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History & Workgroup

The original Deployment Web site was created by Keith M. Lemmon, MD, FAAP, United States Army Medical Corps, Adolescent Medicine Specialist and Pediatrician, Department of Pediatrics, Madigan Army Medical Center with a 2005 grant from the AAP Friends of Children Fund/Healthy People 2010 Chapter Grant Program to the AAP Uniformed Services West Chapter.

The site was re-launched in June 2013 and expanded to include resources on medical home for military families.

Deployment and Military Medical Home Work Group
The Deployment Work group will identify, create, and distribute resources to support pediatricians (and other care providers) as they provide a medical home to military families throughout the full spectrum of military service.

Keith Lemmon, MD, FAAP: LTC Lemmon is the Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA. He recently returned from a one-year deployment to the Diyala Province of Northeastern Iraq with the 1-14 Cavalry Squadron. He also served a six month tour in Afghanistan in 2003. Before his deployment, he co-founded and directed the Army’s Military Child and Adolescent Center of Excellence (Now the Child, Adolescent, and Family Behavioral Health Office). LTC Lemmon founded and runs the Military Adolescent School Based Health Initiative (MASBHI) providing school based medical home services to over 2700 military adolescents within a local school system at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He developed and maintains a Military Youth Medical Home and Deployment Support Web site sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and created the video Military Youth Coping with Separation: When Family Members Deploy, whih has been distributed to 200,000 Families and tri-service youth serving agencies across the globe. LTC Lemmon is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University Of Washington School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has multiple publications and speaks nationally on military youth culture and the effects of deployment on military children and adolescents. Dr Lemmon has 3 military children, who have been serving alongside him through his career and deployments.
Liz Stafford, MD, FAAP, FSAHM: is a retired Army Colonel and Professor of Pediatrics, who remains on staff as an adolescent medicine physician at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. She retired after 28 years of military service in 2009 as Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program Director and Adolescent Medicine Division Chief at SAMMC. Dr Stafford’s professional interests include mental health screening in the pediatric setting, and adolescent/young adult health promotion and preventive services. For more than ten years, she has focused on raising the awareness of the impact of war time deployment on children, need for optimized military family support in time of crisis and war, and promoting the role of the pediatrician as advocate for military children and families. Dr Stafford has been a consultant to a number of national organizations promoting military family support initiatives, including ZERO TO THREE and the National Military Family Association. She currently serves on the Military Board of Advisors for Reach Out and Read and Advisory Board for Symptoms Media.
Beth Ellen Davis, MD, MPH, FAAP is a retired Colonel, US Army Medical Corps, and was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal (2009) for her military career contributions. As Program Director of the only DoD Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Fellowship, she trained a decade of military specialists. She has made numerous contributions to both AAP military chapters and the AAP Section over the past 20 years, culminating in Chair of SOUS Executive Committee (2005-2009). Her academic pursuits have resulted in military medical student, resident, and fellow teaching and she holds faculty appointments as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at USUHS, Bethesda MD, as well as Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UW, Seattle WA. She has more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications, prioritizing research endeavors of rising junior scholars.

For the past decade, Dr Davis has sought to understand the role of combat deployment in the lives of military families, specifically children. Since 2001, her efforts to educate primary care providers have included clinical research, a Clinical Report (in press), development of a Pediatrics supplement, AAP Web site development, a PREP audio session, appearance on CSPAN, among numerous national and community presentations. Currently, Dr Davis is the Director of the Clinical Training Unit at the Center on Human Development and Disability, University of Washington. She is the Principal Investigator and Director of UWLEND, a federally funded (MCHB) training grant for post-graduates who serve children with developmental disabilities.

Dr Davis is a cum laude graduate of Davidson College, Davidson NC and completed her MD and pediatric residency at the University of Virginia. After ten years as a Army general pediatrician, Dr Davis pursued a DBP fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma WA and a MPH at UW.
Catherine Kimball-Eayrs, MD, FAAP is currently the Service Chief of Pediatric Primary Care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda. She graduated from USUHS in 1999 and San Antonio Military Pediatrics Consortium in 2002. LTC Kimball-Eayrs served at Darnall Army Community Hospital in Ft. Hood, TX for two years as a general pediatrician prior to moving to Madigan Army Medical Center in 2004 and then to Walter Reed in 2009.  From September 2006 – November 2007, she served in Iraq as a battalion surgeon with the 4/25 Airborne Infantry Brigade out of Ft. Richardson, Alaska. Her husband is prior Air Force and deployed when their middle child was only ten days old. He is currently a civilian with the Department of the Army. They have three children who teach them both new things every day.

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