Associate Program Directors

Associate Program Directors will find many resources on to help you in your day-to-day job, program development, and personal career growth.

If you are new to the APPD, or to the role of Associate Program Director, then click on some of the resources below, or in the links above by category. In 2014, the Associate Program Directors' Executive Committee created the Associate Program Directors' Handbook, a wonderful resource for all program leaders. This Handbook will be updated on a regular, as-needed basis, and your input and feedback is welcomed. If you have any suggestions for additional sections or topic areas, please let us know by emailing

For face-to-face information and networking, the APPD Spring and Fall Meetings include many opportunities for sharing information, mentoring, and becoming more involved in activities with other APDs. Additional information is found in the FAQ page.

Associate Program Directors' Executive Committee

Ariel Winn MD (2019-2020) Chair
Associate Program Director
Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 919-6296
Fax: (617) 730-0633

Ross Myers MD (2019-2020) Chair-Elect
Associate Director, Pediatric Residency
UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
11100 Euclid Ave, RBC 838 Mailstop 6002
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: (216) 844-3641
Fax: (216) 844-7166

Ndidi Unaka MD, MEd (2019-2020) Past Chair
Associate Program Director
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Med Ctr
3333 Burnet Ave, ML 5018
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Phone: (513) 636-4315
Fax: (513) 636-7905

Mollie Grow MD, MPH (2018-2021)
Associate Program Director
Univ of Washington- Seattle Childs' Hosp
4800 Sand Point Way, NE, OC.7.830
Seattle, WA 98125
Phone: (206) 898-6040
Fax: (206) 985-3157

Sarah Hilgenberg MD (2019-2022)
Associate Program Director
Stanford Children's/Stanford Pediatrics
725 Welch Road MC 5906
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: (650) 497-8979
Fax: (650) 497-8228

Rhett Lieberman MD, MPH (2017-2020)
Associate Program Director
Children's Hosp of Pittsburgh of UPMC
4401 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Phone: (412) -69-7692
Fax: (412) 692-7231


Associate Program Directors' Executive Committee Responsibilities / Minimal Requirements
  • Ensure close communication/collaboration with APPD Board and Management
  • Hold conference calls of the Section Executive Committee at least every two months; submit minutes of all calls to the APPD Board within two weeks of the call
  • Communicate with Section members as often as necessary to assure that member perspectives are represented
  • Submit twice-yearly reports to the Board of Directors prior to the Spring and Fall Meetings and on request.
  • Meet onsite during the APPD Annual Spring Meeting
  • Develop recommendations to the Board regarding issues pertaining to, or affecting, Section members, including how these align with the APPD Strategic Plan, proposed timeline with action items and outcome measures and what budgetary implications may be connected to these recommendations
  • On an ad-hoc basis the Section Executive Committee may communicate to the Board as needed
  • Help implement strategic plans in concert with the Board
  • Help implement requests from the Board
  • Identify plans arising from the Section that may help implement aspects of the APPD Strategic Plan
  • Encourage Section members to get involved with the work of APPD, including taking on leadership positions
  • Develop an election/appointment process to be ratified by the Board of Directors regarding key leadership positions pertaining to the section
  • Ensure that Section members are being served by conducting the following, which may be delegated with Executive Committee oversight/input:
  • Annual needs assessment of section
    • Needs assessments should have Board input/approval before dissemination
  • Submit articles/reports/updates for the monthly APPD Bulletin, as information is available
    • Help populate the APPD Share Warehouse
    • Plan Section specific forums/tracks at both the fall and spring meetings
    • A summary of the needs assessment with proposed activities as a result should be presented to the Board
  • Ensure Section material of APPD website is up to date / used to meet the members' needs

If you are interested in APPD leadership opportunities, one good first step may begin with involvement in a Learning Community or Regional activity.

Current facilitators of the Grassroots Forum for Associate Program Directors (also called the APD Special Interest Group "SIG") are Ben Miller (2018-2021), Monique Naifeh (2016-2019), Nicola Orlov (2016-2019), and Dan Sklansky (2016-2019).

To stay connected to other Associate Program Directors and share in group resources, use the APPD Discussion Board and other site resources to build connections. Annual Meetings are a great time to come together and learn from each other and work with many different members.