Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves as associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. A physician with nearly 30 years of experience, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva is responsible for launching the Division of Innovation at AAP.
The Division of Innovation manages the AAP technology and innovation programs funded by state and regional grants. It also oversees the Section on Telehealth Care and the Task Force on Pediatric Practice Change.
One program under the Division of Innovation awning is the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU). These units provide informational consults to health professionals and child caregivers on the topic of suspected toxic exposures, the effect of exposure to low-level toxins such as mercury, lead, and pesticides, and how to prevent and manage these medical conditions.
Furthermore, during floods, oil spills, food-related outbreaks, and community hearings, the PEHSU offers guidance regarding child health.
In 2014, AAP formed a partnership with the national Centers for Disease Control and Environmental Protection Agency, becoming the National Program Office-East in support of PEHSU programs. AAP shares oversight of the programs with the American College of Medical Toxicology, which manages the Western office.