Committee Members

Education Committee

The AAP’s Education Committee develops educational content and professional development material for AAP members and the physiatry community at large.

  • Michael Mallow, MD - Chair
  • Idris Amin, MD
  • Dixie Aragaki, MD
  • Heather Baer, MD, PhD
  • Alexandra Fry (Medical Student Representative)
  • Robert Irwin, MD
  • Nitin Jain, MD
  • Nicholas Ketchum, MD
  • Jonathan Kirschner, MD
  • Se Won Lee, MD
  • Adam Lewno, DO
  • Susan McDowell, MD
  • Lisa Pascual, MD
  • Leslie Rydberg, MD
  • Allison Schroeder, MD (RFC Representative)
  • Aloysia Schwabe, MD
  • Roderick Sembrano, MD
  • Matthew Shatzer, MD
  • Carol Vandenakker-Albanese, MD
  • Eric Wisotzky, MD
  • Aaron Yang, MD

Governance Committee

The AAP’s Governance Committee oversees the administrative functioning of the association, including financial positioning, legal documents and policies and procedures.

  • Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD - Chair
  • John Chae, MD, ME
  • David Gater, MD
  • Laura Kezar, MD
  • Eduardo Lopez, MD
  • Subhadra Nori, MD
  • Danielle Perret Karimi, MD
  • Neal Rakesh, MD (RFC Representative)
  • Ross Zafonte, MD

Leadership Development & Recognition Committee

The AAP’s Leadership Development & Recognition Committee develops and recognizes leadership within the association by reviewing volunteer applications, filling committee openings and selecting annual award recipients.

  • John Chae, MD, ME - Chair
  • Miguel Escalon, MD
  • Michael Fredericson, MD
  • Emerald Lin, MD
  • Vu Nguyen, MD
  • Neal Rakesh, MD (RFC Representative)
  • Michael Saulino, MD, PhD
  • Stacey Snead-Peterson, MS
  • McCasey Smith, MD
  • Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD
  • Monica Tietsworth, MBA
  • Chris Visco, MD
  • Lyn Weiss, MD
  • Lisa Wiesenberger (Medical Student Representative)

Membership Committee

The AAP’s Membership Committee strengthens member retention and recruitment through activities such as targeted recruitment efforts, surveys and focus groups and working with other committees to increase member value.

  • Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, MD, PhD - Chair
  • Amber Clark, MD (RFC Representative)
  • Deanna Claus (Medical Student Representative)
  • Lester Duplechan, MD
  • Alice Hon, MD
  • Jeffrey Jenkins, MD
  • Soo Yeon Kim, MD
  • Betty Liu, MD, PhD
  • Mallory Pridy (Program Coordinator Representative)
  • Rosanna Sabini, DO
  • Byron Schneider, MD
  • Diane Thompson, MD, MS
  • Steve Tomsic (Admin Director Representative)
  • Sarah Welch, DO
  • Tiffany Williams, MD
  • Lori Yap, MD

Program Committee

The AAP’s Program Committee develops and plans educational sessions for the AAP’s Annual Meeting.

  • Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD - Chair
  • Alex Moroz, MD - Vice Chair
  • Mohammad Agha, MD
  • Karen Barr, MD
  • Nikola Dragojlovic, MD
  • Daniel Fechtner, MD
  • Chelsea Frost, MD (RFC Representative)
  • Stephen Hampton, MD
  • Stacey Isidro (Medical Student Representative)
  • Manuel Mas, MD
  • John Metzler, MD
  • Gerardo Miranda-Comas, MD
  • Christian Niedzwecki, DO
  • Shanti Pinto, MD
  • Jared Placeway, DO
  • Raman Sharma, MD
  • Mark Tornero, MD
  • Peter Yonclas, MD

Public Policy Committee

The AAP’s Public Policy Committee monitors and advocates for the public policy interests of the AAP, research funding and medical and graduate medical education.

  • John Whyte, MD, PhD - Chair
  • Clifford Everett, MD, MPH
  • Justin Hata, MD
  • April Hyon (Medical Student Representative)
  • Tiffany Lau, MD (RFC Representative)
  • John Melvin, MD
  • Karen Morice, MD
  • Benjamin Nguyen, MD
  • Danielle Perret Karimi, MD
  • Mary Russell, DO
  • Felicia Skelton, MD
  • Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD
  • Richard Wilson, MD, MS
  • Greg Worsowicz, MD
  • Sam Wu, MD

Research Committee

The AAP’s Research Committee supports individuals and organizations interested in research through education, resources and outreach.

  • David Morgenroth, MD - Chair
  • Juliet Amene, MD (RFC Representative)
  • Thiru Annaswamy, MD
  • Allison Bean, MD, PhD
  • Michael Boninger, MD
  • Brad Dicianno, MD
  • Prakash Jayabalan, MD
  • Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD
  • Holly Pittard (Medical Student Representative)
  • John-Ross (JR) Rizzo, MD
  • Lumy Sawaki, MD
  • Stacey Suskauer, MD

CME Committee

The AAP’s CME Committee oversees all CME policies and activities, including ensuring ACCME compliance, originating new policies and participating in ACCME re-accreditation.

  • Michael Mallow, MD - Chair
  • Dixie Aragaki, MD
  • Karen Kowalske, MD
  • Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD