Mission and Priorities

Our Missionlaap-logo-sm

To advocate for the optimal health and wellbeing of all youth in Louisiana and those who care for them through education, collaboration, and support.


Our Purpose

The purpose of this organization is to advocate for youth and families, address educational needs of pediatric health care providers, parents and communities, and promote evidence-based public health policy.


Our Vision

We envision a Louisiana where every child reaches their full potential through access to the highest quality healthcare. We strive for a future where all children receive equitable, evidence-based medical care tailored to their unique needs and where the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics serves as a trusted resource for parents, healthcare professionals, and policymakers.


Our Goals

  1. Improve the health and wellbeing of youth and families in Louisiana
  2. Remain a trusted source of pediatric healthcare expertise for professionals and policymakers in Louisiana
  3. Support and help create public health policy which addresses the needs of youth and families
  4. Build coalitions with organizations and community stakeholders who represent the interest of Louisiana’s children
  5. Promote the interests of the Louisiana AAP members
  6. Increase the involvement of members in local and statewide advocacy
  7. Provide quality educational opportunities for ongoing professional development

Chapter Leadership

  • PresidentJoseph Bocchini, Jr., MD, FAAP | Shreveport
  • Vice PresidentKim Mukerjee, MD, FAAP | New Orleans
  • Secretary/ TreasurerKatie Queen, MD, FAAP, DABOM | Covington
  • Early Career PhysicianMegan Louque, MD, FAAP | Baton Rouge
  • At-Large MemberJoseph Ortenberg, MD | New Orleans
  • At-Large MemberTina Simpson, MD, FAAP | New Orleans
  • Immediate Past PresidentRachel Chatters, MD, FAAP | Lake Charles

Chapter Staff

Purpose of Committees

LA AAP depends on the active participation of its members to accomplish the Chapter’s objectives.  One of the most important areas of service is through membership on committees.  By carefully recruiting volunteers with interests in each committee’s mandate, LA AAP can leverage its human resources to achieve the best results.

Regional Louisiana Pediatric Societies

Baton Rouge Pediatric Society

Northwest Louisiana Pediatric Society


  • President
    Dr. Stephanie Kelleher
  • Vice President
    Dr. Brannon Perrilloux
  • Secretary
    Dr. Helen Hedgeman
  • Treasurer
    Dr.Jay Graham
Board of Directors

  • Dr. Aimee Ferrell
  • Dr. Charlotte Hollman
  • Dr. John Lopoo
  • Dr. Ashley Lucas
  • Dr. George Schwartzenburg
  • Dr. Steve Spedale
  • Dr. David Thomas

Contact brpedsociety@gmail.com


Megan Gardner, MD, FAAP

2400 Hospital Dr., Suite 120
Bossier City, LA  71111

By- Laws  |  Constitution


  • President
    Abbey Carroll
  • Vice-President
    Monica Haynes
  • Secretary/Treasurer
    Nafisa Ahmed, MD
  • LSUHSC Executive Council Rep
    Sheyenne Carper, MD

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