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The Health Architect: Siatta Dunbar, DO, DipABLM

Dr. Dunbar is double boarded in Family Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine with fellowship training in Sports Medicine. She entered medicine as a second career after spending 10 years as a Project Manager in commercial and retail construction.  

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The Life Coach, Diana Mercado Marmarosh, MD

Diana Mercado-Marmarosh, MD, is a  Family Medicine Physician, Clinic Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer in Edna Texas. She practices in clinic and hospital. She is also the founder of OverAchieve Life Coaching. Prior to discovering coaching, she typically had 200 charts open and a graveyard of unfinished projects. But that has changed, and now she’s on a mission to empower physicians and healthcare professionals to create systems that are simple to implement to supporting their zone of genius and reclaiming their freedom of time. Her clients learn to leave work at work.

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The Family Doctor: Bill Ventres, MD, MA

Bill Ventres is a seasoned family physician and medical anthropologist. Clinically, he has more than 30 years’ experience as a community-based family doctor working in both in ambulatory and hospital settings. His work has focused on the care of underserved and minority populations in safety-net clinics and corrections health settings. Outside of clinical practice, he has been a leader in developing family medicine internationally, investigating communication between physicians and patients, and using qualitative methods to explore practice-oriented research questions. He has written extensively on topics related to social determinants of health, ethics in generalist practice, and social accountability in medical education. He has been awarded two Fulbright Senior Scholarships to teach in medicine and public health, one in Venezuela and the other in El Salvador, and has been a visiting professor at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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The Barrister, Adam Harrison, B.Sc (Hons) MB BS MRCGP LL.B (Hons)

Dr. Adam Harrison is a Family Physician, Lawyer and Leadership Coach who, as a result of his personal experiences, specializes in confidence and mindset coaching for professionals who have been on the receiving end of workplace bullying.

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The Artist: Uchenna Umeh, MD, MBA

 Nigerian-born former Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force, Dr. Uchenna Umeh is a board-certified pediatrician, speaker, author, and life coach. She is the CEO of Teen Alive, and Dr. Lulu’s Youth Health Center, both dedicated to helping at-risk youth find their way forward.

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The Survivor: LoAn Nguyen, MD

Dr. LoAn Nguyen grew up in a very humble background in a small town of Dalat, Vietnam, during the Vietnam war.  By good fortune, she was able to come to the United States as a young refugee at the end of April, 1975, three days before the Fall of Saigon.

After 5 months at 2 refugee camps, she started her undergraduate study at Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA). LoAn then spent her junior year abroad in France (Université Catholique de Lille).  Following graduation in 1979, she delayed the pursuit of a medical career. Instead, she entered the doctoral program in chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University, where LoAn pursued biochemistry research for the following five years.

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The Contemporary – Jessica Saxe, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe worked as a family physician for the underserved for Carolinas HealthCare System for 34 years before retiring in 2015. In practice, she saw daily examples of people who did not get needed care for financial reasons, which strengthened her conviction that everyone should have access to health care. She chairs Health Care Justice—NC, which advocates improved Medicare for All as the most effective, economic way to extend high-quality health care to all. It is a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program of which she is on the national board.

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The Chief: Robert McLafferty, MD, MBA, FACS

Robert B. McLafferty, MD, MBA grew up in Maine and did his undergraduate studies in Biology at Boston College. He then attended the University of Vermont, School of Medicine and from there went to Oregon Health & Science University to complete a residency in General Surgery and fellowship in Vascular Surgery. He joined the faculty in the Division of Vascular Surgery at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois where he participated in a robust academic surgery practice for 15 years and rose to the rank of Professor of Surgery in 8 years. He came back to OHSU and joined the Vascular Surgery Division as Professor of Surgery 2013 and is also the Medical Director of the Wound and Hyperbaric Center. From 2013 to 2019, he served the Chief of Surgery for the Veterans Affairs Portland Health Care System, one of the largest in the VA system. During that time, he obtained a Healthcare MBA from the combined program of Portland State University and OHSU. Dr. McLafferty is internationally known amongst his peers in vascular surgery. He is Distinguished Fellow in the Society for Vascular Surgery and a Past-President of the American Venous Forum, the Society of Clinical Vascular Surgery and the Vascular Disease Foundation. He directs a national conference entitled Modern Wound Care Management. Aside from his passion for medicine, he is an avid dad, musician, yogi, fitness geek, cook, traveler and loves all things outdoors.

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The Mentor: Lisa Herbert, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Lisa Herbert is an executive leadership coach, speaker, respected family physician and DE&I consultant who brings over 20 years’ experience of providing primary care and serving as a healthcare leader. Dr. Herbert has a unique background and extensive experience of being a physician and a healthcare leader in hospital administration, public health, academic medicine, and the health insurance industry. She has held roles as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Physician Advisor/Medical Director for a large hospital system, Medical Director for a six-center family planning agency and Medical Director at a local and national insurance company. 

As the Founder and CEO of Just The Right Balance LLC, she offers coaching, consulting, workshops and training to help physicians and healthcare providers transition into high performing leaders who will improve the healthcare landscape by building healthy communities and strong organizations. With the creation of the Physician Rising Up Leadership Program, organizations can have access to the Physicians Leadership Academy training and resources needed to support physicians in their transition from medical practice to medical leadership. Dr. Herbert also offers specialty training for women physician leaders.

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The Sage: John Chuck, MD

John Chuck, M.D., is a family physician, wellness consultant, award-winning teacher, and author. He is the former Regional Chairperson of the Physician Health & Wellness Leaders Group for The Permanente Medical Group based in Oakland, CA. In that role, he shaped the conversations, culture, and operations that drove the total performance of 10,000 physician colleagues in Northern California. He has also done wellness work with Permanente physicians in Southern California, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southeast and numerous external organizations including UC Davis Health, UC San Francisco, the University of Washington, Sutter Health, Dignity Health, John Muir Health, Providence St. Joseph Health, Asian Health Services, the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers, the American College of Surgeons, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, and the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society.

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