Henri R. Ford Leads American Pediatric Surgical Association

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The American Pediatric Surgical Association welcomed its new board members during the APSA 2017 Annual Meeting.

On May 6 at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FRCS, FAAP, became the 48th president of the association. His term runs through the APSA 2018 Annual Meeting next May.

Ford is Vice President and Chief of Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Professor and Vice Dean for Medical Education at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. His investigative studies have generated new insights into the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis, the most common and the most lethal disorder affecting the gastrointestinal tract of newborn infants. Ford has also spent much time volunteering in his birth country of Haiti, especially after the earthquake of 2010, in an effort to improve the health care infrastructure.

“It is a great honor to have been elected to this position,” noted Ford, who is also a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. “I look forward to executing APSA’s new strategic plans, as we seek to improve access to quality and safe surgical care for all children across the globe.”

In addition to Ford, incoming APSA board members include President-Elect Ronald B. Hirschl, MD, Arnold G. Coran Professor of Surgery at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital; Treasurer Mike K. Chen, MD, Professor and Division Director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Governor Jessica J. Kandel, MD, Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago Section of Pediatric Surgery. They join current members Immediate Past President Diana L. Famer, UC Davis Health; Secretary John H.T. Waldhausen, Seattle Children’s Hospital; Gail E. Besner, Nationwide Children’s Hospital; and Rebecka L. Meyers, Primary Children’s Hospital.

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The American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) (http://www.eapsa.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure optimal pediatric surgical care of patients and their families, to promote excellence in the field, and to foster a vibrant and viable community of pediatric surgeons.

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