I already belong to the National AAP, why should I become a member of the Uniformed Services West Chapter? 



• Provides advocacy to military children and their families through the AAP. 

• Build coalitions with other organizations working toward improving children’s health and well-being. 

• Promote the interests of Uniformed Services West pediatricians in the American Academy of Pediatrics. 



• Leadership positions on the Executive committee



• Network with other pediatricians with similar interests and expertise in Uniformed Services. 

• Improve chapter membership participation on national AAP issues.

• The Chapter takes great pride in congratulating, LCDR Manju “MJ” Hurvitz, our immediate past secretary treasurer for being selected as the AAP fellowship trainee liaison for the section on Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine (SOPPSM).

• LCDR Frances Rosario was selected as our Early Career Physician Representative to reach out to trainees and young military physicians on issues important to them. 



• Supports military residency training programs in our geographical region. 

• One resident from each program is selected to attend NCE on a grant from the Chapter each year

• A resident from NMCSD has been sponsored to attend the California Advocacy Day at the state capital for the last three years

• Supports the pediatric interest group at USUHS 

• Outstanding Pediatric Medical Student Award USUHS (for students who completed their pediatric rotation at a site in our Chapter)


What has your Chapter done lately? 

Chapter Excellence Award 2015 for an outstanding annual program effectively furthering the objectives of the Association.

• Presents Chapter “Pediatrician of the Year Awards” to three outstanding military pediatricians at the Uniformed Services Section meeting at NCE.  Recent awardees:

LCDR Sebastian Lara, MC, USN, MAJ Rebecca Ortolano, MC, USA, and MAJ Elizabeth Schulz, USAF, MC.

Nominates up to 3 Chapter members for Special Achievement awards from District VIII.  Recent awardees: CAPT Chadley Huebne, MC, USN, Dr. Christine Johnson (retired Navy), and Dr. LoRanée Braun (retired Army).

Grant management.- Current grant: APA Young Investigator Award – War related Stressors on Military Families: Resiliency vs Adverse Outcomes

Sponsored a recent resolution supporting the delayed deployment of postpartum Active Duty mothers in all branches of the military for one year in support of breastfeeding- Passed and become law with the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. 

• CATCH grant assistance

AAP MOC Portfolio 


Annual Chapter Dues: 

Fellow, Specialty Fellow, Retired Fellow, or Affiliate $50; Candidate fellow $25; Medical student or Resident $0.   


Whom do I contact? 

Contact Ms. Elina H. Ly, Chapter Executive Director at 619.532.5233 or 

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