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ABP Partners with Data Commons, LLC

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is one of six organizations partnered with Data Commons, LLC to streamline access to data about health professionals.

On July 28, 2014, Data Commons launches two services, including Verification Service and Verification+ (Plus) Services.

Find out what these two services provide.

ABP Publishes 2013 Annual Report

The ABP is pleased to publish the 2013 Annual Report, featuring accomplishments of its diplomats, staff and Board of Directors.

The organizations recognizes important milestones throughout the year of 2013, including advancements in initiatives focusing on subspecialty clinical training, the continued collection and analysis of workforce data, and the completion of the Dr. David G. Nichols' first year as President and CEO.

Please join us in our year-in-review by clicking here to view the 2013 ABP Annual Report.

Jerry Umanos, MD

Dr. Jerry Umanos, 57, a Chicago pediatrician who was a volunteer at the Cure International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, died Thursday, April 24, 2014, when a security officer began shooting hospital personnel, according to news reports. Two other physicians were killed and at least one person was wounded in the attack.

Dr. Umanos had volunteered at the Cure hospital in Afghanistan for nine years, treating children and helping train Afghan doctors. CURE is a network of charitable hospitals and surgical programs in 29 countries that delivers medical care to children and families with treatable conditions.

ABP Chooses Two Paul V. Miles Fellows in Quality Improvement

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has chosen two pediatricians for the 2014 Paul V. Miles Fellowship in Quality Improvement.

The fellows are Brad C. Weselman, MD, a pediatrician practicing in Decatur, GA, and chairman of Atlanta's Kids Health First Quality/Utilization Management Committee, and Marlene R. Miller, MD, MSc, professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Each will receive a cash award, and will be invited to meet with the ABP to share their experience and insights on how the Board can further advance the mission of pediatricians devoted to better health care for children.

ABP Updates Privacy Policy

Changes were recently applied to the ABP Privacy Policy. Please click here to review and familiarize yourself with the policy.

Zhang Joins ABP to Lead Information Technology

Dongming Zhang, MLS, MS, has joined the American Board of Pediatrics as Vice President of Information Technology, effective March 17, 2014.

In his new role, Zhang will plan and direct the strategic goals and objectives of the information technology organization aligned with the ABP's overall business mission and plan. Reporting to the ABP's President and Chief Executive Officer, Zhang will be a member of the organization's senior management team.

Click here to read full press release.

Dr. Lewis R. First Receives St. Geme Award

The Federation of Pediatric Organizations announced Lewis R. First, MD, MS, FAAP, as the 2014 recipient of the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award. The award, given in honor of Dr. St. Geme, recognizes an individual who is a leader in the field of pediatrics, a role model, one who has contributed broadly to the field, and most important, "created a future."

Dr. First will receive this award on Saturday, May 3, 2014 during the Opening Session of the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

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Wall Street Journal Explores Pros and Cons of MOC

The Wall Street Journal asks, "How Qualified is Your Doctor?" in a report published Monday, January 20, 2014. Reporter Laura Landro writes about new requirements doctors must meet to stay certified by medical boards. "The new requirements, called maintenance of certification, are controversial among some physicians," she writes. "But they reflect growing evidence that doctors, who are now recertified every 10 years, need to be more regularly assessed for competence in a fast-changing medical world."

Dr. Moyer Authors IDC Article

Dr. Virginia Moyer, ABP Vice President for Maintenance of Certification and Quality has authored an editorial in Infectious Diseases in Children, titled "MOC: The truth about board certification." In an upcoming issue of IDC, Dr. Moyer will write in more detail about Part 4 requirements.

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Frankie Lemmon Children Inspire ABP Staff

Every day, the staff at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) works to support and improve the health and well-being of children. Usually that work involves certification of pediatricians, so children will be cared for by knowledgeable, well-trained physicians.

But each year, the staff also selects a charity that focuses on children and/or their families. In 2013, that charity was the Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center in Raleigh. Throughout the year, staff members saw what a great impact the school's programs have had on so many children with special needs, and in turn, made donations to support the school's programs.