New Jersey Information

Contact Information

PNHP - New Jersey
E-mail: pnhp.nj@gmail.com

Media Contacts

Alan L. Kenwood, MD, FACEP

Dr. Alan Kenwood has been a practicing emergency physician for over 30 years. More than any other specialists, emergency medicine physicians see the faults of our health care system.  Prior to becoming an emergency physician, he served in the US Army Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. As a member of PNHP-NJ Dr. Kenwood has spoken all over the state about the benefits of single payer healthcare.

Winthrop C. ("Wink" ) Dillaway III, MD

Winthrop C. ("Wink" ) Dillaway III, M.D. is president of the New Jersey chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org), a national organization of 18,000 doctors who advocate for an improved Medicare for all. Dr. Dillaway explains how such a solution is both a fiscal responsibility and an imperative. He also suggests, contrary to conventional wisdom, that an improved-Medicare-for-all system in the U.S. is actually relatively close at hand.

Dr. Dillaway trained and practiced medicine in both Canada and Mexico. He completed his family practice residency training at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. After working as a physician for two years in community clinics in Harlem and in the South Bronx, he began his 20 years of solo practice of family medicine in Sussex County, New Jersey. From 2003-2011 he served as assistant professor of family medicine including director of the Yaffa-Rose clinic at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. Since retirement Dr. Dillaway has devoted his time working for excellent health care for all.

Oscar A. Marcilla, MD, FAAEM, FACEP

Oscar A. Marcilla is an emergency physician practicing in NY, NJ & PA. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC, and completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Dr. Marcilla has been the Medical Director supervising all clinical services, and responsible for administration & management of 6 urgent care centers located in NJ & PA. He was the Director of Emergency Medicine at Nyack Hospital, where he managed the award winning team earning the Press Ganey Compass Award for improvement in patient satisfaction. Additionally Nyack Hospital ED implemented lean methodologies, operational and workflow improvements, achieving excellence in patient care and resulting in multiple quality awards, including the NYPHS Quality Signature Award, and the NYS Healthcare Association Pinnacle Award for Patient Quality and Safety Initiative.

Dr. Marcilla is a member of the NY & NJ Chapters of Physicians for a National Health Program, an independent, non-partisan voluntary organization dedicated to advocating for universal, comprehensive single-payer national health insurance, and educating physicians, health workers, students, and the public to improve health care for all.

William Thar, MD, MPH

Dr. Thar is a physician who has experience in many sectors of health care. A graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, he did his residency at the University of Michigan, where he also received his MPH in Health Care Administration and Epidemiology. He has operated a private primary care practice, been the Medical Director of rural public health programs, directed epidemiology programs at a major U.S. corporation, where he also provided medical consultation to their health care benefits programs, and was a developer and Medical Director of a health care management company before his retirement. Dr. Thar has seen the fragmented, expensive, and highly variable care provided in the United States and is committed to the development of a National Health Program based on HR 676 that can serve all of the people of the United States.


Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • Local 825, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), River Edge, NJ
  • Bergen County Central Trades & Labor Council, Paramus, NJ
  • Retirees Council, Bergen County Central Trades and Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Paramus, NJ
  • Local 1L, Amalgamated Lithographers of America, Graphic Communications Conference/International Brother of Teamsters (GCC/IBT Local 1L), New Jersey
  • Mercer County Central Labor Council, Mercer County, NJ
  • Burlington County Central Labor Union, Riverside, NJ
  • Essex-West Hudson Labor Council AFL-CIO, Newark, NJ
  • Local 9, Plumbers and Pipefitters, UA, Englishtown, NJ
  • Passaic County Labor Council
  • Hudson County Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, Jersey City, NJ
  • Middlesex County AFL-CIO Labor Council, North Brunswick, NJ
  • New Jersey State Industrial Union Council

New Jersey State News

Posted on Monday, August 3, 2015

By the Editorial Board | The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)
Happy anniversary, Medicare. Like that Italian actress starring in the new James Bond movie, you're looking good at 50.

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015

By Marc H. Lavietes, M.D. | Asbury Park (N.J.) Press
Mergers of large health care facilities such as that proposed by Barnabas and Robert Wood Johnson are occurring across the country. They are facilitated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but are ruinous to the delivery of affordable quality health care.

Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013

By Marc Lavietes, M.D. | Asbury Park (N.J.) Press
Frustration with the rollout of The Affordable Care Act is understandable. We should remember that similar problems and criticisms were rampant when the Medicare program was initiated.

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013

By W. Dillaway, M.D. | Star-Ledger, Letters (Newark, N.J.)
Unfortunately, the U.S. health care system is far from being on the mend. To the contrary; the U.S. health care system fails irrefutably and unacceptably with both its economics and its ethics.

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012

By Winthrop C. Dillaway III, M.D. | The Star-Ledger (N.J.)
In 2009, when President Obama began his term of office, the U.S. health care system was painfully dysfunctional. He announced an initiative for health care reform. Early on, “universal health care” garnered thought and attention. Unfortunately, with the ensuing debate and politics, the concept of universal health care faded and disappeared.