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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.

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. 

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.​

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.

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.

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.

Margo A. Lane MD FRCPC (CPS Liaison, 2012-2018)
Winnipeg Canada
Dr. Lane practices Adolescent Medicine in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Her work there includes caring for children and teens with eating disorders, and caring for teens living in foster care and other challenging situations.  She is the medical director for outpatient services at Winnipeg's Children's Hospital.  At home she enjoys life with her middle-aged husband , three teenaged / young adult children, and two geriatric pets.  ​​

Meredith Loveless, MD (ACOG Liaison, 2016-2018)
Meredith Loveless, MD is a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist with Norton Children’s Gynecology Specialists. She is a clinical professor for Ob/Gyn and Pediatrics at the University of Louisville. She currently serves as Chair on the Committee for Adolescent Health Care for ACOG, has served on ACOG Immunization Expert Workgroup and NASPAG Resident Education Committee.  She is faculty for the fellowship training program in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology for Norton Children’s Hospital.  She was voted to the Top Doctors in America listing in Baltimore and Louisville. She enjoys running, cooking, the arts and spending time with her family.

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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