The Pediatric Policy Council (PPC) has worked on Capitol Hill since 1984 and is the combined legislative advocacy efforts of the Academic Pediatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research.

The PPC meets annually and sponsors an annual pediatric policy plenary at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting. Additionally, the PPC produces the Capitol Connection, a monthly newsletter that highlights advocacy and policy updates from Washington, DC.

The PPC is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Federal Government Affairs (COFGA).

Capitol Connection

The PPC’s Monthly newsletter highlights advocacy and policy updates from Washington, DC. View Capitol Connection archives.

Pediatric Subspecialty Fact Sheets

The American Board of Pediatrics and the PPC put together facts and interactive maps about the effects of subspecialty shortages across the country.

Council Roster


  • Shetal Shah, MD, New York Medical College


  • Mona Patel, MD, University of Southern California
  • Jean Raphael, MD, MPH, Baylor College of Medicine


  • Tina Cheng, MD, MPH, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Sherin Devaskar, MD, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


  • Jonathan Davis, MD, Tufts Medical Center
  • DeWayne Pursley, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School


  • Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, MS, University of Southern California
  • Lois Lee, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School

Staff, American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Mark Del Monte, JD, CEO/Executive Vice President
  • James Baumberger, MPP, Senior Director, Federal Advocacy
  • Matt Mariani, Policy Associate, Federal Advocacy