative approaches to adolescent health using social media, 2) internet safety education and 3) measuring technology use and misuse. Grant funding has included support from NIH institutes including NIDA and NIAAA, Department of Justice, as well as private foundations. An important aspect of her research is in translation of research findings into practices and tools for use in communities by parents, educators and providers. She is author of a parenting handbook for internet safety based on research and collaborations with the American Academy of Practice.

    Deborah Mulligan, MD, FACEP, FAAP

    Deborah Mulligan MD, FACEP, FAAP received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco, Medical Doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles and completed pediatric emergency medicine training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Founder and Director of the Nova Southeastern University Institute for Child Health Policy she reports directly to the Chancellor. The Institute is a resource for health systems, policymakers, professional organizations, foundations and academic centers serving as a venue to nurture community-based advocacy and research as well as advising about disruptive technologies and business models that accelerate transformation and constrain health expenditures. The work emanating from ICHP has been recognized through coveted federal agency awards such as the SAMHSA Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Gold award.

    Dr. Mulligan is a tri-lingual, practicing physician, leading healthcare advocate, and award recipient of the pre-eminent International Health & Medical Media FREDDIE Award. She has extensive media experience in front and behind the camera, is listed in IMDB for her contribution to Award Winning Indie Film “Tio Papi”. An AAP and​​ ACEP spokesperson she is featured on a broad media spectrum of radio, television, magazine, online and print newspapers, such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Discovery Health Channel, Fox News Studio B, Univision & Telefutura Networks, Metro Networks, CNN en Español, Todobebé, Hispanic News Wire, Parent Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and iHeartMedia Health Contributor on weekly Morning Radio Show.

    She has served as the Department of Health and Human Services MCHB EMSC Project Director a​​nd Florida Senior Advisor state model programs as well as state and federal legislation. Dr. Mulligan is active with her consultancy roles to the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, Center for Disease Control and Florida State Agency for Health Care Administration and Department of Health.

    Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Dr. Mulligan is the Chief Medical Officer of MDLIVE, the nation’s leading provider of telehealth software and services. As CMO she oversees and directs the implementation and oversight of the clinical care to MDLIVE patients as well as the supervision and expansion of MDLIVE’s physician network. Prior leadership positions in health care, government and technology sectors include that of Pediatric Services Medical Director for nation’s 4th l​​argest safety net hospital system and Co-President/CMO to Sitio Saludable, Inc. a national multi-disciplinary media startup company formed to provide broadcast and digital content to promote and support positive health behavior change among the U.S. Hispanic population.

    Key international/national positions include the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Disaster P​​reparedness Advisory Council expert to CDC; Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Chair of Executive Council on Communications and Media; past President FL CAAP; former Chair American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Section on Pediatric Emergency Medicine and American Telemedicine Association (ATA) standards and guidelines work groups.

    Dr. Mulligan is well published with over 75 peer review publications in her field. She is an omnipresent global lecturer who has received numerous health policy, community service, scientific, educational and professional society awards, including recognition by the Honorable US Representative E. Clay Shaw in the US Congressional Record; March of Dimes Woman of Distinction; ​​​National EMSC Heroes Award for Innovation; Florida Medical Association Physician Communicator of the Year; South Florida Outstanding Female Health Professional; Florida State Surgeon General Injury Prevention Award and the Florida State University and Colleges ‘Campus COMPACT Community Engagement Educator Award’ presented by First Lady Michelle Obama.

    Elizabeth Murray, MD, FAAP

    Dr. Elizabeth Murray is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and is an Assistant Professor in both the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Murray completed an MBA at the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business Administration. Her clinical time is split between the Pediatric Emergency Department and the Bivona Child Advocacy Center.  Dr. Murray's primary areas of advocacy are in infant safe sleep and care for children in poverty/crisis. 

    Working with the media has always been an area of interest and focus.  Distribution of accurate information is critical and Pediatricians should be a first-line resource for any news outlet in any matter that relates to children. To that end, Dr. Murray was named a Spokesperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2014 and can be seen regularly on Good Day Rochester, ABC Affiliate Rochester, NY. 

    Follow her on Twitter @DocEMurray and

    Mike Patrick, MD, FAAP

    Dr Mike Patrick is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Medical Director of Interactive Media for Nationwide Children's Hospital. Since 2006, he has hosted the award-winning PediaCast, a pediatric podcast for parents. Millions of listeners in all 50 US states and over 100 countries have tuned in to this weekly podcast for pediatric news, answers to listener questions and interviews with pediatric and parenting experts. Mike also produces a national podcast for pediatricians—PediaCast CME, which offers free AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for those who participate.

    In addition to podcasting, Mike writes for the 700 Children's Blog and has contributed to several print publications, including Parents Magazine, Working Mother Magazine and Children's Hospitals Today. He serves as spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and frequently shares evidence-based guidelines with local television, newspaper and radio audiences. Mike also developed and directs an academic health care communications and social media curriculum for residents and medical students at Ohio State. This popular elective equips learners with skills needed to promote health literacy and child advocacy in the digital space.​

    Prior to his involvement with communications and media, Mike spent ten years as a general pediatrician in an underserved area. He currently practices emergency medicine with Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. Mike is passionate about reaching diverse audiences of patients, families and colleagues with evidence-based digital content and is honored to support the Academy as a member of the COCM Executive Committee.


    Jenny Radesky, MD, FAAP

    Jenny Radesky, MD, FAAP, is an Assistant Professor in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston University Medical Center/Boston Medical Center. She completed her B.A. in natural sciences at Johns Hopkins University, received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and trained in pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital/University of Washington.

    After residency, she worked for one year in primary care pediatrics in the Seattle area, then returned to Boston for fellowship training in developmental behavioral pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.

    Her research interests include use of mobile media by parents and young children and associations with child self-regulation, parent mental health, and parent-child interaction. She is also interested in how digital resources can support parent engagement with their child's development and emotional experience, thereby promoting child social-emotional health. Twitter: @jennyradesky

    Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH, FAAP

    I am a faculty member in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Michigan (UM), and am also a physician investigator in the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center. As a clinician, I care for adolescents with behavioral health concerns and transgender youth in our academic hospital clinics, as well as youth at a local school-based health center. In my research, I study how adolescents use social media in both positive and negative ways, and how peer relationships through social media may impact wellbeing in the adolescent and young adult populations. I hope to eventually develop targeted social media interventions to improve mental and physical health in all adolescents. During my Adolescent Medicine fellowship at Seattle Children's, I conducted research on cyberbullying and depression in college students. This led to an interview for our local NPR station and multiple blog posts, which I continued to write as I moved to UM—this was really the beginning of my experience working with the media to translate my research to the general public. I have presented my research locally, nationally, and internationally to diverse professional audiences (ex. pediatricians, adolescent health professionals, developmental psychologists, and criminologists). I am also a member of the editorial board of Pediatrics and the Program Planning Committee for the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS). In these positions, I advocate for media related research and content to be presented to a large audience of pediatricians. Finally, I am a social media enthusiast, always working to stay up to date on the latest platforms and tweeting at conferences to spread child health information to a public audience.​

    Justin Smith MD, FAAP

    Justin Smith is a pediatrician, the Medical Advisor for Digital Health and the Director of Primary Care Innovation for Cook Children's Medical Center in Ft. Worth, TX. He writes weekly content for Cook Children's Pediatric Newsroom, You can him on Facebook and Twitter as The Doc Smitty.

    Dr. Smith's interest in digital health began when he started to notice increasing numbers of patients searching for medical information on-line. Rather than complain about the low quality of information, he felt it was important to provide advice that parents could trust.

    Dr. Smith has served the Texas Chapter of the AAP as the Young Physician Representative to the Executive Board and as a member of the Committee for Practice Management.

    Kristopher Kaliebe, MD, FAAP (liason)

    Kristopher Kaliebe MD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He is serving his second term as co-chair of the Media Committee at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Since 2013 he has served as President of the Louisiana Council for Child Psychiatry.

    He is a former Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program Director at LSU and has been a member of the LSU Academy for Academic Scholarship since 2008. He has been a Louisiana Top Doctor for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since 2007. He resides in New Orleans with his wife and 2 daughters.

    Jennifer Pomeranz, JD, MPH (liaison)

    Jennifer L. Pomeranz, JD, MPH, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Global Public Health at New York University. Her research focuses on public health law and policy. She is especially interested in policy and legal options to address the food environment, obesity, food marketing to children, health disparities, and products that cause public harm.  Ms. Pomeranz authored over forty peer-reviewed and law review journal articles and a book, Food Law for Public Health, published by Oxford University Press.  Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Ms. Pomeranz was the Director of Legal Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University. Ms. Pomeranz is the Policy Chair of the Law Section of the American Public Health Association. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School and her Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.​



Kristopher Kaliebe, MD, FAACAP
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
New Orleans, LA

Brian Wilcox, PhD
American Psychological Association
Lincoln, NE

Jennifer Pomeranz, JD, MPH
American Public Health Association
New York, NY

Immediate Past Chairperson
Deborah Mulligan, MD, FACEP, FAAP
Coral Springs, FL


Thomas McPheron