BOSTON - DeWayne Pursley, MD, MPH, FAAP, Neonatologist-in-Chief and Interim Chair Of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been elected Chair-Elect of the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
He will begin his term in Fall 2008, assuming the position of Section Chair in 2010.
"Dr. Pursley was selected from among a group of neonatal-perinatal leaders from all regions of the United States," said current Chair Linda J. Van Marter, MD, MPH, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, at Harvard Medical School.
The Section on Perinatal Pediatrics is an internationally recognized organization representing all specialists in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in the United States. The group is responsible for virtually all American Academy of Pediatrics initiatives relating to the care of newborns: developing and implementing all national and international educational programs; creating, revising, and publishing all policy and guideline statements; and providing independent and partnership advocacy on behalf of babies and families.
In this new role, Pursley will work to implement the Section's new strategic priorities that include renewed focus on improving quality of perinatal care and reaching out to advance global perinatal health.
"The section has prospered for many years from great leadership and a strong, committed membership. For me, it is a tremendous honor and a great opportunity to have a substantive and lasting impact on the care of babies in this country and beyond," said Pursley.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.harvard.edu.