Washington, DC -- After an exhaustive nationwide search, Doctors for America today announced the selection of Jim Duffett, a nonprofit professional with 30 years of experience in public interest advocacy, to serve as the Executive Director of the nation's leading grassroots physician advocacy organization.
“We are thrilled to have a seasoned professional like Jim Duffett at the helm of the organization at such a critical moment in our nation’s health,” said Dr. Scott Poppen, Chair of Doctors for America. “Jim’s leadership skills and extensive experience will be a crucial asset as we seek to build and grow physician leaders to fight for patients over politics in every corner of this country.”
Mr. Duffett spent more than 25 years at the helm of Illinois Campaign for Better Healthcare, Illinois' largest healthcare coalition and one of the top statewide health coalitions in the country, building a reputation as a nationally recognized leader in health justice at both the state and federal level. In 2002 he was named Families USA’s Health Care Advocate of the Year. Mr. Duffett currently resides in North Carolina where he has worked as a consultant for voting rights efforts and Medicaid expansion.
“I am excited to join this organization and am looking forward to continuing to expand this movement to leverage the power of the collective physician voice to ensure a healthy America for everyone,” said Jim Duffett, Executive Director of Doctors for America.
Mr. Duffett replaces outgoing executive director Alice Chen, MD who served in the position for eight years.
Doctors for America mobilizes doctors and medical students to be leaders in putting patients over politics on the pressing issues of the day to improve the health of our patients, communities, and nation.