Carmen Kavali, MD
President

Beginning in her medical school days over 30 years ago, Dr. Kavali has been engaged in patient and healthcare advocacy and leadership.  She served on the Governing Council of the Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association.  She is a founding member and now President of Physicians for Patient Protection. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Medical Association of Georgia, and the Medical Association of Atlanta.  She is a plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and she has been in private practice in Atlanta since 2002.

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Purvi Parikh, MD
Secretary

Purvi Parikh, MD, FACAAI, FACP is an allergist and immunologist at Allergy and Asthma Associates of Murray Hill. She is currently on faculty as Clinical Assistant Professor in both departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Parikh has published articles in allergy, asthma, and immunodeficiency syndromes in various peer reviewed journals and textbooks.

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Sharon D’Souza
Treasurer
Official Supporter Committee

Sharon D’Souza, MD, MPH is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist in private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a lifetime founding member of Physicians for Patient Protection. Dr. D’Souza completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma, followed by a masters degree in public health and doctorate of medicine. Following medical school she completed a general surgery internship and diagnostic radiology residency. She then went on to complete fellowships in MRI and breast imaging at the University of Wisconsin. Since that time she has been in private practice in Illinois, Washington, and Oregon.

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Bikram Dhillon
Board Member

Bikram Dhillon, MD, MS is an emergency physician with training and experience in administrative medicine and public health. He is a former emergency medicine educator and has clinical experience working in a broad range of practice environments from academic, tertiary care, trauma centers to single-coverage critical access hospitals and military settings. Bikram also has a background in financial planning and business administration. He consults with organizations to assist their key executives to identify opportunities and implement changes to increase their performance.

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Marsha Haley
Board Member

Marsha Haley, MD, MPH, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is on the Congressional Relations Subcommittee for ASTRO and is the Chair of Patient and Practice Advocacy Committee for the Pennsylvania Medical Society Women Physician Section.  She is active in grant-funded research on the public health effects of industrial pollution.

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Christin Giordano McAuliffe
Board Member

Christin Giordano McAuliffe, MD is a nephrologist in Tennessee. She worked as a physician assistant in hepatology before attending medical school at the University of Central Florida. She completed her internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She works with and supervises nurse practitioners in a mutually beneficial relationship. She has been involved in patient advocacy because she strongly believes that all patients should have access to physician-led care and that there are solutions for better and wider access to quality medical care without the independent practice of non-physician practitioners.

Chantel O’Shea,
Board Member

Chantel O’Shea DO, FACOEP is a Board-Certified Emergency Medicine physician from Long Island, New York. She has worked in a variety of practice environments including community-based Emergency Departments, Trauma Centers, Urgent Care, Concierge Medicine and is currently a full-time Physician Advisor. Dr. O’Shea received her medical degree from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly NYCOM) and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, NY. After completing her training, Dr. O’Shea continued to precept medical students as Clinical Faculty at NYITCOM.

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Phil Shaffer
Board Member

Dr. Shaffer’s undergraduate degree was in Biochemistry from the Ohio State University, 1973. His MD degree was from the University of Toledo in 1976. He completed a rotating internship at Riverside hospital in 1977, and a Radiology residency at Ohio State in 1980. He then completed a fellowship in Nuclear Medicine in 1981. He is board certified in Radiology (1980) and Radiology with special competence in Nuclear Medicine (1981). After finishing fellowship, he was on Faculty at Ohio State, holding a joint appointment in Radiology and Medicine. He attained the level of Associate Professor of Radiology and Medicine in 1988. During his years at Ohio State, he was co-director of the Cardiac Nuclear Medicine stress lab. He also was one of two radiologists at Ohio State providing mammography services. His research interests were primarily within Cardiology.

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Brian Wilhelmi
Board Member

Brian Wilhelmi M.D., J.D. is an anesthesiologist and attorney who has frequently worked at the intersections of medicine and law.  He has worked with attorneys preparing malpractice cases involving title fraud, billing fraud, and inappropriate physician supervision.  He advises physicians on issues involving the medical board, contracts, and compliance with regulation. Brian joined PPP to advocate for physician-led healthcare teams and to address increasing title fraud, liability, unclear statutory language found in healthcare.

Linda A Lambert
Executive Director

A graduate of SUNY Empire State College with a BS in Business and minor in Political Science, Linda served as Executive Director of the NY American College of Physicians from 1997 until 2019.  During this time Linda oversaw the merger of NYACP and NYSSIM and restructuring to allow tremendous growth and expansion of programs and services, including multiple lines of grant activity.  In the advocacy part of her work, Linda built a level of credibility with the New York State Legislature and governmental agencies that clearly reflected the Chapter’s mission and purpose.  Prior to ACP, she served as Associate Director of Governmental Affairs for the Medical Society of the State of New York, and later as Administrator of MSSNY’s Committee for Physicians Health, and as Executive Director of the Orange and Ulster County Medical Societies in NY.

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Advocacy Committee Co-Chairs

Marsha Haley

Tina Chee

Communications Co-Chairs

Owais Termizi

Tina Chee

Event Committee Co-Chairs

Christin McAuliffe

Chantel O’Shea

Official Supporter Committee

Sharon D’Souza

Research Chair

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