NCCL Conference Speakers
Dr. Bruno is a family physician who cares for uninsured patients at a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Baltimore, MD. He has served on the boards of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); National Physicians Alliance (NPA); American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP); Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP); MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society; Maryland Academy of Family Physicians (MDAFP); Sugar Free Kids Maryland; Baltimore City Medical Society (BCMS); Roland Park Civic League; Hampden Family Center; and Friends of Hampden School #55. Dr. Bruno’s main areas of clinical focus are the obesity pandemic and the opioid pandemic, and he is involved in community public health interventions and policies related to these issues. He has also led workshops, conferences, rallies, and actions for health justice.
Dr. Grivois-Shah is a family physician in Tucson, AZ, who is committed to encouraging practice transformation and moving systems toward patient-centered, quality-focused population health. He is an associate professor at the University of Arizona (UA) Department of Family and Community Medicine in Tucson, as well as serving as medical director of Alvernon Family Medicine Clinic and UA’s Mobile Health Program. He teaches residents and students in ambulatory and maternal and child health (MCH) services. Dr. Grivois-Shah previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Near North Health Services Corporation, a network of nine federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) serving uninsured and underinsured patients throughout Chicago, IL, and as a physician in the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. He was a convener of the 2017 National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL).
Dr. Fu is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle; a faculty member at Swedish Family Medicine Residency–First Hill, Seattle, WA; and founder of The Mayutica Institute, an education and training organization. She speaks and teaches on a variety of topics (e.g., medical improv, physician wellness, medical education, communication skills) at regional and national events for organizations including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC); Association for Surgical Education (ASE); Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM); and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and its California, Washington, and Uniformed Services chapters. Dr. Fu performs improv as an ensemble member of Seattle Theatresports™, A Tribe Called Yes, and The Lost Folio. She co-organized the first International Medical Improv Train-the-Trainer Workshop and created ImprovDoc.org, an educational resource about improvisation in medicine.
Dr. Lee is Director of Primary Care at CareMore Health, an integrated health system serving complex patients in 10-plus states. He has been active in physician leadership, having served as president of the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) from 2015-2016 and as convener of the 2012 National Conference of Special Constituencies (NCSC), the predecessor to the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL). Most recently, he served as a member of two Family Medicine for America's Health teams: the Practice Tactic Team and the Health Equity Cross-Tactic Team.
Dr. Matthews serves as Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role, she is responsible for the provider networks and associated contracts and business processes that ensure access to care for veterans in the community. She is a board-certified family physician with a focus on underserved medicine and advocacy. She serves on the advisory board of the National Minority Quality Forum and as a regional alumni council member of the National Medical Fellowships. She was recently chosen as the 2018-2020 James C. Puffer, MD/American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Fellow. Dr. Matthews founded and co-directs the Tour for Diversity in Medicine (T4D), a nonprofit flagship initiative that brings premedical enrichment activities to underrepresented minority high school and undergraduate students across the country. One of the 2017 National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health, she has also been awarded the 2015 National Medical Association Council on Concerns of Women Physicians Emerging Trailblazer Award; the 2015 National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Health Professions Education and Training Award; and the 2015 Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Congressman Louis Stokes Public Health Advocate Award.
Dr. McKenney has been practicing family medicine alongside her father in her hometown of Fredonia, KS, for the last eight years. She has served as a resident board member for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). Currently, she serves on the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) Board of Directors. In her local area, Dr. McKenney is the Vice Chief of Staff at Fredonia Regional Hospital and serves as the health officer for Wilson County and Fredonia City. She helped establish the Fredonia Area Community Foundation and a community-wide growth initiative called Cultivate Fredonia, and she serves on the boards of directors for both. In addition, she was elected to the USD 484 School Board in 2016 and currently serves as its president.
Dr. Muhammad was born and raised in Southern California. After beginning an OB/GYN residency, she realized that becoming an OB/GYN was not the right career path for her and switched to the MetroHealth Family Medicine Residency in Cleveland, OH. Following residency, she returned to California to practice full-time outpatient family medicine (including obstetrics) in a variety of settings. Currently, she is completing her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and working primarily in population health and urgent care. Dr. Muhammad serves on the American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP’s) Commission on Health of the Public and Science (CHPS), and she is also the most recent past convener of the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL). In her local area, she is the co-chapter president of the East Bay chapter of the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP).
Dr. Nichols is a family physician with a dual career in primary care practice and health technology innovation. As an independent contractor, he treats adults and children through five of the leading commercial direct-to-consumer telemedicine services. Dr. Nichols contributes clinical leadership to projects developing foundational open-source capabilities at the intersection of telehealth, big data, and the consumerization of health care delivery. For start-up companies based out of the Emerging Technology Centers incubation program, he serves as an advisor on Maryland’s health policy environment and the burgeoning digital transformation in health care. Dr. Nichols is the 2017-18 Primary Care Innovation Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
Dr. Perlman is Director of Integrative Health and Wellbeing for Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. Previously, he served as Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness for the Duke University Health System, Durham, NC, and as Executive Director for Duke Integrative Medicine. A recognized expert and global thought leader on integrative health and well-being, Dr. Perlman lectures widely and is a frequently featured health and wellness media expert. His scholarly activities include numerous grants and publications, and his research has been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and featured in The New York Times.
Dr. Sharma is a board-certified family physician who works at the juncture of patient care, community health, social justice, health policy, and innovation. In 2018, she became the medical director for Community Health Group, a nonprofit health plan that designs social impacts on health programs to serve 300,000-plus Medicaid and Medicare members in the San Diego, CA, area. Dr. Sharma lectures widely on health equity, coalition building, grassroots health initiatives, social impacts on health, physician advocacy, and social justice. She has addressed health policy, wellness, and preventive medicine in appearances on several major television networks, including MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News. In addition, she has been invited to speak to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education, the National Council of Negro Women, the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP, and the Democratic National Committee with former president Barack Obama.