Speakers Bureau - West

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Cecile Rose, MD, MPH - environmental/occupational medicine, Denver

Dr. Cecile Rose is professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Denver and director of the occupational and environmental medicine clinic at National Jewish Health. She holds a secondary appointment in the Colorado School of Public Health. She has been named among Denver’s Top Doctors by 5280 magazine and America’s Top Doctors by US News & World Report and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Dr. Rose is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Dr. Rose has been involved in collaborative research in noninfectious granulomatous lung diseases including sarcoidosis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis (with particular focus on hot tub, swimming pool and bioaerosol-related cases). Her other research focuses on mining-related lung diseases including silicosis and radiogenic diseases of uranium miners and millers; laboratory-animal allergen and endotoxin exposures; and flavor-related lung diseases.

Dr. Rose has a long-standing interest in occupational and environmental lung diseases. She has particular experience in hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) and in the pneumoconioses, including diagnosis, causation, management and prevention. She also is committed to the diagnosis and management of patients with sarcoidosis.

Vincent J. Markovchick, MD, FAAEM, FACEP - emergency, Denver

Dr. Vince Markovchick is professor emeritus of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and past director of emergency medical services at Denver Health Medical Center. He is the former Denver health director of emergency medical services. He is the co-author of “Emergency Medicine Secrets, 5th Edition.”

Dr. Markovchick has been instrumental in the development of emergency medicine for more than three decades. He has been an oral board examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine, president of the Colorado chapter of the ACEP, co-editor of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, vice-president of the Colorado Trauma Institute, medical director of the Denver Fire Department, emergency physician to Pope John Paul II and World Youth Day, president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and chairman of the ACEP academic affairs committee, among many other positions.

Dr. Markovchick’s many awards include the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Denver Health and Hospitals’ Outstanding Career Service Faculty Teaching Award, ACEP’s Outstanding Contribution to Education Award, the Peter Rosen Leadership Award, and the Alumni Achievement Award from Temple University School of Medicine. He was appointed the first emeritus professor of emergency medicine by the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Joshua Freeman, MD - family medicine, Tucson

Dr. Josh Freeman, now based in Tucson, is professor emeritus at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, where he served as the Alice M. Patterson MD and Harold L. Patterson MD Professor and Chair of the department of family medicine from 2002-2016, and was also professor in the departments of preventive medicine and public health and of health policy and management.

Dr. Freeman was a Fulbright Scholar in São Paulo, Brazil in 2003 and served nationally as Treasurer of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. He received STFM’s highest honor, the Recognition Award, in 2006. He served as a member of the board of trustees of Roosevelt University in Chicago, as assistant editor of the journal Family Medicine, and also on the board of Southwest Boulevard Family Health Center in Kansas City, KS. He publishes the widely read blog, Medicine and Social Justice, and in 2015 published his book, "Health, Medicine and Justice: Designing a fair and equitable healthcare system."

John P. Geyman, MD - family medicine, Seattle

Dr. John Geyman is professor emeritus of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, where he served as chairman of the department of family medicine from 1976 to 1990. A family physician with over 25 years in academic medicine, he has also practiced in rural communities for 13 years.

He was the founding editor of the Journal of Family Practice from 1973 to 1990 and the editor of the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice from 1990 to 2003. His most recent books include “Breaking Point: How the Primary Care Crisis Endangers the Lives of Americans” and “Hijacked: the Road to Single Payer in the Aftermath of Stolen Health Crae Reform.”

Dr. Geyman is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

David McLanahan, MD - surgery, Seattle

Dr. David McLanahan is surgeon emeritus at Pacific Medical Center and clinical associate professor emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He was previously chief of general surgery at Pacific Medical Center. In 2002, he published, with Sandra McLanahan, “Surgery and its Alternatives; How to Make the Right Choices for Your Health.”

Dr. McLanahan received his medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine and completed his internship at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital at Staten Island and residency at Staten Island University Hospital. He is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. McLanahan also serves as coordinator of the Western Washington chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Paul Gorman, MD, FACP, FACMI - internal medicine, Portland

Dr. Paul Gorman is professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He is also assistant dean for rural medical education. A fellow of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, he is board-certified in internal medicine and serves on the teaching faculty at OHSU as well as at Providence Portland Medical Center.

Dr. Gorman completed formal training at Rush Medical College in Chicago, then learned about the realities of primary care while in private practice on the Oregon coast. He currently divides his time between research focused on how clinicians use information and technology; teaching medical students, residents, and graduate students; and clinical care, supervising residents and students in hospital and primary care settings. Dr. Gorman serves as chair of the OHSU School of Medicine curriculum committee, and he has been deeply involved with faculty teams developing a new medical school curriculum.

Stephen B. Kemble, M.D.Stephen B. Kemble, MD - internal medicine/psychiatry, Honolulu

Dr. Steve Kemble attended medical school at the John A. Burns School of Medicine when it was a 2-year school, and completed medical school at Harvard. He trained in both internal medicine and psychiatry. Dr. Kemble is a psychiatrist in private practice and also teaches psychiatric aspects of general medical care to internal medicine residents. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of both Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine.

Dr. Kemble is a past president of both the Hawaii Psychiatric Medical Association and the Hawaii Medical Association. He has a longstanding interest in health care reform, and he has been appointed to the Hawaii Health Authority, charged with overall health planning for the State of Hawaii and with designing a universal health care system covering everyone in the State. Dr. Kemble serves as a board adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program.

Henry Abrons, MD, MPH - pulmonary and critical care medicine, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Hank Abrons is a retired physician in Berkeley, CA. He was previously associate professor of medicine at West Virginia University, where his research focused on epidemiology, physiology and clinical features of occupational lung disease. His clinical practice focused on critical care, chronic lung disease and cystic fibrosis. Prior to his appointment at WVU, Dr. Abrons worked three years in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Dr. Abrons received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, and master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He is a past president of the California chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program and a current national board adviser to PNHP.

Kevin Grumbach, MD, FAAFP - family medicine, San Francisco

Dr. Kevin Grumbach is professor and chair of the department of family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He is co-director of the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care and co-director of the Community Engagement and Health Policy Program for the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. He practices family medicine at the Family Health Center at San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Grumbach is the co-author, with Dr. Thomas Bodenheimer, of “Understanding Health Policy – A Clinical Approach,” now in its sixth edition, and “Improving Primary Care: Strategies and Tools for a Better Practice.” He has written or contributed to over 100 articles in the medical literature. He has served as an advisor to congressional committees and government agencies on primary care and health reform. Dr. Grumbach was a co-founder of the California Physicians’ Alliance, which merged with Physicians for a National Health Program in 1993 to become the California chapter of PNHP.

James G. Kahn, MD, MPH - preventive medicine/epidemiology/biostatistics, San Francisco

Dr. Jim Kahn is a professor at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, the AIDS Research Institute, and the department of epidemiology and biostatistics, all at the University of California San Francisco. He is also past president of the California chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Dr. Kahn is an expert in policy modeling in health care, cost-effectiveness analysis, and evidence-based medicine. He is the lead instructor in cost-effectiveness analysis in the medical school at UCSF. Dr. Kahn also served on a National Academies of Science/Institute of Medicine committee on the public financing and delivery of HIV care.

Dr. Kahn received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed a residency in preventive medicine at UC Berkeley, an international health fellowship for the CDC and the Ministry of Health, Central African Republic, and a fellowship at the Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF.

Ana MalinowAna Malinow, MD, MSHCPM, FAAP - pediatrics, San Francisco

Dr. Ana Malinow is a professor of pediatrics at the University of California-San Francisco. She was previously associate residency program director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Dr. Malinow was associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and attending physician in the pediatric emergency and ambulatory center at Ben Taub General Hospital, where most of her patients were uninsured. Dr. Malinow is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including for grand rounds presentations on health care. She was named one of Houston’s top female physicians by Health and Fitness Sports Magazine.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Malinow earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis and a master’s degree in creative writing before completing her medical education at Case Western Reserve University. She completed residency in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She also holds a master’s degree in health care policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Malinow is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program and co-founder of Health Care for all Texas, a grassroots organization that promotes single-payer national health insurance. She is also co-founder of Doctors for Change, an organization of health care professionals that organize for improved access to health care in Houston and Harris county.

Don McCanne, MD - family medicine, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Dr. Don McCanne is a retired family physician in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and serves as senior health policy fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program. He is also a past president of PNHP.

For decades, Dr. McCanne allotted half of his practice hours to indigent patients, and he was cited by the San Clement City Council as being “outspoken, especially when it involves the elderly and under-privileged, because he believes that the ability to pay should not be the major criterion for receiving healthcare.” Dr. McCanne is a tireless supporter of single-payer and has spoken and written extensively on the uninsured, health care costs, and health care policy. He authors a popular health policy “Quote of the Day.”

Paul Y. Song, MD - radiation oncology, Los Angeles

Dr. Paul Song is a board-certified radiation oncologist, biotech executive, and health care reform activist.
He is a national board member of Physicians for a National Health Program, president of PNHP-CA, and co-chair of the Campaign for a Healthy California. He served as executive chairman of the 1.2 million-member Courage Campaign from 2013 to March 2016. He also served as the very first visiting fellow on health care policy in the California Department of Insurance for 2013.
Dr. Song is the chief medical officer of ATGen Global and Cynvenio Biosystems. He recently left the faculty at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and currently volunteers his time seeing Medicaid and uninsured patients at California Hospital.
He attended the University of Chicago where he graduated with honors and received his medical degree from George Washington University. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at University of Chicago Medical Center.
Dr. Song serves on the boards of People for the American Way, The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Liberty in North Korea, and The Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center.