2022 Board of Advisors

Innovative Solutions in a Broken Healthcare System: Improving Mental Healthcare Access, Housing and Food Insecurity, and Diversity in Medicine 


 Clarence Braddock III, MD, MPH, MACP
Dr. Braddock is a board certified internist and Vice Dean for Education in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has held the Maxine and Eugene Rosenfeld Chair in Medical Education since 2015. Prior to his appointment as Vice Dean, he served as Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. He was also Director of the Stanford Center for Medical Education Research and Innovation, where he directed the RathmannFamily Foundation Medical Education Research Fellowship. Dr. Braddock has been a national leader in medical education, particularly in bioethicsand doctor-patient communication. He launched the Bioethics Education Project at the University of Washington, an initiative to expand ethics and professionalism education, and the Practice of Medicine program at Stanford, an initiative to integrate ethics, professionalism, doctor-patient communication and population health into the pre-clerkship medical school curriculum. He also led the development of a model curriculum in bioethics and medical humanities with the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and is a founding member of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care. He was named Interim Director of the UCLA Health Ethics Centerin 2019. In the Fall of 2020, Dr. Braddock wasappointed as the Executive Director of the DGSOM Anti-racism Roadmapto workwith the DGSOM community to develop and advance high-impact change across theschool. Dr. Braddock has a long history of commitment to addressing systemic racismin academic medicine.

 Lindsey Wells, MD

Dr. Lindsay Wells is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCLA. She received her medical degree from Indiana University and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCLA, where she became a faculty member in 2012. In the last eight years, she has championed efforts to create a more inclusive and diverse medical community at UCLA. Dr. Wells has served as a clinical lecturer and faculty advisor to the Alliance PBS Health Services Academy-UCLA Physician Shadow Program, contributing to the development of the curriculum, as well as mentoring high school aged participants, mainly students of color and/or students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. For the past several summers, she has served as a clinician preceptor for the UCLA PREP summer program, providing pre-medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds an array of clinical experiences while offering them assistance with medical school preparation. For the past two years, she has served as a key member of the UCLA Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency
Applicant Committee. Her work on that committee entailed creating educational materials for the Internal Medicine-Pediatric faculty on how to recognize implicit bias within the application process and how to conduct a holistic review of residency applications. Dr. Wells is an experienced and well-respected medical educator who has consistently received outstanding teaching evaluations and has been nominated twice for clinical teaching awards. She has published on the importance of teaching advocacy in medical education and has co-authored a textbook chapter on addressing the social determinants of health. In October 2020, she was appointed the inaugural co-chair of the UCLA School of Medicine Anti-Racism and Health Equity Theme Thread. In that role, she works towards creating a robust focus on anti-racism, structural and social determinants of health, and health equity throughout all four years of the medical school curriculum.


 Elizabeth Yzquierdo, MPH, EdD

Dr. Yzquierdo MPH, EdD is Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and adjunct Assistant Professor in the department of Community Health Sciences. She earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D)from the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies; MPH in Community Health from California State University Northridge; and BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Yzquierdo currently oversees the student affairs office which includes academic, admissions, and financial services for over 600 graduate students annually across five departments. She teaches Public Health 495 designed to prepare graduate students for teaching public health. With over 25 years experiencein student affairs, she has worked with undergraduate, graduate and professional students in public, private and professional schools. She has directed programs and served on various local and national advisory committees with the goal of diversifying higher education and health professional schools.


Ron Brookmeyer, PhD

Dr. Ron Brookmeyer serves as dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Brookmeyer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He received the American Public Health Association’s Spiegelman gold medal for significant contributions to health statistics. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Prior to his arrival at UCLA in 2010, Dr. Brookmeyer was Professor of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where he served as the Director of the schoolwide interdepartmental Master of Public Health Program. He was awarded the Stebbins Medal from Johns Hopkins University for outstanding contributions to educational programs.Dr. Brookmeyer was the 2011 Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecturer at UCLA, the 2012 Donna J. Brogan Lecturer at Emory University, and the 2014 Norman Breslow Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Washington. Dr. Brookmeyer is the recipient of the American Statistical Association’s Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions at theintersection of statistical science and epidemiology and the Karl. Peace Award for outstanding statistical contributions for the betterment of society. He has served on numerous editorial boards and national scientific panels including the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council, the Institute of Medicine Panel on methodological challenges in HIV prevention trials, and the Institute of Medicine Panel to evaluate the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).


 Ninez Ponce, PhD

Dr. Ninez Ponce, Ph.D., M.P.P., is a professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of its UCLC Center for Health Policy Research. She leads the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation’s largest state health survey, recognized as a national model for data collection on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and immigrant health. Ponce recently served on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics. She has served on committees for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Quality Forum (NQF), where her expertise has focused on setting guidance for health systems in the measurement and use of race/ethnicity and other social determinants of health as tools to monitor health equity. In 2019, Ponce and her team received the AcademyHealth Impact award for their contributions to population health measurement to inform public policies. In recognition of her career-long commitment to community-engaged research and data advocacy, Ponce was the 2019-20 recipient of the Don T. Nakanishi Award for Outstanding Engaged Scholarship at UCLA and the 2020 inaugural Data Equity award from the Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL).As the chair of AcademyHealth 2020 meeting, Ponce advocated for plenary discussions of algorithmic fairness, especially in making inferences on health, health behaviors, and health risks of people of color. In many ways the excellence of the health policy field is conditioned on the diversity, equity, and inclusion of the data. Ponce champions better data, especially on social determinantsof health, better inferences on communities of color, better population representation of data, especially for those that are typically invisible in administrative and surveillance data, and better care for overlooked groups. Ponce earned her bachelor’sdegree in science at UC Berkeley, her master’s degree in public policy at Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in health services at UCLA.


Sural Shah, MD, MPH

Dr. Sural Shah is a primary care physician in Los Angeles, CA.Dr. Shah is a faculty advisor for the Los Angeles Human Rights Initiative and co-directs the Olive View-UCLA Human Rights Clinic. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed her training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania-Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. She obtained her Master's in Public Health from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.She is an assistant professor in the Division of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA andis chief of the Division of Primary Care at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. 


Jody Heymann, MD, PhD

Jody Heymann, MD, PhD is Founding Director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, and Distinguished Professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Geffen School of Medicine.An unprecedented effort to improve the level and quality of comparative policy data available to policymakers, researchers and the public, WORLD examines health and social policies and outcomes in all 193 UN countries.Dr. Heymann previously held a Canada Research Chair in Global Health andSocial Policy at McGill University where she was the founding director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy.While on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, she founded the Project on Global Working Families. Dr. Heymann has received numerous honors, including election to the national Institute of Medicine in 2013 and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2012. She has worked with leaders in North American, European, African, and Latin American governments as well as a wide range of intergovernmental organizations including the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, the World Economic Forum, UNICEF, and UNESCO.Dr. Heymann’s findings have been featured on CNN Headline News; MSNBC; Good Morning America; Fox News; National Public Radio’s All Things Considered; Fresh Air and Marketplace; in The New York Times; Washington Post; Los Angeles Times; Business Week, Inc; Portfolio; Forbes India and USA Today among other internationally and nationally syndicated programs and press.