Alan Meyers, M.D., M.P.H.
Adam Gaffney, M.D.
Dr. Adam Gaffney is the immediate past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, chair of the Massachusetts chapter of PNHP, and a co-chair of the Working Group on Single-Payer Program Design, which developed the “Physicians’ Proposal for Single-Payer Health Care Reform,” recently published in the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Gaffney is a prolific writer and blogger on health policy and also frequently appears on radio.
Dr. Gaffney is a pulmonary specialist at Cambridge Health Alliance / Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed residency training at Columbia University Medical Center. He recently completed a clinical and research fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Mardge Cohen M.D.
Dr. Mardge Cohen is a practicing physician at Boston Health Care for the Homeless; Medical Director, Women Equity in AIDS Care and Treatment-Rwanda (WE-ACTx); and Founder of the Women and Children HIV Program at Cook County Hospital, Chicago. She has been advocating for people living with HIV, especially women and children, for 30 years. In 2015, Dr. Cohen was awarded the inaugural Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, presented annually to a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced, through her scholarship, advocacy, leadership or work, the well-being of vulnerable or underserved populations in the health care arena.
Gordon Schiff, M.D.
Gordon Schiff is currently Associate Director of the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was Professor of Medicine at Rush University and senior attending physician at Cook County Hospital where he worked for more than 30 years as Director of Clinical Quality Research and Improvement for the Department of Medicine, and during the 1990’s director Cook County’s large General Medical Clinic for nearly a decade. His was PI and Director of AHRQ-funded Rush-Cook County Developmental Center for Research in Patient Safety (DCERPS, Diagnosis Errors and Evaluation Research (DEER) Project, whose activities and recommendations are summarized in a chapter in the AHRQ Advances in Patient Safety monograph (on AHRQ website). He is Clinical Director of the recently awarded TOP-MED (Tools for Optimizing Prescribing, Monitoring and Education) CERT (Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics) based at the UIC College of Pharmacy.
Dr Schiff has published numerous patient safety and medication prescribing improving articles in Annals of Int Med, JAMA, Arch Intern Med, Medical Care, Am J Health System Pharm. He is editor of Getting Results: Reliably Communicating and Acting on Critical Test Results published by Joint Commission Resources in 2006, and author of the section on Diagnostic Error in the forthcoming WHO monograph Current Issues in Patient Safety: A Global Perspective published the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety. He is a member of the editorial Boards of Medical Care, Journal of Public Health Policy, and the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety in Healthcare. He is recipient of the 2005 Institute of Medicine Chicago (IOMC) patient safety leader of the year award, the Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP) 2006 Lifetime Achievement award, and in 2006 was selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the top “30 people likely to shape health care in the years and decades ahead.”
Dr. Schiff is a founding member and past president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), author of the PNHP JAMA paper on quality health care reform, and is guest editor the October 2008 special issue of Medical Care devoted to the topic of health insurance in the U.S.
Local Unions Endorsing National Single-Payer Legislation
- UAW Local 2322, Holyoke, MA
- IBEW Local 2222, Boston, MA
- Local 2321, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), North Andover, MA
- Local 2322, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Middleboro, MA
- Local 2324, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Springfield, MA
- Local 2325, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Northborough, MA
- Massachusetts State CAP Council, United Auto Workers (UAW)
- Local 2313, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Hanover, MA
- Massachusetts Nurses Association