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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 Adjunct 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 lives in Washington, DC. Contact Alice.

PatrickCannonHeadShot.jpgPatrick Cannon, PhD

Patrick is a health care advocate and consultant for Wendell Potter Consulting, LLC. He has over 12 years of experience in health care advocacy and research. As an advocate, Patrick organized campaigns to expand health care access to all Floridians, by educating the public about consumer benefits in the Affordable Care Act. He has also promoted Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, managing regional coalitions, organizing media events, recruiting business partners, and researching innovative outreach strategies. Among his research topics, Patrick studied children with Serious Emotional Disturbances, cultural competency, and evaluations of service delivery in systems of care. He earned his doctorate in Communication at the University of South Florida, his Master’s at the University of Arkansas, and Bachelor’s at the University of Chicago. In addition to the Doctors for America board of directors, Patrick serves as board chair for REACHUP, Inc. and is a board member of the Universal Health Care Action Network and the Hillsborough County Health Care Advisory Board.

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 husband, Ani, love living in Baltimore with its many unique festivals and hidden gems of restaurants. Contact Meghana.

Lori J. Heim, M.D., FAAFP

Lori is a family physician who serves as a hospitalist at Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg, N.C., is Prior Board Chair and Past President of the American Academy of Family Physicians where her passion was improving the medical delivery system and payment reform in the US.  Heim earned her medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, then a residency in family medicine and later a fellowship in faculty development and research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Heim’s appointments with the Air Force included staff physician, clinic chief, residency director, assistant professor,  chief of the medical staff and commander. She retired as a colonel from the Air Force after 25 years and joined a 2 physician private practice in Pinehurst NC. She has lectured internationally, conducted over 450 media interviews and published in peer review journals on a variety of clinical and policy issues.

LeeOutside.jpgSharon D. Lee, MD

Sharon is the Director of Family Health Care in Kansas City, Kansas. She earned her M.D. from the University of Kansas in 1982. After completing her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Missouri, Truman Medical Center, Dr. Lee founded Family Health Care and other initiatives in Kansas City to serve the poor. She currently provides not only general Family Medicine care to her community, but has also specialized in HIV and Hepatitis medicine and provides care for several hundred individuals with HIV and/or Hepatitis Infection. In 1993, Dr. Lee returned to the University of Kansas and is now a Clinical Professor. Dr. Lee is on national boards and speaks nationally and internationally on topics including women's health, substance abuse, HIV disease, and medical care for the poor. She has received several awards for her clinical and humanitarian work.

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.

BCW.jpgCameron Webb, MD, JD

An internal medicine resident at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY, Cameron has been a member of Doctors for America since November 2009. He completed an interdisciplinary studies major in medical anthropology through the University of Virginia's Echols Scholars Program before receiving dual degrees in medicine (Wake Forest School of Medicine) and law (Loyola University Chicago School of Law). He served as the 41st National President of the Student National Medical Association in 2010-11 and subsequently served a two-year term as the Student Trustee for the National Medical Association's Board of Trustees. He has previously worked on a wide range of health care policy and advocacy projects with the Service Employees International Union (Change that Works Campaign, 2009), the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies - Health Policy Institute (2010-11) and the American Medical Association-Advocacy Resource Center (2011). Most recently, he founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer of EquityRx, a 501(c)(3) non-profit health equity advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. An avid basketball and classics enthusiast, he lives with his wife, Leigh-Ann—an emergency physician—and their two children in Manhattan.

Executive Staff

Alice Chen, MD - Executive Director (email

Brannon Lazo - Communications Director (email)

Rachel Curley - Program Coordinator (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.  

If you do not see your state on this list, email us to learn how you can get involved at DFAHQ@drsforamerica.org.

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

Colorado (email)
Jack Westfall, MD
Connecticut (email)
Eamon Duffy

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

Georgia (email)
Courtney Maniatis, DO 

Idaho (email)
Tim McHugh, MD

Illinois (email)
V. Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD 

Louisiana (email)
Heidi Sinclair, MD


Maine (email)
Cathleen London, MD 

Maryland (email)
Justin Lowenthal

Massachusetts (email)
Amy Baughman, MD
Umbereen S. Nehal, MD MPH

Mississippi (email)
Persharon Dixon, MD

Nebraska (email)
Matthew Bosley, MD 

New Mexico (email)
Dora Wang, MD 

New York (email)
Bruce Rector, MD - State Director
Nina Agrawal, MD 
Kamini Doobay
Katherine Scheirman, MD

North Carolina(email)
Seanta Clark, PhD 
Howard Eisenson, MD 
Gary Greenberg, MD 
Eleanor Greene, MD
Cheryl Viglione, MD 


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

Pennsylvania (email)
Christopher Hughes, MD 

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

Texas (email)
Anna Tran, MD
Robert Luedecke, MD - Deputy 

Utah (email)
Scott Poppen, MD MPA

Virginia (email)
Chris Lillis, MD 

Vermont (email)
Rebecca Jones, MD

Washington (email)
Lisa Plymate, MD

Wisconsin (email)
Ian Gilson, MD


Special Project and Campaign Leaders

Director of Leadership Cultivation -- Manisha Sharma, MD
Expert Policy Call Host -- Harold Pollack, PhD

Gun Violence Prevention Campaign Chair -- Nina Agrawal, MD

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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