Board of Directors

Robert Dodge, MD

President

Dr. Robert Dodge is a family practice physician in Ventura, California. He became active in the peace movement as a college student at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the 1970′s where he majored in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. He went on to receive his M.D. at the University of California at Irvine and completed his residency in Family Medicine at Ventura County Medical Center. Dr. Dodge became active with Beyond War’s Ventura group in the 80′s, and currently sits on the board and serves as a voting member of the renewed international Beyond War group. Since 1985, he has been the president of Ventura County Physicians for Social Responsibility and is an active board member of PSR LA. In 2002, following the release of the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review which advocated policies that could ignite a renewed global nuclear arms race, he began Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions (www.C-P-R.net) as a grassroots coalition. Dr. Dodge currently serves as the group’s co-chairman. He frequently speaks and write on issues related to nuclear security and global sustainability and is a firm believer that the individual can make a difference if only they will.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Haffner

An activist, lawyer, and mom, Mary is passionate about social justice, the environment, and mental healthcare reform and she is committed to using her legal expertise to educate and organize the community to advocate for positive and lasting change. Inspired by her children, Mary’s activism began when she organized parents to push for the most comprehensive school district anti-toxics policy in the state. Subsequently, Mary organized the broader community to pass legislation aimed at protecting school children from toxic agricultural chemicals.  From 2005-2018, Mary was elected for three consecutive terms to the Ventura Unified school board where she championed the green schools initiative, energy efficiency, ethnic studies, and school mental healthcare.  In 2015, Mary spearheaded the campaign to pass Laura’s Law, an outpatient program for the seriously mentally ill. Mary has been on the board of various non-profits, including the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, Ventura Neighborhoods for Learning, CAUSE, and currently serves on the Ventura County Behavioral Health Advisory Board. Mary and her husband Matthew practice law at their downtown Ventura law firm.   

 

Jimmy Hara, MD

Secretary

Dr. Jimmy Hara has served on the PSR-LA Board of Directors since 1981, including service as Chapter President for 15 years and now Vice President. He has served on the National PSR Board as Pacific Regional Director and has been active with the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). He is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Residency Director Emeritus for the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Family Medicine Residency after having served 25 years as Residency Director.

Dr. Hara is the Lead Physician for Community Benefit for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. He chairs the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Health Professions Education Foundation for the State of California. He has volunteered regularly at the Venice Family Clinic, Saban Free Clinic, Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, UCLA Mobile Clinic, and UCLA Salvation Army Homeless Shelters. He currently serves as Venice Family Clinic Board Chair. Two years ago he launched the Southern California Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program that affords opportunities for health professional students to provide service to medically underserved communities. He is Medical Co-Director and Chair of their Advisory Board. Doctor Hara’s wife and two sons were start to finish participants of the Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament in 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hector Llenderrozos, MD

Dr. Hector Llenderrozos has a long history of Medical Student and Resident teaching and comprehensive patient care in under-resourced, urban communities, where he strives to apply humanistic and public health principles to patients, families, and communities.  He believes that oaths of Maimonides and Hippocrates apply beyond our clinic doors.

He graduated from The University of Chicago with a B.A. in Biology, received a Master of Public Health and M.D degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He then completed the Family Medicine Residency training program at the University of Michigan, whereupon he joined the faculty there in clinical care and teaching. 

He has taught and learned from medical students, residents, other health care professionals, and patients in such diverse places as Shanghai, China, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and multiple institutions in Southern California.  He has served as Clinical Faculty at UC-Irvine, USC, and is currently the Associate Family Medicine Residency Program Director at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Llenderrozos is passionate about communicating with patients from all backgrounds. He is doing his best to promote continuity of care and staying curious, interested, and engaged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yazeed Ibrahim

Yazeed Ibrahim is a Psychiatry resident at Kaiser San Jose. He completed his medical education at Des Moines University where he co-founded the school’s Student PSR chapter. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of California, Irvine, and Master of Science in Global Medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Yazeed aspires to continue his advocacy for social and environmental justice as a physician and global health scientist. Yazeed serves as the co-chair of the Emerging Leaders Council (ELC), and the student representative to the Security/Nuclear Weapons Abolition National Committee.

 

 

Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH

Dr. Rishi Manchanda is a physician and leader in public health activism who joined PSR-LA as a member of the Board of Directors in 2012. As an internist, pediatrician and HIV specialist well-versed in both local and international health issues, he is making bold moves to improve the health of underserved communities by placing a focus on human rights, the social and environmental conditions that make people sick, and improvements to primary care. Dr. Manchanda is the President and Founder of HealthBegins, a startup that provides training and tools to help clinics address patients’ social needs and community factors that drive disease, and is the author of 2013 released TEDbook, “The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to its Source.” He currently serves as the medical director in a clinic for high-utilizing homeless veterans at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and also as Director for Health System Transformation at Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Manchanda traces his roots in activism to his undergraduate participation in a Peace and Justice Studies program and his days interning at the Lincoln Filene Center, where he explored concepts of civic engagement regarding vulnerable populations. He received his M.D. and M.P.H from Tufts University and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCLA, where he later served on the program’s advisory board. In addition to his roles at UCLA and with PSR-LA, Dr. Manchanda serves on the board of the National Physicians Alliance, is a founding member of the South LA Health and Human Rights Collaborative, and is founder of the Rx Vote Campaign, a nationwide nonpartisan effort to promote civic engagement in health care

 

Jose Quiroga, MD

Dr. Jose Quiroga is a cardiologist and co-founder and director of medical services at the Program for Torture Victims (PTV). He serves on the board of PSR National and PSR-LA. He also serves as a vice-president of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).

Dr. Quiroga worked as a personal physician to a Chilean president, Salvador Allende, before fleeing Chile after the coup d’état in 1973. On September 11, 1973, CIA-backed Chilean military army, led by General Augusto Pinochet, launched a coup against the democratically elected Unidad Popular Government of Salvador Allende. A team of doctors including José Quiroga and a few officials were the only ones to stay with the president at the palace La Moneda. Dr. Quiroga left Chile with his family in 1977 after increasing harassment and threats under the Pinochet regime, and secured a position at UCLA as an associate researcher in public health. He soon began working in close collaboration with a refugee from Argentina, psychologist Ana Deutsch. Together, they co-founded the Program for Torture Victim (PTV) in 1980, and Dr. Quiroga established a medical arm of the program at Venice Family Clinic.

Dr. Quiroga says his previous experiences have exposed him to human rights issues and that “It is not enough to be a practicing physician for money.” Dr. Quiroga urges doctors to get involved in the community and politics of one’s country to impact and to make change in the society. In 2008, his leadership was instrumental in helping PSR-LA successfully pass state legislation condemning medical professionals who participate in torture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jose Ramos, MD

Dr. Jose Ramos is a family medicine physician practicing in the greater Los Angeles area. He is the son of an immigrant father from Venezuela and an activist mother who demonstrated the importance of fighting against racial, housing, education, and immigrant injustice.

As a young adult, he created health education television content that included anti-tobacco campaigns and programming focused on reducing childhood obesity in communities of color. He now serves as the Associate Program Director of the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program and is the Director of the Community and Social medicine curriculum and tract. He also chairs the program’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and is the Site Director for a Federally Qualified Health Center.

As an academic family physician, he is helping reshape family medicine training to place greater emphasis on health equity, policy reform, physician leadership, advocacy, community engagement, and community-based participatory research. He is dedicated to the homeless and immigrant communities in Los Angeles and works closely with community organizations to lead street medicine teams and harm reduction programs.  He is active in advocating for Latin American refugees, environmental justice, and policy reform including Medicare for All.

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Vick

Nicole Vick is a public health professional, educator, civic leader, and image consultant who has spent the last fifteen years providing tools and strategies to stakeholders, community-based organizations, students, and residents to improve health and prevent disease in some of Los Angeles County’s most underserved communities.

Her commitment to the community has led to a few prestigious appointments. She serves on the boards of three public health/social service organizations and for two years chaired the Health Commission for the City of Los Angeles.

Ms.Vick has a B.S. in Public Policy and Management and Master of Public Health degrees from the USC, a place she lived less than 5 minutes away from growing up but felt beyond reach for a young girl from South Central LA.

In her first book, “Pushing Through: Finding the Light in Every Lesson” she shares both the heartbreaking pain and the extraordinary triumphs that led her to advocacy and social justice work. Her story takes place against the background of the long-neglected and overlooked community of South-Central Los Angeles, where she grapples with the grotesque imbalance of power and privilege as it unfolds in every aspect of her life and those around her.

 

Margaret Wacker, MD

Dr. Margaret Wacker joined the board of directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles in 2006. Her commitment to peacemaking has very deep roots — During the second world war, Dr Wacker’s parents were among the leading scientists in Washington DC. Her chemist mother led the government’s effort to create synthetic rubber, and her father, a theoretical physicist, worked on the Manhattan Project and later helped develop military radar. Both were very opposed to war, except as a last resort. Her father later participated in numerous scientific exchange programs with East European countries during the Cold War. Margaret met many of the guest workers and often traveled with her parents behind the Iron Curtain during this period. These experiences taught Margaret that these people were not enemies, just other people with similar needs and wants.

Margaret attended the University of Colorado as an undergraduate where she studied physics and mathematics. In the 1970’s, she relocated to Seattle, attending the University of Washington, where she received an advanced degree in physics and did research in bioengineering, and later received a medical degree. From 1982-1989, Margaret performed her residency in Neurosurgery at Loma Linda University, and, later, a fellowship in Neuro-oncology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Wacker worked from 1993 to 2000, at King-Drew Medical Center. Here she witnessed the unabated horror of gun violence. King-Drew saw three thousand trauma incidents per year, half of which are penetrating wounds, knife and gun-shot wounds. In the 1990’s Margaret worked with the Los Angeles County Violence Prevention Coalition, Handgun Control and Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles. She spoke at press conferences and testified before city councils. More recently, she has been active in the anti-nuclear activities of PSR. She currently is on the faculty of the Western University/Arrowhead Neurosurgery Residency Program. She frequently travels to LA to participate in PSR programs.

 

L. Stephen Coles, MD

In Memoriam

Richard Saxon, MD

Emeritus | in memoriam

Sol Londe, MD

Emeritus | in memoriam

Shirley Magidson, MD

Emerita | in memoriam