The mission of the Los Angeles Pediatric Society is to improve the health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents through the collective efforts of its membership and to provide an organization for professional communication, education, and fellowship.
Pediatricians as well as other physicians, surgeons, and licensed allied health professionals who have a particular interest and concern with the health and welfare of infants, children and adolescents are eligible to apply for membership. Members residing outside of California will be classified as affiliate members.
The Los Angeles Pediatric Society was organized January 19, 1934 as the Pediatric Section of the Los Angeles County Medical Association. There were 47 charter members. In 1970, the society withdrew from its association with the Los Angeles County Medical Association and became an independent organization. Today, with over 1000 members, it is the oldest and largest independent pediatric society in the world. Membership is open to all pediatricians and allied health professionals. Members from outside of California are affiliate members.
The society sponsors a number of annual meetings, including the Annual Brennemann Memorial Lectures (started in 1944) and Annual Parmelee Memorial Lecture (started in 1962).
The Eve and Gene Black Summer Medical Career Program provides high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to work in a medical profession.