Dr. Gitlow received his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and his master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh. While in Pittsburgh, he studied patient response to computer-based educational material. He joined the addiction psychiatry faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University where he completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. Board certified in general, addiction, and forensic psychiatry, Dr. Gitlow has served as chair of the AMA's Action Team on Alcohol and Health, as chair of the AMA Young Physician Section, and as vice chair of the AMA eMedicine Advisory Committee. Dr. Gitlow, now President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, was awarded a perpetual endowment by the Annenberg Foundation for the longitudinal study of educational techniques designed to stimulate medical student interest in addiction medicine. He is currently on faculty at both Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Dartmouth. Dr. Gitlow is a delegate to the AMA from the American Society of Addiction Medicine, delegate to the AMA-SMS from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and chair of the public health committee of the New York County Medical Society. Dr. Gitlow is also an expert medical consultant to the Federal Air Surgeon, an FAA aviation medical examiner, and an expert medical consultant for the Social Security Administration.
Dr. Kridel received his BA from Stanford University in 1970 and his MD degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His residency training was at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in general surgery and otolaryngology. His fellowship was in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is a clinical professor and the director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and has had a private practice for 30 years. Dr. Kridel is a former president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a former senior examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology, and a current examiner and senior advisor for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journals, textbook chapters, and scientific articles, and has served as an advisor to two biomedical companies. Dr. Kridel has done research in cartilage grafting and has developed several techniques in septal and nasal surgery. He has represented the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) for over 25 years as an alternate or delegate from his specialty. He was a member and chair of the AMA Selection Committee for the Public Member of the Board of Trustees for ten years. He formerly served as Chief of Staff at Houston Hospital for Specialized Surgery and as President of the Texas Medical Association Foundation. Dr. Kridel is currently the President of the Harris County Medical Society and sits on the Board of Directors of the Texas Medical Center.
Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Fryhofer is board certified in internal medicine in Atlanta and adjunct associate professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She has a special interest in women’s health issues. She has a BChE in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and received her MD and internal medicine residency training at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Her clinical expertise has been recognized both nationally and internationally with titles of Master of the American College of Physicians (MACP) and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP). Dr. Fryhofer was the 2000-2001 President of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Dr. Fryhofer was medical correspondent for CNN Headline News (2001-2005), reporting on important medical issues on-air and in-print in her weekly CNN web column, Vital Signs by Dr. Sandy. She has served on various committees and panels for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine, and other organizations, addressing breast and cervical cancer screening, STD guidelines, folic acid, racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, challenges facing the uninsured, women’s health issues, obesity, and Vitamin D. She is a member of the ACP Adult Technical Advisory Committee and has testified and lectured about vaccines, including the cervical cancer vaccine and the shingles vaccine, as well as influenza vaccine concerns. She also serves as the AMA representative to the liaison group for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). She has been a member of the Women’s Day Magazine Health and Fitness Advisory Board since 1998 and wrote a weekly health blog for Woman’s Day website called ON CALL with Dr. Sandy (2007-2008). Her regularly appearing prevention column Staying Well and her videoblog series Medicine Matters are featured on WebMD’s Medscape. Her weekly medical segment series, Your Health Matters, made its debut on Georgia Public Broadcasting (PBS affiliate) in February 2013.
At-Large Executive Committee Member
Dr. Kraus is the Woman’s Board Professor and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. His residency training was at Northwestern University and Child and Adolescent Fellowship at the University of Chicago. Dr. Kraus is the prior president of the Illinois Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and previously was chair of the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare Committee on Juvenile Healthcare. He's consulted to the Department of Justice regarding civil rights violations of incarcerated persons. For the last fifteen years, he’s either been an alternate or delegate for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to the AMA. His primary area of interest focuses on child and adolescent psychiatry, advocacy and public health issues. He has edited three books, two monographs and numerous peer and non-peer reviewed articles.
Dr. Chatman is Board Certified in Family Medicine and holds the degree of fellow conferred by the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is a delegate to the American Medical Association and participates on the board of the Ohio State Medical Association as First District Councilor. Dr. Chatman is a medical officer on the Disaster Medical Assistance Team, OH-5 and serves on the Executive Council as President of the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati. She has also served a term as delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians from the National Conference of Special Constituencies. Dr. Chatman holds a bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Mississippi and a doctorate in medicine from the Medical College of Ohio (now The University of Toledo Medical School). She has also completed the Physician Management and Leadership Program at Xavier University. Dr. Chatman holds a Masters in Public Health from The Ohio State University and has two years of Post-Masters training in Health Informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds faculty appointments at the Bethesda Family Practice Residency and the Departments of Family medicine at the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University. In addition to her basic science research, Dr. Chatman has participated in several clinical research sutdies on diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, headache and behavioral/lifestyle management as principal investigator. Dr. Chatman represents the Ohio State Medical Association on the AMA/NMA Commission to End Health Disparities. She was selected to participate in the 36th class of Leadership Cincinnati. Dr. Chatman's interests are health information technology and the delivery of high quality healthcare to underserved populations, especially during disasters. She practices Family Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio and is the Beacon Medical Director for HealthBridge, a not-for-profit corporation that supports health information technology (HIT) adoption, health information exchange (HIE), and innovative use of information for improved health care outcomes.
Dr. Gilchick is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in the specialty of Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. He currently serves as the director of Child and Adolescent Health Program and Policy with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, where he focuses on implementing community-level prevention policy and programs and improving systems of care on topics including: child obesity, asthma, child abuse and neglect, and various areas of adolescent well-being, such as reproductive health, substance abuse and mental health, and violence and injury prevention. Dr. Gilchick received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Amherst College, his MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine, and his MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health. Prior to his residency training in preventive medicine, Dr. Gilchick completed an internship in internal medicine at Sepulveda VAMC and UCLA-Olive View Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and worked for several years as a primary care provider in community clinic settings. This work led directly to his interests in population health and prevention policy and resulted in his pursuit of preventive medicine training at University of California San Diego. His work in the community also sparked a passion for addressing health disparities and he takes pride in serving on the AMA/NMA Commission to End Health Care Disparities since the group's inception in 2004, where he has served terms on the Commission steering committee and as Chair of the Research and Data Workgroup.
Medical Student Member
Laura Halpin is a sixth year MD/PhD student at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Toledo with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry, receiving both departmental and college honors, and the Dean's Medal for the outstanding graduate in Biological Sciences in 2008. Concurrent with medical school, Laura is currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders. The focus of Laura's dissertation project is understanding how the peripheral organ damage produced by methamphetamine contributes to the long-term neurotoxicity of the drug. In addition to her research, Laura has held numerous leadership positions at the University of Toledo including attending and organizing an interprofessional medical mission trip to Nicaragua, and developing programming to address the stigma of mental illness in medical students and other medical professionals. In the AMA-Medical Student Section, Laura has been the Chair of the Committee on Scientific Issues for the past 2 years, and the Chair and Vice-Chair of Region 5.
Dr. Levin obtained her undergraduate degree in marine biology from Boston University. She received a combined Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from James Cook University in Australia, where her research involved creating sustainable lymphatic filariasis control programs in Myanmar in conjunction with the World Health Organization. Prior to medical school, Dr. Levin worked as an epidemiologist at Chase Brexton Health Services in Baltimore, overseeing HIV research projects investigating adherence to HIV treatment regimens. She received her DO from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine in Springfield, Massachusettes. As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, Dr. Levin is currently working for Unity Health Care in Washington, DC, providing healthcare to underserved populations. In addition, she serves as a clinical preceptor for Georgetown University Family Medicine residents. She also enjoys her international work as a volunteer physician, most recently in Uganda with Health Volunteers Overseas. She has served as a Student Delegate in the California Medical Association, a Delegate to Massachusetts Medical Society, and a Delegate to Medchi. In 2011 she became a member of the Board of Directors of the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare. Also in 2011 Dr. Levin became a member of the Board of Directors to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. In the AMA House of Delegates she has worked for the past 8 years as an Alternate Delegate, Delegate, or Council member to CSAPH, first elected in 2006 as the resident on the council and then in 2009 elected to a full position on the Council. She currently is serving a 3 year position as the AMA's representative from the CSAPH to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Morisy is a board-certified surgeon and fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is currently in private surgical practice of general and minimally invasive surgery with Morisy & Wood, PLC. He is a clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – College of Medicine , Memphis and past president of the medical staff at Baptist Memorial Hospital , Memphis , Tennessee . A 1976 graduate of Cornell University , Dr. Morisy received his medical degree in 1980 from the Chicago Medical School . He completed his training in Surgery at The Hartford Hospital/University of Connecticut residency program. A leader in numerous state, local and specialty societies for the past two decades, Dr. Morisy was president of the Memphis Surgical Society and is a member of the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Harwell Wilson Surgical Society, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. He serves the General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee of the American College of Surgeons, and the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Hospital Association Coding Advisor. Currently, Dr. Morisy is a delegate to the AMA House of Delegates from the Tennessee Medical Association. He served as a delegate to the Tennessee Medical Association from 1998 to the present. He served on the TMA Board from 2005-2008 and is on the Board of the Tennessee Medical Foundation, June 2011-present. He has also been an active member of the Memphis Medical Society Board of Directors, serving first as vice president in 1997 and then as secretary from 1999 to 2002. Dr. Morisy has served on numerous committees of the Memphis Medical Society. He is currently a member of the grievance committee. He has also been a member of both the legislative and inter-professional liaison committees.
Dr. Motta has been in practice at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Massachusetts, since 1983, and is a partner in North Shore Cardiovascular Associates. He is a graduate of Boston College, with a BS in physics and biology, and of Tufts Medical School. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. His special interests are in invasive cardiology, nuclear cardiology, pacemakers, and consultative cardiology. He is also an associate professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Motta has long been active in organized medicine, both in the AMA and in the Massachusetts Medical Society. He is past president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr Motta also has a lifelong interest in astronomy, and has built a number of telescopes and observatories through the years to do astronomy research. He has been awarded several national awards in astronomy.
Dr. Bobby Mukkamala is a board certified Otolaryngologist in Flint, Michigan. He completed his undergraduate and medical school training in the Inteflex program at the University of Michigan. He went on to Loyola University in Illinois, where he completed his Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency. Dr Mukkamala is in practice in his hometown of Flint in an office he shares with his wife Nita, an OB/GYN. He is past chair of the state's young physicians section and is vice chair of the State Medical Society’s board of directors as well as a Past President of the Genesee County Medical Society. He also serves on the board of directors of the Crim Fitness Foundation, an organization whose mission it is to cultivate physical fitness as a community and family value. He is chair of the Board of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint as well. He is on the teaching faculty of Hurley, Genesys, and Mclaren Hospitals in the Flint area. He is involved in clinical research with the otolaryngology residents in those programs. He has also been appointed by governor Jennifer Granholm, to the Board of Audiology of the State of Michigan and also serves on the Bishop Airport Authority Board.
Dr. Orth was born in Ohio and graduated from Johns Hopkins with a BS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering. He earned an MS degree in Engineering Management from West Coast University. He earned MS/PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering with a Nanobiotechnology emphasis at Cornell University. He earned his MD degree at the University of Texas-San Antonio. He is currently an Emergency Medicine Resident at the New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell.
Dr. Orth has a rich breadth of public health experiences. He coordinated advocacy talks with AMA members and legislators, public health awareness efforts and a JapaneseTsunami fundraiser as MSSNY-RFS vice chair and secretary. As Texas Medical Association MSS vice chair, he directed the Social Issues Task Force and a "Healthy Children of Texas" service project. He served in a humanitarian relief camp in Haiti weeks after the 2010 earthquake and provided primary care in a Guatemalan clinic and medical care in a polio clinic and medical hospital in India.
While serving in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Orth rose to the rank of Major. In the Air Force Space Command he worked alongside NASA engineers to prepare and launch eight rockets with GPS, weather and research satellites into low-Earth orbit. He served as assistant professor of aerospace studies and was recognized as the top Air Force ROTC instructor and top commandant of cadets in the nation.