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© 2013 by the Uniform Services West Chapter of The American Academy of Pediatrics.

Chapter Leadership

President - Amy Michalski

Amy Michalski is a general pediatrician at Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA.  She served 10 years in the Navy and now continues to serve military children as a civilian.

Executive Director - Elina Ly
Vice President - Thornton Mu

I am an Army neonatologist at San Antonio Military Medical Center and neonatology fellowship program director.  In addition to serving as Vice President of Uniformed Services Chapter West, I'm a member of the Sections
on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Uniformed Services and Organization of Neonatal-Training Program Directors.  I deployed twice - to Iraq in 2006 and to Afghanistan in 2012. I hold Assistant Professor of Pediatrics appointments at USUHS and University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. My research interests include investigation of umbilical cord blood use as well as neonatal resuscitation practices and ECMO. My quality
improvement initiatives have focused on improving neonatal outcomes.


I'm originally from San Francisco, CA and received my bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and distinguished military graduate of the Army ROTC program.  I received my medical degree from Texas Tech School of Medicine. I completed pediatric residency at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium and neonatology fellowship at Tripler Army Medical Center.   My family lives in San Antonio where our three sons keep us
happily (and sometimes hectically) busy with sports, church, and Boy/Cub Scout activities. We are also licensed foster parents which add an entirely new level of complexity, challenge, and adventure for our family.

Elina Ly has been the Uniformed Services West Chapter Executive Director since 2001.  During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and watching sappy Hallmark Movies.

Member-at-Large - LT Nanda Ramchandar 

I'm a Navy pediatrician

Past President - LTC Amy Thompson

MAJ Amy Thompson has been the chapter Vice President since 2013.  She loves being a Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine physician. She is married to MAJ Joshua Thompson and has three children Maddie, Robert, and Andrew.

Secretary/Treasurer - LCDR Manju Hurvitz

LCDR Hurvitz was born in Cardiff, Wales and resided in the UK until age 7 when she moved to New York.  She attended the University of Buffalo for undergrad and medical school.  In 2012, she completed her Pediatric residency at NMCSD and remained there as the Chief Resident from 2012-2013. From NMCSD, LCDR Hurvitz transferred to Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms and then to US Naval Hospital Okinawa.   Currently she is stationed back at NMCSD and is the Division Officer for the newly commissioned Pediatrics Clinic at Naval Training Center Point Loma.  This summer she will be starting a Pulmonary Fellowship at UCSD.  She has two young children and is married to an Orthopedic surgeon. 

CATCH Grant Coordinator: Matt Nestander

I am currently a fellow in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center. I attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and pediatric residency at Madigan. I love pediatrics and taking care of our young patients. My interests outside of work center on
my family and the outdoors, preferably combing the two of them when possible."