Anthony Accurso, MD
Anthony Accurso, MD, grew up in New York City and attended Hunter College High School. He received his B.A. with honors in Biology from Dartmouth College in 1999. He taught high school science for six years before starting medical school. He completed medical school at SUNY Downstate, in Brooklyn NY. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview in 2013, and then joined the faculty there. He is currently an Instructor of Medicine in the Division of Chemical Dependence. He is the faculty director of Providers for Responsible Ordering, a group that promotes high-value care, and mentors residents who are engaged in high-value projects.
Valerie Arkoosh, MD, MPH
NPA Senior Policy Advisor
Valerie Arkoosh is Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her primary clinical focus is Obstetric Anesthesiology and she holds a Master’s of Public Health degree, with a concentration in Health Policy, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her current policy focus is on the impact of national health reform efforts on cost, quality and access to care for the uninsured. Dr. Arkoosh is a former President of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, she was Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Richard Bruno, MD
Richard Bruno is a resident physician in the Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine program at Franklin Square and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been active in both local and national medical societies, serving on the board of directors of the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland and Physicians for a National Health Program, and on the Commission on Health of the Public and Science and the Commission on Continuing Professional Development under the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has led workshops, conferences, rallies, and actions for social justice, enabling health care professionals to engage in patient-centered advocacy. His clinical focus is on nutrition and prevention of chronic disease, with involvement in community public health interventions and policies. He graduated medical school at Oregon Health and Science University and will attain a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health next year.
Rachel Rosen DeGolia, MPA
Rachel Rosen DeGolia is the Executive Director of the Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN), headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. UHCAN supports and collaborates with a wide diversity of organizations and advocates organizing at the local, state and national levels around multiple approaches to advance comprehensive health reform. Rachel has worked for UHCAN since its founding in 1992, previously serving as Associate Director, Communications Director and Organizing and Operations Director. Rachel has been fortunate to work in the nonprofit advocacy field throughout her career, previously in the civil liberties field. She was the Director of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights for 15 years, and served in various positions with the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation (formerly the National Committee to Abolish HUAC). Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1975 and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management in 2003 from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
Kenneth Frisof, MD
Dr. Frisof graduated Harvard College and New York University School of Medicine. For a dozen years, he pursued an academic career in family medicine in Detroit and in Cleveland at public hospitals. In the late 80s, he left his Family Practice Directorship and, while providing primary care part-time, began an advocacy career. In 1989 he played a major role in writing the first state single payer proposal, a strategy taken up in 26 states over the next three years. He has founded universal health care and health justice advocacy organizations at the local, state and national levels. He worked for several years on a bipartisan cross-ideological federalist approach to reform, culminating in the Health Partnership Act, introduced in the Senate and the House. When any feasibility of bipartisanship vanished, he returned to advocacy at the state, regional and institutional levels, including establishing patient-centered medical home practices at his public hospital. He co-authored a handbook and speaker training manual, Seeking Justice in Health Care, printed in several editions from 2004 to 2010. He views health care as an important sector of the broader American economy, one where meaningful reform could have ripples that spread widely.
Rosemary Gibson, MA
Rosemary Gibson is Senior Advisor at The Hastings Center, founding editor for “Less is More” narratives in JAMA Internal Medicine, and author of Medicare Meltdown (2013), Battle Over Health Care (2012), Treatment Trap (2010), and Wall of Silence (2003). She is the 2014 recipient of the highest honor from the American Medical Writers Association for her contributions to the field of medical communication. Her writing gives voice to the public’s interest in critical health care issues of the day.
She is a board member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and serves on the CLER Evaluation Committee to advance safety in sponsoring institutions. At Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rosemary was chief architect of its $200 million national strategy to establish inpatient palliative care programs that now number 1600, an increase from about 10 in the 1990s. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She worked with Bill Moyers on the PBS documentary, “On Our Own Terms.”
Rosemary led national quality and safety initiatives in partnership with IHI: Pursuing Perfection, Transforming Care at the Bedside, and Rapid Response System implementation. She is a public member of the American Board of Medical Specialties Health and Public Policy Committee and Consumers Union Safe Patient Project. She served on the AHRQ Technical Expert Panel for Consumer Reporting of Adverse Events.
Rosemary has given presentations and grand rounds on patient safety at hundreds of hospitals; keynoted meetings of the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, National Board of Medical Examiners, American Academy of Otolaryngology, AONE, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Federation of State Medical Boards, National Summit on Overuse held by The Joint Commission and AMA, Society of Critical Care Medicine, among others. She has been faculty for the Dartmouth Summer Symposium on Quality Improvement and was its 2013 “wizard.”
She speaks to public audiences at the New York Public Library, the AARP National Convention, George Mason University; legislators at the National Council of State Legislators; Women’s National Democratic Club, Connecticut Center for Patient Safety, Maine Quality Counts, Maine Area Agencies on Aging, among others.
Her books have been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Washington Post, JAMA, Health Affairs; referenced in proceedings of the U.S. Senate; mentioned in Congressional testimony; noted in the WSJ, NYT, USA Today, Consumer Reports, and Boston Globe, O Magazine, Reader’s Digest, US News and World Report. Wall of Silence was translated into Japanese; the Chinese translation of Treatment Trap won the prestigious Open Book Award from China Times. Rosemary has appeared on Chicago Tonight, WBGH’s Greater Boston, Fox News, The Doctors, C-Span Book TV.
Rosemary graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University and has a master’s degree from London School of Economics.
Jeff Huebner, MD
NPA Vice-President of Policy
Dr. Huebner is a practicing family physician and the Medical Director for Quality and Care Improvement at Group Health Cooperative-SCW, the top ranked health plan in Wisconsin. He takes care of a large panel of patients ranging from birth to geriatrics, and his areas of interest include pediatrics, chronic disease management, sports medicine, and quality improvement. He is responsible for or assists with various projects within the organization including physician engagement in quality, patient-centered medical home, care coordination, and advanced directives. Dr. Huebner attended the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his family medicine residency at the University of Washington. Next, he worked at a community health center in the Seattle area as a National Health Service Corps member before moving back to his home state of Wisconsin in 2009. Throughout his medical training and years in practice, he has worked with various organizations and spent three separate periods of time in Washington, DC to learn about and advocate for improvements in our health care system related to access, racial disparities, pharmaceuticals, primary care/patient-centered medical home, and quality improvement. He values health policy and the health care quality movement for their potential to improve the lives and health of our communities and nation.
William B. Jordan, MD, MPH
Dr. William Jordan is Co-Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Family and Social Medicine and Director of the Preventive Medicine Residency at Montefiore/Einstein. He trained in family medicine at Montefiore and preventive medicine at Mount Sinai. He focuses on direct care, community health, medical education, and policy advocacy in underserved communities. His interests include training medical professionals in advocacy skills. He previously served as Co-Chair of the Policy and Legislative Committee of the Public Health Association of New York City.
Padi McFadden, MD
Padi McFadden is a board-certified emergency medicine physician in New Hampshire. She received her doctorate from University of Pittsburgh and completed her residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She then received a certificate in Health Policy during fellowship training at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Since then, she has worked clinically in many states and internationally and currently practices in New Hampshire, where she lives with her family.
Susan Molchan, MD
Susan Molchan is a psychiatrist and nuclear medicine physician, a combination that arose from her years in research at the NIMH, where she came from the University of Florida to complete residency and focus on aging, dementia, and neuroimaging. Susan spent 5 years as a medical officer at the FDA, then returned to the NIH (National Institute on Aging) to help launch the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a public-private partnership to develop biomarkers, which generated an open-access database. As program director for clinical research for Alzheimer’s disease, she served on a number of steering committees and data and safety monitoring boards. Dr. Molchan has testified before Congress on conflicts of interest and research integrity. She currently practices psychiatry and authors pieces for HealthNewsReview.org, which offers the public a view of news on health and medical issues unbiased by industry influence. Susan is an active member of the NPA’s FDA Task Force.
Lisa Plymate, MD
Lisa Plymate has practiced primary care internal medicine and geriatrics in Washington state for more than 35 years. Her work has exposed her to a wide range of health care delivery systems, as she practiced in a large staff-model HMO, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound; a private, fee-for-service multispecialty clinic; and the federal system at Madigan Army Medical Center, all in Tacoma. More recently, she has worked as a locum tenens, first for a federally-funded community clinic for migrant farm workers in Eastern Washington, then for a PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, with patients dual-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid) in Seattle. At several of her positions she has enjoyed teaching medical students and residents.
Lisa completed her internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico, received her medical training at Rush University in Chicago, and earned her BSc in genetics at McGill University in Montreal. Throughout her career she has been an activist, fighting for high quality, universal health care, free of social and economic barriers. She loves helping individual patients and their families, but also believes strongly that doctors must be committed to improving public health and that “democracy is not a spectator sport.” In addition to working with NPA, she serves as Washington state director of Doctors for America; is on the ACP advocacy committee; and is physician representative to the Healthy Washington Coalition, with members from 75 consumer and professional groups. She has worked with her state legislature on implementation of health care reform, on a committee focusing on care for low-income populations. She also served as the primary care representative for a state health care commission working to reduce costs and improve care for patients in state health programs. Within NPA, Lisa has been a member of the Policy Committee for 3 years, and she co-chairs the NPA FDA task force.
Mark Ryan, MD
NPA Vice-President of Communications
Mark Ryan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)’s School of Medicine, and serves as the Medical Director for the school’s International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship (I2CRP) honors program. He received his BS cum laude from the College of William and Mary and his MD from VCU, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Ryan completed his residency in family medicine in Blackstone, Virginia, and worked in rural Virginia for four years before returning to Richmond, Virginia, to work with members of medically underserved urban communities. Currently he provides primary care to a largely Spanish-speaking pediatric population and uninsured English-speaking adults. Dr. Ryan also precepts a weekly teaching clinic in a Richmond free clinic, and teaches medical students in the clinical setting in his office practice. He has a strong personal interest in underserved communities, social determinants of health, and health care advocacy and reform. Dr. Ryan also leads an ongoing medical service/community development project in an economically marginalized community in the Dominican Republic, and is interested in enhancing access to health care both in the US and in the DR. He is currently interested in the use of social media to enhance doctor/patient communication, improve clinical care and outcomes, and support advocacy and outreach. Dr. Ryan lived in South America much of his childhood and speaks fluent Spanish. He and his wife live in Richmond, Virginia.
John Santa, MD, MPH
John Santa is a General Internist and Medical Administrator. Most recently he worked as the Director of the Health Ratings Center at Consumer Reports from 2008 to 2014. The Ratings Center focuses on explicit approaches evaluating and comparing health services, products, institutions and practitioners. Prior to coming to Consumer Reports he was Medical Director for the Drug Effectiveness Review Project, one of the country’s most robust comparative effectiveness programs. He has previously worked in leadership positions for hospitals, physician groups, health insurers and state government (Oregon).
He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the National Quality Registry Network and a Board member of the National Physicians Alliance.
Dr. Santa has taught in multiple venues including: introductory courses to clinical medicine, resident courses in public health and preventive medicine and health policy courses.
He practiced primary care internal medicine from 1976 to 1992 and 2003 to 2008.
Gary Schwitzer has published HealthNewsReview.org since 2006. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and director of the Center for Media Communication & Health. Previously, he was a faculty member in the University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, gaining tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, while serving as director of graduate studies for a health journalism MA program. He left that position to devote fulltime attention to HealthNewsReview.org. He has been widely published – including a 2002 JAMA piece, “The Magical Medical Media Tour,” and a 2014 JAMA Internal Medicine article, “A Guide to Reading Health Care News Stories.” Gary worked in television news for 15 years – in Milwaukee, Dallas and CNN. The Kaiser Family Foundation published his 2009 report, “The State of U.S. Health Journalism.” For the Association of Health Care Journalists, he wrote the organization’s Statement of Principles and a guide on how to report on studies. For 9 consecutive years, he has conducted workshops at the annual meeting of the Association. He won a Knight Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism for the creation of HealthNewsReview.org in 2006. In 2007, he won a Mirror Award for media industry reporting from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. In 2008, the Poynter Institute named him an Ethics Fellow. In 2014, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation named him one of 25 “Champions of Shared Decision Making,” and the American Medical Writers Association honored him “for preeminent contributions to medical communication.”
Jim Scott, MD
NPA Immediate Past President
Jim Scott has always had a singular passion for development of a health care system that strives for care that is optimal for each individual patient, and provides the supports for the care team essential to make that happen. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he was an early proponent of primary care, and eagerly embraced what was then a new specialty – Family Practice. He practiced in a small town on the Oregon coast for 20 years, where he was a leader in a variety of innovations in primary care practice and integrated, community based approaches to care. Beginning in the early 90s, Dr. Scott held numerous positions within PeaceHealth, an integrated health system with facilities in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. He was a member of the senior executive team for over 10 years. Areas of focus included clinical quality, patient safety, information systems, outcomes measurement, innovation, and implementation of evidence based medicine and operations. He served as Dean of the PeaceHealth Advanced Training Program (ATP) in clinical improvement, an intensive 4 week program for clinicians and other leaders focused on quality, safety, value, and change leadership in health care until his retirement at the end of 2012. He also serves on the faculty at Oregon Health Sciences University.
Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD
NPA Executive Director
Jean Silver-Isenstadt holds a doctorate in the history and sociology of medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, a medical degree from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in nonfiction and science writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Her doctoral work focused on 19th-century American health reform. She is the author of Shameless: The Visionary Life of Mary Gove Nichols (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002), a biography of the infamous and influential health advocate and social reformer best known for her leadership of the water-cure movement and for her scandalous public lectures to women on anatomy and physiology.
Kate Tulenko, MD, MPH, MPhil
Dr. Kate Tulenko is pediatrician and expert in health systems and health workforce policy and education. She serves as the Director of CapacityPlus, the US government’s flagship global health workforce program. She also serves as Senior Director for Health Systems Innovation at IntraHealth International, a global non-profit organization which has worked to support the needs of health workers in under-served communities for over thirty years. IntraHealth’s innovations include iHRIS (the most widely used open source workforce database), the Dean’s Dashboard management software for health professional schools, a mobile phone support application for community health workers, and a mobile phone interactive voice response training application for health workers.
Dr. Tulenko previously coordinated the World Bank’s Africa Health Workforce Program and has served on expert panels for the World Health Organization, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Aspen Institute. Her most recent book is “Insourced: How Importing Jobs Impacts the Healthcare Crisis Here and Abroad” which identifies the links between the US and global health worker shortage and offers affordable solutions. Dr. Tulenko has had articles or reviews in the New York Times, Salon.com, Foreign Policy, and the Huffington Post.
Dr. Tulenko has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Harvard University; a master’s degree in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge; an MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and a master’s of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the board of the National Physicians Alliance and on the Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network and has received a Rainer Arnhold Fellowship for innovation in global development. Dr. Tulenko is an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and has taught on a wide variety of subjects including health system management and health economics. Follow her on Twitter at @ktulenko.
Kim Witczak became involved in pharmaceutical drug safety issues after the death of her husband, Tim “Woody” Witczak in 2003 as a result of an undisclosed drug side effect. She has taken her personal experience and launched a national drug safety campaign through www.woodymatters.com. Her work has been featured in major news media such as Fortune, Readers Digest, Consumer Reports, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Star Tribune. Kim has testified before US Senate on PDUFA/FDA reform issues as well as numerous FDA Advisory Committees. In 2008, she was appointed to the FDA’s Psychopharmalocgic Drug Advisory Committee as a Patient Representative. In 2013, Kim co-organized the Selling Sickness: People Before Profits international conference held in Washington, DC bringing academic scholars, healthcare reformers, consumer organizations/advocates and progressive health journalists to develop strategies and solutions challenging the “selling of sickness.” She is an active member of the Consumer Union Safe Patient Project as well as a part of the DC-based Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition making sure the voice of patients and consumers is represented in healthcare/FDA related legislative issues.
Professionally, Kim is an advertising/marketing professional with 25 years of experience in a variety of industries (e.g. airlines, automotive, fashion, and retail). She is one of the founders of Free Arts Minnesota in 1996, a non-profit dedicated to bringing the healing powers of the arts to over 4,000 abused and neglected children in Minnesota. Kim earned her BA in Business and Economics at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois.