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2024 National Leadership Conference Speakers

Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator for Vermont

Bernie Sanders is serving his third term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2018. Sanders remains on the veterans committee and was tapped by Senate leadership to be the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

Vivek Murthy

U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy is the founder of Doctors for America and is currently serving as the 21st U.S. Surgeon General.

Kavita Patel, MD, MS

Primary Care Physician

A primary care physician with extensive health policy expertise and experience working on Capitol Hill and in the White House.

Ellana Stinson, MD, MPH, MBA

President of the New England Medical Association

A board-certified, emergency medicine physician and the president of the New England Medical Association.

Cedric Dark, MD, MPH

ER Physician and Associate Professor

An ER physician and Associate Professor in the Henry J. N. Taub Department of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Alister Martin, MD, MPP

ER Physician and Assistant Professor

An ER physician and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School.

Charles Gaba

Founder of ACASignups.net

Launched ACASignups.net as a hobby, using crowdsourcing to track enrollments in real time. His work soon caught the attention of major media outlets, and has been cited and used as a resource ever since.

Cynthia Cox

VP & Director of the Program on the ACA

A vice president and Director of the Program on the ACA, where she conducts economic and policy research on the Affordable Care Act and its effects on private insurers and enrollees. Her work focuses on enrollment, pricing and competition in the ACA’s exchange markets.

Zachary Baron

Director of the Health Policy and the Law Initiative

A director of the Health Policy and the Law Initiative at the O’Neill Institute and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law. He focuses on providing technical assistance for policymakers and public education on health policy legal issues.

Aliya Bhatia

Executive Director at Vot-ER and Civic Health Month

Executive Director at Vot-ER and Civic Health Month where she works to bring voter registration into health care settings, including emergency rooms, hospitals, and community health centers.

Hussain Lalani, MD, MPH, MSc

Practicing Primary Care Internist

A board-certified and practicing primary care internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and a medical officer in the Learning and Diffusion Group at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Anand Parekh

Chief Medical Advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center

Led specific efforts tackling a variety of policy issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, future of public health, opioid crisis, obesity epidemic & nutrition, health & housing, domestic and global HIV/AIDS, business & public health collaboration, emergency preparedness, social isolation, rural health, and prescription drug costs.

Traci Kurtzer, MD

Medical Director for Trauma Informed Care and Education

Provides specialized gynecology care and post-sexual assault medical care to trauma survivors in her clinic. Trains other health care professionals on the impact of interpersonal violence on patients and the benefits of trauma informed, survivor centered care.

Andrew Kolodny, MD

Medical Director for the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative

Serves as President of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, an
organization that advocates for more cautious opioid prescribing. He is one of the
nation’s leading experts on the opioid crisis.

Gretta Gardner

Chief Legal Officer

Serves Ujima Inc., The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community as Chief Legal Officer. Gretta is primarily responsible for managing operations and staff; engaging in state, local, and federal policy discussions impacting Black survivors of gender-based violence.

Tiffany Garner

Policy Advocate for Children & Health

Policy Advocate for Children & Health at Futures Without Violence in Washington, DC. Prior to her time at Futures, she focused on preventing further firearm violence and homicides through advocacy and lobbying for legislation that establishes community- based violence intervention and prevention funding throughout the states.

Jennifer Jones-Vanderleest, MD

Family Medicine/Carceral Care

Has 20 years of experience partnering with socially marginalized people at the clinical medicine and public health interface. She has experience in building cross-sector collaborations to improve health outcomes, and appreciates working with others who are invested in health equity & intersectional justice.

Sabrina Talukder

Director of the Women’s Initiative at Center for American Progress

Sabrina Talukder is the director of the Women’s Initiative at American Progress. Talukder also worked at The Legal Aid Society in New York City for six years, where she started as an equal justice works fellow.

Sanjay Jumani, MD

First-Year Clinical Fellow

Sanjay Jumani, is a first-year clinical fellow in the Inter-Institute Endocrinology Training Program. Under the mentorship of NICHD Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Veronica Gomez-Lobo, MD, he studies metabolic outcomes in transgender adolescents and young adults.

Skye Perryman

President and CEO of Democracy Forward Foundation

A lawyer, advocate, and leader with a track record of taking on and winning critical fights that advance democratic values, stop abuses of power, and improve the wellbeing of people and communities.

Britt Walsh

Director of Gender Affirming Care at Whitman-Walker Health

Britt Walsh leads a team of Trans Care Navigators in supporting medical patients of Whitman-Walker Health to access gender-affirming surgery.

George Chochos

Senior Program Associate with Vera’s Unlocking Potential Initiative

George Chochos is a senior program associate with Vera’s Unlocking Potential initiative, where he provides technical assistance to college-in-prison programs.

2024 National Leadership Conference Speakers

Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator for Vermont

Bernie Sanders is serving his third term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2018. Sanders remains on the veterans committee and was tapped by Senate leadership to be the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

Vivek Murthy

U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy is the founder of Doctors for America and is currently serving as the 21st U.S. Surgeon General.

Kavita Patel, MD, MS

Primary Care Physician

A primary care physician with extensive health policy expertise and experience working on Capitol Hill and in the White House.

Ellana Stinson, MD, MPH, MBA

President of the New England Medical Association

A board-certified, emergency medicine physician and the president of the New England Medical Association.

Cedric Dark, MD, MPH

ER Physician and Associate Professor

An ER physician and Associate Professor in the Henry J. N. Taub Department of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Alister Martin, MD, MPP

ER Physician and Assistant Professor

An ER physician and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School.

Charles Gaba

Founder of ACASignups.net

Launched ACASignups.net as a hobby, using crowdsourcing to track enrollments in real time. His work soon caught the attention of major media outlets, and has been cited and used as a resource ever since.

Cynthia Cox

VP & Director of the Program on the ACA

A vice president and Director of the Program on the ACA, where she conducts economic and policy research on the Affordable Care Act and its effects on private insurers and enrollees. Her work focuses on enrollment, pricing and competition in the ACA’s exchange markets.

Zachary Baron

Director of the Health Policy and the Law Initiative

A director of the Health Policy and the Law Initiative at the O’Neill Institute and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law. He focuses on providing technical assistance for policymakers and public education on health policy legal issues.

Aliya Bhatia

Executive Director at Vot-ER and Civic Health Month

Executive Director at Vot-ER and Civic Health Month where she works to bring voter registration into health care settings, including emergency rooms, hospitals, and community health centers.

Hussain Lalani, MD, MPH, MSc

Practicing Primary Care Internist

A board-certified and practicing primary care internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and a medical officer in the Learning and Diffusion Group at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Anand Parekh

Chief Medical Advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center

Led specific efforts tackling a variety of policy issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, future of public health, opioid crisis, obesity epidemic & nutrition, health & housing, domestic and global HIV/AIDS, business & public health collaboration, emergency preparedness, social isolation, rural health, and prescription drug costs.

Traci Kurtzer, MD

Medical Director for Trauma Informed Care and Education

Provides specialized gynecology care and post-sexual assault medical care to trauma survivors in her clinic. Trains other health care professionals on the impact of interpersonal violence on patients and the benefits of trauma informed, survivor centered care.

Andrew Kolodny, MD

Medical Director for the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative

Serves as President of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, an
organization that advocates for more cautious opioid prescribing. He is one of the
nation’s leading experts on the opioid crisis.

Gretta Gardner

Chief Legal Officer

Serves Ujima Inc., The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community as Chief Legal Officer. Gretta is primarily responsible for managing operations and staff; engaging in state, local, and federal policy discussions impacting Black survivors of gender-based violence.

Tiffany Garner

Policy Advocate for Children & Health

Policy Advocate for Children & Health at Futures Without Violence in Washington, DC. Prior to her time at Futures, she focused on preventing further firearm violence and homicides through advocacy and lobbying for legislation that establishes community- based violence intervention and prevention funding throughout the states.

Jennifer Jones-Vanderleest, MD

Family Medicine/Carceral Care

Has 20 years of experience partnering with socially marginalized people at the clinical medicine and public health interface. She has experience in building cross-sector collaborations to improve health outcomes, and appreciates working with others who are invested in health equity & intersectional justice.

Sabrina Talukder

Director of the Women’s Initiative at Center for American Progress

Sabrina Talukder is the director of the Women’s Initiative at American Progress. Talukder also worked at The Legal Aid Society in New York City for six years, where she started as an equal justice works fellow.

Sanjay Jumani, MD

First-Year Clinical Fellow

Sanjay Jumani, is a first-year clinical fellow in the Inter-Institute Endocrinology Training Program. Under the mentorship of NICHD Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Veronica Gomez-Lobo, MD, he studies metabolic outcomes in transgender adolescents and young adults.

Skye Perryman

President and CEO of Democracy Forward Foundation

A lawyer, advocate, and leader with a track record of taking on and winning critical fights that advance democratic values, stop abuses of power, and improve the wellbeing of people and communities.

Britt Walsh

Director of Gender Affirming Care at Whitman-Walker Health

Britt Walsh leads a team of Trans Care Navigators in supporting medical patients of Whitman-Walker Health to access gender-affirming surgery.

George Chochos

Senior Program Associate with Vera’s Unlocking Potential Initiative

George Chochos is a senior program associate with Vera’s Unlocking Potential initiative, where he provides technical assistance to college-in-prison programs.

Tenaj Moody

Advocate & Educator

With a robust background in training, curriculum design, and gender-responsive programming for survivors of domestic violence, Tenaj is the visionary behind the three-time award-winning program, Light to Life.

Reshma Ramachandran, MD, MPP, MHS

Family Physician and Health Services Researcher

Reshma is part of the National Steering Committee for the Doctors for America Drug Affordability Action Team and a board member of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) North America and the American Medical Student Association Foundation.

Ben Seel, JD

Senior Counsel at Democracy Forward

Ben has represented clients in a wide range of litigation and regulatory matters, including some implicating issues of public health and access to affordable healthcare.

Christopher Morten, JD

Founding Director of Columbia Law School’s Science, Health, and Information Clinic

Christopher Morten is an expert on technology, health, information, and “intellectual property” law and is the founding director of Columbia Law School’s Science, Health, and Information Clinic.

Matt Tracy, JD

Columbia Science, Health and Information Clinic

Matt Tracy is a recent graduate of Columbia Law School, where he worked with Prof. Chris Morten in the Science, Health and Information Clinic. Matt, Chris, and others helped DFA file numerous amicus briefs in the mifepristone case, FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine.

Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD

Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology at Georgetown University

A Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology and the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Fugh-Berman codirects the M.S. program in Health and the Public Interest and directs PharmedOut.

Stanley Andrisse, MBA, PhD

Executive Director of From Prison Cells to PhD & Assistant Professor

An endocrinologist scientist and assistant professor at Howard University College of Medicine researching type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Dr. Andrisse is a visiting faculty at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Ravi Gupta, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine

An Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His current research focuses on FDA regulation and prescription drug policy.

2024 National Leadership Conference Speakers

Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator for Vermont

Bernie Sanders is serving his third term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2018. Sanders remains on the veterans committee and was tapped by Senate leadership to be the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

Vivek Murthy

U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy is the founder of Doctors for America and is currently serving as the 21st U.S. Surgeon General.

Kavita Patel, MD, MS

Primary Care Physician

A primary care physician with extensive health policy expertise and experience working on Capitol Hill and in the White House.

Ellana Stinson, MD, MPH, MBA

President of the New England Medical Association

A board-certified, emergency medicine physician and the president of the New England Medical Association.

Cedric Dark, MD, MPH

ER Physician and Associate Professor

An ER physician and Associate Professor in the Henry J. N. Taub Department of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Alister Martin, MD, MPP

ER Physician and Assistant Professor

An ER physician and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School.

Charles Gaba

Founder of ACASignups.net

Launched ACASignups.net as a hobby, using crowdsourcing to track enrollments in real time. His work soon caught the attention of major media outlets, and has been cited and used as a resource ever since.

Cynthia Cox

VP & Director of the Program on the ACA

A vice president and Director of the Program on the ACA, where she conducts economic and policy research on the Affordable Care Act and its effects on private insurers and enrollees. Her work focuses on enrollment, pricing and competition in the ACA’s exchange markets.

Zachary Baron

Director of the Health Policy and the Law Initiative

A director of the Health Policy and the Law Initiative at the O’Neill Institute and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law. He focuses on providing technical assistance for policymakers and public education on health policy legal issues.

Aliya Bhatia

Executive Director at Vot-ER and Civic Health Month

Executive Director at Vot-ER and Civic Health Month where she works to bring voter registration into health care settings, including emergency rooms, hospitals, and community health centers.

Hussain Lalani, MD, MPH, MSc

Practicing Primary Care Internist

A board-certified and practicing primary care internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and a medical officer in the Learning and Diffusion Group at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Anand Parekh

Chief Medical Advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center

Led specific efforts tackling a variety of policy issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, future of public health, opioid crisis, obesity epidemic & nutrition, health & housing, domestic and global HIV/AIDS, business & public health collaboration, emergency preparedness, social isolation, rural health, and prescription drug costs.

Traci Kurtzer, MD

Medical Director for Trauma Informed Care and Education

Provides specialized gynecology care and post-sexual assault medical care to trauma survivors in her clinic. Trains other health care professionals on the impact of interpersonal violence on patients and the benefits of trauma informed, survivor centered care.

Ravi Gupta, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine

An Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His current research focuses on FDA regulation and prescription drug policy.

Gretta Gardner

Chief Legal Officer

Serves Ujima Inc., The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community as Chief Legal Officer. Gretta is primarily responsible for managing operations and staff; engaging in state, local, and federal policy discussions impacting Black survivors of gender-based violence.

Tiffany Garner

Policy Advocate for Children & Health

Policy Advocate for Children & Health at Futures Without Violence in Washington, DC. Prior to her time at Futures, she focused on preventing further firearm violence and homicides through advocacy and lobbying for legislation that establishes community- based violence intervention and prevention funding throughout the states.

Jennifer Jones-Vanderleest, MD

Family Medicine/Carceral Care

Has 20 years of experience partnering with socially marginalized people at the clinical medicine and public health interface. She has experience in building cross-sector collaborations to improve health outcomes, and appreciates working with others who are invested in health equity & intersectional justice.

Sabrina Talukder

Director of the Women’s Initiative at Center for American Progress

Sabrina Talukder is the director of the Women’s Initiative at American Progress. Talukder also worked at The Legal Aid Society in New York City for six years, where she started as an equal justice works fellow.

Sanjay Jumani, MD

First-Year Clinical Fellow

Sanjay Jumani, is a first-year clinical fellow in the Inter-Institute Endocrinology Training Program. Under the mentorship of NICHD Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Veronica Gomez-Lobo, MD, he studies metabolic outcomes in transgender adolescents and young adults.

Skye Perryman

President and CEO of Democracy Forward Foundation

A lawyer, advocate, and leader with a track record of taking on and winning critical fights that advance democratic values, stop abuses of power, and improve the wellbeing of people and communities.

Britt Walsh

Director of Gender Affirming Care at Whitman-Walker Health

Britt Walsh leads a team of Trans Care Navigators in supporting medical patients of Whitman-Walker Health to access gender-affirming surgery.

George Chochos

Senior Program Associate with Vera’s Unlocking Potential Initiative

George Chochos is a senior program associate with Vera’s Unlocking Potential initiative, where he provides technical assistance to college-in-prison programs.

Tenaj Moody

Advocate & Educator

With a robust background in training, curriculum design, and gender-responsive programming for survivors of domestic violence, Tenaj is the visionary behind the three-time award-winning program, Light to Life.

Reshma Ramachandran, MD, MPP, MHS

Family Physician and Health Services Researcher

Reshma is part of the National Steering Committee for the Doctors for America Drug Affordability Action Team and a board member of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) North America and the American Medical Student Association Foundation.

Ben Seel, JD

Senior Counsel at Democracy Forward

Ben has represented clients in a wide range of litigation and regulatory matters, including some implicating issues of public health and access to affordable healthcare.

Christopher Morten, JD

Founding Director of Columbia Law School’s Science, Health, and Information Clinic

Christopher Morten is an expert on technology, health, information, and “intellectual property” law and is the founding director of Columbia Law School’s Science, Health, and Information Clinic.

Matt Tracy, JD

Columbia Science, Health and Information Clinic

Matt Tracy is a recent graduate of Columbia Law School, where he worked with Prof. Chris Morten in the Science, Health and Information Clinic. Matt, Chris, and others helped DFA file numerous amicus briefs in the mifepristone case, FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine.

Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD

Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology at Georgetown University

A Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology and the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Fugh-Berman codirects the M.S. program in Health and the Public Interest and directs PharmedOut.

Stanley Andrisse, MBA, PhD

Executive Director of From Prison Cells to PhD & Assistant Professor

An endocrinologist scientist and assistant professor at Howard University College of Medicine researching type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Dr. Andrisse is a visiting faculty at Georgetown University Medical Center.