Board of Directors
Vivek Murthy, MD MBA - President and Co-Founder
Vivek is an internal medicine physician and educator at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The son of immigrants from India, Vivek discovered a love for the art of healing early in his childhood while spending time in his father’s medical clinic in Miami, Florida. For 20 years, he has devoted himself to improving public health through the lens of service, research, education, and clinical care. As a public health leader, he created VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education programs with hundreds of volunteers that reached over 45,000 youth in India and the United States. He also co-founded Swasthya, a community health partnership in rural India, to train women to be health care educators and leaders. As a research scientist, he conducted laboratory research on vaccine development and also studied the access of women and minorities to clinical trials. His research findings were published in world class journals, including Science and the Journal of the American Medical Association. As an educator, he has taught hundreds of residents and medical students about clinical medicine and health policy and has earned awards for his teaching. As a healthcare entrepreneur and innovator, he co-founded a successful software technology company, TrialNetworks, that is improving research collaboration and enhancing the efficiency of clinical trials around the world. As a national leader in prevention, Dr. Murthy was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Group for Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health where he has helped inform and disseminate the nation's first National Prevention Strategy. Vivek received his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard, his MD and MBA from Yale, and his residency training from Brigham and Women's Hospital. To reach Dr. Murthy, please contact Rachel Curley.
Mona Mangat, MD - Board Chair
Mona has been active with Doctors for America since its inception. She has worked tirelessly in Florida to educate physicians about the real impact health reform will have on our practices and the practice of medicine. This past November, she participated in a debate hosted by Pinellas County Medical Association, where she defended the Affordable Care Act in a debate against a Florida doctor opposed to reform. According to a fellow physician attending the debate, “what impressed me the most was her calm, confident demeanor. She never raised her voice; she spoke with compassion, she kept mentioning the "social contract" that physicians had with their patients; she made me proud to be a physician. It was an empowering and inspiring night.” Besides debating fellow doctors and debunking health reform myths, Mona is responsible for recruiting and mentoring new volunteer leaders in Florida and the surrounding states and has been interviewed countless times to represent doctors views on health reform. Mona is one of the reasons doctors voices are being heard among decision-makers in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. Mona practices Allergy & Immunology in her solo private practice in St. Petersburg, FL. Contact Mona.
Alice Chen, MD - Executive Director
Alice is an internal medicine hospitalist at UCLA Medical Center and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She received her undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University and her MD from Cornell Medical College. She completed her residency at UCLA. During medical school, she volunteered as a caseworker for the American Red Cross and assisted the director of the largest service center in Lower Manhattan for 6 months after 9/11. She was also the co-director of Big Buddies, a program based on the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in which Cornell medical students mentored underserved youth. She also served as the co-director of the Resident Elective in Malawi, Africa for the UCLA Department of Medicine and Program in Global Health from 2008-2010. She has been involved with Doctors for America since October, 2008 and served on the board and as vice president before becoming the Executive Director in 2011. She has spoken about physician advocacy and health reform all over the country. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Contact Alice.
Meghana Desale, MD
Don serves as the director of alumni relations for Father Martin's Ashley, a nonprofit, nondenominational drug dependency and alcoholism treatment center in Maryland. His previous stints include the federal Corporation for National & Community Service, Boys & Girls Clubs in Maryland, Pennsylvania Governor's Office, and a national communty action organization. He serves on the boards of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, Emerald Cities Collaborative, and the Susquehanna Workforce Network. He lives in bucolic Havre de Grace, MD with wife Carol and their four rescue pets. His dream is healthier, safer, saner, more prosperous nation and world for our children and grandchildren.
Scott Poppen, MD MPA
Scott practiced primary care internal medicine in California and Utah for 25 years. He has been a member of the management team of private, public, and corporate medical groups. He received his medical degree from Tulane University and did his post-graduate training at the University of Southern California and University of California-Davis. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Utah. Scott joined Doctors for America in 2009 hoping to improve the American health care delivery system's problems of access, cost, and quality which became apparent to him in his early days of training and practice. He has served DFA as Utah State Director. Retired from medical practice since 2011, he resides in Draper, Utah with his wife Berni and son Brent. Contact Scott.
Kyle is the current Connecticut State Director for Doctors for America, the Connecticut State Field Lead for Enroll America, Director of the American Medical Student Association’s Sexual Health Scholar Program, and has served a course director for both the Global Health Seminar and the Tropical Medicine courses at Yale University. Kyle’s background has been heavily involved with the Latino population, working in healthcare in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, and Cuba, as well as teaching English as a second language, and directing Spanish interpretive services for a student-run free clinic in the United States. His past work experience also includes time at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, where he authored the WHO Handbook on Health Inequality Monitoring and Kaiser Permanente, where he developed an Affordable Care Act implementation strategy to minimize health disparities. Contact Kyle.
Ethan is a progressive campaign strategist and former executive director of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million campaign for health reform and played a crucial role in passing, promoting and defending the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Prior to HCAN, Rome directed national communications for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). For more than 25 years Rome has been a leader, coalition builder, strategic communicator and field director for legislative, political and issue campaigns, including efforts to protect Medicare and Medicaid, win better wages and benefits for child care and home care providers, and increase state revenues to support public services. Earlier in his career, in Connecticut Rome built one of the first comprehensive political operations for a state legislative caucus in the country, co-directed the historic campaign to win a new state income tax and worked with Puerto Rican political leaders to develop cutting-edge, bilingual voter registration programs. Rome was recently featured on Moyers & Company as one of the 19 “Activists to Watch,” leading grassroots movements to change America. Contact Ethan.
Alice Chen, MD - Executive Director (email)
Brannon Jordan - Communications Director (email)
Rachel Curley - Special Assistant (email)
State Directors and State Leadership Team Members
Our national field team is made up of practicing physicians and medical students across the country who volunteer their time to organize their fellow physicians and medical students.
New Jersey (email)
New Mexico (email)
New York (email)
Rhode Island (email)
South Carolina (email)
South Dakota (email)
West Virginia (email)
Special Project and Campaign Leaders
Expert Policy Call Host -- Harold Pollack, PhD
Gun Violence Prevention Campaign Chair -- Nina Agrawal, MD
Newsletter Editor -- Maggie Kozel, MD
Progress Notes Blog Director -- Arvind Suguness
Shefali Razdan Duggal (website)
Michael Newman, MD
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Georgetown and George Washington University Schools of Medicine
Harold Pollack, PhD
Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago