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NPA Board of Directors

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.

Ouida L. Brown, MD
Ouida Brown started private practice following  a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Booth, Bartolozzi and Balderston Orthopaedics, Pennsylvania Hospital, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems. As a Sports Medicine Fellow, she was on the medical staff of Philadelphia’s professional soccer team, the Kixx, and was team physician for West Chester College.  Before attending medical school, Dr. Brown was a licensed physical therapist for three years. It was during this period — while responsible for the rehabilitation of injured orthopaedic patients — that she decided to further her education and pursue a career in medicine.  Dr. Brown’s training and expertise also include general orthopaedics — the treatment of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Her primary objective is restoring pain-free function to patients through either surgical or non-surgical intervention.  Dr. Brown’s approach to treating patients “I believe that physicians should treat each and every patient as they would a member of their own family. It is in this way that patients get the very best care. In my practice, I strive to educate patients about their condition and medical options. I encourage them to play an active part in all aspects of their treatment. The patient is the most vital member of the health care team.”

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.

Ricky Y. Choi, MD, MPH

Ricky Y. Choi, MD, MPH, FAAP is the Department Head of Pediatrics at Asian Health Services Community Health Center based in Oakland, CA.  Dr. Choi is a consummate advocate for improving health care quality and access for low income and immigrant families for which he has been featured in both ethnic and mainstream media, including the Korea Times, New America Media, World Journal, KoreAm Magazine, KQED, and the San Francisco Chronicle.  He has also authored textbook chapters on access to health care for Asian Americans and for Korean Americans.  He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as a Fellow and as a Board member of AAP Northern California Chapter.  Dr. Choi has had past appointments to advisory councils of the California Health and Human Services Agency in the areas of multicultural health, care for children with special health care needs, and pediatric health care quality.  He is a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.  As a blogger, his writings can be found on SFGate and the Huffington Post.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago, MD from the Medical University of South Carolina, Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and is a former fellow of the California Health Care Foundation Health Care Leadership Program.

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 (term to begin October 26, 2014)
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.

Luxme Hariharan, MD, MPH
Luxme Hariharan is currently a third year resident in Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania Scheie Eye Institute, who tries to abide by her grandmother’s wisdom, “from those to whom much is given, much is to be expected”.  She was born in Hyderabad, India, lived in Nairobi, Kenya and grew up in Madison, WI.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison majoring in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, her Medical degree at the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She completed at internship in Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY prior to moving to Philadelphia for residency. Luxme comes to NPA with a passion in international health and policy, and is fluent in Spanish, Tamil and French. She has experience creating health care policies in the Wisconsin State Legislature and analyzing tobacco control guidelines with the World Health Organization, and has lobbied for health care legislation in Harrisburg, PA and Washington DC on behalf of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, respectively. She recently traveled to San Salvador, El Salvador to work with the Ministry of Health on childhood blindness prevention and is currently working with the Ministry of Health in Buenos Aires, Argentina on improving guidelines and  policies pertaining to Retinopathy of Prematurity ( ROP) in collaboration with UNICEF, PAHO, The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, ORBIS and the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Her future goals are to pursue a career as a Pediatric Ophthalmology with an emphasis on advocacy and creating effective programs & policies to prevent childhood blindness both locally and abroad.

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.

Mary Carol Jennings, MD
NPA Vice-President of Membership
Dr. Mary Carol Jennings is an incoming resident in the Johns Hopkins general preventive medicine residency program. She holds a medical doctorate from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the College of William & Mary. She has worked as a community organizer both in the Philippines, where she devoted a year to teaching basic public health principles to rural Filipino communities, and in the United States, where she fought for Hispanic community access to the health care safety net and honed her membership development skills. As a medical student, she organized a diverse coalition that successfully won $4million for South Carolina’s HIV safety net. She furthered her contributions to health policy, to membership development, and to mentoring future physician leaders during a one-year term as the national Jack Rutledge Legislative Director for the American Medical Student Association. Dr. Jennings completed her internship and PGY-2 year in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Boston Medical Center and she has most recently been a consultant in reproductive public health and policy.

William B. Jordan, MD, MPH
NPA President

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.

Amy Lu, MD, MPH, MBA
Amy Lu, MD, MPH, MBA joined the Loyola Department of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery in February 2011 as the Chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplantation. She completed her undergraduate degree at Amherst College and received her medical education and public health degree at Tufts University Medical School.  She completed general surgery training at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and her transplant surgery fellowship at Stanford University.  She also received her Masters from Auburn University.   She has been on faculty at Georgetown University Hospital  and Montefiore Medical Center in NY. She oversees the clinical, academic and administrative leadership of liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation. She also works with the hospital leadership in development of a transplant center concept.

Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH
Rishi Manchanda is an internist, pediatrician and HIV specialist whose work and expertise centers on social determinants of health interventions, civic engagement, and health and human rights. He is currently the Lead Physician for homeless primary care at Office of Transformation and Innovation at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Manchanda is also an Assistant Professor at Charles R Drew University of Medicine, where he serves as the Director of Health System Transformation. In 2011, Dr. Manchanda founded HealthBegins, a mission-driven startup that develops online technology to help healthcare address social determinants of health. He previously served as the first Director of Social Medicine and Health Equity at St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers, a community health center network in south Los Angeles, where he worked for over three years. Dr. Manchanda serves on the board of the National Physicians Alliance. In 2008, he founded RxDemocracy, a nonpartisan network to promote civic engagement in clinical settings. He was a founding member of the South LA Health and Human Rights Collaborative and is a member the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships.

Padi McFadden, MD
NPA Secretary

Padi McFadden is a board-certified emergency physician in Pennsylvania. 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. She currently practices in Pittsburgh where she lives with her family.

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
NPA Treasurer
John Santa is the Director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. The Ratings Center focuses on explicit approaches evaluating and comparing health services, products, institutions and practitioners.  Since coming to Consumer Reports he has represented consumers in multiple venues across the industry. He has previously worked in leadership positions for hospitals, physician groups and health insurers. Dr Santa was the administrator of the Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research from 2000 to 2003. He helped organize and implement an evidence-based approach to prescription drug purchasing that eventually came to be known as the Drug Effectiveness Review Project. He practiced primary care internal medicine from 1976 to 1992 and 2003 to 2008 in several settings, most recently at the Portland, Oregon VA.

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,, 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
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  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.


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