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Board of Directors

 Scott Poppen, MD MPA - Board Chair  
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.

Meghana DesaleMeghana Rao, 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, her husband Ani, and their young daughter love living in Baltimore with its many unique festivals and hidden gems of restaurants. Contact Meghana.

Shree Govindarajan

Shree has been an active member of Doctors for America since 2013. Her interest in health policy started during college after several experiences working with the under-served population in both Arkansas and Missouri. She started a chapter of DFA at the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Medicine and has since found a passion in advocacy and improving healthcare quality. She is currently in her second year of medical school and is excited to spread her interest in advocacy to other medical students around the nation. Shree’s hobbies include playing the violin, dancing, and traveling. Contact Shree.

Joe Kanter, MD

Joe serves as the Medical Director of the New Orleans Health Department as well as the Health Care for the Homeless Clinic. A practicing    Emergency Physician at University Medical Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center, Dr. Kanter cares for a broad and extremely diverse spectrum of patients in the New Orleans area, including some of the most vulnerable in our community.  His primary interests are expanding access to health care, promoting health equity, and developing innovative, collaborative methods of keeping frequent users of the emergency department healthy, productive, and out of the hospital. Contact Joe.

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. Contact Lori.

Don MathisDon Mathis

Don is a case manager for the Harford County (MD) Office of Drug Control Policy. He 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. Contact Don.


Krishnan Narasimhan MDKrishnan Narasimha, MD
Krishnan is an academic family medicine physician and an Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Howard University. For over a decade, he has advocated for policy change to improve access to care and support primary care. He was a past regional director with Doctors for America and has been a member since 2009. He serves as family medicine residency faculty, clerkship director, and on the board of the District of Columbia academy of family physicians. He is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College and completed his family medicine residency at the University of Connecticut. He also completed a primary care health policy fellowship at the Georgetown University Department of Family Medicine and the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. He has experience in medical education, evidence based medicine, health disparities, economic impacts, population health, and clinical transformation. 


Alice Chen Shalini Pammal 

Shalini joined Doctors for America in 2011 as an undergraduate at Harvard College, working to engage pre-medical students in the fight for affordable, quality health care. Since then, she has led various education and advocacy campaigns including the 'One Million Campaign' for ACA outreach and enrollment, the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case to support patients covered in the ACA exchanges, and most recently, the effort to confirm the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. Through her advocacy work, she has written for the Huffington Post, organized large-scale social media campaigns and fundraising events and developed leadership trainings to support rising physician and health care advocates. Shalini received her Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and currently serves on the leadership team for the DFA Massachusetts chapter.

Kyle Ragins, MD MBA Kyle Ragins

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 the co-director of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million campaign for health reform and has 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 featured on Moyers & Company as one of the 19 “Activists to Watch,” leading grassroots movements to change America. Contact Ethan.

Executive Staff

Brannon Lazo (email)
Jose Tapia (email)

National Campaign and Issue Leaders

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

State Directors and State Leadership Team Members

Alabama 
Tom Ellison, MD (email)

Arizona 
Nick Vasquez, MD (email)
 
Arkansas 
Hershey Garner, MD JD (email)
 
California 
Kyle Ragins, Interim State Coordinator (email)

Connecticut 
Eamon Duffy (email)

Florida 
Anna Lizama Clark, MD - Orlando (email)
Larry Floriani, MD - Deputy - Tampa (email)

Idaho 
Tim McHugh, MD (email)

Illinois 
Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD - Chicago (email)
Aaron Silver, Deputy - Chicago (email)

Louisiana 
Heidi Sinclair, MD (email) 

Maine 
Cathleen London, MD (email)

Maryland (email)
Justin Lowenthal

Massachusetts 
Umbereen S. Nehal, MD MPH - Brookline (email)
Anish Mehta, MD, MPP - Cambridge (email)

Mississippi 
Persharon Dixon, MD (email)

Nebraska 
Matthew Bosley, MD (email) 

New Mexico
Dora Wang, MD (email)

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

North Carolina 
Seanta Clark, PhD (email)
Gary Greenberg, MD (email)

Eleanor Greene, MD (email)
Cheryl Viglione, MD (email)

Ohio 
Arthur Lavin, MD - Cleveland (email)

Don Nguyen, MD - Dayton (email)
Matthew Noordsij-Jones, MD - Dayton (email)

Pennsylvania 
Christopher Hughes, MD (email) 

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

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

Utah 
Scott Poppen, MD MPA (email)

Vermont 
Rebecca Jones, MD (email)

Washington
Lisa Plymate, MD (email)

Senior Advisor

Harold Pollack, PhD
Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

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