Robert M. Gould, MD, President
- Pathologist, Kaiser Hospital, San Jose, 1981-2012 (retired)
- Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the UCSF School of Medicine. Director of Health Professional Outreach and Education for the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), 2012-present
- PSR National Board Member (1993 to present; National President 2003 and 2014
- Member, Board of Directors, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), 2012-2014.
- Chairperson, American Public Health Association (APHA) Peace Caucus
- Member, Santa Clara County Medical Association (SCCMA), and House of Delegates, California Medical Association (CMA)
Robert M. Gould, MD, graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and from 1981 until 2012 worked as a Pathologist at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose. In 2012 Bob was appointed as an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the UCSF School of Medicine, to serve as Director of Health Professional Outreach and Education for the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). Since 1989, he has been President of the SF-Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and in 2003 and 2014 was President of National PSR. Since 1986, Dr. Gould has been a leading member of the Peace Caucus of the American Public Health Association, for which he has been Chairperson for numerous years, and in 2009 APHA awarded Bob the prestigious Sidel-Levy Peace Award. Dr. Gould has been recognized as a leading expert on the environmental and public health impacts of nuclear weapons, and has been a contributing author to chapters on health impacts of nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism in “War and Public Health” (2008) and “Terrorism and Public Health” (2011) published by Oxford University Press.
Since 1992, Dr. Gould has been a leading member of the Environmental Health Committee of the Santa Clara County chapter of the California Medical Association (CMA), and through this work has authored and submitted numerous environmental health resolutions adopted by CMA as policy. For his work within CMA, he received the Santa Clara County Medical Association’s (SCCMA) "Outstanding Contribution in Community Service" award in 2001, and “Outstanding Contribution to the Medical Society award in 2012. Dr. Gould was also listed as one of Santa Clara County's "Top 400 Physicians" in peer-review surveys published in San Jose Magazine in 2001 through 2007.
Jeffrey Ritterman, MD, Vice President
- Chief of cardiology at Kaiser Richmond, 1981-2010 (retired)
- City Council of Richmond, 2008-2012
- Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board to the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, 1990-2010
- Cofounder of The Committee for Health Rights in Central America, The Salvadoran Medical Relief Fund, and the Southern Africa Medical Aid Fund
Jeffrey Ritterman, MD, retired as chief of cardiology at Kaiser Richmond in 2010, where he had worked since 1981. He is on the steering committee of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. For the past 25 years, Dr. Ritterman has worked to put a human face on tragedies across the globe. He was a cofounder of The Committee for Health Rights in Central America, The Salvadoran Medical Relief Fund, and the Southern Africa Medical Aid Fund. He has personally delivered medical supplies to Salvadoran refugees living in camps in Honduras and Costa Rica during the war in El Salvador in the 1980s. He has also delivered medical supplies to the African National Congress's clinic in Lusak, Zambia, prior to the end of Apartheid. And after returning from a Peace Delegation to Amman, Jordan, in 2005, Dr. Ritterman prepared a presentation titled "Medical and Human Rights Consequences of the War in Iraq."
From 2008 until 2012, Dr. Ritterman served on the City Council of Richmond, CA. As a councilman, Dr. Ritterman has introduced legislation to turn health research into municipal policy. Due to his efforts, Richmond’s tobacco prevention ordinances are now models for the state. The Soda Tax campaign was initiated and led by Dr. Ritterman as a policy response to the worsening childhood obesity epidemic in Richmond. Dr. Ritterman is also actively working to educate the public on the adverse health impacts of climate change as well as our industrial food system.
Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH, Secretary/Treasurer
- Staff Physician, Kaiser Permanente, Occupational Medicine Department, San Francisco, 2013-current
- Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Medicine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Department of Urology. 2006-current
- Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 2006-2013
- Pool Physician Kaiser Permanente, Occupational Medicine Department 2007-2013
Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH, has a broad background in reproductive physiology, clinical medicine, and public health. She currently works as a staff physician in the Occupational Medicine Department of Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco.
Dr. Sarah Janssen has over 20 years of experience studying a number of toxic chemicals, including hormone-disrupting substances that may interfere with fertility and reproduction. Her work has included research on a wide range of chemicals commonly found in consumer products including flame retardants, plastics and plasticizers, cosmetics and personal care products and the impacts of exposure on child development, adult reproductive health, and cancer.
Dr. Janssen is a graduate of the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where she received her MD and PhD in Reproductive Physiology. Dr. Janssen completed residency training at the University of California, San Francisco, obtained a MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and is board-certified in the specialty area of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Dr. Janssen is also an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco in the School of Medicine. Dr. Janssen is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.
Dr. Janssen has been involved with PSR since she was a medical student at UIUC. As co-president of the student chapter, she was involved in a number of environmental health issues such as health hazards from medical waste incineration and mercury thermometers. Her work in student PSR was recognized with the Broad Street Pump Award from National PSR in 1998. Dr. Janssen continues to be interested in a broad range of environmental health issues.
Ronald G. Bieselin, MD
- Breast Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Vascular Access Surgery, Sutter Solano Medical Center
Michael D. Geschwind, MD, PhD
- Associate Professor of Neurology and holds the Michael J. Homer Chair in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Memory and Aging Center (MAC)
- Board member, New York City PSR, 1992–1996
- International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Deputy Representative to the United Nations, 1992–1995
Michael Geschwind, MD, PhD, received his MD and PhD in neuroscience through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He finished his internship in internal medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, and completed his neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He completed his fellowship in behavioral neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Memory and Aging Center, where he is an Associate Professor of Neurology and holds the Michael J. Homer Chair in Neurology.
Dr. Geschwind has been active in PSR and International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) since his days as a medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 1990, he was the US representative on the IPPNW Baltic Bicycle Tour, protesting the presence of nuclear weapons in the Baltic Sea. Participation in this work motivated him to become more active in national PSR, starting the medical student PSR listserv, helping place a student on the national PSR board, directing his medical school PSR chapter for several years. He served as a board member of New York City PSR from 1992–1996. From 1992–1995, Michael served as IPPNW’s Deputy Representative to the United Nations, working very closely with his PSR mentor Dr. Victor Sidel, past-PSR president. Together they put together a manual on arms control education for a joint working group of the UN and the International Association of University Presidents. He has been on the SF Bay Area PSR Steering Committee since 2001, focusing on reducing milatirism and preventing the development and use of weapons of mass destruction.
Clinically, Dr. Geschwind evaluates patients in the UCSF Memory and Aging Center clinic and is also active in the training of medical students, residents and fellows. His primary medical research interest is the assessment and treatment of rapidly progressive dementias, including prion diseases, such as Jakob-Creutzfeldt-disease (CJD), and autoimmune (antibody-mediated) dementias . Dr. Geschwind established an inpatient hospital program for the assessment of rapidly progressive dementias at UCSF, the first of its kind in the country. He also has an active research interest in movement disorders with cognitive dysfunction, such as Huntington’s Disease, Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and other atypical parkinsonian dementias.
Rohini Haar, MD, MPH
- Research Fellow- Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley
- Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Kaiser Medical
Center, Oakland CA
- Consultant, International Rescue Committee and Physicians for Human Rights
Tom Newman, MD, MPH
- Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine
- Former Member (2005-2014), National PSR Board of Directors
- Founding Chair of the UCSF Academic Senate Sustainability Committee (2013-2014) and member of the UCSF Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability
Tom Newman, MD, MPH, is Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology at the School of Medicine of the University of California at San Francisco. His research, on such diverse topics as the effect of the military draft on subsequent mortality, infant safety on airplanes, and jaundice and infections in infants, has received international recognition; in 2004 he received the Career Research award from the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association, and in 2010 The Elizabeth Leisticow Award for the Promotion of Evidence-Based Pediatrics from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is an author of many research papers and coauthor of two textbooks: Designing Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Diagnosis. He is donating 100% of his royalties for the latter to PSR. He serves on the SF Bay Area PSR Board of Directors and has served on the National PSR Board of Directors and Security Committee. In the 1980s he co-taught a UCSF course on nuclear weapons and in 2004 resumed lecturing on that topic to diverse audiences. More recently he has worked on raising awareness of global climate change and sustainability; in 2011 he was awarded the First Annual Faculty Sustainability Award at UCSF. View Dr. Newman's "document repository" website here.
Frank Lucido, MD, has practiced General and Family Practice in Berkeley, Calif., since 1979. He is also a medical-legal consultant, specializing in medical cannabis consultations, and medical-legal defense of patients and doctors who appropriately use or recommend medical cannabis. He is the founder of MedicalBoardWatch.com and AIMLegal.org.