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The American Pediatric Society recognizes Misty Good, MD, MS, Matthew Laughon, MD, MPH, and Michael Steiner, MD, MPH as new members for year 2022.

The American Pediatric Society (APS), recognizing extraordinary achievement in shaping the future of academic pediatrics, announced 72 new members for year 2022. Among them were three of UNC School of Medicine’s faculty: Misty Good, MD, MS, associate professor and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Division Chief in the Department of Pediatrics; Matthew Laughon, MD, MPH, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine professor in the Department of Pediatrics; and Michael Steiner, MD, MPH, Pediatrician in Chief for UNC Children’s, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Hospital Chief, and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics. Both Laughon and Steiner are members of the UNC Children’s Research Institute.

New members were nominated by current members through a process that recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves as child health leaders, teachers, scholars, policymakers and/or clinicians. The new members will be recognized during the APS Presidential Plenary at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2022 Meeting, April 21-25, 2022, in Denver, Colorado.

“The APS mission is to shape the future of academic pediatrics through engagement of distinguished child health leaders to represent the full diversity of the field. Our new members represent the most distinguished and accomplished leaders in pediatrics whose outstanding work has advanced child and adolescent health and well-being in pursuit of this mission,” said APS President Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE. “I am honored to welcome this exceptional group of individuals to the APS and look forward to their active engagement with many exciting programs within the organization.”

Some benefits of APS membership include:

  • Recognition and acknowledgement as a leader in pediatrics: APS members include individuals who have distinguished themselves as academic leaders, teachers and researchers whose contributions to academic pediatrics have garnered national and international recognition.
  • A network of child health professionals: Membership in APS is dedicated to the advancement of child health through promotion of pediatric research, recognition of achievement, and cultivation of excellence through advocacy, scholarship, education and leadership development.
  • Advocacy for child health: In order to speak with one voice on behalf of child health, APS provides representation in Washington, D.C., through the Pediatric Policy Council which combines the advocacy efforts of the APS, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs and the Academic Pediatric Association.

Dr. Misty Good is a neonatologist-scientist who has dedicated her scientific career to understanding the mechanisms regulating intestinal development and the mucosal immune response in the gastrointestinal disease affecting premature infants called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Her laboratory is R01 funded by the National Institute of Health to study how these inflammatory responses can be prevented through targeted intestinal epithelial therapies. Additionally, Dr. Good has ongoing translational research studies for which she has developed the multi-center NEC Biorepository to evaluate the differences in the biological signature of infants with and without necrotizing enterocolitis.

Dr. Matthew Laughon is a physician and researcher who specializes in neonatal and perinatal medicine. His research interests include neonatal epidemiology, neonatal clinical pharmacology trials (phase I, II, and III), and neonatal lung disease-particularly bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). His research work integrates clinical efforts of neonatologists and pharmacologists from academic healthcare institutions across the US to determine efficacy of medications in pediatric populations.

Dr. Michael Steiner, who is also a Michael F. Durfee distinguished professor of pediatrics and an adjunct professor with the Public Health Leadership Program, is a general pediatrician who works in a variety of clinical settings ranging from primary care to care of children with medical complexity. His research focuses primarily on systems of care for children with medical complexity but has also included other topics of interest across general pediatrics including evaluating screening tests, gastroenteritis management and obesity in children.

### About the American Pediatric Society

The American Pediatric Society (APS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1888 as the first pediatric society in North America. The mission of the APS is to shape the future of academic pediatrics through engagement of distinguished child-health leaders who represent the full diversity within the field. The 1,800 plus members of APS are recognized leaders of extraordinary achievement who work together to shape the future of academic pediatrics.