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Board of Directors
Krishnan 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 - Secretary
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.
Joe Kanter, MD - Treasurer
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
Christine Petrin, MD, MPH
Meenakshi Bewtra, MD, MPH, PhD
Farheen 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
Julie Parsonnet, MD
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.
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
Harold Pollack, PhD
Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago