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Board of Directors

 

Mona MangatMona 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 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 DesaleMeghana Desale, MD

Meghana has been an active member of Doctors of America since 2009.  Her interest in health policy started after college when working as a Truman-Albright Fellow for the Office of Rural Health Policy in HRSA.  During medical school at Johns Hopkins, she volunteered for DFA as the Maryland State Director and Northeast Regional Director.  She has stayed on at Johns Hopkins as an OB/GYN resident.  Meghana and her fiance love living in Baltimore with its many unique festivals and hidden gems of restaurants.  They are looking forward to their wedding in India in the summer of 2014. Contact Meghana.

Don MathisDon Mathis 

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

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 RaginsKyle Ragins

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 RomeEthan Rome

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.

Executive Staff

Alice Chen, MD - Executive Director (email

Brannon Jordan - Communications Director (email)

Rachel Curley - Special Assistant (email)

Volunteer Leaders

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. 

Alaska (email)
Email to learn more

Alabama (email)
Tom Ellison, MD 

Arizona (email)
Nick Vasquez, MD
 
Arkansas (email)
Hershey Garner, MD JD
 
California (email)
Carolyn Senger, MD
Kenya Wheeler, AICP - Deputy
Catherine Nelson, MD - Gun Safety

Colorado (email)
Email to learn more
 
Connecticut (email)
Kyle Ragins

DC (email)
Email to learn more

Delaware (email)
Email to learn more

Florida (email)
Sujatha Prabhakaran, MD
Larry Floriani, MD - Deputy

Georgia (email)
Courtney Maniatis, DO 

Hawaii (email)
Email to learn more

Iowa (email)
Email to learn more

Idaho (email)
Tim McHugh, MD

Illinois (email)
V. Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD 

Indiana (email)
Email to learn more
 
Kansas (email)
Email to learn more

Louisiana (email)
Heidi Sinclair, MD

Maine (email)
Email to learn more

Maryland (email)
Matthew Molloy 

 
Massachusetts (email)
Amy Baughman, MD
Umbereen S. Nehal, MD MPH
 
Michigan (email)
Email to learn more

Minnesota (email)
Email to learn more 

Mississippi (email)
Persharon Dixon, MD

Missouri (email)
Email to learn more

Montana (email)
Email to learn more

Nebraska (email)
Matthew Bosley, MD 

Nevada (email)
Email to learn more

New Hampsire(email)
Email to learn more

New Jersey (email)
Email to learn more

New Mexico (email)
Email to learn more

New York (email)
Nina Agrawal, MD - Deputy
Cat London, MD - Media
Jay Mathur - Enrollment
Josh Oppenheimer - Enrollment
Lin-Fan Wang - Women's Health 

North Carolina(email)
Howard Eisenson, MD - Research Triangle
Eleanor Greene, MD - Greensboro
Seanta Clark, PhD - Charlotte 
 
North Dakota (email)
Email to learn more

Ohio (email)
Arthur Lavin, MD (Cleveland)
Don Nguyen, MD (Dayton)
Matthew Noordsij-Jones, MD (Dayton)  

Oklahoma (email)
Katherine Scheirman, MD

Oregon (email)
Email to learn more

Pennsylvania (email)
Christopher Hughes, MD 

Rhode Island (email)
Maggie Kozel, MD 

South Carolina (email)
Seanta Clark, PhD
Shannelle Campbell, MD

South Dakota (email)
Email to learn more 

Tennessee (email)
Email to learn more

Texas (email)
Anna Tran, MD
Robert Luedecke, MD - Deputy
Winfred Parnell, MD - Leadership Team 

Utah (email)
Scott Poppen, MD MPA

Virginia (email)
Chris Lillis, MD 

Vermont (email)
Rebecca Jones, MD

Washington (email)
Lisa Plymate, MD

West Virginia (email)
Email to learn more 

Wisconsin (email)
Ian Gilson, MD

Wyoming (email)
Email to learn more 

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

Advisory Council

Shefali Razdan Duggal (website)
Political Activist

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

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