Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health Steering Committee
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
David Blaine Peden, MD, is Harry S. Andrews Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics; Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research; Associate Chair for Research & Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology; Director, Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma, and Lung Biology at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Peden oversees the Children’s and Adolescent Allergy Clinic in the UNC Children’s Hospital and North Carolina Children’s Specialty Clinic in Raleigh. He conducts and oversees numerous clinical investigations examining the effect of challenge and exposure to environmental agents, including ozone, endotoxin, diesel exhaust and other particulates.
American Academy of Family Physicians
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
Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP, is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and Emeritus Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at GWU. He currently serves as a consultant to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a membership of about 66,000 pediatricians, the Healthy Schools Network, and other organizations on issues pertaining to children’s health and the environment. Dr. Paulson is a past chairperson of the Council on Environmental Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
American College of Physicians
Nitin Damle, MD, FACP, is the President of the American College of Physicians (ACP). He is a practicing internist and founder and managing partner South County Internal Medicine in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Damle has authored many peer-reviewed articles and writes medical columns and commentary on health care related issues. His current area of interest is health and global climate change and he is lecturing nationally and internationally on the topic as a representative of ACP. ACP, which is the largest specialty organization in the United States with 148,000 members, recently released a policy paper on Health and Global Climate Change which outlines several mitigation strategies.
American College of Preventive Medicine
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 College of Preventive Medicine
Valencia Porter, MD, MPH is an expert in Integrative, Holistic, Environmental and Preventive Medicine. A graduate of Tufts University, she received her MD from the University of Southern California, completed a residency in General Preventive Medicine at the University of California San Diego, and Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona where she was a Bravewell Collaborative scholar. Double board-certified, she was one of the first physicians to achieve board certification in Integrative Medicine and currently serves on the American Board of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Porter also earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health focusing on Environmental Health from San Diego State University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and is on the Professional Advisory Board of the American Nutrition Association.
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Nathaniel DeNicola, MD, MSHP, FACOG, is a board-certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist and Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn at The George Washington University. He serves as the American Congress 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.
National Medical Association
Claude J. Tellis, MD FACP FCCP, the Retired Head of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Ochsner Clinic of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is former Associate Medical Director of Medical Subspecialties at Ochsner Clinic of Baton Rouge. He is also a Retired Colonel from the US Army and the former Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Pulmonary Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He is a member of the National Medical Association Commission on Environmental Health.
National Medical Association
Mark Mitchell MD, MPH, FACPM, is the principal of Mitchell Environmental Health Associates, a consulting firm on environmental health and environmental justice issues. He chairs the National Medical Association’s (NMA) Council on Medical Legislation and co-chairs the NMA’s Commission on Environmental Health, where he provides environmental health education to physicians and advocates on behalf of NMA. A preventive medicine physician trained in environmental health and health policy, Dr. Mitchell has spent over twenty years working in the public health. Dr. Mitchell was a Principal Investigator on the first published physician survey on climate and health. He is a former Public Health Director of Hartford, Connecticut.
American Podiatric Medical Association
Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, a podiatrist with a passion for public health, currently serves as the Director of Clinical Affairs at the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Her interests include improving the delivery of and access to podiatric care, working with the next generation of podiatric physicians, and learning about the relationship between climate change and podiatric health. Dr. Tower, like other podiatrists, wishes to keep America walking and would like the public as well as policymakers to be aware of the effects of climate when considering walkability and planning of neighborhoods, towns, and cities.
Society of General Internal Medicine
Beth Gillespie, MD completed her medical training at Georgetown University School of Medicine (’06) and her internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora (’09). Now in her seventh year of post-graduate clinical practice, she spent the first three years working in community hospitals (Denver and Albuquerque), then moved back into academics, spending the next three years in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. She recently moved with her young family back to Denver, CO where she is a full-time hospitalist at Denver Health Hospital, as well as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her professional interests include healthcare reform and universal coverage, health disparities, climate change, and women’s health.
Infectious Diseases Society of America
Julie Levison, MD, MPhil, MPH, FACP, is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School where she is a physician-investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Her research focuses on understanding and addressing disparities in HIV outcomes in foreign-born populations with a focus on Latino immigrants. She is principal investigator of a K23 career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health. She is also an infectious disease specialist at the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, which provides primary and specialty care to a large multi-cultural sector of the Greater Boston Area. There she leads the Community Research Program. She is an active member of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American College of Physicians, where she is a Fellow. She is also a Research Scientist in the National Hispanic Science Network. Dr. Levison is the recipient of the Arnold Gold Foundation Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from Harvard Medical School. She has led numerous global health projects in South Africa, Brazil, Switzerland, and Puerto Rico.
Program Office, George Mason University
Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is the Director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health based within the Program Office for the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health based within the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. 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.