The Annual Pediatric Summit seeks to promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents. Sessions will focus on advancing pediatric health care across the Sandhills region by providing the most current evidence-based guidelines in medicine and facilitating a multidisciplinary network opportunity for healthcare professionals. The goal is to improve providers’ clinical knowledge and skills related to the care of child and adolescent patients with a variety of acute and chronic conditions. This year’s theme highlights the future of pediatrics post-COVID-19 pandemic.
Gerri Mattson, MD, MPH, FAAP has worked for 16 years as the state pediatric medical consultant in the North Carolina Division of Public Health. She is currently serving in the role as the Interim NC Title V CYSHCN Director. She has served in several key roles in many state and national committees and projects related to children and CYSHCN. She is active in the state chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, and American Medical Association. She is currently serving as a Governing Councilor for the MCH Section within APHA.
Dr. Mattson has maintained her clinical skills which has given her the opportunity to practice medicine for more than 20 years in a variety of pediatric health care settings and has always had a passion for partnering with CYSHCN and their families. She completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Emory School of Medicine. She also completed a Masters of Science in Public Health at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health where she is currently an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health.
James Ryan Shea, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his training at the Medical University of South Carolina that included general pediatrics residency and fellowship in pediatric cardiology with advanced focus in fetal cardiology. While at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he has developed a clinical role in pediatric cardiac imaging, fetal cardiology, and general outpatient cardiology. In addition to these roles, Dr. Shea is fortunate to be working in multidisciplinary and multi-institutional collaboratives focusing on special high-risk populations including interstage monitoring of single ventricle patients, long term neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants with congenital heart disease, and tracking the long term cardiac sequelae of children with COVID-19 and with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
Yasmina Abajas, MD is a clinical assistant professor in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. A native of Miami, FL, she attended medical school at the University of Miami and completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She then went on to complete her subspecialty training at the University of North Carolina in pediatric hematology/oncology where she became interested in hemostasis and thrombosis and joined the division in 2016. Her main clinical and research interests include studying inhibitor development in hemophilia B, prevention of children’s hospital acquired thrombosis and the evaluation and management of heavy menstrual bleeding. She is the co-founder of the multidisciplinary Women and Girls with Bleeding Disorders clinic at UNC. Dr. Abajas and Dr. Shea are part of the Pediatric COVID-19 taskforce, a multidisciplinary team dedicated to optimizing the management of pediatric patients with COVID-19.
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John Lesica, MD is a board certified child psychiatrist who has practiced in our community for almost 30 years. He is currently the Medical Director of Behavior Health at Womack Army Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has completed a pediatric residency, adult psychiatry residency and a child psychiatric fellowship at Tripler Army Medical Center prior to moving to our community in 1992. He specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry.
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Jane Bellet, MD, FAAD is Professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology at Duke University School of Medicine, where she practices as a pediatric dermatologist. She is the pediatric clinic director as well as the nail clinic founder and director at Duke. She completed both pediatrics and dermatology residencies at Duke before pursuing a pediatric dermatology fellowship at Northwestern University. She is a member of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, the International Society of Pediatric Dermatology, the Council for Nail Disorders, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She has published 35 papers and nine book chapters and has spoken at national and international meetings, including the World Congress of Dermatology, the World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology, and the American Academy of Dermatology’s annual meetings.
Jean Doak, PhD is a Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Director in the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Dr. Doak has held various positions in academic medicine, non-profit, and for-profit organizations and within various levels of care. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from Houston Baptist University, a Master of Arts in Psychology from University of Houston – Clear Lake, and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston. Dr. Doak completed her clinical internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch with a specialization in pediatric psychology and completed a LEAH (Leadership in Education and Adolescent Health) post-doctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, focusing on education, training and clinical practice in adolescent medicine/mental health with a specialization in eating disorders.
She has extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Enhanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT-E) for Eating Disorders through the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford, and Maudsley Family-Based Treatment (FBT). In addition to clinical practice, her work has focused on clinical training, consultation, program development, research/training/practice integration, and clinical operations. Dr. Doak’s most recent positions include: Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital and Regional Director at Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders/The Emily Program.
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