The BFA Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

The Beyond Flexner Alliance Board of Directors is pleased to welcome five new board members. The breadth, depth, and diversity of their experience will both complement current members and strengthen the BFA. They will be essential to promoting collaborations, events, and research to further the social mission of health professions education.

Dr. Carter is currently focused on increasing underrepresented minorities in nursing and understanding of social determinants among undergraduate nursing students; Dr. Chen performs medical evaluations for asylum seekers in Southern California and is implementing a social determinants of health curriculum and patient screening tool for Kaiser Permanente; Dr. Cottam oversees student community activities and partnerships; Ms. Horvath is interested in bridging the disparity in health outcomes caused by the social determinants of health; and Dr. Lage is involved in integrating the social determinants of health and interprofessional practice in medical education and health care delivery.

The BFA also expresses its thanks for dedicated service to the BFA Board to three board members who are no longer serving, Dr. Joe Greer, Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine; Dr. Deb Hall, Johns Hopkins Hospital (resident); and Dr. Justine Strand de Oliveira , Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry/Institute of Health Sciences Education.

The full Board of Directors roster can be found here.

Brigit Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN

Duke University School of Nursing

Dr. Carter joined the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) in 2010. Her recent appointment as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion will begin at DUSON on July 1, 2018. She teaches Pediatrics and Nursing Care of Patient’s with Complex Health Problems in ABSN program. She has served as the project director for two HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grants at DUSON and was selected for the 2017 inaugural George Washington University Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship.

Isabel Chen, MD, MPH
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

Dr. Chen is a staunch advocate for social justice through the lens of health and medicine. She performs medical evaluations for asylum seekers in Southern California and is implementing a social determinants of health curriculum and patient screening tool for Kaiser Permanente. She is also co-founder of The Reading Bear Society, a citywide early education literacy program in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada, that brings together nearly 500 preschool, high school and medical students to promote inner-city health and literacy.


Wayne W. Cottam, DMD, MS
Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Dr. Cottam was one of the founding administrators of the school, appointed as Director of Integrated Human Sciences to implement an innovative modular basic science curriculum, followed by an appointment as a Clinical Care Director, Associate Dean for Community Partnerships and currently as Vice Dean. In his current role, he oversees external clinical and academic operations and community partnerships for the school as well as participating in the senior administrative team. As Associate Dean for Community Partnerships he developed an extensive external rotation program, partnering with over 70 community and safety net clinics for ASDOH 4th year clinical rotations.

Theresa Horvath, PA-C, MPH, DFAAPA
University of Bridgeport

Ms. Horvath has 20 years of experience as a PA educator at the program director level, serving now as the the program director at University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Institute. Immediately prior to this appointment, she was the Assistant Dean and Program Director at the CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. Ms. Horvath held academic appointments at Hofstra University, Mercy College, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, and the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.


Onelia Lage, MD
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Dr. Lage is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Assistant Strand Leader, Medicine and Society in the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society. She is the Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Health for Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP™), Co-director of the Community Engaged Physician course series, and leads the department’s faculty development program. Dr. Lage is Principal Investigator for Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, an American Medical Association project.