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Committee on Adolescence Roster

Committee Members

Elizabeth M. Alderman, MD, FAAP (Chairperson, 2019-2023)
New Rochelle, NY (District II)
Dr. Alderman is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. She is an international and nationally recognized expert in adolescent gynecology as well as health systems research. She is an enthusiastic teacher of adolescent medicine to professionals at all levels of training. Dr. Alderman lives in New Rochelle, NY with her husband and is the proud mother of two young adult children. She loves to plan trips and travel with her family, as well as keep up with pop culture. 

Richard J. Chung, MD, FAAP (Member, 2019-2025)
Durham, NC (District IV)
Dr. Chung is the Director of Adolescent Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and is an associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at Duke. He received his A.B. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Harvard University and his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Chung then trained in pediatrics and internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center and adolescent and young adult medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital prior to returning to Duke to direct the Adolescent Medicine Program. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders, Vice Chief for Innovation and Strategy in pediatric primary care, and co-Director the Duke Children’s Population Health Initiative. Dr. Chung’s clinical and research interests include chronic illness in adolescence and the role of positive developmental trajectories in driving successful transitions to independent adulthood. He lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and two sons and can typically be found either hiking or watching college basketball.  

Laura K. Grubb, MD, FAAP (Member, 2016-2022)
Dr. Laura K. Grubb is the Director of Adolescent Medicine at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, an assistant professor of pediatrics, and assistant professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her research interests include juvenile detention health care, adolescents' access to contraception, medication assisted substance abuse treatment, non-suicidal self-injury, and sexuality education for intellectually impaired students.

Dr. Grubb is involved in policy and public health including a policy internship at the AAP Federal Affairs Office in Washington, DC, participating in AAP Advocacy Day, and serving on the editorial advisory board of the AAP News. She serves in leadership positions with other national advocacy organizations committed to public health and adolescent health. Additionally, Grubb's history of public service includes serving as a volunteer physician at the San Jose Clinic and for Amigos de Las Americas, and as a physician in the US Navy.​

Janet Lee, MD, FAAP (Member, 2018-2024)
Little Neck, NY (District II)
Dr. Janet Lee is the Chief of Adolescent Services at NYC Health + Hospitals Queens, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital.  Dr. Lee has advocacy and research interests around community-engaged healthcare, school health, and food security issues. She also has a strong background in long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, and provides clinical training to providers of various levels.  As a Queens native, Dr. Lee is thankful to have the opportunity to serve the diverse community she grew up in. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, cycling, and cooking at home.

Makia E. Powers, MD, MPH, FAAP (Member, 2015-2021)
Decatur, GA (District X)
Dr Powers the Assistant Clerkship Director in the Department of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine and works in a College Health Center at a local college. Her research focus has been on the simulation education among medical students and the cardiovascular health equity among young Black men. Dr. Powers is also passionate about health policy and advocacy and created a policy curriculum for pediatric residents. She balances her time with dancing in a classical ballet company, sewing, and searching for the best Thai restaurants.

Maria H. Rahmandar, MD, FAAP (Section Member, 2018-2022)
Chicago, IL

Dr. Rahmandar is an attending physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Addiction Psychiatry. Her professional interests include adolescent substance use, mental health, long-acting reversible contraception and advocacy. Dr. Rahmandar currently serves on the Executive Committee for the AAP Section on Adolescent Health (SOAH), and acted as a liaison to SOAH and the Section on Tobacco Control as a trainee. At home, she and her husband are parents to a daughter and a dog, and enjoy walks as well as home decor crafting.

Krishna K. Upadhya, MD, MPH, FAAP (Member, 2015-2021)
Washington, DC (District III)
Krishna K. Upadhya is a Board-Certified Adolescent Medicine Specialist and Pediatrician who has dedicated her career to ensuring access to evidence-based health services for youth.  She earned her medical degree with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and completed her residency in General Pediatrics and fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  Dr. Upadhya also holds a Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis on Maternal and Child Health from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.  

Dr. Upadhya has built her career combining roles as a clinician, researcher, educator and advocate.  Clinically she has delivered care to youth and families in varied settings from Title X funded clinics to school-based health centers and hospitals. As a clinician scientist and faculty member at Johns Hopkins and George Washington universities she built a national reputation in the field of adolescent medicine through research publications and invited presentations to national and international conferences.  In addition to her service to the AAP, she served two terms as the Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and is a Fellow of the Society of Family Planning.  Dr. Upadhya currently serves as Senior Medical Advisor for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  She is also the proud mom of two amazing daughters.

Stephenie Wallace, MD, MSPH (Member, 2016-2022)
Hoover, AL (District X)
Stephenie Wallace is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  She received a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine. She completed residency training in Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center in 2001, fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine at UAB and is Board Certified in both General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.  During her fellowship training, she obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health from UAB.  Dr. Wallace’s clinical practice at Children’s of Alabama is with the Adolescent Health Center where she is the associate medical director that oversees the education of students and residents for the adolescent medicine rotation. She is also the medical director for The SHINE Clinic for pediatric weight management at Children’s of Alabama. The focus of her clinical and research interests has been on the evaluation and treatment for adolescent and pediatric obesity.  For UAB, she supervised the medical care for 2 youth correctional facilities.  Dr. Wallace is married with an 11 year old soccer-playing daughter, and enjoys yoga, trying new recipes and working in her church nursery every month.


Liwei L. Hua, MD, PhD (AACAP Liaison, 2016-2018)
Dr. Liwei Hua is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with Villa Maria community mental health clinics of Baltimore Catholic Charities.  She is also co-chair of the Adolescent Psychiatry Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Dr. Hua has interests in psychosis, adolescent pregnancy, and social media, as well as collaborative care with pediatricians, and has presented on these topics at national conferences.  In her free time, Dr. Hua enjoys spending time with her two young children and husband, traveling around the world with kids in tow, and baking. 

Geri D. Hewitt, MD (ACOG Liaison, 2018-2021)
Worthington, OH
Dr. Hewitt is a clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and the section chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Nationwide Children's Hospital.  Dr. Hewitt is currently serving as the Chair of the ACOG's Adolescent Healthcare Committee.   She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.  Dr. Hewitt is involved with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology serving as an oral board examiner, committee member for the qualifying exam, and committee member in the pediatric and adolescent gynecology group.   

Dr. Hewitt and her husband have two young adult sons, one law student and one college student, and are trying to figure out what to do with their empty nest.

Seema Menon, MD, (NASPAG Liason, 2016-2020)

Vyver_headshotEllie Vyver, MD, FRCPC (Canadian Pediatric Society Liaison)
Alberta, Canada
Dr. Vyver works as an Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary. She currently serves as President of the Adolescent Health Section as well as Chair of the Adolescent Health Committee of the Canadian Paediatric Society. She serves on several other committees both nationally and internationally committed to adolescent health and is actively involved in education at all levels.  She is lives in Calgary with her husband and four children with whom she enjoys outdoor activities in the nearby mountains. ​​

Lauren D. Zapata, PhD, MSPH (CDC Liaison, 2014-2017)
​Atlanta, GA
Dr. Zapata is an epidemiologist in the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is also a Commander in the United States Public Health Service.  Her research interests include promoting maternal and child health around the time of pregnancy, preventing unintended pregnancy, and ensuring optimal environments for children and adolescents to thrive and develop.  CDR Zapata received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barack Obama in 2011 and is the proud mother of three boys.  

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