The Los Angeles Pediatric Society, the oldest independent pediatric society in the United States, elected new officers and a new Board of Directors at their annual meeting recently.

Patrick Whelan MD PhD, a pediatric specialist at UCLA, is the incoming president. Other officers include Dr. Neville Anderson (vice-president, Larchmont Pediatrics in Hancock Park), Dr. Paula Whiteman (chief financial officer, emergency medicine in Tarzana), and Dr. Ron Nagel (vice-president for programs, Lapeer Pediatrics in Beverly Hills).

Dr. Whelan is assistant professor of pediatrics at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, and also holds an appointment as clinical assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the Keck/USC School of Medicine. He returned to his native Southern California after twenty years working in the Pediatric Rheumatology Division at Massachusetts General Hospital and teaching at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

The Los Angeles Pediatric Society is 85 years old, and sponsors an annual internship program that placed 65 area high school students in the offices of pediatricians across the city this summer. The Eve & Gene Black Summer Program is 40 years old, and designed to help build interest in pediatrics careers to address future needs for quality children’s healthcare in Los Angeles. In September, the Society will celebrate its signature event, the 75th Annual Brennemann Lectures, at the Disneyland Hotel. An opening reception will feature a performance by the Southern California Children’s Chorus.

Submitted by Ellen Seaman LAPS Coordinator