ABP Directors Denounce Racism

In addition to the trauma of COVID-19, the chronic, latent trauma of racism has exploded with increasing force over the past weeks. Consistent with our mission statement, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Board of Directors has voted to release the statement below. 

Racism is life-threatening and life-ending. As pediatricians, we see its pernicious effects on newborns and children of color and their families. In this moment of national mourning and anger over the lethal effects of racism, the American Board of Pediatrics pledges to do its part to fight racism in children’s lives. In particular, we commit to working with others to eliminate racial disparities in health care. Surely, better days are ahead when all children can grow up with the same expectation of safety, health, and opportunity, regardless of skin color.

Signed by the ABP Board of Directors

Victoria F. Norwood, MD, Chair
H. Stacy Nicholson, MD, MPH, Chair-Elect
Anna R. Kuo, MD, Immediate Past Chair
Stephanie D. Davis, MD, Secretary-Treasurer
David G. Nichols, MD, MBA, President and CEO
Suzanne K. Woods, MD, Executive Vice President
John A. Barnard, MD
Mary K. Bissell, JD
James F. Chmiel, MD, MPH
Diane M. Pickles
DeWayne M. Pursley, MD, MPH
Ricardo A. Quiñonez, MD
Pamela J. Simms-Mackey, MD
Robin H. Steinhorn, MD
Brad C. Weselman, MD