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Join Doctors for America for September’s Advocacy Grand Rounds. 

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This event is FREE for all, but CME is only available to DFA Members.  To become a DFA member, please click here.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

August Advocacy Grand Rounds: Paths to Protection – FDA’s Possible Role in Safeguarding Access to Reproductive Care

August 11, 2022

Session Speakers

Ameet Sarpatwari

Ameet Sarpatwari is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Assistant Director of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) within the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics. His research draws upon his interdisciplinary training as an epidemiologist and lawyer and focuses on the effects of laws and regulations on therapeutic development, approval, use, and related public health outcomes. He teaches an annual course on public health law at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he also serves as Faculty Director of the JD-MPH program.

Patti Zettler, JD

Deborah Bartz, MD, MPH is an obstetrician-gynecologist fellowship trained in Complex Family
Planning at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). As such she serves as the Ryan Program
Director for Harvard Medical School where she has a robust program of teaching both residents
and medical students in the form of daily lectures, work on the wards, and both classroom
teaching and hands-on training in abortion. She serves as a faculty expert in complex D&E
techniques, medical abortion, and contraception care in the medically complicated patient. Her
clinical practice acts as a bridge between the medically complex patients encountered at an
academic center and the high-volume ambulatory care provided at Planned Parenthood. This
varied practice offers many teaching opportunities as well. Dr. Bartz’s research has examined
best practices in reproductive health medical education. Given the dearth of access to
comprehensive reproductive services in the United States, she is particularly proud of her role
as an educator to a new generation of women’s health providers.

She serves as the Associate Clerkship Director for the OB/GYN medical student
rotation, as the Medical Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Title X
Program, and as the Director of Education for the Connors Center for Women’s Health and
Gender Biology at BWH. Through her educational activities, Dr. Bartz has been innovative in
expanding primary care specialist, resident, and medical student training to include evidence-
based, complex abortion care through simulation and through graduated models of training.
She has received multiple teaching awards. Dr. Bartz’ commitment to mentorship has been
rewarded with entrance into the competitive BWH Faculty Mentorship Leadership Program,
entrance into the APGO Scholars and Leaders Program, and membership on the Board of
Directors for Medical Students for Choice. Dr. Bartz’ current research program focuses on the
development, assessment, and propagation of best educational practices of abortion and
reproductive justice.

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Advocacy Grand Rounds: Channeling Your Outrage into Action

July 14, 2022

Session Speakers

Greg Jackson

Greg Jackson, Executive Director of the Community Justice Action Fund, is a community organizer, political strategist and issue advocate.

Prior to becoming the organization’s Executive Director, Greg served as the National Advocacy Director for 2 years. In this role he worked with communities, elected officials, community leaders and impacted residents to advocate for proactive and preventive solutions to end gun violence. Greg led the effort to build political power through electoral participation, spearheading the 2020 Elect Justice Campaign that mobilized over a 1,000 volunteers and connected with over 1.6 million voters across the country.

As a gun violence survivor, gun violence prevention is personal for Greg. While being questioned by law enforcement in his hospital bed, Greg remembers being treated like a criminal and not like a victim. This experience and his recovery propelled Greg into action, becoming a vocal and leading voice on gun violence prevention for Black and brown communities.

Following his recovery, Greg became an avid mentor to local at risk youth and built multiple youth engagement movements like #WeReadDC that empowered hundreds of volunteers to support Washington, DC area youth through monthly reading events.

As the youngest member of Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration, Greg served as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services. Greg then went on to lead Community Engagement and Communications for the Washington, D.C.’s Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement (ONSE). At ONSE, Greg oversaw community events, outreach activities, policy development, violence reducing programs and direct engagement of residents most at risk to gun violence.

Before dedicating his life to gun violence prevention, Greg worked as a community organizer through various roles, including the Co-Chair of DC for Obama, the Obama for America, North Carolina – Field Director, the Southern Regional Director at Organizing for Action and the National Field Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where he ran the largest mid-term election voter registration program in U.S. History.

Greg, an avid runner that has completed 5 half marathons, enjoys recreational sports and created a citywide organization offering recreational sports activities for thousands of young adults throughout the D.C. area.

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Dr. Joseph V. Sakran

Dr. Joseph V. Sakran is a trauma surgeon, coalition builder, policy advisor, public health expert, and nationally recognized advocate for gun violence prevention. He is currently Director of Emergency General Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery, and Associate Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

A survivor of gun violence himself, Dr. Sakran’s interest in medicine and trauma surgery began after a stray bullet nearly killed him during his senior year of high school. He has subsequently dedicated his life to treating the most vulnerable, reducing health disparities among marginalized populations, and advancing public policy that alleviates structural violence in low-income communities. More information can be found here:

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Moderator - Kayla Hicks

A motivated leader with proven proficiency in developing innovate solutions to challenges and achieving favorable results. Committed to leading community-based violence prevention initiatives to ensure the voice of those most impacted are central in policy and program  decisions.

Kayla has 35 years of leadership experience and continues to work towards eradicating policies,

procedures, and social norms that create barriers for black and brown communities, particularly Black women, to ensure efforts to reduce violence are consistent with a racial equity and justice focused approach.

Advocacy Grand Rounds: The Many Roads to Medicaid Expansion

June 9, 2022

Session Speakers

Zach Marcus

Zach Marcus is campaign manager for South Dakotans Decide Healthcare. He has been managing political campaigns around the country for the last 10 years. He is excited about the chance to make meaningful direct change with Constitutional Amendment D.

Peg O’Connell

Peg O’Connell is the chair of Care4Carolina, a coalition of 146 organizations committed to finding a North Carolina solution for closing the health insurance coverage gap.  She has over 25 years of experience in legislative, public, regulatory and governmental affairs, healthcare, media and grassroots advocacy at the state and federal levels and has been active in North Carolina working to improve the public health by improving access to healthcare and reducing smoking and obesity. 

An attorney by profession, O’Connell has spent most of her career in government affairs and communications.  She graduated magna cum laude from Marietta College, earning a BA in history and political science, and received her law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law.

Advocacy Grand Rounds: Law Enforcement Presence and Divestment in Hospital Settings (Panel Discussion)

May 12, 2022

Session Speakers

Bekura Shebazz
Christine Goggins

Advocacy Grand Rounds: Accelerated Approval Reforms: Balancing Timely Access and True Clinical Benefit

April 21, 2022

Session Speakers

Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS

Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS, is a Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Public Health (Health Policy and Management) at the Yale School of Medicine, an Associate Physician of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale-New Haven Health System, and Co-Director of the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale. With expertise in health services and outcomes research and the translation of clinical research into practice, his research examines the use and delivery of higher quality care and issues related to pharmaceutical and medical device regulation, evidence development, postmarket surveillance, and clinical adoption. Dr. Ross co-directs the Yale-Mayo Clinic Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), the Yale Open Data Access (YODA) Project, and the Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) at Yale Law School, and leads efforts at Yale-New Haven Health System in collaboration with the National Evaluation System for health Technology (NEST). He has published more than 500 articles in peer-reviewed biomedical journals, co-founded the preprint server medRxiv, and is currently the U.S. Outreach and Research Editor at BMJ.

Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE

Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE, is Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Law at the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarship focuses on clinical research ethics and regulation, priority setting in research, access to investigational medicines outside clinical trials, FDA pharmaceutical policy, and the ethics of gatekeeping in health care. She is founder and co-chair of the Consortium to Advance Effective Research Ethics Oversight (, an organization working to evaluate and improve IRB quality and effectiveness, and an active member of the NYU Working Group on Compassionate Use and Preapproval Access (CUPA). She serves as a member of the boards of Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R) and the American Society for Law, Medicine, and Ethics, and as “ethicist in residence” at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Professor Fernandez Lynch has worked as an attorney in private practice, a bioethicist serving NIH’s Division of AIDS, a senior policy analyst with President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and executive director of Harvard Law School’s bioethics and health law research program. She was named a Greenwall Faculty Scholar in 2019 and elected a fellow of the Hastings Center in 2021.

Advocacy Grand Rounds: Beyond Build Back Better

March 10, 2022

Session Speakers

Alister Martin, MD, MPP

Alister Martin is a practicing ER physician and former Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. He currently works in the White House as an advisor on voting rights in the Office of the Vice President and as an advisor on health equity in the West Wing Office of Public Engagement as a White House Fellow. He is on sabbatical from Harvard where he is dually appointed as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and as Research Faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the founder of Get Waivered, a program that is converting our nation’s ERs into the front door for opioid addiction treatment. He also co-founded GOTVax, an initiative aimed at leveraging a get out the vote framework to deliver vaccines to vulnerable communities via hyper-targeted vaccine clinics. In 2019, he founded Vot-ER, with a team of healthcare providers and behavioral science experts to help patients vote like their health depends on it.

Rachel Madley, PhD

Dr. Rachel Madley is a legislative assistant to Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. Dr. Madley leads the Congresswoman’s work on health and environmental policy. Before joining the office she completed her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Madley has also held leadership roles in multiple health justice organizations including Physicians for a National Health Program and Students for a National Health Program. Her work has been published in multiple outlets including Business Insider and The New York Times. Dr. Madley received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Michigan.

Advocacy Grand Rounds: Strategies for Communicating with Patients to Overcome Misinformation

February 10, 2022

Session Speakers

Alice Chen, MD (moderator)

Alice T. Chen, MD is an internal medicine physician and national leader in physician advocacy and public health.  She currently serves as Senior Advisor to Made to Save, a national grassroots public education and outreach campaign on getting the COVID-19 vaccines to hardest hit communities. She previously served as Executive Director of Doctors for America, where under her leadership, the organization published hundreds of op-eds, reached tens of millions of people through media interviews and events, and played an important role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Anne Schuchat, MD

Anne Schuchat, MD was Principal Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2015-2021 and served twice as acting Director.  Schuchat was Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases from 2006-2015 and played key roles in the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, 2019 outbreak of vaping associated lung injuries, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2008.

Jiore Craig

Jiore Craig is an expert in communication, strategy, policy, and public opinion relating to disinformation and online harms. She presently serves as the Head of Digital Communication and Integrity at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. She has nearly a decade of international experience helping elected officials, political leaders, media, academic institutions donors, and civic society organizations measure the impact of digital communication and influence campaigns on public opinion and communicate effectively in the wake of disinformation online.

Bystander to Upstander Training

January 12, 2022

Session Speakers

Taneeza Islam, JD, Esq.

Taneeza is a first-generation American Muslim immigration lawyer who has called Sioux Falls home since 2012. She began her private immigration law practice in 2013 after receiving a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, and in 2017 she co-founded South Dakota Voices for Justice and its sister organization, South Dakota Voices for Peace. SDVFP is an education, legal service, advocacy and rapid response organization lifting the voices of immigrants, refugees and Muslims in SD. 

In July of 2021, SDVFP received several grants, including one from the CDC’s VEAP program to provide multilingual vaccine education and organize pop up clinics. As of December 2021, SDVFP has partnered with SD Urban Indian Health and Lewis Drug to administer over 300 vaccines to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color” communities. In October 2020, Taneeza received national recognition “Muslims Making Change” for her COVID-19 efforts in SD by Muslim Advocates. 

Jen Dreiske

Jen Dreiske is the Deputy Director of South Dakota Voices for Peace. Her background includes over 19 years of experience as a leader in the criminal justice system. Jen has been presenting and leading complex conversations on inclusion, purpose, and the spiritual tapestry of South Dakota for many years. She is the president of Mt. Zion Congregation synagogue in Sioux Falls, a Billie Sutton Leadership Fellow, and a board member of South Dakota Faith in Public Life. Jen is a mom to a very precocious 7-year-old Jakob and bonus daughter, 15-year-old Sophia.

Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis

December 9, 2021

Session Speakers

Ted Hamilton, MD, MBA

Ted Hamilton is chief mission integration officer and senior vice president of mission and ministry for AdventHealth and board chairman of the Coalition for Physician Well-Being. In his role at AdventHealth, he provides direction and oversight of mission and ministry, developing and implementing strategy and incorporating mission across all the organization’s inpatient and outpatient areas. As board chairman of the Coalition for Physician Well-Being, he leads in directing the mission and vision in support of physician well-being nationally to all healthcare organizations and individual physicians. Dr. Hamilton previously served as vice president of medical mission for Adventist Health System.  His experience also includes serving as senior medical officer for Florida Hospital, director of Florida Hospital’s family practice residency, executive director of the Loma Linda Faculty Medical Group and medical director for HMO Georgia.  During his years working as a family physician, he delivered more than 500 babies. A graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Hamilton completed his family practice training at Florida Hospital.  He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business.  Hamilton is an active participant in AdventHealth’s community involvement program, which supports several Central Florida nonprofits, and has served on the boards of the Orlando Healthcare Center for the Homeless, Shepherd’s Hope and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.  A published author, Hamilton’s book, Building Bridges: A Guide to Optimizing Physician-Hospital Relationships, was released in 2010.  He is co-editor of Transforming the Heart of Practice: An Organizational and Personal Approach to Physician Wellbeing published in 2019.

Dianne McCallister, MD, MBA

Dianne McCallister, MD, MBA is President of Diagnosis Well, Inc, which is dedicated to the improvement of wellbeing for physicians and other healthcare personnel. She is a board-certified Internist with over 25 years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and a hospital executive with leadership, process improvement, patient safety and quality improvement expertise. Dr. McCallister speaks nationally and internationally on topics regarding physician wellbeing, quality and patient safety, advanced cardiac surgical program development and other administrative and medical topics. Dianne is co-founder of the Coalition for Physician Wellbeing, a national organization dedicated to physicians and strategies to improve their wellbeing. She is co-editor of the books, Transforming the Heart of Practice, An Organizational and Personal Approach to Physician Wellbeing (Springer 2019), and Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis(AdventHealth Press 2021). She is an expert in Quality, Medical Staff Issues and Patient Safety, having taken three hospitals to excellent quality based on national benchmarks. In addition, she is the author of multiple chapters on quality, patient safety and EMCO program development. She has served as a Chief Medical Officer at several Denver area Hospitals, taking them to top decile quality and physician satisfaction. Dianne is a medical media expert, with 20 years of experience as both a physician broadcaster on the Denver ABC affiliate for 5 years and years of interviews for the local medial. Dianne was an instructor at the AMA’s Media in Medicine Conference. In her personal life, Dianne is active in the community and has served on numerous boards of directors for not-for-profit organizations and physician groups.  She has a passion for child advocacy, physician wellbeing and improvement of healthcare for the elderly and underserved.  She was honored to serve as the Honorary Commander of the Buckley Air Force Base Medical Unit for two years.

DeAnna Santana, PhD, MS

​​DeAnna Santana is the Executive Director of Physician Well-Being and Engagement for AdventHealth and of the Coalition for Physician Well-Being. In her role at AdventHealth, she focuses on the development of mission specific initiatives, such as, the development of a mission fit behavioral interviewing program, as well as onboarding, mentor and integration programs to increase the well-being and engagement of physicians and Advanced Practice Providers (APPs).  As Executive Director of the Coalition for Physician Well-Being, she oversees the operations of the non-profit organization, operationalizes the vision of the board, leads and supports multiple committees, develops partnerships to create research and publication opportunities as well as program development. Programs she has led includes the publication of two books, planning and deployment of the annual national conference, identifying fundraising and sponsorship opportunities and driving key initiatives that support the mission of the organization in an effort to create brand recognition. DeAnna graduated from Walden University with her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, where she focused her research on Physician Well-Being. The focus of her Master’s was Health Psychology, prior to that, earning her Bachelors in Organizational Behavior from Rollins College, Hamilton Holt School.

Best Care Anywhere – Lessons Learned in the VA Health System and Opportunities for Growth

November 11, 2021

Session Speakers

photo of Dr. Matthews standing and crossing her arms while smiling and wearing a suit jacket
Kameron L. Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP

Kameron Matthews, M.D., J.D., FAAFP, as Assistant Under Secretary for Health (AUSH) for Clinical Services, is the Chief Medical Officer of the Veterans Health Administration. She formerly served as the AUSH for Community Care where she was responsible for the community-based provider network that expanded Veteran access to care. Dr. Matthews is a board-certified family physician, advocate and policy maker with a career focused on underserved patient populations. She joined the VA in 2016 after multiple leadership roles in Chicago, Illinois in correctional medicine, federally qualified health centers, and managed care. As a passion outside of work, she co-directs the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, an initiative seeking to bring premedical enrichment activities to underrepresented minority high school and college students across the country.

Dr. Henry standing and smiling wearing a white sweater in front of a building
Marion Henry, MD, MPH

Marion Henry, MD, MPH,  is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, having recently moved there from the University of Arizona in Tucson. A former Commander in the US Navy, Dr Henry served as the Ship’s Surgeon on the aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson, the chief of Pediatric Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Director for Surgical Services during Pacific Partnership 2015 on the USNS Mercy.  Dr. Henry is very active nationally in Pediatric Surgery and in Surgical Advocacy as a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Collaborative, and she serves on the National Steering Committee for Gun Violence Prevention with Doctors for America. She is passionate about addressing the gun violence pandemic in the US through collaborative approaches at prevention, response and recovery while also addressing inequities in the health care system.

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was in crisis. Long waits, lack of funding, heavy caseloads, and the whole process lacked transparency. While not perfect, the turnaround of the Department of Veterans Affairs has been transformative! Today’s VA demonstrates a completely integrated health care system driven by an information system motivated by patient outcomes rather than reimbursements, incentives to save money by avoiding unnecessary procedures, and the power of mass purchasing. Discover the lessons we can learn from the VA Health System and uncover what the VA has left to learn. You will also walk away with how to advocate and support your veteran and active duty patients from conflicts past and present.

Join us to explore the following:

1) Recognize and understand the key challenges to the VA healthcare system today

2) Learn how the VA has changed their approach in order to better address the healthcare needs of veterans

3) Understand the ways the VA system is meeting the rising mental health care needs of veterans

4) Understand how the VA system has improved to meet the needs of a more diverse veteran population including women and LGBTQ veterans

Building Robust Partnerships with Local Organizations

October 14, 2021

Session Speakers

Joia Mukherjee
Joia Mukherjee

Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, is a physician, educator, and activist, trained in Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and public health. Since 2000, Dr. Mukherjee has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health, an international medical organization with programs in the United States, Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan, the Navajo nation and now, in the COVID-19 pandemic, in cities and states across the U.S. Dr. Mukherjee coordinates and supports PIH’s efforts to provide high quality, comprehensive health care to the poorest and most vulnerable. She is an Associate Professor at the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mukherjee is also on the faculty at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. Joia teaches infectious disease, global health delivery, and human rights to health professionals and students from around the world and directs the Masters degree program in Global Health Delivery at Harvard Medical School. She is the author of Introduction to Global Health Delivery: Practice, Equity, Human Rights, a textbook published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. Her scholarship focuses on the health delivery, Universal Health Coverage, and human rights. Joia is a mother and a singer.

Isabel Cruz

Isabel is a passionate advocate dedicated to amplifying the voices of consumers and marginalized communities to promote equity and wellness in Colorado. Originally hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Isabel earned her BA in Sociology from Yale University with a certificate from the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. With over 6 years of experience in nonprofits across New York, New Haven, and Denver, she has dedicated her career to building power and nurturing leadership across diverse stakeholders to advance social change. In her role as Policy Manager at CCHI, Isabel is committed to bringing people together to advocate for policy solutions that ensure all Coloradans can access affordable and affirming healthcare. In her free time, you can find her exploring on her bike, taking her dog Mariposa on hikes and walks, and playing Ultimate Frisbee!

Join us to:

  • Emphasize the importance of building partnerships with like-minded organizations who can help to build and support advocacy efforts
  • Understand the components that make strong, successful, and lasting partnerships
  • Dissect how organizations can use successful partnerships to share the workload and effort of advocacy to their best advantage and in the face of obstacles such as limited funds and volunteer capacity