Nathan T. Chomilo, MD 

Minnesota’s Medicaid & MinnesotaCare 


Chomilo is Medical Director for the State of Minnesota’s Medicaid & MinnesotaCare programs and practices as a General Pediatrician and an Internal Medicine Hospitalist with Park Nicollet Health Services/HealthPartners. He is currently also serving as the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccine equity director.

He received a Zoology degree from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and was the Pediatric Chief Resident at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital. He is one of the Early Childhood Champions for the MN chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) where he also serves on the board of directors, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School and cofounded the organization Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity. He was elected to serve on the Executive Committee for the AAP’s Section on Minority Health, Equity and Inclusion and serves on the board of directors of Reach Out and Read and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) as well as the steering committee of the Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative.

His work has been recognized by Reach Out and Read National which awarded him the 2018 Medical Champion Achievement Award, the City of Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights which recognized him as a 2019 History Maker at Home recipient and Minnesota Physician which named him a one of the 100 most influential health care leaders in 2020. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife & son.


Natalia Dorf-Biderman, MD
Methodist Hospital


Dorf-Biderman is an internal medicine practicing hospitalist at Methodist Hospital, Park Nicollet / Health Partners. She received her MD degree from Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo, Uruguay, and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She has held many organizational leadership roles at Park Nicollet and in the community. She is currently the medical director for Clinical Documentation Integrity and chairs the Hospital Wellbeing Committee. In partnership with the MMA, she is chairing the Physician Wellbeing Advisory committee where leaders and champions from across the state are collaborating and developing programs to impact the health and wellbeing of clinicians across the state. While promoting personal resilience programs in the workplace, she strives to look at practice inefficiencies that add friction to clinical practice and seeks to find attainable solutions.

Jessi Gold, MD, MS
Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis


Gold is assistant professor and the director of wellness, engagement, and outreach in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis. In her administrative role, she works on her hospital's mental health response to COVID-19 for faculty, staff, and employees. Gold is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA and MS in anthropology, the Yale School of Medicine in 2014, and completed her residency training in adult psychiatry at Stanford University where she served as chief resident from 2017-2018.

She is a nationally recognized expert on healthcare worker mental health and burnout (particularly during the pandemic), college mental health, using social media and media for mental health advocacy, and the overlap between pop culture and mental health, including celebrity mental health and self-disclosure.

She is interviewed regularly as an expert on these topics and also writes for the popular press and has been featured in, among others, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, TIME, Vox, Newsweek, Self, and InStyle, and is a Forbes contributor. She is a member of the Expert Advisory Council for the ViacomCBS Mental Health Storytelling Initiative and co-author of the Mental Health Media Guide. 

Dionne Hart, MD

Mayo Clinic


Hart is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic. 

In 2014, Dr. Hart was named Minnesota Psychiatrist of the Year. In 2017, Dr. Hart received the National Alliance on Mental Illness Exemplary Psychiatrist Award.

Dr. Hart was the inaugural chair of the AMA’s Minority Affairs Section. Dr. Hart is currently an delegate for the APA to the AMA, President of the Minnesota Association of African American Physicians, and a regional chairperson of the National Medical Association. In 2020, Minnesota Physician journal named her one of the 100 most influential health care leaders in Minnesota.

Erika Kaske
Univeristy of Minnesota

maria-(1).jpg Kaske is a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School.


Carolyn McClain, MD

The Urgency Room


McClain is an accomplished and dedicated healthcare leader, possessing
proven ability to deliver results in complex and continually evolving environments. Her background is in emergency medicine and in that capacity she and her group of emergency physicians founded a chain of acute care centers called The Urgency Room, staffed by emergency physicians, that can manage all acute care needs from sinusitis to heart attacks and strokes.  She grew this innovative concept from one center to three  and has positioned it to succeed in the ever-evolving healthcare landscape.  She has also been a leader in organized medicine and served as the President of the Twin Cities Medical Society and currently is the Secretary and Treasurer of the Minnesota Medical Association.  She has been active in healthcare advocacy including Surprise Billing legislation, Prior Authorization legislation, payment reform and in the public health arena with end-of life care, Tobacco 21, COVID-19 and Texting and Driving legislation. She practices emergency medicine in Minneapolis, MN.

Taj Mustapha, MD
University of Minnesota and MHealth Fairview


Mustapha received her MD from the University of California San Francisco, and completed her combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency training at the University of Minnesota. She is an assistant professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and serves as the director of clinical coaching for the medical school as well as the lead for diversity, equity and inclusion in the Clinical Learning Environment for MHealth Fairview. 

Her research focus is on equity and inclusion in the clinical learning environment. She has presented internationally on the topic of implicit bias in medical education, and trained hundreds of students, residents, faculty and staff on mitigation and intervention techniques. Teaching awards include: Educational Excellence Award for the Department of Medicine, Outstanding Faculty Educator Award for the Pediatrics residency, and Distinguished Mentoring Award for the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)


Osterholm is regents professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), distinguished teaching professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.

In November 2020, Osterholm was appointed to President-Elect Joe Biden's 13-member Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. From June 2018 through May 2019, he served as a science envoy for health security on behalf of the US Department of State. He is also on the board of regents at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

David Satin, MD 
University of Minnesota

IMG_9368.JPG Satin is a practicing, academic physician, in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Within the medical school, he directs the core courses in Ethics, Law, Policy, Healthcare Finance, and Quality Improvement. He currently serves on the University of Minnesota Medical Center’s Medical Executive, as well as on the Boards of the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine, Stratis Health, and the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety. He was recently appointed to the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Quality Reporting System Framework Project Steering Team.

Dr. Satin’s research interests span the field of health systems science, with publications on quality improvement, public health, behavioral economics, shared decision-making, and topics in bioethics.


Rebecca Thomas, MD, MHS


Thomas received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She went on to complete her Internal Medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center followed by her Medical Oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. She stayed on as a research fellow at the NCI focusing on GI malignancies and phase I drug development. She obtained a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research from Duke University. Her oncology career has been focused on gastrointestinal and breast cancer. During her academic career, she presented and chaired at national scientific conferences. Her non-clinical work explores solutions to advance equity in medicine and sciences and address the barriers to physician wellbeing. She is on the Board of Trustees for the Minnesota Medical Association and participates in committees focusing on Women in Medicine, Physician Leadership, and Wellbeing in Healthcare.

Harriet A. Washington
Award-winning Medical Writer and Editor 

Harriet-Washington_Headshot-(1).jpg Washington is a prolific science writer, editor and ethicist who is the author of the seminal Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award and five other well-received books, including A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind as well as the forthcoming Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Informed Consent in Medical Research, will be published in 2021 by Columbia Global Reports.


Joel T. Wu, JD, MPH, MA, HE-C
University of Minnesota

J_Wu.jpg Wu is a Center for Bioethics’ Clinical Ethics Adjunct professor and a senior lecturer in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. Wu’s primary role is as a clinical ethicist for the MHealth Fairview and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), where he provides clinical ethics consultation. He is a Co-Chair of the UMMC Ethics Committee, Ethics Lead for MHealth Fairview, and member of the MHealth Fairview Ethics Council. Wu also teaches courses at the intersection of clinical ethics, public health ethics, and public health law.