Jetmore – The Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) announced that local pediatrician, Kristie Clark, MD, FAAP was elected as the President-Elect beginning July 1, 2018. KAAP is a statewide organization that includes more than 90% of pediatricians in the state as members. The Chapter works to advocate for pediatricians and child health at a state level, and supports members in their practice through education and health initiatives.

Dr. Clark will also be the President-Elect for the Kansas Pediatric Foundation (KPF), the charitable arm of KAAP. The foundation supports several projects including the Turn a Page. Touch a Mind.® program that has given over 850,000 books to young children through their primary care provider.

The Kansas Chapter officers will serve a two-year term, with Dr. Clark moving on to President of the Chapter on July 1,2020. “I am really excited about having Dr. Clark coming in as the President-Elect for the Chapter. She has a lot of experience in practice, has been an active member of the Board of Directors for several years, and brings a unique perspective to her leadership position being from a rural area,” said Melissa Hudelson, KAAP Executive Director.

Dr. Clark, known as Dr. Kristie to her patients, stated: “I am grateful for the support of my family, co-workers and community in taking on this responsibility.” Dr. Kristie Clark is a Board Certified Pediatrician and sees patients at the O’Shea Memorial Clinic in Jetmore KS. She also serves as the Health Officer for Hodgeman County. Congratulations to Dr. Kristie Clark.

The officers who will begin their terms on July 1, 2018 include:
President Lisa Gilmer, MD, FAAP Kansas City
President Elect Kristie Clark, MD, FAAP Jetmore
Treasurer Jonathan Jantz, MD, FAAP Newton
Immediate Past President Jennifer Mellick, MD, FAAP Overland Park

Local pediatrician elected to leadership role in statewide child advocacy organization