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Committee on Adolescence Roster

Cora C. Breuner, MD, MPH, FAAP (Chairperson, 2015-2019)
Seattle, WA (District VIII)
Dr Breuner is the director of the Adolescent Biofeedback Clinic, the Adolescent Eating Disorder program, and works in the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinics at Seattle Children's Hospital. Her research focus has been on the education of medical students and residents on the integration of complementary medicine, including mindfulness based stress reduction into mainstream medical and surgical care, and on the use of yoga as an adjunctive intervention for the complex medical issues. Dr. Breuner is a national and international guest lecturer on a variety of topics including reproductive health in the adolescent, the adolescent health interview, and complementary and alternative medicine in pediatrics and sports medicine. She has three fabulous young adult children and loves to travel, hike and go on adventures with her children and their dog.

William P. Adelman, MD, FAAP (Member, 2010-2016)
Kennett Square, PA (District I)
William Adelman, MD, FAAP, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He leads the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and previously served as the adolescent medicine consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army. His research interests include military medicine, access to care, adolescent pregnancy, and substance use, particularly adolescent tobacco use and cessation.  His hobbies include baseball and going on family vacations with his wife of 20 years and their four adolescent children.

Elizabeth M. Alderman, MD, FAAP (Member, 2013-2017)
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.

Robert Garofalo MD, MPH, FAAP (Member, 2015-2021)
Chicago, IL
Dr. Garofalo is the Division Head of Adolescent Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern’ s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a clinical expert on LGBT Health as well as in the care of HIV+ adolescents. He has been the PI or Co-PI on a number of NIH-funded research grants related to HIV prevention or the care of gender non-conforming children and adolescents. He was recently appointed the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Transgender Health. Dr. Garofalo is the founder of a non-profit charity Fred Says ( , named after his dog Fred that raises funds to support HIV+ young people.

Arik V. Marcell, MD, MPH, FAAP (Member, 2010-2016)
Baltimore, MD (District III)
Dr. Marcell is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. Dr. Marcell is the Director of Adolescent Clinical Services at the Harriet Lane Clinic. His interdisciplinary research focuses on adolescent sexual and reproductive health  through Title X services, a federal program designed to increase access family planning services to uninsured, underinsured and confidential seeking adolescents and young adults. He is the immediate past Chair of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine's committee on Sexual & Reproductive Health. He trains health professionals on topics such as STDs, adolescent health, and male sexual and reproductive health and has received teaching excellence awards for his teaching. He is the father of two boys and enjoys drawing, folk dancing, mountain biking, and hiking.

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.

Krishna K. Upadhya, MD, MPH, FAAP (Member, 2015-2021)
Washington, DC (District III)
Dr. Upadhya is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. In addition to providing clinical care to adolescents and young adults in Baltimore, Dr. Upadhya is actively involved in teaching, research and advocacy.  Her research focuses on expanding access to contraception for adolescents and reducing unplanned pregnancy.  She serves as Chair of both the Advocacy Committee of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and the Adolescent Health Working Group for the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Upadhya has published articles in the medical literature and opinion pieces related to teen pregnancy, emergency contraception and marijuana policy in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and  When not commuting, Dr. Upadhya enjoys spending time "inside the Beltway" in Washington, DC where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Laurie L. Hornberger, MD, MPH, FAAP (SOAH Liaison, 2012-2018)
Kansas City, MO (District VI)
Laurie Hornberger, MD MPH serves as the liaison between the AAP Section on Adolescent Health, the AAP Committee on Adolescence and the ACOG Committee on Adolescent Health Care.  She is board certified in Adolescent Medicine and has been in practice at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City since 1993.   Her professional interests include adolescent gynecology and reproductive health care, youth with special health care needs, eating disorders and general adolescent care.  Laurie has two adolescents at home who are her best teachers.

Liwei L. Hua, MD, PhD (AACAP Liaison, 2016-2018)
Liwei L. Hua, MD, PhD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, currently working for Baltimore Catholic Charities in community mental health.  She is co-chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Adolescent Psychiatry Committee.  Her interests include collaboration with primary care providers, early onset psychosis, and social media.

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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