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NPA Board of Directors

Anthony Accurso, MD
Anthony Accurso, MD, is a general internist and preceptor at NYU Luthern Family Health Center, and a clinical assistant professor in the NYU Department of Population Health.  He has certification from the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is developing a program for the provision of office-based opioid therapy within the practice.  He 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 and his residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview in 2013.  He served on faculty at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for three additional years.  He is the former faculty director of Providers for Responsible Ordering, a group that promotes high-value care.

Valerie Arkoosh, MD, MPH
NPA Senior Policy Advisor

Valerie Arkoosh currently holds elected office as the Chair of the Montgomery County, PA, Board of Commissioners.  Prior to stepping into public service she was 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 was 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.  As one of three Montgomery County Commissioners, Dr. Arkoosh is dedicated to creating vibrant, sustainable, connected communities. She is improving services for children, Veterans, and seniors while ensuring an effective, transparent, and fiscally responsible government.  She has led the efforts to eliminate street homelessness of veterans, streamline delivery of human services, increase repairs for county roads and bridges, and open 10 new miles of trails across the county.  As a physician, she is at the center of the County’s efforts to combat heroin and opioid addiction and overdose and is taking proactive steps, including issuing a “standing order” to enable participating pharmacies in Montgomery County to dispense the overdose antidote naloxone at the request of any member of the public.  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.

Manik Chhabra, MD
Manik Chhabra is a co-founder of the Clinician Action Network and also serves as a Copello Fellow within the National Physician’s Alliance.  Manik originally grew up in Minnesota where he also went to medical school. He currently is a primary care physician in Philadelphia and is a health services researcher who studies the integration of substance use disorder treatment into primary care, and how health systems can address housing needs for their patients.

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 achieve comprehensive health care for all. Rachel also serves as an Enrollment Navigator for the Affordable Care Act working with the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership in the Cleveland metropolitan area. 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 and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

Kenneth Frisof, MD
NPA Treasurer
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.

Jeff Huebner, MD
Chair, NPA Board of Directors
Dr. Huebner is a practicing family physician and Medical Director for Population Health at UW Health in Madison. He takes care of a large panel of patients ranging from birth to geriatrics, and his areas of interest include pediatrics, chronic disease management, and quality improvement. He helps lead work within UW Health on care model development, clinical-community linkages, and other Triple Aim initiatives. 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. Prior to UW Health, he worked as Medical Director for Quality on both the clinical delivery and insurance sides of a not-for-profit health care cooperative in Madison. 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, 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
NPA Immediate Past President
Dr. William Jordan is Director of Neighborhood Health System Partnerships in the Center for Health Equity at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  He focuses on aligning clinical care, community health, and policy advocacy to promote equity.  He trained in family medicine at Montefiore and preventive medicine at Mount Sinai.  He previously served as Co-Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Family and Social Medicine and Director of the Preventive Medicine Residency at Montefiore-Einstein, and as Co-Chair of the Policy and Legislative Committee of the Public Health Association of New York City.

Susan Molchan, MD
Chair-Elect, NPA Board of Directors
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, 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.

Bethany Picker, MD
Dr. Bethany Picker received her MD from the University of Cincinnati and trained at the University of Colorado Rose Family Medicine program in Denver.  She completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at Duke University.  She is currently the Academic Director and Associate Program Director for the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency in Lewiston, ME.  She also teaches medical students and has appointments at Boston University, University of New England, Tufts University and the University of Vermont.  She was on the Family Medicine committee for the NPA’s Good Stewardship project that became the Choosing Wisely campaign.

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 5 years, and she co-chairs the NPA FDA task force.

James Rickert, MD
James Rickert has practiced orthopedic surgery in southern Indiana for nearly 25 years and enjoys treating patients of all ages and from all walks of life.  He is a founding volunteer of and serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County, the indigent care clinic for south-central Indiana.  He also serves on the clinical faculty of Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rickert founded and is president of The Society for Patient Centered Orthopedics, a national group of orthopedists who advocate for patient interests in our health care reform debate and promulgate the practice of patient centered medical care. He has advised members of Congress on issues ranging from physician conflict of interest to the question of appropriate regulation of simultaneous surgery.

Dr. Rickert serves as a reviewer for HealthNewsReview and as a peer reviewer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  He graduated with honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then pursued his orthopedic training at Columbia University Medical Center. He’s published in medical and non-medical periodicals on health care reform, patient centered medicine, and issues of medical professionalism.  He teaches courses on the techniques of patient centered medicine and also works to expand patient centrism throughout our medical system.

Mark Ryan, MD
Mark Ryan is an Assistant 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. 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. He is medical director of his office, and provides primary care to a largely Spanish-speaking pediatric population and uninsured English-speaking adults. 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.

Jim Scott, MD
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.

Richard Seifman, JD, MBA
Richard Seifman has over 45 years high level experience in international development, mainly in health and nutrition with bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental organizations. First with USAID abroad as a senior foreign service officer and subsequently as a senior advisor at the World Bank where he focused mainly on Sub-Saharan Africa.  With the World Bank he led major projects in health and HIV/AIDS, and more recently, he has been involved in its work on climate change and health, antimicrobial resistance, and pandemics, and is currently engaged in a 15 country program in West Africa to finance disease surveillance, build laboratory capacity, preparedness, and human resource capacity. He has been appointed a member of the Technical Review Panel of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

He has held senior positions with non-governmental organizations, including as Executive Director of the Economic Policy Council of the United Nations Association of the United States, and as a Senior Advisor to IntraHealth International which deals with human resources for health. He has taught a graduate seminar in HIV/AIDS and Development at the George Washington Elliot School of International Affairs.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, he has a Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University. Married  with two sons, he believes our domestic health situation is in critical need of objective, independent review and reform.  He believes he can usefully bring his international experience to bear in contributing to NPA’s mission.

Manan Trivedi, MD, MPP
NPA President

Dr. Trivedi is an internal medicine physician with over 20 years of experience in clinical medicine, health policy research, strategic communications and healthcare advocacy.  He has held leadership roles in academic, military, political and public and private sector settings.

A former Navy Officer, Dr. Trivedi served as the medical team commander for the first ground troops to enter Iraq in 2003. He oversaw the care of over 1,500 forward deployed Marine Corps and Naval forces as well as civilians and enemy prisoners of war and treated over 300 trauma injuries as the first physician on scene.  For his service, Manan earned the Combat Action Ribbon and his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

As a VA health services researcher in 2006, Dr. Trivedi drew attention to PTSD and other mental health issues among OEF and OIF veterans via qualitative studies that helped shape Veteransʼ mental health policy.

And while serving with the Navy Surgeon General as the Department Head of Emerging Health Policy, he focused on cost containment in the Military Healthcare System (MHS) and led the $2.5 million evaluation of the medical home primary care system and all clinical aspects of the development of the $18 million operational injury and treatment model used for Navy casualty prediction and vulnerability testing.

He was the Democratic Nominee for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 6th district for 3 consecutive cycles. In his campaigns, he fought for strong healthcare and social justice platforms and led the charge in advocating for evidence-based policy solutions.

Dr. Trivedi also has extensive experience in clinical hospital medicine in academic and tertiary medical centers and with larger healthcare systems including Kaiser Permanente.

He currently works as a hospitalist in Pennsylvania and metropolitan Washington, DC and lives with his wife, Surekha, and his two daughters, Sonia, and Ashmi.

Kate Tulenko, MD, MPH, MPhil
Dr. Kate Tulenko is pediatrician and expert in health systems and health workforce policy and education. She serves as Vice President 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 led IntraHealth’s response to the West African Ebola epidemic for which IntraHealth won a USAID Grand Challenge Award.

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.

Navin Vij, MD
Navin Vij, MD is an Internal Medicine/Pediatric trained physician and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University, where he majored in Political Science and was a Co-Founder of the Baker Institute Student Forum at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. He also spent time working on health policy issues while interning in British Parliament, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and also with the Texas Program for Society and Health. He subsequently completed an International Health Track during medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. After completing a Med-Peds Residency and Chief Residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, he worked as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist and continued his involvement with education as an Assistant Program Director for the Med-Peds Residency Program at Case Western. As a former patient cured of Hepatitis C (HCV), he has been dedicated to impacting both research and policy efforts to help eradicate the disease.  His current research interests focus on the intersection of the opioid epidemic and Hepatitis C.  He has worked with the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health and is now working with a community-based harm reduction program to evaluate how patients who have substance use disorders can be more effectively linked to primary care.  Beyond his interest in academics, Navin has also been involved with advocacy and outreach efforts related to Hepatitis C. He has served as a Member of the National Patient Advisory Committee for the American Liver Foundation, is involved with the Caring Ambassadors Program as a Board Member, and is a Co-Founder of the Clinician Action Network.

Kim Witczak, BA
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 Psychopharmacologic 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 Consumers 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.

Jane M. Zhu, MD, MPP
Jane M. Zhu, MD, MPP, is a practicing internist and health services researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is completing her fellowship training as a National Clinician Scholar. Her research interests focus on how delivery reform and organization of care impact access to and quality of care for vulnerable populations. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University. Dr. Zhu obtained dual degrees in medicine and public policy from Harvard Medical School, where she won the Presidential Scholars Public Service Award, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was a John H. Knowles Fellow. She completed her residency training in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Her experience thus far has spanned across academic medicine, government, and the private sector, and her writing has been published in academic journals as well as the lay press including Slate, Huffington Post, and USA Today.


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