Capital District (NY) Chapter
PNHP of Central New York
Contact: Jen Muniak
Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Dr. Andy Coates is president of Physicians for a National Health Program. Dr. Coates is chief of hospital medicine at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, New York, and an assistant professor of medicine and psychiatry at Albany Medical College. Board certified in internal medicine as well as hospice and palliative care medicine, Dr. Coates graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Coates is a co-founder of the Capital District chapter of PNHP and founder of Single Payer New York. He previously served on the statewide executive board of the Public Employees Federation, AFL-CIO. He provides commentary on WAMC Northeast Public Radio.
Oliver Fein, M.D.
Dr. Fein is a past president of PNHP. A general internist who is active in clinical practice, he is also professor of clinical medicine and clinical public health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where he serves as associate dean responsible for the Office of Affiliations and the Office of Global Health Education. Dr. Fein has advocated for an expanded role for primary care, for academic health centers in urban health care delivery systems, and for national health system reform. He was Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow during 1993-1994, when he worked in the office of Senate Democratic Majority Leader George Mitchell. He spent 17 years at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center developing community-based ambulatory care practices and the Division of General Medicine. He is chair of the NY Chapter of PNHP and immediate past vice president of the American Public Health Association.
Mary O’Brien, M.D.
Dr. O’Brien graduated from Harvard Medical School, trained at Columbia Presbyterian in internal medicine, and is double boarded in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. O’Brien has practiced medicine in NYC for the past 30 years and is on the faculty at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. O’Brien is on the board of NY Metro chapter of PNHP and chairs the Media/Communications Committee. She has co-edited “10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care,” a small pocket book which will be out in late July early August, 2008
Laura S. Boylan, M.D.
Dr. Laura S. Boylan is member of Physicians for a National Health Program, a non-profit research and education organization of 17,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine and practices at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and in Pennsylvania. She completed her medical training at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.
Elizabeth Rosenthal, M.D.
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Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal is a retired dermatologist residing in Westchester County, where she practiced from 1976 until 2011. She also served on the volunteer faculty of Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1974 to 2018, where she supervised residents and students in the pediatric dermatology clinic. Dr. Rosenthal comes from a family of doctors and graduated from NYU Medical School. She completed her postgraduate training in Syracuse, Detroit, and Boston. Dr. Rosenthal is a member of the executive committee of the New York Metro chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.
David Himmelstein, M.D.
Dr. David Himmelstein is professor in the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, adjunct clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has served as chief of the division of social and community medicine at Cambridge Hospital.
Dr. Himmelstein 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.
A co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, Dr. Himmelstein co-edits PNHP’s newsletter and is a principal author of PNHP articles published in the JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine in conjunction with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler.
Dr. Himmelstein received his medical degree from Columbia University and completed internal medicine training at Highland Hospital/University of California San Francisco and a fellowship in general internal medicine at Harvard.
Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., MPH
Dr. Steffie Woolhandler is a practicing primary care physician, professor in the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, adjunct clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she co-directed the general internal medicine fellowship program and practiced primary care internal medicine at Cambridge Hospital.
Dr. Woolhandler earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University; her medical degree from Louisiana State University; and her master’s degree from the University of California. She worked in 1990-1991 as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow at the Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Congress.
Dr. Woolhandler is a frequent speaker and has written extensively on health policy, administrative overhead and the uninsured. She has authored more than 150 journal articles, reviews, chapters, and books on health policy. A co-founder and board member of Physicians for a National Health Program, Dr. Woolhandler co-edits PNHP’s newsletter and is a principal author of PNHP articles published in the JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine in conjunction with Dr. David Himmelstein.
State Organizations Endorsing HR676
- Ithaca, NY
- Cortland County legislature, NY
- Ulster County, NY
Local Unions Endorsing HR676
- New York Professional Nurses Union, New York, NY
- Troy Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Troy, NY
- United University Professions, Local 2190 AFT, New York State United Teachers, Albany, NY
- Local 21 NABET/CWA, National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET)/Communications Workers of America (CWA), Albany, NY
- 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, MD, DC, NY State, MANew York, NY
- PEF/encon Albany Steward Council (Public Employees Federation/encon) representing Professional, Scientific and Technical employees at the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY.
- Local 1000, American Federation of Musicians (AFM), New York, NY
- Local 524, International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE), Glens Falls-Saratoga, NY
- Albany Central Federation of Labor, Albany, NY
- Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Albany NY
- Organization of Staff Analysts (OSA/RT), New York, NY
- District Council 37, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)New York City, NY
- Theatrical Protective Union (TPU) Local One, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE), New York City, Westchester and Putnam Counties
- Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, Newburgh, NY
- Lodge 1145, IAM, Selkirk and DeWitt, NY
- Local 2334, AFT, Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, New York City, NY
- Local 1549, AFSCME, representing 19,000 clerical and administrative workers for the City ofNew York
- Local 1180, Communications Workers of America (CWA), New York, NY
- Retirees Association of District Council 37, AFSCME, New York, NY
- CIRSU, New York, NY
- Greater Glens Falls Central Labor Council, Glens Falls, NYWarren, Washington, Hamilton, and Northern Saratoga Counties
- Central New York Labor Council, Utica, NY
- Rochester and Vicinity Labor Council, Rochester, NY
- Rochester and Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation
- Transit Workers Union Local 264 (TWU)
- New York State Nurses Association
- Northeast Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, Plattsburgh, NY
- Capital District (NY) Area Labor Federation
- AFM Local 802, Association of Musicians of Greater New York
- International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council #4