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NPA 2017 Copello Health Advocacy Fellows

CF2017-Jacquelyn SerranoJacquelyn Serrano, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Family Medicine
Anchorage, Alaska

Bio
Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Jacquelyn attended the University of Alaska where she earned a BS in Sociology with a minor in Chemistry. Jacquelyn then obtained a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota focusing in community health. She served as a Public Health Officer in the US Air Force until deciding to pursue a career as a physician. She attended Stanford University School of Medicine and returned to Minnesota for her Family Medicine Residency at North Memorial FMR. As a NHSC scholar, she chose her underserved practice location in Hermiston OR where she worked at a FQHC for nearly 6 years and eventually as the medical director. Then she returned to her home state of Alaska to teach family medicine residents at the Alaska Family Medicine Residency Program. While working as faculty she completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of Washington. The lure of bush medicine called her to do a 2-year contract in Barrow Alaska, giving her a view of the issues facing physicians and patients living in a remote Alaska village and a glimpse at the effects of climate change on our planet. Now she is working as a hospitalist in Anchorage. Her areas of interest include substance abuse, teaching medical students and residents, reproductive health care to include obstetrics, and public health.

 

CF2017-Devery Mitchell-headshotDevery Mitchell, MD
Family Medicine
Anchorage, Alaska

Bio
Devery was born and raised in Napa, California. After setting her sights on Southern California for college, she earned a partial scholarship as a student athlete to the University of Redlands where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology with minors in chemistry and poetry. After college, she worked for two years as an Emergency Medicine Scribe in Loma Linda. She then matriculated to medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with intent to focus on developing a career in primary care. Her time at UCLA was peppered with a wide variety of activities and interests, making it enormously clear that family medicine was the only specialty that could contain her enthusiasm. Given her desire to provide full-spectrum care to rural populations, and her inclination to flee metropolitan areas in search of fresh air, tall mountains, and seasonal transitions, Alaska was an obvious first choice for residency. She is currently a first year intern at the Alaska Family Medicine Residency and intends to continue her career as a family practitioner and community activist in the state of Alaska.

 

CF2017-Chris Murphy-headshotChristopher Murphy, MD
Family Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona

Bio
Chris Murphy, MD, is a second-year resident physician at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Family Medicine Residency Program. He completed his Honors BS in Investigative and Medical Sciences as well as his MD at Saint Louis University, where he was a student leader active in the areas of admissions, ministry, student wellness, and community service. As an impassioned young physician, he looks forward to effecting change in the areas of comprehensive health care access, gun violence and LGBTQ rights. He enjoys living in Phoenix with fiancé Josh and rescued dog Levi.

 

CF2017-Riley Lipschitz-croppedRiley Lipschitz, MD
Internal Medicine/Primary Care
Arkansas

Bio
Riley Lipschitz, MD is a third-year Primary Care/Internal medicine resident. She has a background in social entrepreneurship. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, she started a small business for health care education and consulting. She has worked with the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, conducting research on health care reform, including the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative and Arkansas’ work within the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. She has an interest in primary care innovation and improving health care delivery through risk stratification and population health management. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, she plans to move back to her home state to pursue primary care and health advocacy.

 

CF2017-Paul RobinsonPaul Robinson, MD, PhD
Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine
Tarpon Springs, Florida

Bio
Dr. Robinson is board certified in emergency medicine and in pediatric emergency medicine. He has 35 years of experience in practicing emergency medicine and urgent care medicine. He is an anatomist; his doctoral dissertation is a description of an animal model of petit mal epilepsy. Dr. Robinson has held faculty positions in pediatrics, family medicine and emergency medicine. He also was awarded the Ryland Mundie award-teacher of the year, in emergency medicine. He was the national faculty, in Arkansas, for PALS, charged with creating and running the state’s Pediatric Advanced Life Support program. He now lives in Florida with his wife, Lucyanne, and two water dogs.

 

CF2017-Mark Lupinetti-headshotF. Mark Lupinetti, MD
Cardiac Surgeon
Orono, Maine

Bio
Flavian Mark Lupinetti graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and trained in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and University of Washington School of Medicine.  Mark’s basic research into the cellular physiology of cardiac valves has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association, and he is the author on more than a hundred peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.  Mark currently practices cardiac surgery at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine.  His concern for his patients and their insurance coverage has led to his participation in Maine Providers Standing Up for Health Care and in the National Physician Alliance, in which he is a Copello Fellow for 2017.

 

CF2017-Greg Lam-headshot-2Gregory K.W. Lam, MD, FACC, RPVI
Cardiologist
Dublin, Ohio

Bio
Dr. Gregory Lam is a Cardiologist in Circleville, OH where his advocacy interests including health inequalities particularly for minority groups and addressing the opioid crisis. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services of Berger Health Systems.

Dr. Lam received his Bachelors of Science from Yale University and his Medical Doctorate from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Health Science from Duke University, where he performed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Cardiology and Vascular Medicine. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Ohio State University Wexner School of Medicine. He also serves on the faculty of the Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine and is the Principal Investigator of two clinical trials affiliated with the McConnell Heart Health Center in Columbus, OH.

Dr. Lam is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the American Association of Physician Leadership. He is the recipient of the American Heart Association Scholar Award, the American Medical Association National Leadership Award, and the 2012 Columbus Business First Forty Under 40 Award. Originally from Honolulu, HI, he now resides in Dublin, OH with his wife and two sons.

 

CF2017-Manik ChhabraManik Chhabra, MD
Internal Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bio
Manik Chhabra is an internal medicine physician practicing in Philadelphia. He completed his residency and chief residency at the Yale Internal Medicine-Primary Care Program. He is currently a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and is a co-founder of the Clinician Action Network, an advocacy organization.

 

CF2017-Sarah Gach-headshotSarah Gach, MD
Family Practice
Bristol, Tennessee

Bio
I am a graduate of Duke University where I received my undergraduate degree. Most recently I completed medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. Prior to attending medical school gained experience in medical and environmental research at Duke University. I also worked with several organizations, in North Carolina and abroad, to provide medical care and patient advocacy. Currently, I live with my husband, a family physician, and two children in beautiful east Tennessee. This June I will begin residency training in Family Medicine. As a Copello Advocacy Fellow I am particularly interested in empowering myself and fellow physicians to become active participants in the future of healthcare with a focus on high quality affordable care, policies that protect patients and the environment and improving access for immigrant and rural communities.

 

CF2017-Jennifer PerkinsJennifer Perkins, MD
Family Practice
Madison, Wisconsin

Bio
Jennifer Perkins is a Family Medicine resident at the University of Wisconsin. Coming from a career as a massage therapist, she is rooted in the tradition of integrative medicine and whole person care. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Exposed to the gross health disparities caused, in part, by lack access to high quality care, she and several of her colleagues founded a student chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. She won the Dr. Lester Brillman Leadership and Advocacy award for her work with this organization. She was also a Gold’s Humanism scholar and a member of the AOA. During residency, she was a member of the health access committee for the Wisconsin Medical Society and as an active voice around issues of gun violence and racial disparities. She intends to continue advocating for her patients and the larger community from Anchorage, AK where she accepted a position following graduation from residency.

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