10/14/07 — Dr. Tayloe is president-elect of American Academy of Pediatrics

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Dr. Tayloe is president-elect of American Academy of Pediatrics

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on October 14, 2007 2:06 AM

Dr. David Tayloe of Goldsboro Pediatrics has been named president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the nation's largest pediatric organization.

He will officially take office during the October AAP National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco, Calif., and will serve as president for 2008-09. The AAP serves a membership of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists.

Dr. Tayloe is a full-time general pediatrician. He founded a solo practice in Goldsboro in 1977, after having completed medical school at the University of North Carolina and pediatric residencies at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and North Carolina Memorial Hospital.

He is also credited with helping establish a very successful child health system in North Carolina that includes the N.C. Universal Childhood Vaccine Distribution Program, the physician-directed Medicaid managed care initiative, and the state's Health Choice Program (SCHIP).

Since 1985, Dr. Tayloe has been a member of the North Carolina AAP Chapter, which won the Outstanding Chapter Award of the AAP when he was president in 1993-1995. He has also served in a leadership position with the national AAP since 1989 -- including the Committee on State Gov-ernment Affairs; Chapter Forum Committee chairman; Committee on Com-munity Health Services; and District IV vice chairman and chairman. He is also the board liaison to the Task Force on Immunizations.

Dr. Tayloe said he is plans to work on creating an understanding in Congress with regards to Medicaid, SCHIP, vaccines for children and private health insurance plans at both the state and community levels, "and convincing Congress that most states are not doing a very good job of assuring that all children have access to comprehensive health services."

He said he will also focus on strategies to assist pediatricians in the management of childhood mental health disorders.

"The AAP must help all pediatricians develop the skills they need to address children's mental health issues," he said. "I am committed to assuring that pediatricians screen children for mental health problems, implement family-centered treatment programs, and work with health and human service professionals to address all of the mental and physical needs of children."