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Board of Directors

 

Mona MangatMona Vishin Mangat, MD - Board Chair 

Mona Vishin Mangat, is an allergist-immunologist in solo practice who got involved in advocacy in 2009 because too many of her patients could not get access to the care they needed.  She graduated from the 6-year combined BS/MD program at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 1996 and completed an Internal Medicine / Pediatrics Residency at the University of Tennessee-Memphis / Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center in 2000.  She has been Doctors for America's Florida state director, southeast regional director, board member, and most recently the chair of the Doctors for America board since 2014.  She is a columnist for the Tampa Bay Times and has done extensive media interviews and public speaking on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, allergy topics, and physician advocacy.  Her husband, Gagan, is a radiologist.  They have four children age 8 through 13 who all joined our Patients Over Politics Bus Tour in 2012 and have joined many press events and rallies since they were small. Contact Mona.

Alice Chen Alice Chen, MD Executive Director

Alice is a practicing internal medicine physician and the Executive Director of Doctors for America. Under her leadership, Doctors for America has mobilized thousands of physicians across the country to speak out on issues affecting the health and lives of patients - from access to care to social determinants of health. Campaigns have included the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a 2012 Patients Over Politics Bus Tour, ACA outreach and enrollment, Medicaid expansion, defense of the Public Health and Prevention Fund, two Supreme Court cases on the Affordable Care Act, protection of access to contraception and abortion, efforts to lift the effective ban on CDC gun violence prevention research, and the confirmation of the 19th Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. She has spoken extensively on health issues and physician advocacy in national media and with physician and public audiences. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her MD from Cornell Medical College. She completed her internal medicine residency at UCLA.  She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University and an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently resides with her husband 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 has worked and volunteered in an extensive number of organizations to build a healthier, safer, saner, more prosperous nation and world for our children and grandchildren.  He previously served 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. 

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, MD MBA

Kyle is an emergency medicine resident at UCLA. He previously served as the 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 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 Lazo - Communications Director (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)
Jose Tapia, State Coordinator 

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

Florida (email)
Anna Lizama Clark, 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 

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
Medicaid: Scott Poppen, MD MPA and all non-expansion state directors
Gun Violence Prevention Campaign: Nina Agrawal, MD; David Berman, DO; Sanjeev Sriram, MD; Justin Lowenthal
Drug Value, Pricing, and Affordability: Bruce Rector, MD; Justin Lowenthal; Dennis Deruelle, MD; Kyle Ragins, MD MBA; Mark Rood, MD; Jose Tapia
Mental Health:  Dora Wang, MD
Physician Wellness and Self-Care: Rich Joseph, MD MBA; Donna Hamilton, MD
Food as Health:  Isabel Chen, MD; Sharon Lee, MD; Rita Nguyen, MD; Rebecca Parad, MD
Substance Use and Addiction: Don Mathis; Lisha Barre, MD;  Ani Ramesh, MD

 

Advisors

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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