CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics to Keynote NEC Symposium

The NEC Society is honored to announce that Mark Del Monte, JD will provide the keynote presentation on advocacy at the NEC Symposium taking place in San Diego, CA, August 28 – 30, 2023. Mark is the CEO/Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of 67,000 pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists who are committed to the health of infants and children. Mark’s address will focus on the power of advocacy by families and clinicians to advance the mission of the NEC Society.

Jennifer Canvasser, MSW, the Founder and Executive Director of the NEC Society, shares, “Mark’s leadership perspective and more than 25 years of experience in advocating for children will inspire and stimulate the NEC community. We are incredibly grateful to welcome Mark to the 2023 faculty team!” Jennifer launched the NEC Society shortly after her son Micah died from complications of necrotizing enterocolitis just before his first birthday. Thanks to support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and a generous community of supporters, the NEC Society is now the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on necrotizing enterocolitis.

The NEC Symposium will bring together clinicians, scientists, patient-families, and other diverse stakeholders from across the US and around the globe. The NEC Symposium will draw upon a broad range of expertise and perspectives to collectively advance the NEC Society’s research and strategic priorities. The 2023 meeting will build upon the earlier meetings and progress, including the 2017 NEC Symposium at UC Davis, the 2019 NEC Symposium at the University of Michigan, and the 2021 NEC virtual convening hosted in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s.

Registration for the 2023 NEC Symposium will open in February. You can stay in touch by joining the NEC Society’s email list and following us on social media.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Cincinnati Children’s and the NEC Society. Cincinnati Children’s is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

About the NEC Society
The NEC Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building a world without NEC. Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a severe intestinal disease that affects thousands of babies each year in the U.S. The NEC Society is committed to advancing NEC research, education, and advocacy by uniting diverse stakeholders. Learn more and get involved at 

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