Board Election- Please Vote!

Board elections are held in the Spring of each year for open positions on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) and the Board of the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation (MAPF).

MNAAP represents over 1,000 pediatricians and trainees in Minnesota and is a trusted voice on children's health issues at the Capitol.

Currently, the chapter is seeking to fill 3 board member openings for pediatricians or pediatrician specialists who want to help advance the chapter's mission of improving the health of all Minnesota children. Our nominating committee has recommended strong candidates. Ballots are due May 31, 2019. Thank you in advance for your vote and any comments you have. Please include your AAP member number or last name to validate your vote as required by our Bylaws.

Ballot names appear in alphabetical order. A biosketch of each candidate is provided below. Click “Done” at the bottom of the page to submit your ballot.

To view a list of current board members, visit http://www.mnaap.org/board-members/

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* 1. Members-at-large (Select three. Read their biosketches below)

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* 2. This ballot is confidential. Your name or member number is required to ensure election integrity according to the organization's Bylaws.

Your Name or AAP number:

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* 3. Do you have other nominees for Board positions that should be forwarded to the Nominations Committee for 2020-2021?

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* 4. Comments/suggestions for the 2019-2020 MNAAP Board of Directors:

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When you have completed your selection, click “Done” at the bottom of the page to submit your ballot.

When you have completed your selection, click “Done” at the bottom of the page to submit your ballot.

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Ria Bardhan, MD, FAAP

Ria Bardhan, MD, FAAP
Ria Bardhan, MD, FAAP

What is your current position?
Dr. Bardhan is a pediatrician with Allina Health located in Farmington, Minnesota. She has been at this location since 2017. 


Brief summary of training:
Dr. Bardhan received her medical degree from Calcutta National Medical College in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She has been a member of AAP since 2011. 


Why do you want to be on the MNAAP Board of Directors as a Member-At-Large?
After starting my practice at Allina Health Farmington Clinic we have recognized certain needs in the community and have found the need to improvise sometimes to find resources so that our patients can be at their best health.

Specific needs that come up consistently are related to limited mental health resources and identifying community resources that are available but unknown to most. I am currently working on this, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, to identify patients at risk and improve accessibility to mental health resources in our rural communities. I hope that in association with the MNAAP we can create a platform to achieve these goals.

Another area close to my heart involves advocacy, as through this we can provide our pediatric patients the voice they don't have. In light of current immunization perspectives and policy changing around the country and the rise of vaccine-preventable diseases, my hope is to provide accurate information to parents and caregivers making these choices for our patients and align with the goals at the MNAAP and AAP to help navigate public policy and improve vaccination rates.

I am also looking into other avenues to improve accessibility by way of telehealth, or virtual visits, in primary care pediatrics. I am currently working within an Allina workgroup on this pilot project, and this would be their among their first ventures into primary care telehealth visits in Minnesota. My goal is to create more guidelines and standards to enable this type of technology to be utilized in a safe and effective manner and this will require collaboration with others in this role in the state of Minnesota and across the country.

I am currently a member of the Section of Telehealth Care in the AAP.

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Seth Gregory, MD, FAAP

Seth Gregory, MD, FAAP
Seth Gregory, MD, FAAP

What is your current position?
Dr. Gregory is a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Wing, Minnesota.

Brief summary of training:
Dr. Gregory received his medical degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He completed his residency in pediatric and adolescent medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  He has been a member of AAP since 2013.

Why do you want to be on the MNAAP Board of Directors as a Member-At-Large?
The mission of the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation is to protect and improve the health of all Minnesota children and teens. If elected to the MNAAP Board, I would advocate for the unique healthcare challenges faced by children living in the rural counties of Southeastern Minnesota and the nearby Prairie Island Indian Community. My specific interests are related to barriers to accessing care in rural communities. It is a recurring theme that my patients struggle with transportation to the Twin Cities or Rochester for subspecialty care. I would be interested in seeing how we could better use technology to address some of these needs in rural Minnesota. Another reason I am interested in being a part of the MNAAP Board is to better learn how to advocate for children on a policy level. I do not have much experience in this realm but I am eager to learn from other Board members and become a larger voice for the community and children I serve.

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Katie Smentek, MD, FAAP

Katie Smentek, MD, FAAP
Katie Smentek, MD, FAAP

What is your current position?
Dr. Smentek is a pediatrician at the Mankato Clinic. She joined the clinic in 2007. 

Brief summary of training:
Dr. Smentek received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis Medical School. She completed her residency, serving as chief pediatric resident, at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. She has been a member of AAP since 2002. 

Why do you want to be on the MNAAP Board of Directors?
I am very interested in joining the MNAAP Board of Directors.  I grew up in Mankato and always knew I wanted to be a pediatrician.  I started medical school in Duluth, learning the importance of doctors as advocates in their small communities.  While in residency, I created a rotation for myself working in advocacy locally in New Haven, at the State Capitol, and in Washington D.C. at the AAP Legislative Conference.  As a primary pediatrician now, I see how important it is to care not only for the children that enter my office but also for children across the state.  I work every day using my training and influence locally to make a difference and am ready to expand my reach to the state level.  I am passionate about children’s health and want to do what I can to make lives better for all children.

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