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Association Recognizes Physician, Clinician Leaders in Congress

April 3, 2014

WASHINGTON—America’s Essential Hospitals this week honored nine members of Congress as essential physician or clinician leaders. All of the honorees have trained or worked in one of the organization’s more than 220 member hospitals.

“These are men and women who have been where we have been, who truly understand the plight of the underserved, and have worked to make health care better for all,” America’s Essential Hospitals President and CEO Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, said in presenting the awards Tuesday at the association’s spring Policy Assembly.

“The physicians and clinicians we honor here have trained and practiced at our member hospitals and now speak for patients and providers in the halls of Congress,” Siegel said. “We are so pleased to honor their double duty on behalf of health care and the policymaking process.”

The association presented Essential Physician Leader and Essential Clinician Leader awards to these House members:

  • Rep. Karen Bass, PA (D-CA), who worked for nearly a decade as a physician assistant and clinical instructor at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
  • Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX), who completed his residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas
  • Rep. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), who attended Louisiana State University as an undergraduate and a medical student and started his career there as a physician
  • Del. Donna Christensen, MD (D-VI), who completed her residency in family medicine at Howard University Medical Center in Washington, DC
  • Rep. Jim McDermott, MD (D-WA), who practiced psychiatry at the University of Washington Medical Center
  • Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA), who served as assistant professor and medical director of the orthopedic clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta
  • Rep. Joe Heck, DO (R-NV), who completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia
  • Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA), who graduated from the University of California Los Angeles and serves as senior associate dean at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
  • Rep. Ami Bera, MD (D-CA), who has worked as clinical professor of medicine and associate dean for admissions and outreach at the University of California, Davis

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals, formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. It supports members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

Our more than 200 members are vital to their communities, providing primary care through trauma care, disaster response, health professionals training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care. Visit to learn more.

Carl Graziano


About the Author

Graziano is senior director of communications for America's Essential Hospitals.

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