(Nov. 26, 2013) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announces the
election of Sandra G. Hassink, MD, FAAP, as AAP president-elect. Dr. Hassink
will begin her yearlong term as AAP president on January 1, 2015.
Hassink has focused her career on preventing and treating obesity in children.
She is a pediatrician at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (AIDHC)
in Wilmington, Del., where she founded the weight management program in 1988
and serves as director of the Nemours Pediatric Obesity Initiative. She is
co-principal investigator for the Healthy Active Living for Families project,
which promotes active healthy living for parents and families of young
Hassink began her career in medicine as one of only 12 women in her graduating
class at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and then completed her
residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Dr.
Hassink earned her master’s degree in pastoral care and counseling from Neumann
College in Aston, Pa., in 2000.
the past two decades, Dr. Hassink has held several leadership roles with the
Academy. She has served as president of the AAP Delaware Chapter and as a
member of the AAP Board of Directors. Dr. Hassink also has chaired the AAP
Obesity Leadership Workgroup, the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight
Advisory Committee, and the AAP Strategic Planning Committee.
Hassink is recognized internationally as an expert in child obesity prevention.
In addition to numerous articles for pediatricians and parents, she has
authored two books: “Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment
Strategies for Primary Care,” and “A Clinical Guide to Pediatric Weight
has been married to her husband, Bill, for 38 years, and they have three grown
Full results of the AAP election are available