BFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, is a professor of Health Policy and Pediatrics at the George Washington University. Health equity has been the theme of his career with time spent as a medical student-civil rights worker in Mississippi, a resident in the South Bronx, an National Health Service Corps physician in northern New Mexico, a pediatrician-teacher at a health center in inner city DC, a medical education advisor in sub-Saharan Africa, and as a leader of the social mission movement in medical education. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Medical School and served 23 years in the United States Public Health Service, starting as an NHSC physician in the in New Mexico and later as director of the program. Subsequently, he directed the Bureau of Health Professions and attained the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. He also served as the Secretary of Health and Environment for the state of New Mexico. His research and policy work focus on US and international health workforce issues including the Beyond Flexner Study, the Medical Education Futures Study, and the Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study. He has written widely for professional and general audiences. His books include White Coat, Clenched Fist: The Political Education of an American Physician and Big Doctoring: Profiles in Primary Care. He is the Founding President of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the Founding Board Chair of Seed Global Health, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences .
Divina Grossman, PhD, RN, FAAN is a Professor of Nursing and the former Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth from 2012-2015. Prior to this, she was the first to be named Vice-President for Engagement at Florida International University. She has also served as Director and then Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) from 2000 to 2009. Before her position at FIU, she was Department Chairperson for Chronic Nursing Care at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from 1999-2000, and Department Chairperson for Adult and Gerontological Nursing at FIU from 1995 to 1998. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), an M.S.N. at the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Clinical Specialist in Medical Surgical Nursing and is a licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Florida. Dr. Grossman completed a three-year term on the Board of the American Academy of Nursing. She currently chairs the Academy's Health Disparities Task Force and co-chairs the Academy's national health disparities project that is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She is the Chairman of the Board at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Health Foundation of South Florida. She was featured in Miami Today's Book of Leaders 2006.
Sonal Batra, MD, MST is a practicing physician and assistant professor in the George Washington University's Department of Emergency Medicine. Her primary areas of interest are health professions education, community engagement, and social mission. She currently serves as Assistant Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency and oversees the residency curriculum. Additionally, she works with the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine to develop web-based curriculum for post-graduate training programs across India. In conjunction with the George Washington Health Workforce Institute and the School of Medicine and Health Science's Office of Diversity she works on a pipeline program aimed to increase the number of underrepresented minority students from the Washington, DC area who enter health professions. Dr. Batra’s involvement with the Beyond Flexner Alliance started in 2014 when she co-directed the Beyond Flexner 2015 conference. She has remained involved with social mission metrics development and organizing Young Flexnerians. She completed her emergency medicine residency, including a year as chief resident, in 2014 at the George Washington University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and medical degree from Northwestern University in the Honors Program in Medical Education. Between undergraduate and medical school, Dr. Batra spent two years teaching middle school science with Teach for America. During that time she earned a Masters of Science in Teaching from Pace University in New York City.
Renowned for her work in health professional education, and specifically, interprofessional education and continuing education, Dr. Barbara Brandt serves as the associate vice president for education within the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center, and she is responsible for the University’s 1Health initiative to build the interprofessional practice skills of students and faculty in a broad range of health professions. Dr. Brandt is also the director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, a public-private partnership and cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, established in 2012. In her leadership roles, Dr. Brandt has served as a consultant, advisor and speaker for a wide variety of organizations such as the Institute of Medicine, the National Quality Forum, the Academy of Healthcare Improvement, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Medical Association. Dr. Brandt holds a bachelor of arts in the teaching of history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master of education and doctor of philosophy degrees in continuing education (specializing in continuing professional education for the health professions) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2013 she was recognized as a University of Illinois Distinguished Alumna. She completed W.K. Kellogg Foundation-sponsored post-doctoral fellowship for faculty in adult and continuing education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
With over 25 years of experience in graduate and postgraduate medical education at the George Washington University, Leigh Anne Butler currently serves as the Research Manager on a number of international and domestic grants in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Ms. Butler has held positions in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Emergency Medicine coordinating required third and fourth year rotations for the medical students as well as working with housestaff in both departments. Ms. Butler was Executive Associate to the Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences from 2004-2010. In her current position, Ms. Butler works primarily in the area of health workforce. Her current projects include work through awards from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was selected as the founding Secretary and Treasurer to the BFA Board.
Pedro J. Greer Jr., MD, is Professor of Medicine, Founding Chair of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society, and Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU HWCOM) in Miami, Florida. In July 2007, Dr. Greer joined the newly established FIU HWCOM, where he spearheaded a nationally recognized, interprofessional medical education program that prepares future physicians to assess and address the social determinants that impact health outcomes. Better known as "Joe,” Dr. Greer established Camillus Health Concern, Saint John Bosco and other health care centers for underserved populations in Miami. He has published over 25 articles and book chapters on topics from hepatic and digestive disorders to policy, poverty, and health in the US. Dr. Greer wrote Waking Up in America, an autobiographical account about his experiences, from providing care to homeless persons under bridges to advising U.S. Presidents George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton. Dr. Greer received the 2014 National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, was recognized with the 2013 Great Floridian Award, and in 2009, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, America’s highest civilian distinction. Other awards include the Presidential Service Award in 1997 and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 1993 fellowship. Dr. Greer is a Trustee at the RAND Corporation and current Chair of the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors, an Independent Board Member of Capital Group and he is Board member of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Board. He is board certified in Medicine and Gastroenterology, a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology, and has practiced medicine in Miami, Florida since 1991.
Deborah V. Hall, MD is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and current first year resident in the Harriett Lane pediatrics residency program at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was honored to spend last year as the National President of the American Medical Student Association, advancing the organization’s work on healthcare access, systems reform, and medical school curriculum. She is thrilled to be involved with the Beyond Flexner Alliance, working to further the social mission of medical education as well as promote the role of students in shaping the future of healthcare and healthcare education. Advocacy has always been at the core of Deb’s work. Before beginning her medical career she was an advocate for families of children with neurological disabilities. As an advocate, she helped families to navigate service systems and work for policy reform. She plans to carry this work into her career as a physician through clinical practice, education, and advocacy. Deb lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her wife. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her son, cooking, reading, and practicing yoga.
Art Kaufman, MD, serves as the Vice Chancellor for Community Health at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Kaufman has a passion for creating innovative education and service models to better address community, indigent, rural and population health needs. He helped initiate the Primary Care Curriculum in New Mexico which became an international model for change by innovative track in traditional medical schools. He began to integrate Public Health and Family Medicine as Director of the Rockefeller funded Health of the Public Program in New Mexico. He is Director of New Mexico’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Innovative Health Workers Education Service and Research Models. In 1999 he was elected Secretary General for the Network: Towards Unity for Better Health-- a WHO-affiliated, non-government organization comprised mostly of academic health centers in developing countries interested in improving their relevance in education and service in addressing health needs of their local populations.
Rishi Manchanda, M.D., MPH has been making his mark as a socially responsible physician. Well-versed in both local and international health issues, he is making bold moves to improve the health of underserved communities through local and international advocacy. Dr. Manchanda is a primary care physician in south central Los Angeles. He is an internist, pediatrician, HIV specialist and member of the National Health Service Corps. As the current Director of Social Medicine and Health Equity at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Dr. Manchanda coordinates the clinic’s work in addressing the upstream determinants of health and advancing a human rights approach to health. He previously worked at Venice Family Clinic, the nation’s largest free clinic. As an architect of the South Los Angeles Declaration of Health and Human Rights, Dr. Manchanda coordinates with a local grassroots network of health clinics, affordable housing developers, health promoters and community organizers. He is also the primary organizer of the First Annual Health and Human Rights conference on June 5, 2009, which PSR-LA is co-convening. After receiving his M.D. and M.P.H. from Tufts University, Dr. Manchanda trained at UCLA in the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program, which specialized in community health and advocacy. During his time there, he served as chief resident and now serves on the program’s advisory board.
Beth Roemer, MPH is the Assistant Dean for Admissions, Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion for Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. Ms. Roemer joined the medical school team in 2010 and brings the deep experience of a 35-year career with Kaiser Permanente. Previously, she was senior director, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy with a focus on medical education innovation and the future workforce for healthcare. Other leadership roles included medical center administration, national executive consulting, accreditation and regulatory compliance, quality of care improvement, innovations in health insurance coverage, and building the first national bargaining agreement with more than thirty unions in the labor management partnership. An author on the topic of graduate medical education, Ms. Roemer manages Kaiser Permanente’s charitable grants for medical education transformation and health professions workforce improvement. She is a member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education that makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is a founding member of the board of the Beyond Flexner Alliance that focuses on health equity and training health professionals as agents of a more equitable health care system. Ms. Roemer received her undergraduate degree in economics and psychology and Master of Public Health in health services management from the University of California, Berkeley and completed the Kaiser Permanente Advanced Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina.
Justine Strand de Oliveira, DrPH, PA-C, has practiced at a migrant and community health center in Colorado, providing primary care for Westinghouse Corporation’s employees and their families in Rio State, Brazil, in obstetrics and gynecology, public health, and family medicine. She was Director of General Health Services at the Durham County Health Department from 1994 to 1997. She joined the Duke faculty in 1997, and was head of the Physician Assistant Program from 1999 to 2012. She was a 1995 Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow, and is an emerita member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. She served as Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry, appointed by former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala to advise the Secretary and Congress on Title VII, Section 747, which provides federal funding for education of PAs, primary care physicians and dentists, from 2000 to 2003. She is a past president of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation. In 2005, she was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She was director at large of the Physician Assistant Education Association, 2003 – 2005, and served as president from 2008 – 2010. Dr. Strand de Oliveira’s research interests include population health, global health, new models of care, health care access and workforce, and the sociology of professions.
George E. Thibault, MD became the seventh president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation in January 2008. Immediately prior to that, he served as Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Partners Healthcare System in Boston and Director of the Academy at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He was the first Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at HMS and is now the Federman Professor, Emeritus. Dr. Thibault previously served as Chief Medical Officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as Chief of Medicine at the Harvard affiliated Brockton/West Roxbury VA Hospital. He was Associate Chief of Medicine and Director of the Internal Medical Residency Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). At the MGH he also served as Director of the Medical ICU and the Founding Director of the Medical Practice Evaluation Unit. He was the Founding Director of the Academy at HMS, which was created to recognize outstanding teachers and to promote innovations in medical education. Dr. Thibault is Chairman of the Board of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, and the New York Academy of Medicine, and he serves on the Boards of the New York Academy of Sciences and the Institute on Medicine as a Profession. He serves on the President’s White House Fellows Commission and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Thibault graduated from Georgetown University and from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in Medicine and fellowship in Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He also trained in Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute in Bethesda and at Guys Hospital in London, and served as Chief Resident in Medicine at MGH.
Donald L. Weaver, MD is the Associate Medical Officer of the National Association of Community Health Centers. As Associate Medical Officer, he leads the National Association of Community Health Centers’ initiatives on clinical workforce and the integration of oral and primary health care in Patient Centered Medical Homes. Prior to joining NACHC, Dr. Weaver had a distinguished career as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), retiring as an Assistant Surgeon General in January 2011. Dr. Weaver began his career in the USPHS in 1975 as a National Health Service Corps volunteer in Tooele, Utah. During his career he served in a variety of regional and national leadership positions with both health professions and service delivery programs; including Director of the Division of Medicine, Director of the NHSC, and Deputy Associate Administrator for Primary Health Care at the Health Resources and Services Administration. A 1973 graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Weaver completed a two-year pediatric residency at Boston's Children's Hospital Medical Center and is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. lifelong commitment to improving the health of underserved communities and vulnerable populations through the provision of community-responsive, culturally competent care by interdisciplinary teams.