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Deborah D. Ascheim, MD

Deborah D. Ascheim, MD

Chair of the Board of Directors

Deborah D. Ascheim, MD, joined the PHR Board in January 2008, was elected Chair of the Board in 2013, and has been doing medical evaluations for the PHR Asylum program since 2005. Learn More »

Kerry Sulkowicz, MD

Kerry J. Sulkowicz, MD

Vice Chair of the Board of Directors

Dr. Sulkowicz serves as a sounding board to some of the most influential business and political leaders in the US and abroad. He became the Vice Chair of the Board in 2013. Learn More »

Gerson H. Smoger, JD, PhD

Gerson H. Smoger, JD, PhD

Secretary of the Board of Directors

Dr. Smoger has been working as an International Human Rights lawyer for three decades. He has represented cases around the world and has been a leader in the fight against big tobacco. Dr. Smoger joined PHR’s board in 2010. Learn More »

David Dantzker, MD

David Dantzker, MD

Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Dr. David Dantzker is a general partner of Wheatley Partners, LP, a New York-based venture capital fund, where he manages the partnership's medical portfolio of companies. He previously served as the president of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and is the former chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Learn More »

Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS, CPE, FACOG

Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS, CPE, FACOG

Board Member

Dr. Adashi is an academic executive with over 25 years of experience in Higher Education as well as in the Health and Life Sciences. He became a PHR Board member in 2008. Learn More »

Marion J. Bergman, MD, MPA

Marion J. Bergman, MD, MPA

Board Member

Dr. Bergman devotes considerable time and energy to rural health and development projects in the developing world. Learn More »

Donald Donahue

Donald F. Donahue

Board Member

Donald F. Donahue is the president of Miranda Partners, LLC, a corporation that provides consulting services to financial market infrastructures and others regarding the control and mitigation of systemic and operational risks in financial markets. Learn More »

Kathleen Foley

Kathleen M. Foley, MD

Board Member

Kathleen Foley, MD is an attending neurologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where she has worked for more than four decades. In 1981, under Dr. Foley's leadership, Memorial Sloan Kettering opened the first designated pain service in a cancer setting in the United States. Learn More »

Justice Richard J. Goldstone

Justice Richard J. Goldstone

Board Member

Justice Goldstone has spent his career working in many areas of human rights, including serving as Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry regarding Public Violence and Intimidation; this Commission came to be known as the Goldstone Commission. Learn More »

Michele Heisler, MD, MPA

Michele Heisler, MD, MPA

Board Member

Dr. Heisler has volunteered for PHR since medical school, when she participated in a human rights investigation in Turkey. Since then she has helped analyze data and write reports for a number of PHR investigations. She has been a PHR Board member since 2010. Learn More »

Joel Lamstein

Board Member

Joel Lamstein is founder and president of John Snow, Inc. (JSI), an international public health consulting firm. Founded in 1978, JSI now has more than 1,600 people stationed in the United States and throughout the world working to enhance the lives of underserved and vulnerable populations. Learn More »

Adam Richards, MD, MPH

Adam Richards, MD, PhD, MPH

Board Member

Adam Richards, MD, PhD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a primary care provider for homeless veterans as part of the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT) in the Office of Healthcare Transformaion and Innovation and Health Promotion Disease Prevention, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in Los Angeles. Learn More »

Anthony Romero

Anthony D. Romero, JD

Board Member

Anthony D. Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He took the helm of the organization just seven days before the September 11, 2001 attacks, and subsequently led the ACLU in its campaigns to protect basic freedoms during a time of crisis, as well as its joint project to assist the under-resourced military defense lawyers in the Guantánamo military commissions. Learn More »

Donna Shelley, MD, MPH

Donna Shelley, MD, MPH

Board Member

Dr. Shelley was a founding member of the Women’s Health Center at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. As both a practicing internist and researcher her focus was improving quality outcomes for women. Learn More »

Lois Whitman

Lois Whitman, JD, MS

Board Member

Lois Whitman is the founder and former director (1994–2012) of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Division, which investigates and seeks to end human rights abuses against children, including the use of child soldiers, the worst forms of child labor, torture of children, attacks on students, teachers, and schools, and also addresses issues involving juvenile justice and migrant children. Learn More »

Emeritus Board Members

Frank Davidoff, MD, MACP

Frank Davidoff, MD, MACP

Board Member Emeritus

Dr. Davidoff was a member of PHR’s Board for 12 years, completing his final term in early 2011, and is now a Member Emeritus. Learn More »

Carola Eisenberg, MD

Carola Eisenberg, MD

Founding Member of PHR and Board Member Emeritus

Dr. Carola Eisenberg, a founding member of PHR, has dedicated more than five decades to advancing human rights across the globe. Her interest in medicine and aiding those in need began in her teen years in Argentina. Learn More »

H. Jack Geiger, MD, M Sci Hyg

H. Jack Geiger, MD, M Sci Hyg

Founding Member of PHR and Board Member Emeritus

Dr. Geiger is a founding member and past president of PHR. Most of his professional career has been focused on the related issues of health, poverty, and civil rights. He initiated the community health center model in the US, founding and directing the nation's first two community health centers. Learn More »

Robert S. Lawrence, MD

Robert S. Lawrence, MD

Founding Member of PHR and Board Member Emeritus

A founding member of PHR, Dr. Lawrence traveled to Chile with founding member Dr. Carola Eisenberg in one of PHR's earliest investigations of disappeared health workers. Learn More »