Kentucky Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics
Dedicated to the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
The KY AAP and its more than 950 pediatrician members believe
The AAP is the organization to advance child health and well-being and the profession of pediatrics.
Biography of Kentucky Chapter of the AAP
The KY AAP Chapter was established in 1987 as a professional organization by pediatricians and is recognized for exemption by the IRS under Section 501(c)(6). The Chapter is currently comprised of more than 950 pediatrician and healthcare provider members in the state and is affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), with over 65,000 members. In keeping with the tradition of the AAP, the physician members volunteer their time while working on projects to improve children’s health and safety.
The Kentucky Pediatric Society Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) exempt status, established by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2006.The sole mission of the KPS Foundation is to provide funding for projects aimed at improving the health and safety of the children in the Commonwealth.
KY Chapter of the AAP earns national recognition
Between 2017-2020 the KY AAP Chapter was recognized each year by AAP with consecutive District IV Chapter Awards of Excellence in the Large Chapter Category. In 2012, the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics was honored with the Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year by the AAP. The award recognition was historic for the Chapter, winning it for the first time in its 25-year history. While the KY AAP was honored to be the recipient of the award, the organization is not resting on its laurels and past accomplishments, but rather continually positioning itself and advocacy work to ensure a better future for the children in the Commonwealth.
A loyal, altruistic, and passionate community of pediatricians makes up the membership of the Kentucky Chapter of the AAP.
Our membership composition:
15% Pediatric Residents
1% Allied Health Professionals
Current Chapter Officers
Jaime Pittenger, MD FAAP
V.P / President Elect
Rob Tagher, MD FAAP
Brit Anderson, MD FAAP
Chapter Executive Director
420 Capital Ave.
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.Nelson Mandela
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the FAAP stand for after MD?
The AAP is a professional membership organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The FAAP designation after a pediatrician’s name stands for Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Pediatricians who maintain their FAAP designation have obtained initial board certification.
What are the universal principals that govern the KY AAP and the AAP?
Current Universal Principles:
Where Can I find AAP Policy Statements?
Policies from the American Academy of Pediatrics may be found in the Red Book, other AAP manuals, or at the main AAP policy Web page. All policy statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics automatically expire 5 years after publication unless reaffirmed, revised, or retired at or before that time.
Why Choose a Pediatrician?
Pediatricians are trained to:
As part of their extensive training, pediatricians are experienced in the physical, emotional, and social development of children. Children may be too young or shy to talk so pediatricians understand the importance of listening carefully to your child, and to you. Pediatricians answer your questions, helping you to understand and promote your child’s healthy development. Pediatricians also address issues affecting a child’s family and home environment.
Pediatricians understand that children are not simply small adults.
They often present different symptoms from adults. They may need different prescriptions or treatments than adults. Pediatricians are specially trained to recognize the importance of these differences, especially with young children and newborns.
What issues does the KY AAP Chapter address with state advocacy?
The KY AAP Chapter and the American Academy of Pediatrics believes that the law ought to protect the health and well-being of children just as arduously as pediatricians do. When state legislators assemble, children’s issues deserve the same consideration as other matters.
State advocacy focus areas: Assault Weapon Bans, Bullying Prevention, Child Passenger Safety, Childhood Immunizations, Concussion Management, Distracted Driving, E Nicotine Delivery Systems, Health Insurance, Marijuana Legalization’s, Medicaid, Newborn Screening, Tobacco, Gun Safety, Teen Driving, School Physical Education and Activity, Opioid Abuse & Disposal.
Does the KY AAP Chapter work to build effective partnerships?
Partnerships are an important component of state advocacy efforts. Partners can enhance community engagement in projects, increase community awareness of the issues being addressed and establish a framework for the continued support of services that support child health in the Commonwealth. Some of the KY AAP Chapter current and past partnership relationships include the following organizations:
What are potential roles that pediatricians can play at the community advocacy level?
Some examples of the role that pediatricians can play in community and state advocacy could include:
Sample of Recent OpEds
We’re doctors who’ve watched young gunshot victims die. We plead for gun violence research, Courier Journal Op Ed 10-3-19
Kentucky Success of Insuring Children May Slip, Courier Journal Op Ed 9-26-16
Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
420 Capital Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601