Elliot S. Attisha DO, FAAP completed his pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan in 2001 and then worked as a pediatrician in Suburban Detroit for about 9 years. In September of 2010, he joined the Henry Ford Health System and began working in the School-Based and Community Health Program. The program operates 9 school-based centers each of which plays an integral role in alleviating barriers to health care for Detroit's children. Soon after joining the school clinic program he was invited to become the medical director of a newly acquired pediatric mobile clinic, made possible through a partnership with Children's Health Fund. The mobile clinic serves as a complement to Henry Ford's School-Based Program, bringing pediatric services to underserved areas of Detroit.
Over the past year Elliot has also served as a board member on the School Community Health Alliance of Michigan (SCHA-MI), a non-profit organization that advocates for and promotes school-based and school-linked health and prevention services. "My current work in both the school-clinics and mobile clinic has allowed my role as a pediatrician to become that of an advocate for some of our nation's most underserved children." Elliott also has a large interest in asthma and recently completed an asthma champion training course in hopes of addressing some of the current disparities.
Time outside of work is spent with his family. Elliott and his wife, who is also a pediatrician, have been married for 8 years and have 2 beautiful daughters. Aside from work and hanging out with his family, he also enjoys photography. "It isn't hard to guess who my favorite subjects are!"
Nathaniel Savio Beers, MD, MPA, FAAP is currently President and CEO of HSC Health Care System in Washington, DC and a general and developmental behavioral pediatrician at Children's National Health System. At DCPS, he was previously the Chief of Specialized Instruction from 2011-15 and Chief Operating Officer from 2015-16. Previously, he was the Director of the Children's Health Center, the largest provider of primary care in DC, and the Deputy Director for the Community Health Administration and the Title V Director for the DC Health Department. He has served on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Child Welfare, Mayor's Early Childhood Advisory Council and Children with Special Health Care Needs Advisory Board. He has served as President of DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Chair of the National Committee on Membership and Chair of Section on Residents. Nathaniel graduated from GWU Medical School, completed his residency at Children's National. He was the Dyson Advocacy Fellow at Children's Hospital of Boston and Chief Fellow of General Pediatrics. He has a Master's of Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Erica J. Gibson MD, FAAP is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a faculty member of the Vermont Child Health Improvement Progream and the National Improvement Partnership Network. Dr. Gibson completed medical school at the University of Vermont and a pediatric residency at Doernbecher Childrens Hospital in Portland Oregon. After completing fellowship in adolescent medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx she worked at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital (CUMC/NYPH) in NYC where she had appointments in both the Department of Pediatrics and in the Department of Population and Family Health in the Mailman School of Public Health. At CUMC/NYPH she served as the Medical Director for the 8 school based health centers within the Center for Community Health and Education. In addition she was the Medical Director and Primary Investigator for NYPATH: New York Promoting and Advancing Teen Health; a NYS DOH grant funded initiative to train primary care providers throughout NY state to provide state of the art adolescent sexual and reproductive health care.
Dr. Gibson is board certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Her current areas of focus include sexual and reproductive health, trans care, eating disorders, PCOS, juvenile detention care, teen pregnancy prevention, HPV vaccination and adolescent well visits. She worked as a high school teacher and educational consultant prior to her medical training. In addition she has been an active member of Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, and the Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Project established by Physicians for Reproductive Health. She is also a recent former member of the board of directors for Advocates for Youth in Washington D.C.
Peter A. Gorski, MD, MPA, FAAP serves as Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Humanities, Health & Society at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University and Professor of Public Health at the University of Miami. Originally trained in Pediatrics and Child Development at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Gorski led academic divisions of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at UC San Francisco, Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital. From 2012-1016, he directed the funding and services for school health in Miami-Dade County. Dr. Gorski has authored more than fifty peer-reviewed publications on infant and early childhood behavior and development, relationships and early brain development, social determinants of health and community health. Dr. Gorski studies the relational roots of health and partners with communities to build the social capital and distributive justice essential for the healthy development of children. Within the AAP, Dr. Gorski has served as a member of the Executive Committee (and Policy Director) of the Council on Community Pediatrics, the Executive Committee of the Section on Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Chairperson of the Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption and Dependent Care, early childhood specialist on the past two Bright Futures Expert Panels and is currently AAP Liaison to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training & Education Committee.
Chris Larson Kjolhede, MD, MPH, FAAP is an Attending Pediatrician and Research Scientist at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY. He received his medical degree from Michigan State University, and his Masters in Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Kjolhede did his pediatric training at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. His career pursuit formerly included children's health and nutrition in foreign countries (Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Mozambique, Kenya, Zambia, Guatemala, and Belize) and research studies in micronutrient deficiencies. Upon moving to rural upstate New York, his initial research interest was on the relationship between maternal obesity and lactation success. He is currently focusing his research on addressing the problem of childhood obesity and on the evaluation of school-based health care. His clinical practice in Cooperstown, NY, includes a primary care clinic with part-time hospital coverage and he is the director of a School-Based Health Program that has 19 school-based health centers in 14 school districts. Dr. Kjolhede is Vice Chairman for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the Bassett Research Institute. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of its Council on School Health. He serves on the Board of Directors for the New York State Coalition for School-Based Primary Care and is a member of the National Assembly for School-Based Health Care. He is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics for the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York.
Sonja C. O'Leary, MD, FAAP is currently the medical director for the Denver Health School-Based Health Centers in Denver Colorado. After finishing her pediatric residency and chief year at the University of Colorado in Denver, she joined Salud Family Health Center in Fort Collins working in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. In 2007 she moved back to Denver and began working at Denver Health – Colorado's primary safety net institution - that provides integrated, efficient, high-quality health care. In 2013 she became the Medical Director for the DH School-Based Health Centers – a system of 17 centers based in Denver Public Schools that serves over 12,000 students annually. She sees patients within SBHC, at a busy community health clinic and inpatient in the hospital. She is interested in quality improvement and operations as well as resident education.
Sonja was born in Bogota, Colombia. She has 2 kids - and has a healthy respect for anyone who has a teenager! She is married to a pediatric infectious disease doctor and they both enjoy forcing their children to go hiking and skiing with them. She also enjoys running, biking and knitting.
Heidi K. Schumacher, MD, FAAP currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent, Health & Wellness at the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. In this role, she oversees the health and nutrition portfolio of the state educational system, including partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations related to innovative service delivery models, population health strategies, and data sharing.
She previously served as the Deputy Chief of Student Wellness at DC Public Schools and Medical Officer at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. She completed her medical degree at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and her pediatric residency and chief residency at Children's National Health System, where she continues to practice clinically. She is currently Secretary of the DC chapter of the AAP, and remains active with the AAP's Department of Federal Affairs.
Adrienne Weiss-Harrison, MD, FAAP MD, FAAP is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell University Medical College. She is a board-certified pediatrician, who was in office-based pediatric practice before taking her position as Medical Director/School Physician for the City School District of New Rochelle in 1994. There, she manages the individual and public health needs of the fourteen thousand children who attend the public and private schools in New Rochelle. Under her leadership, New Rochelle Schools have developed top notch school day care of students with Asthma, Diabetes, Seizure Disorders, and Food Allergies. The many students with rarer serious healthy conditions also have individual care plans developed to meet their needs.
Dr. Weiss has always taken on new challenges and projects with the goal of improving the lives of the children and adolescents. She serves on the Boards of the American Lung Association of the Northeast and Westchester Children's Association, a local children's advocacy organization. Under Dr. Weiss' guidance, the District's Health Services and Athletics Departments have worked together closely to optimize the health and safety of their student athletes, and as leaders in Westchester County in the developments of a program to manage head injury/concussion.
Dr. Weiss serves on the faculty of the New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice and Institute of Public Health as a Visiting Lecturer, and she co-chairs the AAP District II Chapter 3 Northern Regions School Health Committee.