Council on Clinical Information Technology Executive Committee


Executive Committee Leadership

Stuart Weinberg, MD FAAP
Dr. Stuart Weinberg is the Chairperson of the Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT).  He has been active with the American Academy of Pediatrics, serving for 16 years as the webmaster for COCIT and developing its Pediatric Electronic Medical Record Review Site. 

Dr. Weinberg is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in Computer Science, he attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then completed his pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.  As fate would have it, the nearby University of Pittsburgh was one of a handful of sites offering training in biomedical informatics through the National Library of Medicine, and he completed a three-year fellowship there after residency under Dr. Randy Miller.

He first became involved with the Section on Computers and Other Technologies (SCOT) in 1990 and had the pleasure of serving on its Executive Committee from 1994-2000.  He served on SCOT/SCOCIT/COCIT in additional capacities throughout the years, including Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, Computer Lab Coordinator, Nominations Committee Member and Chair, and now Vice Chair. He was honored to have received the Byron Oberst Award in 2004.

His interests include clinical decision support, clinical reminders, web services, electronic outpatient whiteboards, immunization registries, personal health records, barcoding, intuitive user interfaces, pediatric- specific applications, and camp informatics.  For additional information, please see his Vanderbilt web page at:


Donald Lighter, MD MBA FAAP

Donald Lighter
Dr. Donald Lighter has been a member of the AAP for 35 years and has served on a number of committees and councils.  He was a founding member of the Section on Computers and Other Technologies, the forerunner to COCIT, and was instrumental in starting the technology educational programs at the AAP.  Dr. Lighter presently is Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where he teaches performance improvement, Lean Six Sigma, and medical informatics.  His career has included private and academic pediatric practice, executive leadership positions in health systems and managed care organizations, and development of several physician business entities.  A longtime advocate of advanced performance improvement approaches in health care, Dr. Lighter has been an examiner with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, where he now serves as a Judge in the process of identifying world class organizations to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.


Mark Del Beccaro, MD FAAP
Immediate Past Chairperson

Dr. Mark Del Beccaro is currently the Vice President for Medical Affairs for Seattle Children’s Hospital.  He received his undergraduate education at Stanford University and graduated with honors.  He received his medical degree from the University of Washington.  He completed his pediatric residency and was the chief resident in pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. 

Dr. Del Beccaro has had over 15 years’ experience in clinical information technology system selection, design, and implementation.  For many years he served as the Chief Medical Information Officer for Seattle Children’s and transitioned out of that role in 2010.  He has been involved with multiple national health information technology groups including serving as the co-chair for the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology’s Inpatient Work Group.

Dr. Del Beccaro has served on the COCIT Executive Committee since 2004 and is the immediate past chairperson.  He chaired the Policy Sub-committee from 2006 to 2010 and served as chairperson from 2010 to 2013. 


Executive Committee Members

Gregg Alexander, DO

Dr. Gregg Alexander is a solo pediatrician at Madison Pediatrics in London, Ohio. He received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Geisinger Medical Center.

Dr. Alexander works to advance technology in healthcare through many roles. As Chief Medical Officer for Health Nuts Media, he works to advance health literacy and patient engagement using entertainment (animation, games, apps) with easily understood language and engaging content. Currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Health Information Partnership, the HIE/REC for the state of Ohio, he also blogs regularly on health information technology for He has also provided independent consultant services to a range of companies from private physician practices to EHR vendors to large firms such as Thomson Reuters.

Within the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Dr. Alexander sits on the Executive Boards of both COCIT and the Child Health Informatics Center.


Eric Beyer, MD FAAP

Dr. Beyer is a general pediatrician in private practice in Canandaigua, New York, where he lives with his wife, Anne and their three children.  He is the current president of AAP NY chapter 1, where he is also web master.  In that capacity, he produced and hosted a weekly video podcast.   His interest in technology goes back to a community college course in BASIC on the TRS-80 he took in the third grade. 

He was also, until recently, chapter breastfeeding coordinator and is a fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.


Anne Francis, MD FAAP
Dr. Anne Francis is a general pediatrician and partner in Elmwood Pediatric Group in Rochester, New York.  She has served in the past as Chairperson of the Section on Administration and Practice Management and also as Chairperson of the Private Payer Advocacy Advisory Committee.  More recently, she has served as the liaison from COCIT to the Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management.  She is also active within New York State District 2 on Medical Home and Immunization issues.

Because of her experience with practice management and her conviction that information technology is foundational to improving pediatric care, she sought to be involved with the COCIT and was elected to the executive committee in 2010 and currently serves as the chairperson for the Membership, Outreach and Engagement Subcommittee. She is an advocate for state immunization registries and particularly for seamless transfer of information both between offices and registries but also across state lines.


Eric G. Handler, MD MPH FAAP

Dr. Eric Handler is the Public Health Officer for the County of Orange since August 2006.  His previous experience includes serving as the Deputy Secretary for Children’s Medical Services for the Florida Department of Health (1996-2000) and Chief Medical Officer for the Florida Department of Children and Families (2000-2003).  Most recently he was the Chief Medical Officer for the Boston Regional Office for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2004 to 2006.

During his career, Dr. Handler has held several academic appointments, including Associate Professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.  Dr. Handler received his Medical Degree from Chicago Medical School, completed his Pediatrics training at L.A. County-U.S.C Hospital, and his Master in Public Health at UCLA.  He completed a pediatric rehabilitation fellowship at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital.


Tim Johnson, DO MMM FAAP

Dr. Tim Johnson currently serves on the Executive Committee of COCIT.  He recently took on the position as Policy Chair for the Council.  During his first term on the Executive Committee, he worked on the membership communication subgroup and the policy subcommittee.  He is currently working on the 2012 AAP Fellow’s survey on HIT.

Dr. Johnson is the Medical Director for Children’s Mercy Pediatric Care Network (CMPCN).  The CMPCN is an integrated delivery network which cares for Kansas City children.  From an informatics perspective, he is focused on HIT adoption in physician offices, information exchange, population health, and medical home transformation.

Prior to joining CMPCN, Dr. Johnson was the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer and a practicing


Eric Kirkendall, MD MBI FAAP

Dr. Eric Kirkendall is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati.  He has a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Informatics (Clinical Informatics Track) from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Kirkendall is currently the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer at Cincinnati Children’s and works within the Departments of Information Systems, Biomedical Informatics, and in Patient Safety.  Dr. Kirkendall was heavily involved in the design and successful implementation of an integrated EHR system at CCHMC and continues to evaluate its clinical performance and optimization.

Dr. Kirkendall’s research interests include using the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to promote patient safety through automated adverse event detection and providing clinical decision support (CDS) in the pediatric medication prescribing process.  Previous and ongoing research projects have also focused on user perceptions of EHR, rapid implementation of evidence-based medicine, CDS, and the use of natural language processing to detect iatrogenic harm.

Dr. Kirkendall has been a member of the AAP for over a decade, is currently a Fellow of the AAP, and is a member in good standing in both COCIT and the Section on Hospital Medicine.


Stephen  Morgan, MD FAAP
Dr Stephen Morgan currently holds the position of Senior Clinical Informatician at Partners Healthcare Information Services in the Clinical Informatics Research and Design division.  In this role, he serves as a knowledge expert and is responsible for a number of research and development activities at Partners Healthcare, with a focus on clinical decision support in pediatrics.  He also maintains an active full time clinical practice in primary care pediatrics in Salem, MA. In each of these roles he strives to blend the concepts of informatics and clinical practice.


Eric Tham, MD, MS

Eric Tham

Eric Tham, MD, MS, FAAP is currently Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and attending physician in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is also Director of Research Informatics in the Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  

Dr. Tham was elected to his first term on the COCIT Executive Committee in 2010. He is currently the chair of the AAP COCIT education subcommittee where he leads the development of health information technology education programs and the scientific abstract sessions at the AAP NCE.  He is also a member of the AAP COCIT policy subcommittee and was the chair of the policy subcommittee from 2010 to 2012.

His current research is focused on developing pediatric clinical decision support systems and electronic trigger tools for detecting adverse events in pediatric patients. Dr. Tham received his General Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine training at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and completed a fellowship and M.S. in biomedical informatics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Emily Webber, MD FAAP

Dr. Emily Webber is a pediatric hospitalist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.  She is also physician lead for pediatric informatics.  She has worked on projects including computer physician order entry (CPOE), optimization of workflow and process, as well as using the EMR to improve patient engagement.  Her particular areas of interest and expertise include design of clinical decision support and pediatric safety challenges within vendor EMR products.  She also has interest in using social media to promote medical education and health issues, and can be found on Twitter via @pedshospdoc.

Dr. Webber is a member of the Cerner Pediatric Leadership Council and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and is a graduate of the OSHU 10x10 program.


Executive Committee Liaision

Mordechai Raskas, MD FAAP

Mordechai Raskas is a pediatric emergency fellow at Children's National Medical Center (Washington, DC) and has served as the COCIT trainee liaison since 2012. He also initiated and became the first resident liaison to the IT department at Texas Children's Hospital (Houston, TX). Mordechai's research presentation on integrating resident signout into the EHR won an award for best presentation at AAP NCE 2012. His current informatics interests include e-prescribing and telemedicine in the pediatric ED. 

Mordechai earned both an MD and Master in Education from Harvard University. While at Harvard, Mordechai was also selected to be a Zuckerman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership. Currently, he tries to intertwine his interests in medical education and informatics on a daily basis while working with medical students and residents. 

When not busy in the hospital, Mordechai enjoys blogging about his toddler son, hiking, and serving as an informal IT consultant to his family members.