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Physicians in Action: January-February, 2012


Doctors for America Newsletter, February 2012:  So who volunteers for leadership roles?

Physicians and medical students from across the country are stepping up to leadership roles in DFA.  They each bring their own talents and motivation, as well as a shared passion. 

Here are the members of the One Million Campaign National Leadership Team. The all-volunteer team is leading efforts to support Doctors for America members in organizing and educating people around the country and making the One Million Campaign a success!

Raag Airan (Data and Metrics Director) is a radiology resident at Johns Hopkins. He has been involved with DFA since 2010 as a blogger and on the policy team. "I do this to make sure health care reform moves forward to ensure a system that works for patients and their doctors, not against them."

Evan Saulino (Education Co-Director) is a family physician in Portland, Oregon. He joined the DFA Board in December, 2010 after leading successful physician advocacy efforts in Oregon for many years. "I am here because after having two patients die in 2006 due to lack of insurance, I decided it was time for me to do something about it." 

Manisha Sharma (Education Co-Director) is a family medicine resident at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. She has been a part of Doctors for America since early 2010 when she played a leading role in our Health Professionals March on Washington. 

Scott Poppen (Policy Director) practiced primary care internal medicine for 25 years before retiring in 2011.  He has been Utah State Director since 2009.  "I believe that access to quality, affordable health care is a basic human right and work towards securing that right, already recognized in the rest of world, for the citizens of the U.S.; and towards eliminating the excessive health care costs, wastes, and inefficiencies which threaten the economic vitality of our nation and its citizens."  

Anubhav Kaul (Recruitment Director) is a 4th year medical student from Ross University with a strong interest in Public Health. He joined the organization last year and is focusing on the recruitment effort. He is committed to improving health care delivery and ensuring quality accessible health care for all. Also, he is a die hard Boston sports fan.

Kate Prather (Materials Director) is a medical student at Georgetown University. She has worked with DFA since 2011 and helped to co-found the student Doctors for America group at the Georgetown School of Medicine. "I believe that health care is a human right and that physicians and medical students have an obligation to speak up on behalf of those without a voice."

Meghana Desale (Training Director) is a third-year medical student at Johns Hopkins.  She has been involved with the organization since starting medical school by organizing events for membership and the public in Maryland and educating other medical students through presentations and webinars on the basics of the Affordable Care Act.  "I believe that everyone has a right to access quality health care. We owe it to our patients and our profession to have a voice in the making and implementation of health policy."

Hahrie Han (Research Director) is the Sidney R. Knafel Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and does research on political activism and political organizing. "I am committed to using my skills to building a more coherent, more equitable, and more accessible health care system."

The members of the team were joined by Liz Oler (Georgetown med student chapter president), Rita Nguyen (MA state director) and Shalini Pammal (Harvard undergrad who is building a pre-med college chapter!) in DC on January 14-15 for a 2-day intensive leadership training with the New Organizing Institute.

And more stories of physician activism across the country

  • Clarke Hinderleider (CA) and Joel Weddington (CA) are collaborating with local physician activists from the National Physicians Alliance to organize “town hall” events about healthcare reform in the Bay Area.
  • Dr. Maggie Kozel (RI) spoke at a community forum in Jamestown, RI, educating an audience of 40 people about the ACA .  Local press coverage extended the reach to 5,500 readers.
  • Dr. Sultan Rahaman (FL) was an attendee at a "State of Seniors Health" roundtable discussion in Orlando, FL.

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