Professor emeritus of Family Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Founding Editor of The Journal of Family Practice (1973-1990) and Editor of The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice (1990-2003); author or editor of 15 books on health care, including Health Care Wars: How Market Ideology and Corporate Power Are Killing Americans (2012), The Cancer Generation: Baby Boomers Facing a Perfect Storm (Second Edition, 2012), Breaking Point: How the Primary Care Crisis Endangers the Lives of Americans (2011, and Hijacked: The Road to Single Payer in the Aftermath of Stolen Health Care Reform (2010); Past President of Physicians for a National Health Program (2005-2007); member of the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Don McCanne graduated from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine in 1963 and completed graduate training at San Diego County General Hospital. After serving for two years as a medical officer in the U. S. Army, he practiced general practice and family medicine for more than 30 years in San Clemente, California. Over those years, he allotted about half of his practice hours to indigent patients. He was elected to the Wall of Honor by the San Clemente 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." Since retiring from active practice in 1997, he has spoken and written extensively on the uninsured, health care cost and access problems. He served two terms as president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), founded and maintains the popular health policy blog Quote of the Day, and serves as senior health policy fellow for PNHP.
Dr. David Gimlett is a family physician with 50 years of practice experience, combined with management experience in various practice settings over those years. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1961, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He went on to internship at Pierce County Hospital in Tacoma, WA and training in internal medicine at Santa Clara County Hospital in California. He practiced for many years in the Tacoma area, including serving as President of the Medical Staff and Board of Directors of Lakewood General Hospital. He spent 10 years in rural practice on San Juan Island, serving as a family physician and Medical Director of a group practice at Inter Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, WA.
David U. Himmelstein M.D. is a Professor of Public Health at the City University of New York and a Visiting Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He graduated from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, completed a medical residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Harvard and practiced primary care internal medicine at the public hospital in Cambridge, MA for 28 years. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal articles and three books, including widely-cited studies of medical bankruptcy and the high administrative costs of the U.S. health care system. His 1984 study of patient dumping led to the enactment of EMTALA, the law that banned that practice. He co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program, who’s 17,000 members advocate for non-profit, single payer national health insurance.
Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., MPH is Professor of Public Health at The City University of New York and Visiting Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A native of Louisiana, she graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans, and completed an internal medicine residency at Cambridge Hospital. She completed a research fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Harvard, and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC. She has published more than 150 journal articles, reviews, chapters and books on health policy and is a leading advocate of non-profit national health insurance for the United States She co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program.
Pippa Abston, MD, PhD is a general pediatrician and educator in Huntsville, Alabama. She is a board member of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and chairs the advocacy committee on the board of NAMI Alabama (National Alliance on Mental Illness). She has been active in grassroots state efforts to protect mental health services, children’s healthcare funding, and the reproductive healthcare rights of women. She serves as volunteer Physician Coordinator for North Alabama Healthcare for All, a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), and is a board member of the national organization of PNHP. In 2010, she was given the Quentin Young Health Activist Award by PNHP. Her healthcare reform blog (pippaabston.wordpress.com) is carried by Left in Alabama and Medpedia, and she has self-published a book, “Who is My Neighbor? A Christian Response to Healthcare Reform.”
Joshua Freeman, MD is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, as well as Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and of Health Policy and Management. Before coming to KUMC in 2002, he previously served as Residency Program Director and Interim Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and at Cook County Hospital in Chicago where he was also on the faculty of the University of Illinois Schools of Medicine and Public Health.
Dr. Freeman has published a number of papers, books and book chapters concerning teaching, faculty development, community medicine, workforce, and other issues. He has maintained a blog, "Medicine and Social Justice", since late 2008. His research interests include medical education, faculty development and curricular innovation, and health care for underserved populations.
Sam Metz, M.D is a private practice anesthesiologist living in Portland and working at various sites in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University. His op-ed pieces have appeared in newspapers in Oregon including the Portland Oregonian, the Salem Journal Statesman, and the Eugene Register Guard, and in the New York Times. He is married to Margaret Jennings and they have a 14 year old daughter, Hannah.
Rob Stone is the Director and Founder of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan and the State Coordinator in Indiana for Physicians for a National Health Program. Since 2009 he has been on the PNHP Board of Directors. Dr. Stone practiced emergency medicine at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital from 1983 to 2011. He now is the Medical Director of Palliative Care at the hospital. He has been a national leader in the movement to divest from for-profit health insurance and is the National Coordinator for the Divestment Campaign for Healthcare. He is also concerned about the growing dominance of for-profit corporations in hospice care and co-authored an article in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics (Summer, 2011), "In the Business of Dying: Questioning the Commercialization of Hospice." During the heat of the healthcare debate in June 2009 he made a presentation to the Blue Dog Democratic Congressional Caucus in Washington, DC. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
David Gimlett, M.D
Don McCanne M.D.
David U. Himmelstein M.D.
William Williams, M.H.A. has more than 30 years in professional health care administration in a wide variety of settings, ranging from administration of military hospitals in Korea and Monterey, California, serving as administrator of a 70-physician multi-specialty medical group in the Bay Area of California, and development of managed care programs in Southern California. He has extensive experience in management and leadership education, including teaching Master level courses in health care management at the University level. Over the years, he has combined administration with hands-on experience in many areas, including coordination of a $55 million facility expansion and remodeling program at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Anaheim, California with minimal disruption to ongoing medical care. He is concerned about the many dysfunctional parts of our current health care system and an advocate for a more efficient system that serves patients as its primary priority.
We are a group of multidisciplinary health care professionals that collectively represent more than 400 years in medical practice, often including long experience in medical education and health care management. We bring to the discussion a unique understanding of the health care conundrum, its current status and possible solutions. This group intends to initiate a moderated discussion to contribute to the current debate over the future of U. S. health care. The group’s informed opinions, backed by sound research and experience, will be available to policy makers, health care professionals and the public. We believe that this forum and information portal will be an invaluable resource to those who seek a a better understanding of the current health care crisis and ways forward to reform.
Dr. 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. He is a psychiatrist in private practice and also teaches psychiatric aspects of general medical care to internal medicine residents in Queen Emma Clinic at Queen’s Hospital. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the U. of Hawaii School of Medicine.
Dr. Kemble has been appointed to the Hawaii Health Authority, charged with designing a universal health care system covering everyone in the State. He was also on the Executive Committee of The Hawaii Health Project, working on how Hawaii will implement the Affordable Care Act, and he is now on the Community Care Network Implementation Task Force.
Philip Caper received his BA, MS and MD degrees at UCLA, and was trained in Internal Medicine on the Harvard Medical Unit at Boston City Hospital. He and has held professorships at Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (where he was also Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs, Chief of the Medical Staff and Hospital Director), has been an adjunct lecturer on Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, a Research Associate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an Associate in Health Policy and Management at the The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. From 1971 to 1976, he was a professional staff member on the United States Senate Labor and Human Resources Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Senator Edward Kennedy. Dr. Caper was a charter member of the nation’s top health care advisory panel, the National Council on Health Planning and Development (created by PL93-641) from 1977 to 1984, chairing the panel from 1980 to 1984. He is a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.