Camara Phyllis Jones is research director on social determinants of health and equity in the Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impact of racism on the health and wellbeing of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism). As a methodologist, she has developed new ways for comparing full distributions of data (rather than means or proportions) in order to investigate population-level risk factors and propose population-level interventions. As a social epidemiologist, her work on race-associated differences in health outcomes goes beyond documenting those differences to vigorously investigating the structural causes of the differences. As a teacher, her allegories on race and racism illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss.
Donald M. Berwick was President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for nearly 20 years. In July 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a position he held until December 2011. He was formerly Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Berwick has served as vice chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, the first "Independent Member" of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Berwick served two terms on the IOM's governing Council and was a member of the IOM's Global Health Board. He served on President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. He is a recipient of several awards and author of numerous articles and books, including Curing Health Care andEscape Fire.
Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, is the Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and a
professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University. 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 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 a physician in the National Health Service Corps 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. 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 an appointed commissioner of the National Health Care Workforce Commission, the Founding President of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the Founding Board Chair of Seed Global Health, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Erik Porfeli, Ph.D. is the Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Admissions and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Medicine at NEOMED. His team directs a portfolio of programs to advance the health and economic vitality of Ohio through health professions educational pathways and grassroots community health initiatives. This portfolio engages over 1,500 youth in Ohio and is being disseminated to other universities across the country. Dr. Porfeli collaborates with Ohio universities and colleges to enact Baccalaureate and Post-Baccalaureate to MD degree programs and orchestrates eight holistic admissions processes to compose a student body aligned with the mission of the College of Medicine. He leads the development of a longitudinal evaluation system for the Medical College to discover if and how the student body develops from admissions to graduation relative to its mission. This work has been translated into a learning analytics system to predict student performance before it occurs and to offer proactive support to students facing academic challenges. Dr. Porfeli is an internationally-recognized scholar in the area of lifespan career development. His research has been translated into over 50 publications and 60 domestic and international presentations.
Dr. Rishi Manchanda is President and Founder of HealthBegins, a startup that transforms the
health of vulnerable communities through innovative education, technology, and consultancy
services. As an ‘upstreamist’ physician and public health innovator, his work and expertise focuses on systems design to improve primary care, the social and environmental conditions that make people sick, and health and human rights. Dr. Manchanda serves as the medical director of a clinic for high-utilizer homeless veterans in Los Angeles. He is also the founder of RxDemocracy, a nonpartisan healthcare coalition that supports civic engagement and that has registered 30,000 voters in clinics nationwide. He previously served as the founding Director of Social Medicine at St.John’s Well Child and Family Centers, a community clinic in South Central Los Angeles. His first book The Upstream Doctors, in which he coins the term “Upstreamist” to describe an essential yet underdeveloped segment of the healthcare workforce, was released by TEDBooks in June 2013. Upstreamists are clinic-based practitioners who have the skills, tools, and authority to drive internal healthcare innovation that improves care and local social determinants of health.
Lawrence R. Deyton, MSPH, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Public Health at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Deyton returned to GW in March 2013 after 31 years in leadership positions in health policy, research and clinical service in several Federal health and public health agencies including the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health and the HHS Office of the Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health and as a Congressional aide. During that career Dr. Deyton had extensive experience establishing and overseeing high profile health and public health research, education and clinical programs particularly working with front line providers, administrators and researchers.
Dr. Deyton was a founder in 1978 of Washington DC’s Whitman Walker Clinic, a community based service organization specializing in LGBT and now HIV care in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of University of Kansas, the Harvard School of Public Health and the George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Deyton’s post-doctorate medical training in medicine was at the University of Southern California/Los Angeles County Medical Center and in infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health. He has published over 130 scientific articles in the peer-reviewed literature. Dr. Deyton continues to care for patients on a regular basis at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center. In 2011, Dr. Deyton was a finalist for the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for his career of government service and outstanding contributions to the health, safety and well-being of Americans – 20 finalists are chosen from 4.8 million Federal employees nation-wide.
Dr. Geiger is the Arthur C. Logan Professor of Community Medicine Emeritus at the City University of New York Medical School. He has previously served as professor and chairman of Community Medicine at SUNY- Stonybrook School of Medicine and Tufts University Medical School, as well as Visiting Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a founding member and past president of Physicians for Human Rights, a founding member and past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a founding member and past president of the Committee for Health in South Africa, and a founding member and national program coordinator of the Medical Committee for Human Rights.
Dr. Geiger has led or participated in human rights missions for PHR, the United Nations, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science to former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Kurdistan, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and South Africa. Most of his professional career has been focused on the related issues of health, poverty, and civil rights. Dr. Geiger initiated the community health center model in the USA, founding and directing the nation's first two community health centers, in the Mississippi Delta and in Columbia Point, Boston. These centers became models for what is now a national network of more than 1000 CHCs serving some 17 million low income and minority patients.
Dr. Geiger is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and the recipient of the IOM's highest honor, the Lienhardt Award, for "outstanding contributions to minority health." In recognition of his work on racial and ethnic discrimination in health care, the Congressional Black, Hispanic and Asian American Caucuses have created the H. Jack Geiger Congressional Fellowships on Health Disparities for young minority scholars.