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

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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

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Phil Shafer
Board Member

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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.

Babette Atkins
Executive Director

My role as Executive Director is to model an approach that makes PPP feel confident, proud, and excited to represent their official supporters through the delivery of sound and ethical best practices. I inspire a shared vision that we are committed to empowering physician-led care, protecting patients, and re-invigorating the public’s respect for physicians and healthcare professionals. I am responsible for challenging the current paradigm that physicians and patients cannot make meaningful changes to the healthcare system and I also help to celebrate and recognize the victories experienced through our collective work.

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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