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 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
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 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
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 Dermatology
Mary L. Williams, MD, is a retired professor of pediatrics and dermatology at the University of California San Francisco. A graduate of the University of Chicago School of Medicine, she trained in pediatrics there and completed her residencies in pediatrics and dermatology at the University of California San Francisco. Splitting her time between the clinics and the laboratory, she was known worldwide for her work on inherited diseases of the skin and on the fetal development of the skin’s permeability barrier. Past-president of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, former board member of the Women’s Dermatologic Society and founding member of the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance, she received the Alvin Jacobs Award for Distinguished Service from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Recognizing that climate change now poses the greatest threat to human health, she participated in the founding this past year of an Expert Resource Group on Climate Change and Environmental Affairs with the American Academy of Dermatology. “Because skin mediates the interface with the external world, it is critical that its physicians become full participants in efforts to mitigate this global crisis.”
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 Association for Community Psychiatry
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 of Community Psychiatrists.
American College of Lifestyle Medicine
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 Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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
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 identification, mitigation and treatment of the health effects associated with climate change hazards.
American College of Osteopathic Internists
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
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 Physicians
Robert McLean, MD, FACP, is the 2019-20 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 the Medical Director of Clinical Quality. 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 154,000 members, released a high-profile policy paper on Global Climate Change and Health in 2016 which outlines several mitigation strategies.
American Geriatrics Society
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
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
Shahnaz Fatteh, MD
American Psychiatric Association
Carissa Cabán-Alemán, MD, is a board-certified community psychiatrist and assistant professor in the college of medicine of Florida International University of Miami, FL. Dr. Cabán-Alemán is the medical director for behavioral health of the Student Health Services clinics at the university. She is board member and Public Relations Manager of CrearConSalud, Inc., a non-profit of Puerto Rican psychiatrists in the U.S. focused on mental health awareness and disaster response efforts in Puerto Rico. She is a member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, the Climate Psychiatry Alliance and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). She serves as a councilor of the APA Hispanic Caucus. She is a graduate of the public psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
American Telemedicine Association
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.
Infectious Diseases Society of America
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
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.
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.
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.