Marc Futernick, MD, is the chair of the MSCCH Executive Committee. He is an Emergency Physician working primarily in Los Angeles. He is Director of Clinical Services for U.S. Acute Care Solutions, a multi-specialty physician services company. Dr. Futernick is a graduate of UCLA (B.S. Biochemistry) and Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at UCSF-Fresno in 2000 and has practiced in Los Angeles since then. Dr. Futernick was an original founder of the Environmental Action Committee at Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC), whose efforts have been recognized by Practice Greenhealth each year since 2013.Dr. Futernick is the Managing Editor for the Journal of Climate Change and Health, and serves on the Board of Directors of Climate Resolve, a non-profit whose mission is to champion equitable climate solutions.
Dr. Futernick is a Past President of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center Foundation. He is an active fundraiser for the hospital, chairing the annual Heart of the City 5K run/walk.
Dr. Futernick lives in Pasadena with his wife and two sons.
|Caitlin Rublee, MD, MPH, is the vice chair of the MSCCH Executive Committee. She 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Robert Byron, MD, MPH,FACP, is an internist who lives in Red Lodge, Montana. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, he served four years as an officer in the US Navy. He then earned his MD from the University of Louisville. Following residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, he moved to Hardin, Montana, where he worked on the Crow Reservation for over two decades. After retiring from the Indian Health Service he worked as a hospitalist in Billings and helped start Bighorn Valley Health Center, now One Health, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) serving many communities in eastern Montana. He was appointed to the Montana Board of Environmental Review in 2015 and is a former governor of the Montana Chapter of the American College of Physicians. With Lori, his wife, he is co-chair of the Citizens Climate Lobby Health Team and helped start Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate. He is one of the lead authors of “Climate Change and Human Health in Montana: A Special Report of the Montana Climate Assessment,” and a chapter author for NCA5. Along with Lori Byron, his wife, he has been a leader in the climate and health sector for many years.|
|Bethany Carlos, MD, is a Primary Care Pediatric Resident at the Medical University of South Carolina where she completed medical and residency training. Prior to entering medical training, Bethany obtained a Masters of Public Health with a focus in health disparities, community health, infant mortality and other maternal and child health topics. Since the beginning of her medical training, she pursued opportunities to bridge the gap between traditional medicine and public health. In addition to her affiliation with the National Medical Association, she is also active in the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves as a National Health Service Corps participant. Bethany was honored to be accepted into the NMA Climate and Health Equity Fellowship because understanding the impact of climate on community health will help her better serve her patients. She is looking forward to equipping minority communities with tools about the environment that they live, play, learn, and worship in. Particularly in pediatrics, she is always aiming to prevent the onset or worsening poor health outcomes.|
|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.|
|Cheryl L. Holder, MD, a graduate of Princeton University and George Washington University School of Medicine, a National Health Service Corp Scholar, Internist, and HIV Specialist served as Medical Director of one of Miami’s largest community health centers and on NIH and CDC health advisory and programmatic review panels. She dedicated her career to improving health of underserved populations.
In 2009, she joined Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’ faculty, where she taught about the social determinants of health, diversity, and the health impact of climate change. She retired 12/31/22, as the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity and Community Initiatives.
Her leadership roles include organizations such as president of Florida State Medical Association, Founder and Co-Chair of Florida Clinicians for Climate Action and Co-chair of Miami Dade Heat Health Task Force. Her TED Talk “The link between climate change, health and poverty” garnered over 300,000 views.
|Ilse R. Levin, DO, MPH, TM, is a board-certified internist and an epidemiologist living in Silver Spring, Md. Elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in June 2020, she is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and has served in many leadership positions throughout her career, including serving on three separate delegations within the AMA House of Delegates: the California Medical Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society and as chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
A past member of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health as a resident from 2006 to 2009 and in a full seat from 2009 to 2017, Dr. Levin has represented the AMA to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis.
|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.|
|Neelu Tummala, MD, is an ENT surgeon, assistant professor of surgery, and co-director of the Climate Health Institute at George Washington University. She has a special interest in science communication concerning the health effects of climate change and environmental injustice and is on the steering committee for Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action.|