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Erik Landenau, DO, MS, FAAPErik Langenau, DO, MS, FAAP, Chairperson
Havertown, PA
Dr. Langenau received his A.B with distinction in Biology from Cornell University, his D.O. from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and his M.S. in Learning Technologies from the Department of Education at Drexel University.  After completing his osteopathic rotating internship, pediatric residency and chief residency at Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn, he continued as a pediatric hospitalist and Program Director for the osteopathic pediatric residency program. In 2008, Dr. Langenau began working with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) as Vice President for Clinical Skills Testing and Vice President for Continuous Professional Development & Innovations.  In 2013, he returned to clinical education at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) as Pediatrician and Director for Learning Technologies. In 2014 year, he transitioned into his faculty development role as the Chief Academic Technology Office for PCOM.   He currently serves on many local and national committees, and serves as the Chair of the Section on Osteopathic Pediatricians for the American Academy of Pediatrics. His research and educational activities have involved professionalism, genetics, competency assessment, clinical skills testing, continuous professional development and learning technologies.  He has presented numerous workshops and presentations at various national educational conferences, and has published in journals such as the JAOA, Simulation in Healthcare, Medical Education Online, Journal of Medical Regulation, and Academic Medicine.  Dr. Langenau is board certified by both the American Board of Osteopathic Pediatricians (AOBP) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), and actively participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

Grace Brouillette, DO, FAAP
Kansas City, KS
I am addressing each of you to express my desire to serve on the board as part of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Osteopathic Pediatricians.

After completing my osteopathic education at Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience, I continued my training of pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Working as an osteopathic resident within an allopathic institution allowed me the opportunity to not only learn as a resident but also teach my allopathic colleagues about osteopathic principles.
Since completing residency, I am now serving as an associate professor of pediatrics at University of Kansas Medical Center working both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Additionally, I am currently working on initial implantation of an education curriculum for the pediatric residents focused on osteopathic techniques that can be utilized daily during clinic visits. This exciting curriculum will not only allow osteopathic residents to fine tune their skills but will also allow interested allopathic learners to receive education and opportunities to perform osteopathic therapies themselves in a learning environment.
The experience teaching my fellow physicians about osteopathic medicine is one I want to continue to provide to not only allopathic physicians, but other medical professionals. Serving on the board would allow me the opportunity to continue my passion of educating and sharing osteopathic principles and modalities. I look forward to the opportunity to serve within the section and thank you for your consideration.

Lee Ann Conard, DO, RPh, MPH, FAAP
Cincinnati, OH

Cindy Mears, DO, FAAPCindy Mears, DO, FAAP
Oak Park, IL
Dr. Mears is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University since 1996 and specializes in Adolescent Medicine.  She attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her postgraduate work at the Medical Center of Delaware.  Dr Mears has also served on the faculty of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. Currently, she is Associate Director of School Based Health Center programs for Heartland International at Uplift Community School; a program she founded with community involvement.  She is also chief of Adolescent Medicine at Advocate Children's Hospital. Dr. Mears's passion is teaching; adolescents, trainees and colleagues.  She had been invited as a guest lecturer on numerous adolescent topics by Chicago Public Schools, the State of IL, the ACOP, the AAP, the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine and the National Assembly on School Health.   Dr. Mears contributes as a committee member to the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

Heath Parker, DO, FAAP
Dothan, AL

Taylor Sawyer, DO, FAAPTaylor Sawyer, DO, FAAP
Kenmore, WA
Taylor Sawyer DO, MEd, FAAP is a Neonatologist and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program at UW, and also the Director of the Neonatal Education and Simulation-based Training (NEST) Program. He received his medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa, and his Master's in Education from the University of Cincinnati. His academic interests are in medical education, including the use of simulation to improve clinical skills and patient outcomes.  His research interests include the use of simulation for neonatal resuscitation and procedural skills training, and defining optimal debriefing methodologies in simulation. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, he served for 11 years in the U.S. Army, where he was the Director of Medical Simulation at Tripler Army Medical Center, and the Specialty Advisor in Pediatrics to the U.S. Army Medical Department's Central Simulation Committee.  He is an active member of the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education (INSPIRE), and is Co-Chair of the International Pediatric Simulation Society's (IPSS) Committee on Education. He is also the Founder and past Co-Chair of the Academic Pediatric Association's (APA) Special Interest Group on Simulation-based Medical Education. 

Anita Ware, DO, FAAP
Rye Brook, NY
My name is Anita Ware. I received my DO from UNECOM in Biddeford Maine. Since finishing medical school, I completed my Pediatric Residency training at The Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. I also completed a chief year at MFCH and am currently in my third year of Neonatology fellowship training at the same institution.

My residency and fellowship are allopathic training programs, but there are many DO's who work within the institution, from trainees, to attendings, to program leadership. While I have not been able to use my manual medicine skills, I have been surrounded by many teachers and colleagues who share osteopathic principles in care of patients. I think this is especially important in pediatrics, but I am biased!

I am hoping to be part of the SOOPe executive committee so that I can work within the AAP to further the goals of Osteopathic physicians as well as educate the AAP community about osteopathic principles. I hope to encourage osteopathic trainees to continue to use their osteopathic training whether they pursue osteopathic or allopathic residencies. I also hope to work within the Osteopathic pediatrician section of the AAP to aid in advocating for our goals at the state and national level.

Lisa Warren, DO, FAAP, Newsletter Editor
Irvine, CA
Lisa Warren, D.O. is an influential physician leader with a diverse background. Dr. Warren has an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Pomona College where she was a scholar athlete.  She completed medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.  Her pediatric residency training was at Baylor Scott and White in Temple, Texas, where she also served as a 4th year chief resident.  She is board certified with both the American Board of Pediatrics and American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics.  Dr. Warren was recognized as a Costin Scholar in 2014 for Osteopathic medical educator leadership certificate course.

Her clinical experience ranges from newborn nursery to clinic and acute care.  She served as Newborn Nursery Director and Pediatric Residency Director at Baylor Scott and White.  Dr. Warren currently serves as the Chair of Pediatrics, Founding Director of Career and Professional Development, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Western University of Health Sciences.  In the spring of 2015, WesternU's Career and Professional Development Office was recognized as one of the Top 25 medical schools for career support by 

Lisa serves as a COMAT Item writer for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.  She has several publications in clinical journals such as Consultant Pediatrics and Journal of Southern California Clinicians. 

Lisa is a proud wife and mother to two sons.  She currently resides in Southern California and is an avid runner and sports enthusiast. 

Moina Snyder, DO, Resident Liaison
Corpus Christi, TX

Dr Snyder earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine of Arizona. She is currently completing her pediatric residency at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

She is a member of the American Medical Association, of the American Academy of Osteopathy and of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. Her interest are numerous but have been focused on learning integrative medical approach to pediatric medicine including osteopathic manipulative treatments and holistic care with its application to the pediatric patient. She has a passion for international health and primary care for the underserved.

As the section liaison her goal is to connect osteopathic pediatric physicians/residents/medical students to the AAP's numerous opportunities, updates and activities. She will work towards improving the communication and presence of D.O trainees within the AAP and vice versa by supporting the AAP's presence in the medical students, residents and fellowship trainees' burgeoning careers; developing a strong supportive network of information for the field and a direct link between the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) and the Section on Osteopathic Pediatricians (SOOPe).​

Jackie Burke, AAP Staff