Madeline Joseph, MD, a professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, has been elected chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ District X. That district serves Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Puerto Rico.
Joseph will represent District X on the academy’s national Board of Directors, becoming the first UF faculty member to serve as a voting member on the board. She will also guide and coordinate the activities of the chapters in her district.
Her four-year term begins Jan. 1, 2021.
“It is an honor to have been elected and to soon step into this role with the American Academy of Pediatrics,” Joseph said. “At the same time, I look forward to representing the University of Florida and UF Health in this capacity. The position will allow me to expand my advocacy for the optimal health care and well-being of children and families on a local, state and national level.”
Joseph, who specializes in pediatric emergency medicine and is associate dean for inclusion and equity at the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, was instrumental in the accreditation of one of the first four pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training programs in the country. The program continues to educate fellows today. She also started the first multidisciplinary weight management program in Northeast Florida to assess and treat children and adolescents with severe obesity.
Joseph’s numerous leadership positions have included chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Pediatric Emergency Medicine Section and Committee. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Emergency Medicine, has served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Chapter of the AAP over the past 10 years and is that chapter’s immediate past president. In addition, Joseph has contributed and authored numerous articles, guidelines and policies related to the emergency care of children.
Founded in 1930, the American Academy of Pediatrics has more than 67,000 members, including primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. The AAP’s mission is to attain optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The academy supports the professional needs of its members to achieve that mission.
Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion; Chief, Division of Pediatric Bariatrics