Neil S. Calman, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Calman is a Board Certified family physician, and the president, CEO and co-founder of the Institute for Family Health. Since 1983, Dr. Calman has led the Institute in developing family health centers in the Bronx, Manhattan (where he practiced for 38 years) and in the Hudson Valley. Under his leadership, the Institute has been successful in establishing health professional training in medicine, nursing, administration and mental health. In 2012, through an affiliation between the Institute and Mount Sinai, Dr. Calman became Professor and Chair of a new Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where family physicians now practice and teach with full clinical privileges in the Mount Sinai Health System and its seven affiliated hospitals.
Dr. Calman is the recipient of many national awards for his work in public health including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leadership Award, the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Public Health Award, the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Primary Care Achievement Award, the Physician’s Information Technology Leadership Award, and the Physician Advocacy Award from the Institute on Medicine as a Profession. He is recipient of the distinguished Kanter Prize from the Health Legacy Partnership and the Felix A. Fishman Award for Extraordinary Advocacy from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.
Dr. Calman is a longstanding member of the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education and the Board of the Community Health Care Association of New York State. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the New York eHealth Collaborative and was appointed by the Obama Administration as an expert in the care of vulnerable populations to HRSA’s HIT Policy Committee where he served on the Meaningful Use Subcommittee for 5 years. Dr. Calman now co-chairs the Subcommittee on Consumer Engagement. He is a founding executive committee member and president of the American Association of Teaching Health Centers.
John Silva’s career began immediately following graduation from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 1977. His first role in public service began at the Massachusetts State House as a legislative aide. It was his love for healthcare and community that brought him back to his hometown of Hull, Massachusetts in 1979 to become the founder and Executive Director of the Hull Medical Center.
His resume highlights his passion for community health – from his role with the New England Community Health Center Association, to becoming President and CEO of Family Care Health Centers in St. Louis, MO in 1989. In that role, Silva is credited with revitalizing a stagnant community-based healthcare delivery organization by expanding services, delivery locations, and patient visits. In St. Louis, Silva is credited with the expansion of four additional health centers, a new dental practice, and a new administration building as well as the total renovation of the parent and largest health center, along with creating the first health center based Family Practice Residency Program in Missouri.
During his time in Missouri John was elected in 1992 and served as the President of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in 1993. He was also appointed to First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Universal Health Care Task Force in 1993 – 94 representing the Nation’s Community Health Centers.
Throughout his storied career, Silva has served in a variety of roles, from consultant to federal receiver of the Schenectady Family Health Services in 2002. His crowning achievement in New York included reorganizing the center’s management structure, patient flow, billing and business office, and eventually doubling the size of organization from $5 million to $12 million in 4 years, culminating with the once-beleaguered provider receiving Joint Commission accreditation in 2004.
His most recent accomplishments are in Tulsa, OK – where he served as President and CEO of Morton Comprehensive Health Services beginning in 2010. In six years, Silva grew the organization from 4 locations to 8 locations, improved productivity among providers, successfully expanded behavioral health and optometry, and completely reorganized dental from a loss center to a revenue positive service.
This past February, Silva joined Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts where he continues to improve community health services within the second largest community health center in Massachusetts. He and his wife Helena have three adult children, and many, many thousands of frequent flier miles.
Finance Committee Chair
Governance Committee Chair
Since 2014, Tim Fraser has served as Director of Community and Government Relations for Family Health Centers of San Diego, one of the largest, nonprofit health care clinics in the nation. His responsibilities include directing and reporting on public policy, regulatory issues and legislative initiatives for the organization. He also oversees the grants, patient engagement and development departments and serves on several local community boards and advisory groups.
Previously, Mr. Fraser spent three years as Organizing and Acting Executive Director for Creative America, an entertainment industry nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about the impact illegal downloading has on the entertainment industry and global economy.
Before relocating to the West Coast, Mr. Fraser called Washington D.C. home, where he served as the Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign Stop.Think.Connect.™ This nationwide awareness and education effort increased the public’s understanding of cyber threats and empowered individuals to be more secure online.
In 2009, Mr. Fraser was appointed by President Barack Obama as Director of Public Engagement for the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding. Mr. Fraser was responsible for coordinating the rebuilding efforts in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, communicating information about resources and support services available to victims across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and forming key, strategic partnerships.
Early in his career, Mr. Fraser held a number of roles in national and statewide political campaigns. He currently resides in downtown San Diego with his wife, Amy and their two dogs.
Deborah Edberg, MD
Program Committee Chair
Dr. Deborah Edberg is the original and current Program Director of the Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program, Humboldt Park, one of the initial HRSA funded Teaching Health Centers and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Edberg attended Jefferson Medical College and completed her residency in family medicine at University of Connecticut St. Francis Hospital. She completed additional training in faculty development at Cook County Hospital and is board certified in medical acupuncture. She served on the board of directors for the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians from 2006-2014 including serving as treasurer and first Vice President. She served on the AAFP Commission on Education from 2011-2016 where she served as Chair of the Subcommittee on National Conference Planning for 2 years followed by Chair of the Commission on Education from 2015-2016. Dr. Edberg has a special interest in leadership in medical education and has spent a great deal of time advocating for workforce issues and the Teaching Health Center program including testifying in front of the Senate HELP committee regarding GME and funding. Her other interests include caring for the underserved, innovative curricular design and development of diversity in the workforce.
Ms. Serrano is a founding executive committee member and prior Vice President of the American Association of Teaching Health Centers. She became the Executive Director of the AATHC in January 2015. Ms. Serrano previously worked in fundraising and management at Erie Family Health Center in Chicago, specifically on operations of their Teaching Health Center program for 4 years. Prior to working with the Teaching Health Centers, Ms. Serrano managed grants and fundraising at the New York Academy of Sciences on their portfolio of translational medicine and life sciences symposia in New York. She has also worked in the research, accounting, and marketing fields.
In this capacity of Executive Director, Ms. Serrano manages the day-to-day operations, and has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the AATHC’s programming, expansion, and execution of its mission.