Board of Directors

Robert M. Gould, MD, Board President

  • Pathologist, Kaiser Hospital, San Jose, 1981-2012 (retired)
  • Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine.
  • Director of Health Professional Outreach and Education for the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), 2012-present
  • Board Member, PSR National, 1993–present
  • National President, PSR National, 2003–2014
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), 2012-2014
  • Chairperson, Peace Caucus in affiliation with the American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Member, Santa Clara County Medical Association (SCCMA), and House of Delegates, California Medical Association (CMA)

Tova Fuller, MD, PhD, Board Vice President, Chair of Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, 2018-present
  • National Board Member and Student National Representative, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 2006-2010
  • Board Member and Nuclear Ambassador, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles, 2007-2010
  • Nuclear Task Force Member, Washington State Physicians for Social Responsibility,  2016-2018
  • Member, American Psychiatric Association, 2018-present
  • Member, Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 2020-present

I most value PSR’s emphasis, education, and advocacy on the two greatest existential crises we face today: climate change and nuclear proliferation.

Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH, Secretary / Treasurer

  • Senior Physician, Kaiser Permanente, Occupational Medicine Department, San Francisco, 2013-current
  • Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Medicine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2006-current
  • Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 2006-2013

I most value PSR’s emphasis, education, and advocacy on the two greatest existential crises we face today: climate change and nuclear proliferation.

Sarah J. Coates, MD

  • Pediatric Dermatology Fellow, University of California San Francisco, 2020-2021
  • GloCal Health Institute Fogarty Global Health Fellow, 2019-2020
  • Representative of Society for Pediatric Dermatology to the Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health, 2020-present
  • Core Member, Expert Resource Group on Climate Change and Environmental Issues, American Academy of Dermatology, 2018-present
  • Core Member, International Society of Dermatology Climate Change Committee, 2018-present
  • Member, Environmental Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility San Francisco Bay Chapter, 2020-present
  • Board Member, Physicians for Social Responsibility San Francisco Bay Chapter, 2020-present

Janice L. Kirsch, MD, MPH

  • Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, 1983–2016 (retired)
  • Public Health Investigator with the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, 1999–2004
  • Former President New York City Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Speakers Bureau Coordinator, 350 Bay Area, 2017–present
  • Public Health Consultant, No Coal in Oakland, 2016–2017
  • Presenter and Mentor, Climate Reality Project, 2015–present

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
  • Deputy Representative to the United Nations, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), 1992–1995

Rohini Haar, MD, MPH

  • Adjunct Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 2020–present
  • Research Fellow, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley, 2014–present
  • Pool Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Kaiser Medical Center, Oakland, CA, 2014–present
  • Medical Advisor, Physicians for Human Rights, 2014–present

Michael J. Martin, MD, MPH, MBA

  • Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Member, Board of Directors, National PSR, 2019–present
  • Treasurer, PSR National, 2020–present
  • Co-chair, National PSR Environment & Health Committee, 2018–present
  • Chair, PSR National Finance Committee, 2020–present
  • Chair, PSR National Fundraising & Development Committee, 2020–present
  • Founder & President of Physicians Against Red Meat (PhARM), 2017–present

Tom Newman, MD, MPH

  • Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine
  • Chief of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology, UCSF, 1997–2016
  • Member, PSR National Board of Directors, 2005–2014
  • Founder, UCSF Academic Senate Sustainability Committee
  • Member, UCSF Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability
  • Founding Chair and Member SF Bay PSR Environmental Health Committee
  • Member, Green Team, Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo

SF Bay PSR provides scientific and emotional support for my activism around climate change and nuclear weapons while always providing me encouragement and inspiration to do more.

Jeffrey Ritterman, MD

  • Chief of Cardiology at Kaiser Richmond, 1981–2010 (retired)
  • Associate Professor, Touro University Joint MPH/PA Program, 2013–2016
  • Physician, Adult Primary Care, Lifelong San Pablo, 2016–present
  • Member, Board of Supervisors, Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board to the Contra Costa, 1990–2010
  • Co-founder, The Committee for Health Rights in Central America, The Salvadoran Medical Relief Fund, and the Southern Africa Medical Aid Fund
  • City Council of Richmond, 2008-2012, proposed first municipal soda tax in the United States

We must solve the worrisome problems of climate change, extreme wealth and income inequality, environmental devastation, gun violence, epidemics in obesity and diabetes, and the threat of nuclear annihilation.  It’s an honor and a duty to be a part of the solution.  I have been a PSR member since 1980.  Join us, we welcome you and we very much need your help.

Sarah Schear, Fourth-Year Medical Student

  • Medical Student, University of California, School of Medicine, MD Class of 2021
  • Advocacy Co-Chair, Medical Students for a Sustainable Future, 2019–present
  • Co-Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 1 Climate & Health Task Force, 2019–present
  • Co-Founder and Member, Climate Health Now, 2019–present
  • Member, Sunrise Movement, 2019–present

Mary L. Williams, MD

  • Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco, 1980–2006 (retired)
  • Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco, 2006–present
  • Member, Environmental Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility Bay Chapter, 2017–present
  • Co-Chair, Expert Resource Group on Climate Change and Environmental Issues, American Academy of Dermatology
  • Representative of the American Academy of Dermatology to the Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health, 2018–2020

I believe that we have a unique opportunity as health professionals to use our expertise and leverage our voices in advocating for actions and policies that will both limit future greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the harms to human health and the environment caused by global warming.

Key Member Roles

Patrice Sutton, MPH, Chair of Environmental Health Committee

  • More than 30 years of experience in occupational and environmental health research, industrial hygiene, public health practice, policy development, and community-based advocacy, in academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Scientific Collaborator, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), 2019–present
  • Research Scientist, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, UCSF, 2007–2019
  • Chair, SF Bay PSR Environmental Health Committee, 2020–present
  • Co-Program Planner, Peace Caucus in affiliation with the American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Member, APHA Occupational Health Section
  • Member, APHA Environmental Health Section
  • Research Scientist Public Health Institute, 1993–2006
  • Industrial Hygienist/Research Scientist California Department of Health Services, 1987-1993

Interns

Sarah Bakir, First-Year MPH Student UC Berkeley

  • Master of Public Health Student, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Class of 2020
  • Advisor, California Health Professional Student Alliance, 2020–present
  • Board Member, California Health Professional Student Alliance, UC Berkeley Student Chapter, 2016–2020
  • Member, Patients Support Corp, University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center, 2018–2019

Staff

Randall Miller, PhD, Executive Director

  • PhD in Ethics & Social Theory, with specialties in political, economic, and social justice, Graduate Theological Union
  • More than 25 years of leadership in a variety of progressive, nonprofit settings, including advocacy, political, philanthropic, and academic institutions

More than ever we need the kind of committed leadership and advocacy that can help repair the lasting harms done to the planet and to vulnerable populations the world over. I’m very pleased to have been tapped to lead SF Bay PSR in this important time of re-envisioning how best to mobilize Bay Area health professionals to create positive social, economic, and political changes.

Julie Lindow, MA, Writer, Editor, Communications Specialist

  • Communications Consultant, manage editorial productions, website, newsletter, PR, social media, events communications, SF Bay PSR, 2020-present
  • Blog Copyeditor, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, UCSF, 2020–present
  • Owner, Lindow Editorial Services, 2019–present
  • Master’s degree in English Literature with an emphasis in Cultural and Feminist Theory, San Francisco State University
  • Certificate in Professional Editing, University of California, Berkeley Extension
  • More than 10 years of experience writing and editing in the following topic areas: environment, medicine, history, education, fundraising

I am honored to help SF Bay PSR amplify health professionals’ voices, take concrete actions to shape policy, address environmental degradation, racial and economic injustice, nuclear weapons proliferation, and to educate the public and next generation of activists.

Tara L. Weekes, MPA, Executive Assistant

  • Executive Assistant, manage administrative duties, donor relations, assistant to executive director, SF Bay PSR, 2020–present
  • Assistant Dean for Academic Programming, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, 2019–present
  • More than 10 years experience in the non-profit sector promoting social, health, and economic equity through direct service and policy change
  • Master of Public Administration from the School of Public Service at Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Hampton University.

I most value the health advocacy SF Bay PSR endorses regarding energy, environmental health, and nuclear weapons policy at the local, federal, and international level.