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In Memoriam

Richard Burnstine, MD, of Glencoe, IL, died in February. Dr. Burnstine was a general pediatrician in private practice for more than 50 years. 

He began volunteering with the ABP in 1972 as an Oral Examiner and served many years in that role.  He also served on various Certifying Examination Committees from 1989-2000. 

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Ann; children, Phil Burnstine, Debbie (Gary) Walt, Jean (Tim Kisley) Burnstine and Liz (Linda Kane) Burnstine: grandchildren Dan (Meghan) Burnstine, Ben Walt, Zach…

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Dr. Solomon KaplanRenowned UCLA pediatric endocrinologist Solomon Alexander Kaplan, MD, a former subboard member and subboard chair at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), died at home on Jan. 2, 2017.

A memorial service for Dr. Kaplan will be held at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (map and directions) on Friday, Feb. 10, at 9 am. The service will follow the Kaplan Lectureship held at 8…

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I am deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Dr. Howard A. Pearson.   Dr. Pearson served with the ABP from 1977-1999.  He was an Oral Examiner for over ten years.  Throughout his term with the ABP, he served on many committees: Program Directors Liaison Committee, Written Examination Committee, Time-Limited Certification Committee, Certifying Examination Item Bank Committee, and the Recertification Task Force.     Howard, along with the assistance of Laurence…

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Dr. Nanci YuanNanci Yuan, M.D., former pediatric pulmonology subboard member to the American Board of Pediatrics, died on July 1, 2016 after a 12-month battle with colon cancer.

An expert in pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine, Dr. Yuan taught students, residents, and colleagues through her training at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland (Pediatrics) and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Pediatric Pulmonary). She continued to teach and mentor as a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (…

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Dr. Sherrel HammarSherrel Leyton Hammar, MD, former committee and board member of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), died May 17, 2016, in Honolulu, HI. He was 84.

Between 1981 and 2001, Dr. Hammar volunteered for many roles at the ABP. He was an oral examiner, certifying exam committee member, certifying exam planning committee member, credentials committee chair, adolescent medicine subboard member, and Board of Directors member.

A native of Caldwell, ID, Dr. Hammer graduated from…

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Laurence "Larry" Finberg, M.D., former Board of Directors member and Emeritus of the American Board of Pediatrics, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2016, in San Francisco, CA. He was 92.

Dr. Finberg became involved with the American Board of Pediatrics in 1969 and served until 1993. During his time with the ABP, Dr. Finberg served two six-year terms on the Board of Directors, and chaired the board twice, in 1978 and 1987.

Dr. Finberg's involvement with the ABP…

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Melvin Earl Jenkins, Jr., M.D, former Vice President of the Board of Directors at the American Board of Pediatrics, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2015 in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was 93.

Dr. Jenkins was a trailblazer in so many aspects of his career and the American Board of Pediatrics was no exception. In 1983, he became the first African American elected to the ABP Board of Directors.  Dr. Jenkins was an active ABP member from 1975-1993 and a distinguished oral examiner…

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For many years, Dr. Susan Grace Wolff volunteered her time and expertise to the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). She served as a Subboard Representative on the Board of Directors, was chair of the Cardiogology Subboard, and was a consultant to the Cardiology Subboard.

Dr. Wolff passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, July 16, 2015.

A native of Rome, NY, Dr. Wolff received her bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, and her MD from Marquette…

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It is with deepest sadness that we inform you that our colleague, Russell W. Chesney, MD, Le Bonheur Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and formerly Chair, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center passed today.

Dr. Chesney was a pediatric nephrologist and sat for the very first subspecialty examination in pediatric nephrology in 1974 and holds certificate #24.  Dr.…

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Dr. William L. London IV treated generations of children in Durham, NC, for more than 40 years. He generously volunteered countless hours to the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) over two decades. In 2000, he received the Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Dr. London died Oct. 20, 2014, just days before his 84th birthday.

“Many members of the ABP staff have fond memories of working with Dr. London,” said ABP President and CEO, David G.…

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