American College of Physicians (ACP)

Robert McLean, MD, MACP, FRCP, is the immediate past Chair of the MSCCH Steering Committee. He is the Immediate Past-President of the American College of Physicians (ACP). He practices internal medicine and rheumatology in New Haven, Connecticut with Northeast Medical Group of Yale New Haven Health, where he also serves as a Medical Director. A graduate of Williams College and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he completed his internal medicine residency and then a rheumatology fellowship at Yale. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. He has been involved in healthcare advocacy at the local and national level with the ACP for over 20 years. ACP, the largest specialty organization in the United States with over 159,000 members, released a high-profile policy paper on Global Climate Change and Health in 2016 which outlines climate change as a public health crisis needing our attention.
Ryan Mire, MD, FACP is President of the American College of Physicians (ACP), representing internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Dr. Mire will be the fourth African-American physician to serve in the office President following the distinguished Gerald E. Thomson, M.D., MACP (1995-96), Charles K. Francis, M.D., MACP (2004-2005), and Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP (2015-2016).A proud native of New Orleans, LA, but current resident of Nashville, TN, Dr. Mire is a private practice internal medicine physician, past-President of Heritage Medical Associates, and holds an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education for the University of Tennessee Health College of Medicine. He has served as the Vice Chief of Medicine at Ascension St. Thomas West Hospital.

Dr. Mire has served on the ACP Board of Regents since 2017. He chaired ACP’s Medical Practice and Quality Committee for two consecutive years and served on other committees during his Regent term. He was also the national Chair of the ACP Council of Young Physicians. He is a member of the Tennessee Governor’s Council, served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, and was a recipient of the Laureate Award for the Tennessee ACP Chapter. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) since 2006. FACP is an honorary designation that recognizes professional accomplishments, demonstrated scholarship, ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of internal medicine.

Areas of professional interest and expertise for Dr. Mire include independent practice, preventative medicine, health equity, and medical profession mentorship.

George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, is Chief of Medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts, a Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. He is the Emeritus Chair of the Board of Governors and a Regent of the American College of Physicians. He served as the Governor of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) from 2014-18 and as Chair of the Board of Governors from 2018-19.

Recently, he became the President of the ACP for the year 2021-22. He is the Chair Emeritus of the Infectious Disease Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, which is tasked with certifying all subspecialists in the field of infectious disease. Dr. Abraham is Chair of the Board of Registration (Licensing) in Medicine, Massachusetts.

His research interests include hepatitis C and B disease, travel medicine and infection control, as well as medication safety and systems improvement. He has authored over 100 publications, abstracts and book chapters, and is an invited speaker at national and international meetings. Dr. Abraham earned his medical degrees from the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India, completed his residency and chief residency at Saint Vincent Hospital, and received his master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R)

Justin Bishop, MD, MBA, MS, is the current Vice-Chair of the MSCCH Steering Committee. He is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician born and raised out of Dallas, TX. Before ending back in Dallas and in medicine, he obtained a master’s degree in Marine Biology in Mississippi working on various ecological/evolution/phylogenetic projects relating to pre-/post-Katrina effects or overall Mississippi Basin fish population health. After moving back to Texas to complete some songbird research, Justin went on to obtain his MD and MBA in health organizational management back at Texas Tech University where he went for his previous undergraduate degree. He moved back to Dallas to finish up his residency training at Baylor Univ Medical Center Dallas. Justin has enjoyed his time advocating for patients while serving on multiple committees on the county, state, national level and takes great pride lobbying on the hill while serving as board member for the Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association Political Action Committee, and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health (MSCCH)

Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is the Director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, based within the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. The Consortium was established after several years of collaboration with medical societies to assess physician attitudes and experience regarding the health effects of climate change and to increase engagement of physicians and their associations on the issues of climate change, sustainability, and clean power. As a family medicine professor and physician for over 30 years, Dr. Sarfaty has engaged in research and teaching focused on primary care, cancer screening, and public policy, including the health effects of climate change. She has lectured at national and regional venues including medical societies, health plans, health departments, professional organizations, and government conferences, and has published articles and book chapters on climate change and health.

Academic Pediatric Association (APA)

Elizabeth Friedman, MD, MPH, has received extensive medical training, first through an Internal medicine and pediatrics residency in SW Michigan, then in Preventive medicine at UC San Diego. She went on to complete training at University of Washington as a fellow in Reproductive and Pediatric Environmental Health and then in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr Friedman has significant experience serving marginalized populations, through her clinical experience, in public health service and as a former educator. These experiences, plus strong foundation in environmental studies, dating back to her undergraduate and graduate training has positioned her well for her current role as an environmental health and exposure medicine specialist. Dr Friedman works as the Region 7 MidAmerica-PEHSU director and as the Medical Director of the Environmental Health Program at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Her academic work is centered around environmental health and environmental justice, including climate justice. She serves as the MO State Climate Change Advocate through the AAP and as the Environmental Health, Climate Change and Sustainability SIG Chair for the APA. She currently serves as the APA liaison for the MSCCH.

Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM)

Tabatha Parker, ND, is a naturopathic physician who currently serves at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) as the Executive Director. Dr. Parker was named Physician of the Year in 2015 by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and Visionary of the Year by UTNE Reader in 2011. In 2015, she received an honorary degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and was given the highest honor in naturopathy, “Magister Natura” from Spain for her work advancing the naturopathic profession globally.

Dr. Parker was founding co-chair of the Masters in Global Health at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR, the first global health masters offered at a naturopathic medical school, and was previously faculty at Bastyr University California. She was interim co-secretary general of the World Naturopathic Federation, and worked with the World Health Organization on the WHO Benchmarks for Training in Naturopathy. She established and co-chaired the Global Health Committee of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for over 10 years.

Mimi Guarneri, MD, ABIHM, is president of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM), and board-certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, nuclear medicine, and integrative holistic medicine by the ABIHM. Dr. Guarneri is the founder and director of Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. and Taylor Academy for Integrative Medicine Education and Research located at Pacific Pearl La Jolla in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Guarneri served cardiology fellowships at both New York University Medical Center and Scripps Clinic. She is a fellow member of the American College of Cardiology, Alpha Omega Alpha, and the American Medical Women’s Association. Dr. Guarneri founded the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and served as Medical Director for 15 years.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)

Stuart L. Abramson, MD, PhD, AE-C, FAAAAI, is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), and will serve as an At-Large Director from 2020 to 2024. Dr. Abramson has worked as the Director of Allergy and Immunology Services at Shannon Clinic/Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas since 2011. Prior to this, he served as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine where he had a faculty role training 79 fellows in allergy/immunology. He also directed the pediatric allergy/immunology clinic at Ben Taub Public Hospital in Houston for 20 years. Dr. Abramson completed his MD, PhD in immunology, and residency in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, and his allergy/immunology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Over the years Dr. Abramson has developed a strong interest in education and has held positions on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and for Certified Asthma Educators. He has chaired the Continuing Medical Education Committee for the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and served on the Accreditation Review Council for the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. He served as President of the Concho Valley County Medical Society for 2019 and currently serves on the TMA Board of Councilors.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Julie Wood, MD, FAAFP, is the Senior Vice President for Health of the Public and Interprofessional Activities at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a membership of about 125,000 physicians, where she previously served on its Board of Directors. She has oversight responsibilities for the public health, scientific, and research activities of the AAFP, as well as the AAFP’s relationships with other medical organizations in the United States and abroad. Through these relationships, Dr. Wood facilitates the continued development of family medicine and coordinates the AAFP’s international activities.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Samantha Ahdoot, MD, FAAP, is a practicing pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Alexandria and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Inova Campus. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English and earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children. Sam serves as the Chair of Pediatrics at Inova Alexandria Hospital, and on the Board of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as Environmental Champion. She is a member of the AAP Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee, and served as lead author on their Global Climate Change and Children’s Health Policy Statement and Technical Report, published in Pediatrics in November 2015. She is Chair and Founder of Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action.

American Association for Community Psychiatry (AACP)

Gary Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH is Director, Billion Minds Project at Columbia University, and Chair, COP2 ( A psychiatrist who approaches mental health as a building block of social policy and progress, he recently founded Billion Minds as a “think-action tank.”  The intention of Billion Minds is to link mental health to problems of great scale, specifically to the climate crisis, and to safeguarding sustainable societies through a humane social climate.  COP2 was one outcome of that work—a global network aligned about converging growing activity and learning on climate-psychological resilience connections and putting them to global scale.  An initial effort from that is to produce an implementation Roadmap for the UNFCCC Race to Resilience to incorporate the goal of building capacity to promote those supports to 4 billion people by 2030.

Gary is also the former Executive Deputy Commissioner in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where he led the Division of Mental Hygiene and its development and implementation of the innovative NYC-wide public mental health initiative, ThriveNYC.  Before joining city government, he was Medical Director for Behavioral Health across the Health and Hospitals Corporation of the City of New York, and served as Founding Editor in Chief of the open access journal Global Mental Health.  As Director of the NYU Program in Global Mental Health, Gary partnered with other groups globally to test and scale community-led models of mental health promotion and access in less resourced countries that are now widely used.

A graduate of Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he also earned his undergraduate degree, Gary earned his MPH at Harvard School of Public Health and a doctorate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University.

American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)

Amanda McKinney, MD, FACLM, FACOG, CPE, DipABLM, is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and Lifestyle Medicine. She is also a Certified Physician Executive through the American Association of Physician Leadership and serves as the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Human and Planetary Health at Doane University. Through the Institute she develops and delivers Continuing Medical Education in Lifestyle Medicine as well as Planetary Health on edX, Harvard, and MIT’s massive open online course provider. The mission of Institute for Human and Planetary Health is to present the evidence that the dietary pattern that best preserves both human and planetary health is based on minimally processed, whole plant foods grown using sustainable and restorative agricultural practices and seeks to provide educational opportunities for those who want to restore human and planetary health, create resilient, healthy communities and help transform current policy that favors high-cost medical care, industrial agricultural and food production systems over people and the environment.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

Nathaniel DeNicola, MD, MSHP, FACOG, is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn at The George Washington University. He serves as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG), an organization of 58,000 members, environmental health expert and liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Executive Council on Environmental Health. In this role, he has served ACOG as a national speaker on emerging environmental health trends. He has published scholarly articles on the interaction of toxic environmental exposures and reproductive health, and he sits on the ACOG Committee on Obstetrics Practice to guide new environmental health practice recommendations. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute on Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania.

American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI)

Samuel Snyder, DO, FACOI, is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American Society of Nephrology. Dr. Snyder is a Fellow of the Health Policy Fellowship at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has been on the faculty of Nova Southeastern University since 1995 and now serves as professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine in the Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served as the program director of the osteopathic internal medicine residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (currently as Secretary-Treasurer), and the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine for the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

American College of Preventative Medicine (ACPM)

Katrina Rhodes, MD, MS, is a board-certified preventive medicine physician with strong clinical expertise, business acumen, strategic thinking, and understanding of global health policy, patient-centered health technology, and health care regulations. Dr. Rhodes has 12 years of combined industry (6 in FDA clinical review, Otsuka clinical trial medical monitoring, drug discovery research) and clinical (6 in patient care, clinical research) experience. She is currently the NMA Washington, D.C., Community Medicine & Public Health Section Chair, Council on Medical Legislation member, and Commission on Environmental Health member. Within the American Medical Association, Chicago, IL, Dr. Rhodes is Commission to End Health Care Disparities representative, Health Equity Task Force member, and Preventive Medicine Section Council representative.

American Geriatrics Society (AGS)

Diane Chau, MD, FACP, a board-certified geriatrician, has been providing care focused on older adults since 2002. This includes primary care, skilled nursing care at the Veteran Affairs Community Living Center, and work through the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Dr. Chau has a strong history in academic geriatrics and has been funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration since 2003 with multiple publications. Currently, Dr. Chau is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences Medicine at the University of California, San Diego where she is the Project Director for the Geriatric Education Center Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project. She also has been an active AGS member serving on the AGS Board of Directors, President of the California AGS State Affiliate, and as an AGS Board Representative for the Council of State Affiliate Representatives.

American Medical Association (AMA)

Andrea Garcia, JD, MPH, is the Director of Science, Medicine, and Public Health at the American Medical Association (AMA). This department provides content expertise for the association, including the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates, on issues related to drug policy, genomics and precision medicine, and selected topics in public health including: immunizations and infectious diseases, injury and violence prevention, and environmental science. She also serves as the Secretary for the AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health, which works to represent the AMA’s core belief that scientific evidence is the basis for improving the quality of patient care and enhancing the health of the public.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

Michael Walls, DO, MPH is the National President of AMSA and a recent graduate of Touro University California. He has served on the Board of Trustees for 3 years, and on the AMSA Foundation Board of Directors for 2 years. Michael has advocated for equitable healthcare access, reproductive health, environmental health, and improved care for people with substance use disorder for which he won the US Public Health Service Corps Excellence in Public Health Award in 2022. He is applying for Emergency Medicine Residency this year in the hopes of combining his passion for medicine with public health and policy. He lives in Connecticut and enjoys rock climbing, home-brewing beer, and hiking with his fiancé and 2 dogs.

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, FAMWA, was Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine through 2020, and is currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of Georgia. She has served in a number of leadership positions in health and medical organizations. She was the first Hispanic Women to serve as president of the American Medical Women’s Association (2015-2016), and was vice-chair of the AMA Women’s Physician Section. She has been the recipient of numerous awards that include: the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Outstanding Woman Leader Award, Indianapolis Monthly’s “Top Doctors”, American Medical Association (AMA) Innovations in Medicine ward, American Medical Association (AMWA) “Exceptional Mentor” award, and Indiana University Trustee’s Teaching Award. In 2017, she was named a Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

As an internist, her clinical expertise is caring for adults and adolescents with eating disorders, and primary care for adults and adolescents especially those with chronic conditions. Her emphasis is on the prevention of disease. Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber graduated from Weill Cornell Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at University Hospital of Cleveland Case Western Reserve University.

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Robert Feder, MD, has had an active clinical psychiatric practice in New Hampshire for over 35 years. Bob graduated with Highest Honors in Psychology from the University of Michigan and received his MD from the University of Washington. After completing his Psychiatry residency at Yale, Bob went on to a variety of clinical settings, including running inpatient adult psychiatry and substance abuse units, partial hospitalization programs, and outpatient clinics. After serving as Medical Director for a large Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization, Bob has been in private practice since 2007. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and a long-time member of the APA Assembly. Bob is active in many climate organizations, including the APA Caucus on Climate Change and Mental Health, the New Hampshire Healthcare Workers for Climate Action, 350NH, and No Coal, No Gas.

American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

David F. Chang, MD, is an executive committee member and past president of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the largest surgical sub-specialty society in ophthalmology. He is a past chair of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Cataract Preferred Practice Pattern Panel, which develops the national practice guidelines for cataract surgery. Dr. Chang currently co-chairs the ASCRS Foundation with a focus on global cataract blindness. He also co-chairs the Ophthalmic Instrument Cleaning & Sterilization joint task force (AAO/ASCRS/Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society), which developed specialty-specific instrument processing guidelines for ophthalmology. The task force recently completed a large survey on surgical waste and the carbon footprint of cataract surgery. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Chang is a clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco, and in private practice in Los Altos, CA.

American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

Barbara C. Erny, MD, is a board certified ophthalmologist. She currently serves as the ASCRS (American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery) Foundation Medical Liaison for International Programs. Dr. Erny’s mission is to foster collaboration and coordinate efforts of organizations committed to eliminating curable blindness in the developing world. A strong advocate for advancing environmental health, Dr. Erny spent many years on the Sutter Health Sustainability Committee. Currently she serves on the Physicians for Social Responsibility Environmental Health Committee, Steering Committee for the Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health, and she is a member of the Climate Action Working Group of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Dr. Erny is on the editorial board of the new online Journal of Climate Change and Health. She is devoted to coordinating efforts of Stanford and UCSF medical students and faculty to integrate climate change education into all levels of physician training.

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Eric Bernicker, MD, graduated from St. John’s High School in 1982 and then got his undergraduate degree from Yale University, where he majored in History. He returned to Texas for medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, did his internship in Dallas at Southwestern, and returned to Baylor to complete his internal medicine residency. After serving as chief resident for a year at Ben Taub General Hospital, he did his medical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson cancer center and then joined Medical Clinic of Houston in 1996. He had a broad clinical practice of oncology and hematology and was on staff at both St. Luke’s Hospital and Methodist hospital, serving as section chief of medical oncology at St. Luke’s before joining the physicians’ organization of Houston Methodist in 2013. Since joining HMH, he started the thoracic medical oncology service and opened multiple trials for patients dealing with advanced lung cancer or ocular melanoma. He is also the chairman of the Cancer Committee at HMH, which deals with quality initiatives for the oncology service line, as well the head of the Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee of the cancer center. He has a strong interest in the intersection of oncology and public health, editing the textbook “Cancer and Society” and the forthcoming ‘Environmental Oncology.

American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons (ASPN)

Ann-Christine Duhaime, MD is a senior pediatric neurosurgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital and is the Nicholas T. Zervas Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. Her neuroscience research investigates mechanisms, pathophysiology, imaging, and treatment of injury in the immature brain, using translational and clinical approaches to study injuries occurring in infants and young children, including those seen most commonly in child abuse. The work also investigates plasticity, recovery, and return of brain function in children and adolescents during maturation.

Dr. Duhaime also has a longstanding interest in the relationship between brain and behavior, and in environmental issues. She is a Faculty Associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Beginning with a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute in 2016 she has explored the neurobiology of reward circuitry and plasticity and its relevance to pro-environmental behavior, and also worked with a diverse team to design a prototype advanced “green” biophilic pediatric hospital. Her book on this work, Minding the Climate, was published in 2022 (Harvard University Press). She now serves as Associate Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for the Environment and Health and as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Climate Change and Health.

American Telemedicine Association (ATA)

Peter Yellowlees, MD, MBBS, is the President of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Board of Directors and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Vice-Chair of Faculty Development, UC Davis Health System. After completing his medical training in London, Dr. Yellowlees worked in Australia for twenty years before coming to UC Davis to continue his research in telemedicine and eHealth. Dr. Yellowlees has worked in public and private sectors, in academia, and in rural settings. He has consulted to governments and private sector companies in several countries and has received about $12 million in research grants. His main interests are in improving access to health and education services using information technologies.

Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)

Marcalee Alexander, MD, is currently Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Alexander co-authored the International Standards to document remaining Autonomic Functions after Spinal Cord Injury (ISAFSCI). She is a consultant with the Spalding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System and has conducted a substantial body of research documenting the effects of spinal cord injury on sexual response in women and men. Dr. Alexander is on the editorial boards of Spinal Cord, Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy and Sexuality and Disability. She is Past President of the American Spinal Injury Association and also Past Vice President representing North America for the International Spinal Cord Society.
Anita Lowe Taylor, MD, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Integrative Physiology before earning her Doctorate of Medicine with a concentration in Community Health at Stanford School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Stanford, where she served as Chief Resident and Co-Chair of both the institution-wide Chief Resident Council and Housestaff Leadership Council, and was recognized with the Innovation and Forward Thinking Award for her work improving the environmental sustainability of outpatient clinics. She holds a certificate in Leadership from the Presidents Leadership Class and has published research on reducing healthcare waste to address climate change. She currently serves on the Public Policy Committee for the Academy of Academic Physiatrists and is an active member of the Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate. In her free time, Dr. Lowe Taylor enjoys hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and skiing in Big Sky Country.

Endocrine Society (ES)   |   Maine Medical Association (MMA)

Daniel Oppenheim, PhD, MD, is a clinical Endocrinologist at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, a teaching hospital affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine, where he is Associate Professor of Medicine. He has been a member of the Endocrine Society for more than 30 years, has served 2 terms on the Clinical Affairs Core Committee, and currently serves on the Advocacy and Public Outreach Core Committee. He has been a member of numerous Endocrine Society Task Forces and working groups. He believes that global climate change is one of the greatest existential threats to human survival, and that human health is being greatly impacted by this process. He has worked with Physicians for Social Responsibility at the local, state, and national levels to combat climate change. In 2000, he co-authored the first state-specific report on the health impacts of global climate change in Maine, “Death by Degrees”, as well as its update in 2015.

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

Regina LaRocque, MD, MPH, FIDSA, is an infectious disease physician-researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and her fellowship in infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. She conducts research on diarrheal diseases and travel medicine. She is on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She serves on the Massachusetts General Hospital Sustainability Committee.

Medical Dermatology Society (MDS) | American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

Misha Rosenbach, MD, is an Associate Professor of Dermatology and Internal Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Vice Chair of Education & Dermatology Residency Program Director. Dr. Rosenbach’s clinical practice is focused on complex medical dermatology in the inpatient and outpatient setting, and his research is focused primarily on sarcoidosis and granulomatous skin conditions. He is involved in local, state, and national efforts focused on sustainability in healthcare and climate change & medicine interactions. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles, multiple chapters, and textbooks including serving as one of the editors of Andrew’s Diseases of the Skin. He is the former deputy editor of JAMA Dermatology and remains on its editorial board. He is the President of the Medical Dermatology Society, and has leadership roles in the American Academy of Dermatology, including co-founder and co-chair of the Expert Resource Group on Climate Change.

Medical Society of Delaware (MSD)

David P. Donohue, MD, MS, DipABLM, is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Since 2000, he has been practicing primary care internal medicine and is co-owner and Chief Medical Officer of Progressive Health of Delaware. He is a founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Network to benefit patients and lifestyle medicine providers and has chaired the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Provider Network since 2018. Launched in October 2020, he created to help people prevent and reverse the underlying cause of disease by promoting key steps to make an impact on their health and hosts the HealthRules podcast. He is also the creator of Health Challenge Delaware, a community-wide health improvement event held every October. Beginning in 2020, he was appointed chair of the Medical Society of Delaware Environmental Health Subcommittee based on his interest in climate change and its effects on health. His expertise is in devising better systems of health care delivery by employing lifestyle medicine and health information technology. He is passionate about using plant-based nutrition and sustainability medicine to achieve patient health, environmental health, and the quintuple aim in health care.

Medical Students for a Sustainable Future (MS4SF)

Savita Potarazu, MS4, is a fourth-year medical student in the MD/MPH program at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. She completed her undergraduate education at GW where she designed and completed a major in Social Determinants of Health. At GW SMHS, she is one of the founding members of the Climate & Health Interest Group and is the Vice President of Curriculum Innovation. She is currently working on longitudinal curriculum reform with the deans and faculty at her medical school to prepare tomorrow’s physicians to effectively navigate our climate crisis and be better advocates for environmental justice in medicine. Savita has previously served as one of the co-chairs for Climate Smart Health Care for MS4SF, and is committed to empowering her colleagues and future generations of providers to provide equitable, climate-informed care to our communities.

National Medical Association (NMA)

Winston Price, MD, FAAP, FACPE, is a board-certified pediatrician and a Past President of the National Medical Association (NMA). He received his MD training at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center and completed his residency at the NY Hospital-Sloan Kettering Medical Center. He is currently an assistant professor at the Medical College of Georgia in the pediatrics department. Dr. Price currently serves as the President and Chair for the National African American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC) and also serves as the Chair of the Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA-AHEC) which focuses its mission to recruit, train and retain a robust and highly qualified health workforce for 38 counties in SW GA. He focuses his technology efforts as Director of Health Information Technology for the W. Montague COBB/NMA Health Institute and is a board member of the Georgia State Medical Association. He has lectured locally and nationally on topics of health disparities, the NIH All of Us Research Program, climate change, clean water initiatives, vaccine disparities, and child abuse. Dr. Price also practices clinical pediatrics serving a SW population in Georgia with a focus on preventive care and health disparities.

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)

Caitlin Rublee, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and faculty in the Institute for Health and Equity. She completed her MD and MPH degrees at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health followed by residency at the Ohio State University. She subsequently completed a Climate and Health Science Policy Fellowship at the University of Colorado. Dr. Rublee is the 2020-2021 chair for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Climate Change and Health Interest Group and is on the Board of Directors for Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action. Her main interests are in preparing health care facilities and developing emergency care systems to respond to extreme weather events.

Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (SDMPH)

James J. James, MD, DrPH, MHA, is the executive director of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (SDMPH). Dr. James is also the founding editor-in-chief of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal, one of the most important journals in the field of disaster medicine and public health.

Prior to SDMPH, Dr. James was director of the American Medical Association’s Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response, where he oversaw the development and deployment of the National Disaster Life Support suite of courses (more than 110 000 medical and public health personnel trained) and other innovative mass casualty developments such as a health security smart card and the Citizen Ready preparedness and recovery training modules. Regarded as an expert in the disaster arena, Dr James has served on many federal and private boards and committees in major policy and research functions. 

Board certified in general preventive medicine, Dr James earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio; a doctorate in public health from the School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles; and a Master’s degree in healthcare administration from Baylor University, Houston, Texas.

Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SOCREI)

Ruben Alvero, MD, is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California. He graduated from Harvard College and received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Alvero previously was Professor and Division Director at the University of Colorado and Brown University, Fellowship Director in REI at Brown, and Residency Program Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado. He is and has been NIH funded. Dr. Alvero is Immediate Past President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. A 27-year veteran of the United States Army, he retired as a Colonel. A native Spanish speaker, Dr. Alvero is devoted to the care of underserved populations.

Society for Pediatric Dermatology (SPD)

Sarah J. Coates, MD, is Pediatric Dermatology fellow at UCSF and a graduate of the UCSF Dermatology residency program. She received her BA in Government from the University of Texas, and her MD from Weill Cornell Medical College. She has a background in global health and has been working with partners in East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda) since 2011 to improve dermatology care delivery in various capacities. From 2019-2020, she completed a Fogarty International Center Global Health Fellowship through the GloCal consortium. She has been active in raising awareness of the dermatologic consequences of climate change since 2016, and has a special interest in climate-sensitive infectious diseases. She is a core member of the American Academy of Dermatology’s Expert Resource Group on Climate Change and Environmental Issues, and a core member of the International Society of Dermatology’s Climate Change Committee. She is building a career in global health and pediatric dermatology, with areas of expertise that include infectious diseases, HIV dermatology, Kaposi Sarcoma, and climate-sensitive dermatoses.

Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)

William G. Weppner, MD, MPH, FACP, is a Clinician-Educator and Co-Director of the Center of Education for Interprofessional Collaboration at the Boise VAMC. He received his MD and MPH at the University of Washington; he completed his training in primary care internal medicine at the University of Washington-Boise residency program, and a subsequent general internal medicine fellowship in health services and health policy. He is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine with the University of Washington, core faculty with the University of Washington-Boise Internal Medicine Residency and Continuity Clinic Director at the Boise VAMC. As a primary care provider and clinician-educator, he is an advocate of teaching trainees in primary care innovative methods of communicating and engaging patients in their care as part of the PACT model. As an educator and health services researcher, Dr. Weppner has published one book, multiple book chapters, and over 14 manuscripts on health care delivery and education appearing in journals such as JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, Journal of Graduate Medical Education and Diabetes Care. Raised in Idaho, he enjoys living in Boise and is lucky enough to be able to mountain bike and ski to and from work (weather permitting).

Wilderness Medical Society

Lynn E Yonge, MD, FAAFP, FAWM,  is a lifelong outdoorsman and an Eagle Scout. He is the senior partner for Bay Medical Family Practice in Fairhope, AL. He serves as the medical director for two at-risk teen facilities.

Dr. Yonge was a member of the first class of Fellows of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Wilderness Medical Society and is a past Chairman of the Environmental Council of the Wilderness Medical Society. He is the coauthor of the Biodiversity chapter in the sixth edition of Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine text.

Dr. Yonge is the Wilderness Medicine Director for the University of South Alabama Department of Emergency Medicine. He leads the senior elective in wilderness medicine for the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine and the USA College of Medicine. Dr. Yonge is a passionate environmentalist and an Leave No Trace (LNT) instructor. He is also a certified burn manager and likes to set the woods on fire. He owns and cares for a 340-acre Certified Treasure Forest in rural Alabama.