APSA Committees

APSA Committees carry out a number of different critical functions for the association. To learn more about a specific committee, click on the name below. APSA members who are logged onto the site will also see committee chair contact information.

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Health Policy and Advocacy

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The mission of the Health Policy and Advocacy Committee is to provide education for American Pediatric Surgical Association members regarding the intersection between public policy and our health care system and to support the Association's leadership as it seeks to influence public policy related to the health and wellbeing of children.


Gail E. Besner - Liaison
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Marion C. Henry - Chair
University of Arizona
Kathryn D. Bass - Vice Chair
Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo
David P. Bliss - Member
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Mike K. Chen - Member
Children's Hospital of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Brian A. Coakley - Member
The Mount Sinai Health System
Cynthia D. Downard - Member
Norton Children's Hospital
Audrey C. Durrant - Member
Blank Children's Hospital
Mary L. Hilfiker - Member
J. Leslie Knod - Member
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Julius Lister - Member
J. Duncan Phillips - Member
WakeMed Children's Hospital
Kimberly A. Ruscher - Member
PeaceHealth Pediatric Surgery
Patrick Bailey - Ex Officio
Mary E. Fallat - Ex Officio
Norton Children's Hospital
Charles D. Vinocur - Ex Officio
AI DuPont Hospital for Children