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2019 Speakers

Prominent speakers in health care are invited to give keynote presentations each year to AMSA Convention & Exhibition attendees. You’ll hear from several influential, authoritative personalities as they share their experiences and wisdom about pressing issues in medicine. Past speakers have shared their expertise on diverse topics, from clinical care to advocacy, to wellness and more.

Keynote Speakers

Leana Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM

President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund

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Heather Booth

President, Midwest Academy
Leading Strategist, Trainer, Civil Rights Organizer and Movement-maker

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Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH

President and Founder, HealthBegins
Physician, Author of The Upstream Doctors, and Health Care Innovator

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Session Speakers


Nina Agrawal, MD

Chair, Gun Safety Committee, New York State, American Academy of Pediatrics

Ellen Albritton

Ellen Albritton

Senior Policy Analyst, Families USA

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Zeeshan Ali, PhD

Program Specialist, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

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Al Any, Haya

Haya Mehdy Al Any

Premedical Trustee, AMSA National

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Rebekah Apple, MA, DHSc

Director, Master of Medical Management, Carnegie Mellon University

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Hon. Val Arkoosh, MD, MPH

County Commissioner, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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Arora, Ashi

Ashi Arora

Chair, AMSA Gender & Sexuality Action Committee

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Elisabeth Benjamin, MSPH, JD

Vice President, Health Initiatives Community Service Society of New York

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Ean Bett, MD

Assistant Program Director, Grant Family Medicine, OhioHealth

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Shannon Brownlee

Shannon Brownlee, MSc

Senior Vice President, Lown Institute

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Richard Bruno, MD, MPH

Family Physician

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Elodia Caballero

Medical Student, Medicine For Migration

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Yokaira Camilo, MD

International Trustee, AMSA National

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Edward Campion, MD

Executive Editor, New England Journal of Medicine

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Bob Carr

Robert Carr, MD, MPH, FACPM

President, American College of Preventive Medicine

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Rico Carter

Premedical Regional Director, AMSA National

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Christopher Cimino, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Kaplan Medical

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Tyler Cymet, DO

Campaign Director, Medicare-for-All Public Citizen

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Chanelle Diaz, MD, MPH

Resident Physician, Montefiore Medical Center

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Aalayah Eastmond

Senior, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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Marco Ertreo, MD

Resident Physician, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

Margaret Flowers

Margaret Flowers, MD

 Co-director, Popular Resistance

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Foldy, Sam

Sam Foldy, MS

 OMS-IV, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Professor, Tufts University

Alan Friedman

Alan Friedman, MA

CEO, J3Personica

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Ken Frisof, MD

National Physicians Alliance

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Shaina Goodman

Shaina Goodman, JD, MSW

Director of Policy for Reproductive Health and Rights, National Partnership for Women & Families

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Laura K. Guyer, PhD, MEd, RDN

Master Lecturer, University of Florida

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Hanna, Heba

Heba Hanna

Chapter President, AMSA’s Cuyamaca College Chapter

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Joshua Horwitz, JD

Executive Director, Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

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Jeff Huebner, MD

Board Chair, National Physicians Alliance

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Avanthi Jayaweera

Avanthi Jayaweera

Education & Advocacy Fellow, AMSA National

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Wayne Jonas, MD

Executive Director, Samueli Integrative Health Programs

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Margarida Jorge

Executive Director, Health Care for American Now (HCAN)

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Stephanie Kang

Doctor of Public Health Candidate, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health; Medicare for All Fellow, Congresswoman Jayapal & The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center

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Steve Knievel

Steve Knievel

Access to Medicines Advocate, Public Citizen

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Mark Kuczewski, PhD

Professor of Bioethics Loyola, University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

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Hussain Lalani, MD, MPH

Resident Physician, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine

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Bettina Lanyi, MPA

National Partnerships Director, Brady Campaign

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The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration; 2014 Alumni & Teaching Awards Networking Reception.

Teaching Awards:
Dr. Christopher Carrigan, Outstanding Full-Time Teaching
Prof. Dale Didion, MPA '83, Outstanding Part-Time Teaching

Alumni Awards:
Dr. Jeffrey Levi, PhD '99, Executive Director, Trust for America's Health

Alex Lawson, MPP '08, Executive Director, Social Security Works

Alex Lawson, MPP

Executive Director, Social Security Works

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Le, Tao

Tao T. Le, MD, MHS

Chief Education Officer, ScholarRx | USMLE-Rx

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Barbara Lewis, MBA

Managing Editor, DocCom

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Claire McAndrew, MPH

Director of Campaigns and Partnerships, Families USA

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Colin McCluney, MD

Assistant Director, OhioHealth Grant Family Medicine Residency

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Keanan McGonigle

Keanan McGonigle, MPP

Medical Student, Tulane University School of Medicine

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Justin Mendoza, MPH

State Partnerships Manager,  Families USA

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Robyn Merrill, MSW, JD

Executive Director, Maine Equal Justice

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Gina Moses, MEd

Director of Admissions Recruitment, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Anh T. Nguyen, MD

Program Director, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center

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Kerrie Nguyen, MD

Resident Physician, Kaiser Permanente San Diego Family Medicine Residency

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Richard Peng

ERAS Training Specialist, Sr. AAMC ERAS

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Carly Pildis

Senior Associate, Advocacy & Organizing, RESULTS

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Linda Prine, MD

Medical Director, Reproductive Health Access Project


Timothy E. Quill, MD

Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities and Nursing University of Rochester Medical Center/ Department of Medicine/ Palliative Care Division

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Lynn Quincy, MA

Director, Healthcare Value Hub at Altarum

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Hanan Rakine

AIDS Advocacy Network Steering Committee, AMSA National

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Reshma Ramachandran, MD, MPP

Resident Physician, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

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Steven M. Reich

Steven M. Reich, MD

Spine Surgeon, Affiliated Orthopaedic Associates

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Paul Rizk, MD

Resident, University of Florida

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Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Georgetown University School of Medicine

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Aaron Shapiro

Aaron Shapiro, MPH

Founder & Executive Director, Citizen Physicians

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Joseph Shapiro

Joseph Shapiro, MD

Dean, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

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Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN is a research associate and project manager with the Health Disparities Institute on Apr. 23, 2018 (Tina Encarnacion/UConn Health photo)

Denise Smith, MBA, CHW, PN

Research Associate and Projects Manager, University of Connecticut School of Medicine Health Disparities Institute

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Melissa Stiles, MD

Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Wisconsin

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Melinda St. Louis, MPP

Campaign Director, Medicare-for-All Public Citizen

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Loice Swisher, MD FAAEM

Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

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Megan Testa, MD

Forensic and Community Psychiatrist, University Hospitals / Case Western Reserve University

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Kelly Thibert, DO, MPH

Resident Physician (PGY-2), Grant Family Medicine at Ohio Health

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Manan Trivedi, MD

President, National Physicians Alliance

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Tsai, Perry

Perry Tsai, MD, PhD

President, AMSA National

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Bryan Warren, MSPT, JD

Bryan Warren, MSPT, JD

President, J3Personica

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Tracy Webb

Tracy Webb, DVM, PhD

Research Scientist/Clinical Review Board Coordinator, Colorado State University

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Dustyn Williams, MD

Dustyn Williams, MD

Lead Educator, OnlineMedEd

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Robin Young, MBA

Director of Programs and Operations, Child Family Health International

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Check back often as speakers are added!