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 Maron Arthur Maron, MD, FAAP

AAP Section for Senior Members

Arthur Maron, MD, MPA, FAAP, a member of the AAP Section for Senior Members, was born in New Jersey "at a very young age". His parents were very proud, but his four older brothers were unimpressed. Growth and development proceeded through public schools and Rutgers University, to be continued at Albany Medical College. His love of Pediatrics was kindled during internship and two years in the U.S. Public Health Service; it was consummated by pediatric residency at Babies? Hospital in Newark, New Jersey under the tutelage of Dr. William J. Barba, III.

Established in a traditional primary-care pediatric practice which would continue for 33 years, Arthur soon expanded his horizons to include community activism, medical education and long-time involvement with the American Academy of Pediatrics. As rewarding as one-on-one pediatrics can be, the opportunity to make a difference in a broader environment was at once challenging and immensely gratifying.

First inducted as Program Chairman for the New Jersey Chapter, he soon moved to the Pediatric Practice Committee, where he inspired and founded one of the only not-for-profit Medicaid-subsidized health care clinics (Lyons Health Center) in the country. The unique concept of a health center in the late 60s staffed totally by volunteer suburban pediatricians was acknowledged in Medical Economics and several years later was a factor in the Outstanding Chapter Award for New Jersey.

Arthur was elected to the AAP Board of Directors after leading the New Jersey Chapter, and spent six years representing District III (Mid-Atlantic) on the national AAP scene. The opportunity to work with so many committed and inspirational pediatricians, devoted to the health and welfare of children, was truly gratifying. Issues such as the aspirin-Reye Syndrome correlation, the vaccine liability legislation, and the "Baby Doe" federal newborn nursery oversight were representative of the impact one can have upon entire populations and policies.

Leaving the AAP Board of Directors, with fond memories and a sense of some accomplishment, and continuing his pediatric practice and community activities at full speed, there remained one road untraveled. In pediatric residency and practice and as a faculty member and administrator, he was troubled by the increasing disparity between the educational curriculum mandated in residency training and the clinical competencies required in actual pediatric practice. In the decades of scientific explosion, trainees were being prepared more and more for clinical practice which was less and less consistent with their residencies. As an example, a chief pediatric resident manages the Newborn Intensive Care Unit until graduation and, as an attending pediatrician, is excluded from NICU management. As a member of the Residency Review Committee for seven years, with two years as Chairman, Arthur guided the RRC through a dramatic reform of pediatric residency taining. Newly-adopted requirements provided for a minimum of 50% ambulatory care experience, specific curricula in adolescent medicine and behavioral-developmental pediatrics, and a limit on NICU experience. These significant changes, among others, required a delicate strategy through the understandable bureaucracy, and Arthur found the results to be exciting and gratifying. Coincident with his tenure as Chairman of the RRC for Pediatrics, he held rewarding positions in the AMA and the AHA, including the Presidency of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Meanwhile, back at home, Dr. Maron concluded his pediatric practice - but not his commitment to pediatrics - in 1994 to join the Saint Barnabas Medical Center (later to grow into the Saint Barnabas Health Care System) as Vice-President for Medical Education and Chief Academic Officer. He was named Associate Dean at Mount Sinai Medical School and retained his position as Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

In addition to his professional activities over a long and rewarding career, Arthur enjoyed civic and community endeavors as well as family interests. He served as President of his synagogue, B'nai Shalom in West Orange; chaired the community and physicians divisions of United Jewish Federation of Metrowest; and was the Medical Professions Chairman for State of Israel Bonds for over ten years. He and his dear wife, Ruth, were honored with the State of Israel Jerusalem Medallion Award in 2004. Arthur and his late wife of 38 years, Lynn, shared many AAP experiences as well as world travel with their three children. Arthur and Ruth reside in sunny Florida but are never too far from their five children and ten grandchildren, ages nine to 23.

The story would not be complete without the news that Arthur remains involved and somewhat productive. In 2001, he was named Executive Dean of Saba University School of Medicine, a Caribbean medical school based in the Netherlans-Antilles. He and Ruth can be found there about three times a year. And the crowning glory, no doubt, has been his membership on the Executive Committee of the AAP Section for Senior Members, under the tutelage of David Annunziato and Avrum Katcher, where he also helps Joan Hodgman in editing the Senior Bulletin.

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