AAP District V Chair: Meet the Candidates

The 2020 national election for district officers will begin on May 26 and conclude on June 9, 2020.

Look for an email from the AAP election coordinator in May with your personalized link to the ballot (no other login information will be required). Please take a moment to read personal statements from our candidates.


Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP, has been a primary care pediatrician with University Hospitals in Cleveland since 2000. He has had the privilege of serving as the President of the Ohio Chapter, as member of the AAP Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, and as a member of 3 AAP Leadership Workgroups (epigenetics, poverty, early brain and child development). Much of Dr. Garner’s advocacy has focused on addressing childhood toxic stress, and he has co-authored an AAP-published book, “Thinking Developmentally.” Dr. Garner’s interest in being District V Chairperson stems from his desire to make it just a little easier for pediatricians to do the right thing. Between the prior authorizations, the EMRs that prioritize documentation over patient care, and the rising awareness of the importance of the social determinants of health, there are more and more barriers to providing comprehensive care. Dr. Garner has no illusions that the Academy can magically address all of our concerns or frustrations. But, if given the honor of being the next District V Chairperson, Dr. Garner will focus on making it easier for pediatricians to raise their voice and to do the right thing for kids, their families and their communities.

Lia Gaggino, MD, FAAP is a primary care pediatrician who has been in practice for the past 31 years and is running for the position of District V Chair. She has served as the Michigan AAP Chapter President, the committee chair for the Michigan AAP Developmental Behavioral Committee Chair and has worked to develop mental health trainings and MOC part 4 for pediatricians. Nationally she has served as the AAP National Nominating Committee Chair and District V representative, has worked with the Zero Suicide Institute to support primary care providers in caring for those at-risk of suicide, and has developed a SAMHSA Youth Suicide Prevention Guide for physicians who provide care to children, teens and young adults. Dr. Gaggino believes in the work of the Chapters, Sections, Committees and Councils on the grassroots level within the states and provinces to move change locally while meeting the mission and strategic plan of the AAP nationally. Connecting pediatricians across the country moves mountains and Dr. Gaggino strives to be a voice on behalf of pediatricians who work tirelessly to improve the lives of children.

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