About the SCAAP

Our History

In 1921, during the Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) in Columbia, a group of seven physicians interested in pediatrics met to organize a state pediatric society. In 1922, all South Carolina physicians interested in pediatrics were invited to join the society called The South Carolina Pediatric Society.

Later, the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (SCAAP) was formally organized in Columbia, South Carolina on September 9, 1952, during the annual State Pediatric Society meeting.  All members who were active in the South Carolina Pediatric Society were included in the membership. Although the SCAAP was not formally organized until 1952 records show the American Academy of Pediatrics began appointing state chairmen as early as 1932.  Since its inception in 1952 the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has grown to over 700 members.  The Chapters activities and committee functions have had significant impact on pediatric care and policies in the state. 

In the summer of 1988 the Bylaws were revised and approved to join the South Carolina Pediatric Society and the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics as one organization.  On August 7, 1988 the South Carolina Pediatric Society name was abolished and the organizations became one, known today as, the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Our Mission Statement

The South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization that works toward establishing a safe environment for children, promotes the availability of universal vaccine, promotes health care access and financial reform of the health care system, promotes family support and a nurturing environment, and is an advocate for children's needs.