Congratulations to Our New President Dr. Michael Gittelman and All Newly Elected and Promoted Officers!

Congratulations to the newly elected Ohio AAP Board of Directors, the new election term began on July 1, 2018. We would like you to get to know the Chapter leaders that you voted into office by reading on their practice, professional goals and personal lives.

Please join us in sending our deepest thanks to those Board members who are moving on from serving Ohio AAP; Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP; Kelsey Logan, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP. We appreciate all of the time, energy and effort they have sacrificed for the benefit of our organization. These leaders have helped us grow and thrive over the years and we know they will still be an important part of the chapter as we advance our mission.

Mike Gittelman, MD, FAAP

Dr. Gittelman is a pediatric emergency room physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH, and he is a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate work at Swarthmore College and his medical school training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA, and a fellowship in emergency medicine at Cincinnati Children’s.  His area of expertise is within the field of injury control. Prior to their formation of a council, he served as the chairperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Injury and Poison Prevention. He is the former president-elect of the AAP’s Ohio Chapter, and he is a co-director of the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center at Cincinnati Children’s. He is involved in resident education on injury prevention and he works with high-risk communities in an effort to reduce pediatric injuries. One of his research interests has been to study the impact of an ER encounter and education by a pediatrician about injury risks on promoting a behavior change to prevent injuries. More recently he has worked with the Ohio Chapter to develop a state-wide bicycle helmet intervention and to develop an injury QI program for practicing pediatricians. He is nationally recognized for his injury prevention efforts and research and much of his work has been published in peer reviewed journals.

Jill A. Fitch, MD, FAAP

Dr. Fitch is an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, Associate Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program and Director of the Pediatric Analgesia and Sedation Service (PASS) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Fitch completed medical school at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio, followed by a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine and a residency in combined internal medicine and pediatrics, both at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, former Delegate-at-Large for the Executive Board of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, member of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, and former President of the Central Ohio Pediatric Society.

Chris Peltier, MD, FAAP

Dr. Peltier is a general pediatrician in private practice at Pediatric Associates of Mount Carmel, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio where he has been in practice for the past 19 years. His education included receiving his M.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completing his Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Community Section in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His clinical interests include focusing on mental health issues, particularly the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and anxiety in children. His academic interests revolve around the community-based training of medical students and residents, as well as faculty development focusing on helping preceptors become more effective educators. His advocacy interests at the local, state and national level have focused on food insecurity, strengthening immunization laws, access to care and firearm safety. He currently serves on the Cincinnati Pediatric Society Board of Directors, formerly served on the Ohio AAP Board of Directors as the co-chair of the Practice of Pediatrics Pillar and was recently elected to the National AAP Council on Community Pediatrics Executive Committee. He have been married for 23 years and have 2 children, ages 12 and 17. In his free time, he enjoys relaxing with his family, going to amusement parks, watching Broadway musicals, and supporting University of Cincinnati Bearcats football and basketball.

Rebecca Baum, MD, FAAP

Dr. Baum is Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University. She has led several clinical, educational, research, and quality improvement efforts related to improving care for children with emotional, behavioral, and developmental concerns. These efforts include projects at the state and national levels, such as Ohio’s Building Mental Wellness Learning Collaborative and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Practice Improvement in Addressing Adolescent Substance Use project. Dr. Baum received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her residency and served as chief resident at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Baum completed a fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital after practicing as a primary care physician in central Pennsylvania. She is a member of the AAP’s Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health and the executive committee of the Section on Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. Prior to her role as Division Chief, Dr. Baum served as an associate medical director for Partners for Kids, an accountable care organization affiliated with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Denise Warrick, MD, FAAP

Dr. Warrick’s pediatrics practice at TriHealth is centered around relationships with patients and families. In building these relationships over time, she hopes to gain an understanding of the unique needs and goals of each patient. She is rewarded in her ability to help guide families through stressful, worrisome times with her expert, compassionate care. Dr. Warrick sees patients from birth through college age for a wide variety of acute illnesses and for management of chronic conditions. She emphasizes preventive care measures in her practice, including regular well-child visits and immunizations. Partnering with patient and family on shared decision making, she works closely with families to educate them on medical conditions or treatment plans that may affect their child. As a mother of two young children, Dr. Warrick understands the practical realities of parenthood and encourages families to openly discuss their questions and concerns with her. She advises balancing health diets and activity for all of her patients and, in particular, advocates the importance of learning through play as a child grows and develops.

Sarah Adams, MD, FAAP
Nominating Committee

Dr. Adams is a Pediatrician with Akron Children’s Hospital in Hudson, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Akron, Medical Degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed her Pediatric Residency at Akron Children’s Hospital. Dr. Adams has been a Pediatrician for 22 years in the Northeastern Ohio area and was the Pediatric Chairman at Robinson Memorial Hospital for 15 years. Committee involvement at Akron Children’s Hospital and Robinson Memorial hospital include the Executive Committee, Performance Improvement Committee and Medical Education Committee. She enjoys incorporating her real life experiences as a Mother into her Pediatric Practice, teaching medical students and residents, and public speaking. Community Outreach promoting healthy lifestyles mentally and physically in Children and Adolescence has led her to volunteer and speak for surrounding communities as well as blog for Inside Childrens, iGrow and Today. Dr. Sarah Adams resides in Hudson Ohio with her husband John and two boys Gabriel and Benjamin.

Returning members of the board include:

  • Kate Krueck, MD, FAAP
  • Robert Murray, MD, FAAP
    Immediate Past President
  • William Cotton, MD, FAAP
    Advocacy Chair Liason
  • Sarah Denny, MD, FAAP
    Hospital Employed Physician Liaison

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