Manik Chhabra, MD
Manik Chhabra is a co-founder of the Clinician Action Network and also served as a Copello Fellow within the National Physician’s Alliance in 2017. 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 affordable, quality health care for all. Rachel also serves as the facilitator for NPA’s Physicians Roundtable initiative. 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
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
Co-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
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
Immediate Past Chair, 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 HealthNewsReview.org, which offers the public a view of news on health and medical issues unbiased by industry influence.
Bethany Picker, MD
Co-Chair, NPA Board of Directors
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.
Kyle Ragins, MD, MBA
Kyle Ragins, MD, MBA is a practicing emergency medicine resident physician who splits his time between UCLA and LA county hospitals, treating all who come through the doors regardless of insurance status, ability to pay, or immigration status. Kyle graduated from the joint MD/MBA program at Yale University in 2015 and is a rising leader in the physician advocacy community, including serving as a member of the Doctors for America Board of Directors. His focus has long been on strengthening health care systems to improve the the health of underserved communities. His work experience in pursuit of this interest spans a diverse array of disciplines, including management consulting (McKinsey), global health (WHO), population health (Kaiser Permanente), advocacy (Wexler & Walker), education (Yale), academic research, and his everyday practice in the emergency department. He has been especially involved with the Latino population, having worked on projects in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, and Cuba, as well as teaching English as a second language, conducting academic research on the experiences of Latinos in the American healthcare system, and directing Spanish interpretive services for a student-run free clinic.
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.
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.
Margaret Thompson, MD, JD, MPAFF
Margaret Thompson MD JD MPAFF is one of the few doctor-lawyers working in the field of women’s health advocacy. Her medical expertise, combined with her legal and public policy knowledge and passion for women’s issues, makes her an effective crusader for women’s reproductive health rights and progressive health policy. Since 2009, she has worked for leading law firms representing plaintiffs in mass tort litigation – primarily involving complications of vaginal mesh products and ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder.
Dr. Thompson attended Rice University and Duke University Medical School, graduating AOA in 1978. She completed her residency at Duke in 1982 and practiced OB-GYN in Austin for twenty-six years. After 15,000 babies and armed only with enthusiasm, she returned to school at fifty-something. She proudly received her J.D. from the University of Texas in 2007 and her Masters degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas in 2008.
Dr. Thompson is Board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and licensed to practice medicine in the State of Texas. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. During her medical career, she served on many committees and held numerous positions including President of the Austin OB-GYN Society, President of the Carter Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Chairman of the Medical Affiliate Board of Planned Parenthood, Chief of OB-GYN and Member of the Medical Ethics Committee of Seton Hospital, Executive Board Member of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Member of the Texas Medical Association Committee on Maternal Health.
She served as the gynecologist for the University of Texas athletic program for over twenty years. She was honored as the individual having the greatest impact on women’s health in Austin by the national organization, “Speaking of Women’s Health”. She was named one of the best doctors in America by BestDoctors.com and one of the top doctors in the U.S. by “Consumer’s Guide to Top Doctors”. Dr. Thompson was voted Austin’s favorite obstetrician for many years by Austin Family Magazine. She was also named one of the best doctors in Austin by Austin Monthly Magazine and a SuperDoctor by Texas Monthly.
Dr. Thompson was awarded Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000 for the development of the Renaissance Women’s Center, a women’s specialty hospital in Austin. She was also instrumental in the passage of legislation in Texas in 2001 banning gender discrimination in health care reimbursement. She has lectured at the University of Texas in the areas of reproductive rights, medical ethics, and professional responsibility and taught Health Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Argosy University.
Her professional interests include reproductive law and policy, Industry responsibility in medical innovation, medical and professional ethics, gender and racial differences in health care provision, prevention or errors and safety in medicine, and the delivery system for health care.
Manan Trivedi, MD, MPP
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 metropolitan Washington, DC and lives with his wife, Surekha, and his two daughters, Sonia, and Ashmi.
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 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 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.