Featured Speakers

Featured speakers at the National Summit of Clinicians for Healthcare Justice include:

PHOTO: Dr. Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPHLinda Rae Murray, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer
Ambulatory & Community Health Network

Dr. Murray has spent her career serving the medically under served. She has worked in a variety of settings including practicing Occupational Medicine at a Workers Clinic in Canada, Residency Director for Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College, Bureau Chief for the Chicago Department of Health under Mayor Harold Washington.

More recently Dr. Murray served as Medical Director of the federally funded health center, Winfield Moody, serving Cabrini Green Public Housing Project in Chicago. Dr. Murray has been an active member of a wide range of local and national organizations including serving as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Board of Directors of Trinity Health ( a large Catholic Health system). Read an extended bio of Linda Rae Murray.

PHOTO: Dr. David SatcherDavid Satcher, MD, PhD

16th Surgeon General of the United States; Current Director, Center of Excellence on Health Disparities and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute of Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Satcher served simultaneously in the positions of Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health from February 1998 through January 2001 at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In June 2006, Dr. Satcher established the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) of Morehouse School of Medicine as a natural extension of his experience in improving public health policy for all Americans and his commitment to eliminating health disparities for minorities, the poor and other disadvantaged groups. Read an extended bio of David Satcher.

PHOTO: Dr. Alvin D. Jackson, M.D.Alvin D. Jackson, MD

Director, Ohio Department of Health
Ohio's Doctor

Alvin D. Jackson, M.D., became director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) June 4, 2007, following his appointment by Gov. Ted Strickland in January. Dr. Jackson brings to ODH his holistic approach, the chronic disease prevention model of health care - a model in which patients are partners with their physicians in maintaining good health and charting courses of treatment when needed.

Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Jackson comes to ODH from Community Health Services in Fremont, Ohio, where he provided primary medical care to rural residents and migrant workers since 1993 and served as medical director since 1995. Under Dr. Jackson's leadership, Community Health Services expanded its reach from three counties to 12; reduced its no-show rate from 21 percent to 9 percent; opened a pediatric suite; and expanded its in-the-field care services, with the addition of a mobile clinic, for migrant workers. Read an extended bio of Alvin D. Jackson.

PHOTO: Maria E. RosaMaria E. Rosa

Vice President,
Institute for Hispanic Health

Overall strategic and operations responsibility for the Institute for Hispanic Health program areas, which include diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, HIV/AIDS/STDs, Medicare, Alzheimer’s, genetics, reproductive health, and nutrition and exercise; co-directs the NCLR-CSULB (California State University, Long Beach) Center for Latino Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training, a joint initiative between NCLR and CSULB. Read an extended bio of Maria E. Rosa.

PHOTO: Dr Eduardo J. Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H.Eduardo J. Sanchez, MD, MPH

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Eduardo J. Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H. serves as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Institute for Health Policy at The University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health. Dr. Sanchez served as Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from 2004-2006 and the Texas Department of Health from 2001-2004. Dr. Sanchez practiced family medicine in Austin, Texas from 1992-2001 providing medical care to the uninsured and underinsured. Dr. Sanchez chairs the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is Chair of the National Commission on Prevention Priorities. Dr. Sanchez served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity and currently serves on the IOM Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity. He recently chaired the IOM Committee on Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity and co-chaired the National Governors' Association Shaping a Healthier Generation Advisory Council which released reports with recommendations for local and state governments, respectively, to address childhood obesity. Read an extended bio of Eduardo J. Sanchez.

PHOTO: Dr Winston F. Wong, M.D., M.S.Winston F. Wong, MD, MS

Medical Director, Community Benefit Director,
Disparities and Quality Initiatives Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Wong serves as Medical Director, Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest non-profit health care provider. Dr. Wong is responsible for developing partnerships with communities and organizations in advancing population management and evidence based medicine, with a particular emphasis on safety net providers and the elimination of health disparities. As an officer of the Commissioned Corp of the U.S. Public Health Service from 1993 - 2003, Dr. Wong was awarded the Outstanding Service Medal. Wong currently serves on a number of national advisory committees, including those sponsored by the National Quality Forum and Institute of Medicine addressing issues of access and quality for diverse populations. Bilingual in Cantonese and Toisan dialects, Dr. Wong continues a small practice in Family Medicine at Asian Health Services in Oakland, a federally qualified health center, where he previously served as Medical Director. Dr. Wong was featured in “Faces in Public Health” in the May 2010 edition of American Journal of Public Health.

PHOTO: Dr Margaret FlowersMargaret Flowers, MD

Congressional Fellow of Physicians for a National Health Program

Dr. Margaret Flowers is a Maryland pediatrician with experience as a hospitalist at a rural hospital and in private practice. She is currently the Congressional Fellow of Physicians for a National Health Program, working on single-payer health care reform full time. In addition to her activity with PNHP, an organization of 17,000 doctors
who support single-payer national health insurance, she is a member of Healthcare-Now! of Maryland and a co-founder of the Conversation Coalition for Health Care Reform. Dr. Flowers obtained her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and did her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Photo by Robin Holland. Read an extended bio of Margaret Flowers.

PHOTO: Dr. M. Joycelyn EldersM. Joycelyn Elders, MD

Sixteenth Surgeon General of the United States

Joycelyn Elders, the first person in the state of Arkansas to become board certified in pediatric endocrinology, was the sixteenth Surgeon General of the United States, the first African American and only the second woman to head the U.S. Public Health Service. Long an outspoken advocate of public health, Elders was appointed Surgeon General by President Clinton in 1993. Dr. Elders left office in 1994 and in 1995 she returned to the University of Arkansas as a faculty researcher and professor of pediatric endocrinology at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. In 1996 she wrote her autobiography, Joycelyn Elders, M.D.: From Sharecropper's Daughter to Surgeon General of the United States of America. Now retired from practice, she is a professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, and remains active in public health education. Read an extended bio of M. Joycelyn Elders.

PHOTO: C. Everett KoopC. Everett Koop, MD, ScD

Thirteenth Surgeon General of the United States

Koop proved to be an outspoken advocate on public health issues. The problem of tobacco was one that he attacked particularly vigorously, calling for "A Smoke-Free Society by the Year 2000." Although the Public Health Service had been calling attention to the danger of tobacco smoking since the 1964 Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, its anti-tobacco campaign was relatively low-key until invigorated by Koop’s persistent efforts to speak out on the subject. The 1986 Surgeon General’s report on the dangers of passive smoking was also an important milestone in the fight against smoking. As the Nation began to recognize AIDS as a new and deadly disease, Koop eventually became the chief Federal spokesperson on AIDS. After remaining silent on AIDS for several years, President Reagan asked Koop to prepare a report on AIDS early in 1986. For the next 9 months, Koop worked on this report, writing much of it himself. Koop also did much to revitalize the PHS Commissioned Corps, and oversaw the centennial celebration of the Corps in 1989. Koop’s high-profile positions on topics such as tobacco, AIDS, organ transplantation, and the rights of the disabled also made the office of Surgeon General probably as prominent as it has ever been. He resigned as Surgeon General on October 1, 1989, but continues to educate the public about health issues through his writings and the electronic media. Dr. Koop also serves as Senior Scholar of the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth University and is chair or a member of various boards of health-related groups. Read an extended bio of C. Everett koop.

Elaine S. Scott, RN, PhD, NE-BC

Associate Professor Director, MSN Nursing Leadership Concentration
Director, East Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership

Excerpt from Perspectives on Healthcare Leader and Leadership Development, Dr Scott's most recent article:

Healthcare delivery systems are complex entities that must merge the best of administrative and clinical practices into a new model of leadership. But, despite growing recognition that health care organizational leaders must partner with clinical leaders to address patient safety, evidence based
practice, financial sustainability, and capacity, tensions between the groups remain. Healthcare is based in large, bureaucratic entities organized in administrative hierarchies with clinical or product line silos that thwart collaboration, limit inter-disciplinary engagement, and foster mistrust. Around the world healthcare accessibility, fragmentation and affordability issues challenge healthcare systems whether they are centralized, socialized systems or free market private and public enterprises. In response to these concerns, health care organizations are struggling to address the “how” of integrating clinician competence in patient management with the financial imperatives of modern day delivery systems. To redesign health care services for effectiveness and efficiency and to improve patient
safety and outcomes, organizations must redefine leadership using new paradigms
that promote the development and diffusion of improvements and innovations. Learn an extended bio of Elaine S. Scott.

PHOTO: Dr. Jack Geiger, MD, M.Sci., Sc.DJack Geiger, MD, MSci, ScD

Arthur C. Logan Professor Emeritus of Community Medicine at the City University of New York Medical School and Visiting Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia-Mailman School of Public Health

Dr Geiger has been the Henry J. Kaiser Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. Most of Dr. Geiger's professional career has focused on the problems of health and poverty, and he was a leader in the development of community health centers in the United States. For this work he has received several awards, including the first annual Rosenhaus Foundation Award for excellence of the American Public Health Association and the Distinguished Public Service Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers. He is the author of over sixty articles and book chapters on the social aspects of public health, primary health care, medical ethics, and crisis relocation planning for nuclear war. Read an extended bio of Jack Geiger.

PHOTO: Dr. Kimberlydawn WisdomKimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS

Vice President of Community Health Education and Wellness & Michigan’s First Surgeon General

Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom is a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician who practiced for 20 years at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. She also founded and directed both the Institute of Multicultural Health at Henry Ford Health System and a National Minority Quality Forum award-winning community-based health screening initiative entitled “AIMHI” (African American Initiative for Male Health Improvement) focused on improving the health of those disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes – African American men. She is an Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the University of Michigan Medical Center and serves as adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Read an extended bio of Kimberlydawn Wisdom.

PHOTO: Dr. Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.HAna M. Viamonte Ros, MD, MPH

Florida's State Surgeon General

Florida's first State Surgeon General and the first woman and Cuban American to serve as head of the Department. Governor Crist has charged the Surgeon General to act as the state's leading advocate for wellness and disease prevention. Dr. Viamonte Ros' primary responsibility is to oversee the Department of Health--Florida's largest single clinical enterprise and one of the nation's most comprehensive and complex public health care delivery systems. Approximately 20,000 employees serve in all 67 counties with more than 300 clinical delivery sites. She is committed to making the health care system more user-friendly, promoting healthy habits among Florida's youth, preparing the state for natural and man-made disasters, reducing health disparities, and leading Floridians to better health by example. Read an extended bio of Ana M. Viamonte Ros.

PHOTO: Dr. Ron J. Anderson

Ron J. Anderson, MD

President, Chief Executive Officer
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Dr. Ron J. Anderson began his career caring for many patients each day. Now, he oversees the care for thousands of patients a day. However, milestones in career clearly illustrate that he has impacted the health care of millions.

Dr. Anderson’s “official” title is president and chief executive officer of Parkland Health & Hospital System, one of the premier public hospitals in the U.S. and is one of the largest. Read an extended bio of Dr. Ron J. Anderson.

PHOTO: Larry S. GageLarry S. Gage

President of NAPH National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems
Partner, Ropes & Gray's Health Care Group

Larry Gage, a partner in Ropes & Gray's Health Care Group since 2008, Gage carved out a unique role in both public sector and non-profit health law and policy. Highly knowledgeable in the industry, Larry has been interviewed by a widerange of media and has been asked to testify over a dozen tmes before congressional committees. Larry is a prolific writer and lectures on topics including hopital governance and legal structure, health care for the uninsured, Medicaid policy, medical school affiliation agreements, managed care and international health. He has conducted numberous corporate and strategic planning studies, as well as oprational assessments and structuring analyses. Read an extended bio of Larry S. Gage.

PHOTO: Dr. Matthew Keifer, MD, MPHMatthew Keifer, MD, MPH

Senior Research Scientist and Dean Emanuel Endowed Chair, National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield, Wisconsin and Affiliate Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington

Matthew Keifer, MD, MPH is a first occupant of the Dean Emanuel Endowed Chair in Agricultural Medicine at the Marshfield Research Foundation in Wisconsin. He is a Senior Scientist with the National Farm Medicine Center and remains an Affiliate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. He was formerly Co-Director of the NIOSH-funded Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center where he directed numerous community-based research projects that largely focused on farmworker health and pesticides. Dr Keifer is board certified in Internal Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine. His clinical practice is conducted at the Occupational Medicine Clinic at the Marshfield Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty at Washington he was the regional pesticide epidemiologist in Leon, Nicaragua, from 1989-1991 supported by CARE International. In his new position he will head up the Dairy Health and Safety initiative intended to improve occupational health and safety for the vast dairy industry in Wisconsin. Read an extended bio of Matt Keifer.

PHOTO: Dr. Stephanie Chalupka, EdD, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAOHNStephanie Chalupka, EdD, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAOHN

Director, Master of Science in Nursing Program, Worcester State College
and Visiting Scientist in Environmental and Occupational Health Department of
Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health

Chalupka's achievements in the field of occupational and environmental health have earned many awards, including a 2004 Public Service Award from the University of Massachusetts for her "Cross Cultural Approach to Healthy Homes," a federally funded project to help identify and remove environmental hazards in the homes of more than 1,000 refugee and immigrant families in Lowell. In April 2006, she received the Fellowship Award from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, the highest peer recognition in her profession. Read an extended bio of Staphanie Chalupka.

PHOTO: John Howard MDJohn Howard, MD

Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health,
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine, legal medicine, and occupational medicine. He is also admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the state of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health, law, and policy, and serves as a professorial lecturer in environmental and occupational health in the School of Public Health and Health Services at The George Washington University. Dr. Howard received a doctor of medicine degree from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago in 1974, a master of public health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health in 1982, a doctor of laws from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1986, and a master of laws degree in administrative law and economic regulation from George Washington University in 1987. NIOSH is the part of the CDC that conducts scientific research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related illnesses and injuries. NIOSH is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has facilities in Atlanta, Ga.; Morgantown, W.Va.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Spokane, Wash.; Denver, Colo., and Anchorage, Alaska.

PHOTO: Rosemary SokasRosemary Sokas, MD, MOH

Director of the Office of Occupational Medicine,
Occupational Safety & Health Administration

In 1977, Dr. Sokas began her life-long contribution to improve the lives of workers as a U.S. Public Health Service Corp physician working with the Las Marias Migrant Health Center in Puerto Rico where she directed the medical care to 2,000 migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. Following this experience, she received advanced training as a NIOSH Fellow in Occupational Health at Harvard School of Public Health and Peter Bent Brighham Hospital. Since completing this training, she has worked continuously to protect worker health through a combination of public service, research, teaching and academic medicine. Specifically, Dr. Sokas currently serves as Director of OSHA’s Office of Occupational Medicine, where as a strong worker advocate, she provides leadership to the Agency and field and technical support to the larger occupational health community. Read an extended bio of Rosemary Sokas.

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