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The American Academy of Pediatrics Names Lu-Ann Papile, M.D., FAAP, as Chair of the Fetus and Newborn Committee
Date:7/7/2009

HOUSTON, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Lu-Ann Papile, M.D., FAAP, the director of Developmental Care and Follow-up at Texas Children's Hospital and professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, has been appointed chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Fetus and Newborn. Dr. Papile assumed the role on July 1st and will oversee the committee for four years.

Dr. Papile will succeed Ann Stark, M.D., FAAP, chief of Neonatology at Texas Children's Hospital and professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. During Dr. Stark's tenure she created the national standard to match high-risk newborns with appropriate neonatal intensive care units; published a statement on the evaluation and management of infants who are nearly at-term gestation but still premature; updated and revised many statements on topics such as appropriate hospital discharge for high-risk infants and prevention and management of pain in newborns; and, in collaboration with the National Institute of Child Heath and Human Development, led a forum for experts to explore the increased rate of late preterm birth.

"Dr. Papile is a distinguished and valued colleague," said Dr. Stark. "Her commitment to ensuring all babies have the healthiest possible start to life will be an invaluable asset to the committee."

Dr. Papile is nationally recognized for her expertise in neonatal brain injuries and the neurodevelopmental outcomes of very premature babies. Her appointment as chair comes just two years after she received the Neonatal Landmark Award from the organization. She has been a member of the AAP for 33 years and will continue her duties at Texas Children's Hospital throughout her tenure.

"I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Stark and am excited to build upon the successes she achieved as chair," said Dr. Papile. "The work of the AAP, and specifically of the Committee on F
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