Craig Clawson

The Activist: Nicole Johnson, MD

Nicole M. Johnson MD was born and raised in Cleveland, OH where she currently resides with her husband, two daughters, and dog Neko. She received her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Physicians and Surgeons in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She specializes in pediatric procedural sedation and earned her division national recognition as a center of excellence in the field.

Dr. Johnson is the President and Co-founder of PHYSICIANS FOR PATIENTS, a grassroots physician organization that champions physician-led care and fights against the unsupervised practice of medicine by non-physicians. She is passionate about lowering the cost of medical care for all Americans, making sure every American has access to their choice of affordable medical care, increasing the physician workforce, and ending mandatory Maintenance of Certification (MOC®).

Dr. Johnson is a contributing author of REDUCING COSTAND WASTE IN AMERICAN MEDICINE: A Physician-Led Roadmap to Patient-Centered Medical Care. Many of the ideas proposed in this White Paper have reached the advisors to President Donald J. Trump and have shaped the America First Healthcare Plan. If she is not working or with family, you can find Dr. Johnson engaging on her very active social media feeds, writing news editorials, and maintaining physiciansforpatientsofficials.org, the website she designed for PHYSICIANS FOR PATIENTS.

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The Communicator: Bradley Block, MD

Bradley Block, MD, is an otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon on Long Island, New York, where he lives with his wife and three young sons. He is a partner at ENT and Allergy Associates and he created the Physician’s Guide to Doctoring Podcast. It is a scintillating and engaging podcast, where he interviews physician and non-physician experts to help teach us what we should have been learning while we were busy memorizing Kreb’s Cycle. It is a practical guide for practicing physicians, physicians-in-training and all allied health professionals. Topics range from personal finance to politics to improving interactions with patients to what every doctor should know about different specialties.

He went to med school at SUNY Buffalo and graduated with research honors and went on to residency at Georgetown. He enjoys surfing (yes, there is surfing on Long Island), skiing (there is no skiing on Long Island), smoking meat, exercising, throwing his sons across the pool and finding any excuse to quote an 80s movie.

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The Organizer: Kimberly Jackson, MD

Dr. Kimberly Funches Jackson is the founder of Physicians Working Together and pioneer of National Physicians Week. Throughout her career as a board-certified physician, “Dr. J.” has dedicated her life to the care of others. She’s the medical director and co-owner of her Family Medicine & Pediatrics clinic and has provided medical care to adults and children for over a decade. Her commitment to the well-being of the community extends beyond her practice. Dr. J is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority maintains the social responsibility of Dr. J is an active member in her church and she’s also an active board member for several community-based organizations.

Physicians Working Together started in June of 2015 as a Facebook group. PWT has over 8700 members who are comprised of male and female physicians and medical students from 50 states, Caribbean islands and even other countries. Today PWT’s mission includes a three-prong approach of Physician Advocacy, Patient Connection, and Community Outreach and Education.

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The Storyteller: Emily Silverman, MD

Dr. Emily Silverman is an internist at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and creator/host of The Nocturnists, a medical storytelling live show and podcast where healthcare workers share stories of joy, sorrow, and self-discovery. Her writing has been Published in The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeneys, and others. She is currently working on a book with the support of a 2018 fellowship from MacDowell. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, some musical instruments, and many plants.

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The Pioneer – Mari Lipartia, MD

Dr. Lipartia was born and raised in the country of Georgia. After graduating from medical school with honors, she moved to the United States to continue her training. She completed her training in internal medicine and has been in clinical practice for over 15 years.

More recently, she embarked on a new path combining her passion for food, wellness, and internal medicine. Dr. Lipartia is one of few obesity medicine specialists who have undergone rigorous academic fellowship training in Obesity Medicine and Nutrition. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine.

She founded NUMEO Medical to combine evidence-based excellence in Obesity Medicine care and offer a comprehensive and personalized approach to her patients.

The focus of her work is on reversing metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, fatty liver disease, and metabolic syndrome.

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The Spiritual Physician: Carla Rotering, MD

Dr. Rotering is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician, leader, mentor, and coach who is deeply committed to people–to their growth, upliftment, resilience, and purpose as they strive toward the best version of themselves in their professional and personal lives. She supports mastery for individuals and organizations by employing both experiential and introspective processes. Carla delivers her guidance and expertise with full-hearted enthusiasm, caring, wisdom, and humor. Her life experience and training have offered her a deep appreciation for the role of coaching and mentoring as it contributes to evolving human potential and our shared ability to expand and grow toward collaboration, excellence, and integrity.

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