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Board of Directors

Krishnan Narasimhan MDKrishnan Narasimhan, MD - Chair

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. Contact Krishnan.

 
Meghana Rao, MD - Vice Chair

Meghana OBGYN working for an underserved clinic that serves Maryland and DC.  She completed medical school and residency at Johns Hopkins University.  She has been involved with health policy advocacy for over 10 years serving Doctors for America as the Maryland State Director and as a former Board Member of DFA. She has also served in ACOG as the Maryland Section Junior Fellow Legislative Chair, the District IV Junior Fellow Legislative Chair, and a member of the Government Affairs Committee.  She is excited to have rejoined the DFA Board of Directors. Meghana lives in Maryland with her husband, two young children, and dog. Contact Meghana.

Jeff Huebner, MD - Treasurer 

Dr. Huebner is a practicing family physician and Medical Director for Population Health at UW Health in Madison. He takes care of a large panel of patients ranging from birth to geriatrics, and leads work within UW Health on care model development (case management, palliative care, behavioral health), social determinants of health, and their Medicare Accountable Care Organization. Dr. Huebner attended the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his family medicine residency at the University of Washington. Next, he worked at a community health center in the Seattle area as a National Health Service Corps member before moving back to his home state of Wisconsin in 2009. Prior to UW Health, he worked as Medical Director for Quality on both the clinical delivery and insurance sides of a not-for-profit health care cooperative in Madison. Before joining the DFA Board, he was a founding member and Board Chair with the National Physicians Alliance. Throughout his medical training and years in practice, he has volunteered with local and national professional organizations and spent three stints of time in Washington, DC to learn about and advocate for improvements in our health care system related to access, disparities, pharmaceuticals, and primary care/patient-centered medical home. He values health policy and advocacy for their potential to improve the health of our communities and nation. Contact Jeff.


Christine Petrin, MD, MPH - Secretary
Christine Petrin earned her MD from Tulane University School of Medicine. Before coming to medical school she spent three years as a research assistant with the STOP Obesity Alliance, researching health policy issues related to provider reimbursement, value based care, and healthcare quality. As a graduate student intern with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, she joined the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight to help states establish and operate Health Insurance Exchanges, as well as other provisions of the Affordable Care Act. She earned her MPH from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College. Contact Christine.

Bich-May Nguyen, MD, MPH
May is a family physician who believes in helping all patients access all the high quality health care they need and none of the care they don't. She is a faculty member and research director at a community-based family medicine residency program in the Greater Houston area. Dr. Nguyen completed the Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship with the National Physicians Alliance and has published several opinion pieces in Texas newspapers about the ACA, abortion, and gun violence. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in biology from the University of Houston, a M.D. in the Underserved Track from Baylor College of Medicine, and a M.P.H. with a concentration in health policy from the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Nguyen completed her residency training in family medicine at Boston University. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, reading, and traveling. One day she will learn how to play her ukulele. Contact May.

Justin LowenthalJustin Lowenthal

Justin Lowenthal is a medical and graduate student in the combined degree Medical Scientist Training/MD-PhD Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 2011 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, winning the Alpheus Henry Snow prize awarded to the top Yale College undergraduate, and then spent two years at the National Institutes of Health. He is currently in the PhD phase of his training, working on projects in stem cell biology, and cardiovascular tissue engineering.Though his clinical interests remain largely undifferentiated, Justin is committed to having a career combining research, compassionate patient care, bioethics policy, and advocacy on issues of health inequity and social justice. During his time at the NIH, Justin completed a fellowship in bioethics in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, where his interests in medical and public health ethics developed to include novel ethical issues arising in emerging biotechnologies, assisted reproduction, genomic intervention during development, and health care systems. Upon entering medical school, a desire to complement wonky health policy interests with grassroots health advocacy led him to become increasingly involved in DFA. He now serves as the Maryland State Director and as a national co-chair of Gun Violence Prevention and Drug Pricing, Value, and Affordability working groups. He is thrilled to be part of the DFA family and to serve on the board. Justin enjoys living in Baltimore with his miniature schnauzer, Darby exploring all of the hidden gems offered by Charm City. Contact Justin.

 

 Meenakshi Bewtra, MD, MPH, PhD

Meenakshi is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; and a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on inflammatory bowel disease including natural history; outcomes of disease and medication safety using observational data and statistical modeling; measures of risk and risk tolerance for therapies using discrete choice experiment; and clinical trials for educational interventions and novel therapies. Dr. Bewtra’s work has been funded by the NIH, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, AGA, PCORI, pharmaceutical industries, and private philanthropy.  While in medical school, Dr. Bewtra experienced first-hand the discrimination and difficulties of healthcare before the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act and became dedicated to expanding healthcare.  She is also dedicated to increasing both physicians and scientists voices in reducing gun violence; protecting women’s reproductive rights; and expanding and protecting healthcare services such as Medicaid, preventative care (vaccines), and CHIP.  She speaks on-air and in-person about these issues and hopes to inspire more healthcare professionals to stand up and speak out because “facts are voiceless. Contact Meenakshi.

Ethan RomeFarheen Qurashi, MD

Farheen is an Acute Care Surgeon practicing Trauma Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency General Surgery in Baltimore, MD. She strongly believes in the power of organized medicine to make a difference in health care policy at the local, national, and global levels. She has particular interest in advancing access to quality, affordable health care for all and, particularly given her specialty, in gun violence reduction. She supports physicians using their power as advocates and experts in their field to help advance these policies in a meaningful way. She is excited to be a part of the DFA Board and engage and support other progressive physicians around the nation in mobilizing their power as advocates and voices of change in health care policy. She is the Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Surgical Quality Champion at her institution. She completed her medical degree and surgical residency at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, followed by a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. She has previously been involved in the National Physicians Alliance and held multiple leadership roles in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), including Jack Rutledge Legislative Director, leading AMSA's national advocacy initiatives full-time and working on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband. Contact Farheen.

Cedric Dark, MD, MPH
Founder and Executive Editor of Policy Prescriptions. A graduate of Morehouse College, Dr. Dark earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He holds a master’s degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He completed his residency training at George Washington University where he served as Chief Resident. Currently, Dr. Dark is an Assistant Professor in the Henry J. N. Taub Department of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Dark is the 2017 recipient of the Texas Medical Association’s C. Frank Webber Award, a 2019 American College of Emergency Physicians Choosing Wisely Champion, and one of emergency medicine’s Top 45 Under 45. He currently participates on the editorial advisory board for the monthly publication ACEP Now. His policy experience includes work for the United States House of Representatives and the Kaiser Family Foundation. His policy interests include the study of health reform at the intersection with international health systems. He has spoken on this topic nationwide. Contact Cedric.

Julie Parsonnet, MD

Dr. Julie Parsonnet is the George DeForest Barnett Professor in Medicine and Professor of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) at Stanford University. She specializes in adult infectious diseases and has a particular interest in gastrointestinal infections, including H. pylori infection and diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and illnesses with prolonged fever. Dr. Parsonnet also has an active research enterprise in which she studies the way infections contribute to the development of chronic diseases including cancer, allergy and obesity. She has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health for over 25 years and has served as a member of numerous advisory boards, professional societies, and scientific review committees. Contact Julie.

 

 Dona Kim Murphey, MD, PhD

Dona is a neurologist, neuroscientist, historian of science, and community organizer. She sits on the Boards of Project Lifeline, Doctors for America, Brazoria County NAACP, and the Korean American Association and Community Center of Houston, and manages a popular virtual space on Facebook, Data Driven Community COVID-19 Response. She embraces progress as an intersectional, community-centered endeavor that begins with education and as such, in 2019, ran for the Pearland, Texas, Independent School District Board of Trustees. Contact Dona.

Executive Staff

Jose Tapia (email)
Allison Volkman (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: Justin Lowenthal (Chair), Dr. Robert Larsen, Dr. Gregory Engel, Dr. Arkaprava Deb, Dr. David Berman, Dr. Isabel Gross, Dr. Celine Gounder (advisory role) Email 
Drug Affordability Action Team:
Alison Case, Reshma Ramachandran, Braveen Ragunanthan, Eamon Duffy, Elizabeth Wiley, Gloria Tavera, Hussain Lalani, Justin Lowenthal, Mark Rood, Ravi Gupta 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; Christine Petrine, MPH; Nzinga Harrison, MD; Rohit Abraham, MD, MPH; Harithsa Asuri, MD; Amit Mehta MD; Audrey Provenzano MD; Dora Wang MD; Edwin Kim MD; Jill Williams; Molly Grassini MD; William Coe  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 
Parveen Parmar (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)

Maine 
Cathleen London, MD (email)

Maryland (email)
Justin Lowenthal

Massachusetts 
Priscilla Wang, MD (email)

Mississippi 
Persharon Dixon, MD (email)

Nebraska 
Matthew Bosley, MD (email

New Mexico
Dora Wang, MD (email)

New York
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)
Isaiah Cochran- 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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