American College of Physicians (ACP)

Robert McLean, MD, MACP, FRCP, is the current 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.

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.
Sarah Hwang, MD, is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She serves as the Director of the Women’s Health Rehabilitation Program at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Hwang is an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, serving on the Program Planning Committee and is a recent graduate of the Future Leaders Program. She has completed the Program for Academic Leadership through the Academy of Academic Physiatrists and is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society.

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.

Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM)

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 Dermatology (AAD)

Mary E. Maloney, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of Dermatologic Surgery, received her B.A. degree from Connecticut College. Dr. Maloney pursued her medical degree at the University of Vermont, graduating in 1977. She trained in Internal Medicine at Hartford Hospital through 1979, and then completed her dermatology residency in 1982 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic. This was followed by a research fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco in 1982 and a fellowship in dermatologic surgery in 1983. Dr. Maloney was on the medical faculty at Dartmouth, and then at the University of Vermont before moving to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 1988 where she was promoted to Professor of Medicine and Director of Dermatological Surgery. She moved to UMass Memorial Health Care in 1999 where she is the Chair of the Department of Dermatology. Dr. Maloney is a past president of the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgery and past secretary of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She is the author of ‘The Dermatologic Surgical Suite’, and has edited two textbooks, ‘Cutaneous Oncology’ and ‘Surgical Dermatopathology’, and has been very active in leadership activities in dermatology. As Director of Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Maloney provides Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancers and other surgical services to dermatological patients.

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)

David A. Pollack, MD, is Professor of Public Policy in the departments of Psychiatry, Family Medicine, and the Division of Management at Oregon Health and Science University. His activities include teaching, writing, and consulting on policy, systems, and health care leadership issues for local, state, and national organizations. Dr. Pollack has worked as a community and public psychiatrist in Oregon since 1973. He has written about and presented on many issues, including community psychiatry, health delivery systems, health care financing, mental health integration with primary care, disaster psychiatry, workforce development, ethical aspects of community mental health services, and climate change psychiatry. He has also been active in various capacities at the national level with the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association for Community Psychiatry.

American College of Emergency Physicians, CA

Marc Futernick, MD, FACEP, is a practicing emergency physician at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from medical school at Tulane University, School of Medicine in 1996, and completed residency at the University of California San Francisco, Fresno. Dr. Futernick is board certified in emergency medicine and is a current Director of California ACEP.

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 Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)

Ronda McCarthy, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is the National Medical Director for Concentra’s Medical Surveillance Services, chair of Concentra’s Regulatory, Testing, and Exam Medical Expert Panel and occupational medicine consultant for worksites in the Central Texas area. She directs the Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness section for the Occupational Medicine residency program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. McCarthy is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine. She received her MD at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and completed occupational medicine training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. McCarthy served on the American College of Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Task Force on Climate Change. This group of physicians with an interest in the impacts of climate change on human health authored an ACOEM guidance statement Responsibilities of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Provider in the Treatment and Prevention of Climate Change-Related Health Problems. Current work includes ongoing efforts to bring awareness to the occupational medical community of the importance of the occupational medicine provider’s role in the identification, mitigation, and treatment of the health effects associated with climate change hazards.
Dr. William B. Perkison, MD, graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine in 1993. Dr. Perkison works in Houston, TX and specializes in Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Perkison is a Member of Council on Policy Affairs and a Member of the Environmental Health section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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)

Shannon Gearhart, MD, MPH, is a public health physician who is passionate about advocating for her patients, their communities, and future generations. Dr. Gearhart has presented at several national and international conferences, including at the United Nations, emphasizing the role of physicians and other healthcare providers in the protection of human life and the environment. She has also served on the national Board of Directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and currently is serving on the Executive Board of the New York chapter of PSR.

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 Women’s Association (AMWA)

Shahnaz Fatteh, MD, is Board Certified in Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology. She completed her Fellowship specialty training at The New York Hospital, Cornell University.  She attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA for her undergraduate studies and then Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA for medical school. Her internal medicine residency was completed at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami, in Miami, FL. Dr. Fatteh has been in private practice since 1999. Dr. Fatteh is the President of South Florida American Medical Women’s Association and involved as the Regional Executive Fundraiser for National AMWA. She has also been involved with Indian Physicians of Florida since 1995 and is the current Secretary, and prior Treasurer, of the organization. She has been a member of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. Dr. Fatteh is also a member of AAAAI, ACAAI, FAAIS. Her hospital affiliations include: Westside Regional Hospital, Plantation General Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Pembroke Hospital, Memorial West Hospital, Memorial Miramar Hospital, and Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Fatteh specializes in all areas of Asthma and Allergy with a particular focus on Asthma, Chronic Sinusitis, Food Allergies, Eczema, and also Immune Deficiencies.

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Sharat Iyer, MD, MS, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Queens. He completed his psychiatry training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia, completed the Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA. His work has included research and clinical care at the interface between medicine and psychiatry.

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 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.

Endocrine Society

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)

Yuka Manabe, MD, is the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with joint appointments in International Health, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also has a joint appointment at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda where she was seconded from 2007-2012 as the Head of Research at the Infectious Diseases Institute. Her clinical and research work has focused on HIV and co-infections, including tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections. She has leveraged new technology for frugal, point-of-care diagnostic innovation in infectious diseases for resource-limited settings. She is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and has served on the IDSA Public Health Committee.

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 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).