The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a non-profit professional organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The AAP has 66 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
Nevada Chapter Mission: To better the lives of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults throughout the state of Nevada by improving child health through increased access to care; legislative and community advocacy; support of research; education of pediatric healthcare providers; and support of the Chapter's members.
April 1, 2019 - January 15, 2021
President: Pam Greenspon, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Greenspon is a native of Chicago and its suburbs. She studied at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and then returned to Chicago to study medicine at Northwestern University. After completing residency at Emory University, she practiced general pediatrics in Manchester, Connecticut. In 2004 she settled in Las Vegas and practices at Desert Valley Pediatrics. She has been the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Nevada chapter of the AAP.
Vice President: Vanessa Slots, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Slots is originally from Texas and went to medical school at the American University of the Caribbean on the island of St. Maarten. She completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga School of Medicine at Erlanger Hospital. Dr. Slots moved to Reno with husband in 2013 post-residency and has been practicing general pediatrics with Renown Children’s Hospital since that time. In 2014, she was appointed the medical director for outpatient pediatrics. That role transitioned in 2017 to the Department Chief of General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine and Developmental Pediatrics (previously including Behavioral Health).
Secretary / Treasurer: Mitchell Strominger, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Strominger is an ophthalmologist in Reno and is affiliated with Renown Hospital. He earned his M.D. degree from Washington University in 1986 and completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York City. He then completed his neuroophthalmology fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami and his pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.
Immediate Past President: Betsy Huang, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Huang grew up in Southern Nevada. She received her BA in Communication from University of Southern California. She then went to medical school at University of Nevada School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Huang currently works for Nevada Health Centers in the Henderson office.
Executive Director: Leann D. McAllister, MBA
Before moving in 2018 with her family to Las Vegas, Ms. McAllister was the administrative director of Performance Pediatrics, a primary-care micro practice in Plymouth, Massachusetts, for 10 years. While at Performance Pediatrics, Ms. McAllister was a monthly contributor writing about the joys of running a practice for Physicians' Practice magazine and served on their editorial board. Ms. McAllister also chaired a committee at Boston Children's Hospital that set best practices for the 80 primary-care practices associated with the hospital's IPA. Ms. McAllister and her husband, Dr. Terence R. McAllister, FAAP, are the proud parents of a beautiful, but complicated, foster adopted teenage son. Ms. McAllister is excited by the opportunity to further Nevada AAP's efforts in many areas, but especially in increasing understanding of the lifelong impact of childhood trauma on an individual's health.