Editorial Advisory Board
Dr. Beard is the the physician director of Children's Pediatricians and Associates, Silver Spring, Md., and is an associate clinical professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and an assistant professor at Howard University College of Medicine, Washington. She is also a national media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Lippincott Certification Review: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Haut has published and presented on many clinical and professional topics.
Dr. Jarvis is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children's National Health System, and assistant professor of pediatrics at George Washington University, both in Washington.
She is the current advocacy chair and at-large board member of the D.C. American Academy of Pediatrics chapter, and has received formal advocacy training through the American Academy of Pediatrics department of federal affairs. Her advocacy includes working with the hospital's government affairs and the DC AAP Chapter to facilitate testimonies that assist in enacting health care policies. Dr. Jarvis' advocacy work also includes research involving screening of and intervening for vulnerable patient populations. To provide sustainable community impact, she collaborates with social work and community stakeholders to provide real-time interventions for mothers who screen positive for postpartum depression and/or domestic safety concerns.
Dr. Lessin has been a practicing pediatric clinician for the past 39 years at The Children’s Medical Group. In 1997, he was a founding partner of one of the first private practice “supergroups” by merging two competing pediatric practices into one and expanding it to 25 clinicians, with eight offices in three counties in New York state’s Mid-Hudson Valley. The group provides pediatric care to more than 30,000 children and has a nearly 90-year history, across its various incarnations, providing such care.
Dr. Lessin received his medical degree from Stanford (Calif.) University and trained in pediatrics at Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Medical Center. He has been active in national policy and leadership in the American Academy of Pediatrics, having served on the executive committee of the Section of Administration and Practice Management, the national Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine, and his current appointment to the national Private Payer Advocacy Advisory Committee. In those roles he has authored several national policy statements and clinical guidelines, including “Increasing Immunization Coverage,” “Immunizing Parents and Other Close Family Contacts in the Pediatric Office Setting,” “Instrument-Based Pediatric Vision Screening Policy Statement,” and most recently, “Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents.” He is also the coeditor of the AAP’s ADHD toolkit for clinicians published in 2019. Dr. Lessin served as the director of clinical research for his group for 5 years and the medical director for the practice for 10 years.
He has served as a faculty member at numerous local and regional pediatric meetings. He has been a faculty member at the AAP’s annual national conference and exposition for the past decade, speaking on a variety of topics. Dr. Lessin also has been an invited speaker internationally at pediatric conferences in India and Egypt. He has participated in more than a dozen medical missions to developing countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Vietnam. His expertise includes practice management, the business of medicine, immunizations, ADHD, and liability topics. He has been a testifying expert witness for both defense and plaintiff in medical malpractice litigation for more than 30 years. He founded and served as president of a medical independent practice association that began with 12 physicians and grew to over 3,000 doctors. He is also a certified managed care executive. His most recent interest has been becoming a professional voice-over actor!
While performing all of the above, Dr. Lessin is a dedicated community pediatrician whose first love and primary goal has remained providing the highest quality medical care to children while helping his colleagues manage their businesses in order to be able to survive and continue to provide such care.
Kevin T. Powell, MD, PHD, is a pediatric hospitalist and clinical ethics consultant living in St. Louis.
Laura Searcy, APRN, PPCNP-BC, is president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), and is on the medical staff at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center in Marietta, Ga., delivering care to newborns. A member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Ms. Searcy received the 2014 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence from Georgia. Ms. Searcy gained much of her governance experience serving three terms, including chair and vice chair, on the Cobb County Georgia Board of Education. The U.S. Secretary of Education appointed her to the Southeast Regional Advisement Committee, and the Georgia School Board Association appointed her to the National School Board Association Federal Relations Network. Ms. Searcy also has more than 12 years of nonprofit board experience, working with children’s advocacy centers and youth alcohol and drug-abuse prevention organizations.
Dr. Stepien practices general pediatrics in a private practice in Juneau, Alaska. She graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, and completed her pediatric residency at St. Joseph's Hospital/Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisc. She received a Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Colorado State University, Aurora, and worked as a physical therapist for many years before studying medicine. Dr. Stepien is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her professional interests include physician wellness, medical humanities, and education.
Margaret Thew, DNP, FNP-BC
Ms. Thew is the medical director of the department of adolescent medicine at Children’s Wisconsin in Milwaukee, in addition to working casually among Children’s Wisconsin pediatric urgent cares within the city of Milwaukee and surrounding suburbs. She has published articles on Nexplanon complications and management of the malnourished state of the eating disorder patient. She currently is involved in a longitudinal study on the health and nutrition of high school endurance runners. Ms. Thew has presented her research both nationally and internationally. Her most recent podium presentation was given at the International Conference for Eating Disorders May 2020 on her research working with high school endurance athletes.
Ms. Thew serves on several committees within Children’s Wisconsin including chair of the domestic violence committee and adjunct on the electronic health record provider committee. She is leading a quality improvement project on adolescent confidential care and the judicious use of the adolescent sensitive note. In addition, she is active within her state nursing organizations; she sits on the Wisconsin Nursing Association board as the advanced practice registered nurse director at large.
Ms. Thew was selected and graduated from the exclusive Duke Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Fellowship in 2016 and was selected as the keynote speaker at graduation by her peers. She was asked to speak to this year’s cohort on her accomplishments as a leader at their virtual graduation April 2020.
Ms. Thew received her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Executive Nurse Leadership May 2020 from Concordia University Wisconsin, and her master’s degree in nursing specializing in family practice from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in December 1997. She is presently enrolled in the nurse educator certificate program at Concordia University Wisconsin. She has worked in the department of adolescent medicine specializing in eating disorders and adolescent gynecology for 6 years and was named the medical director in October 2019. In addition to her work in adolescent medicine, she has an extensive history working as a nurse practitioner in pediatric hematology, oncology, and primary care.
Mary Tierney, M.D., is a nationally recognized expert in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), public health, and coordination between primary care and mental health for children and youth. A board certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she is serving as a consultant to the AAP on the Enhancing School Health Services through Training, Education, Assistance, Mentorship, and Support (TEAMS). She will be providing technical assistance on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Affordable Care Act as it relates to school-based services.
Karen Breach Washington, MD
Dr. Breach Washington returns to the Pediatric News editorial advisory board after a 10-year hiatus. She currently is employed as a medical director at WellCare of North Carolina/Centene. Her career spans 32 years in Charlotte, N.C., where she has practiced pediatrics and held medical director positions in a large health care system and a managed care organization, as well as worked in private practice and in a public health clinic.
Last updated November 25, 2020