Mobeen Rathore, MD, a professor and associate chair of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, has been elected vice chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ District X, which serves Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Puerto Rico.
Rathore will represent the district on AAP’s Board of Directors, becoming the first UF faculty member to sit on the board and the first to be elected district vice chair. His three-year term begins Jan. 1, 2018.
Founded in 1930, the American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. It has 10 districts and 59 chapters throughout the United States and seven chapters in Canada.
“It is a great honor to be elected to serve in this capacity with the American Academy of Pediatrics and I’m glad the University of Florida will have the distinction of being represented on the board,” Rathore said. “I hope this will allow me to advocate for children and families even more effectively.”
Rathore is chief of pediatric infectious diseases and immunology and founding director of the UF Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service (UF CARES) at UF COMJ. He started the first pediatric infectious diseases training program in Florida and continues to educate fellows locally and across the country.
Earlier this year, Rathore began serving on the sub-board on pediatric infectious diseases for the American Board of Pediatrics, which certifies physicians in more than 20 specialties.
In 2013, he was appointed to AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases. The committee is responsible for the publication of the “Red Book,” regarded worldwide as the most authoritative reference in the management of infectious diseases in children.