Winston Wong, M.D., M.S.
Winston Wong, MD, MS, FAAFP, is a Scholar in Residence at the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity at the Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA. A fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, Dr. Wong’s professional career has encompassed leadership roles at community health centers, federal service and most recently at Kaiser Permanente, where he served as Medical Director for Community Benefit for over 17 years. His commitment to addressing health equity is anchored by his experience as a bilingual primary care community health center physician for the Asian immigrant community in Oakland Chinatown, which led him to leadership roles in the United States Public Health Service, where he served as HRSA’s chief Clinical Officer for a region than spanned the Pacific and western United States. At Kaiser Permanente, he was responsible for its national philanthropic strategies to support clinical and population management initiatives with the safety net, and for its quality initiatives to address disparities within its 12 million membership.
In 2016 he was appointed to the US DHHS Advisory Committee on Minority Health, and in 2019 was appointed chair. At the NASEM he chairs the Roundtable on Health Equity, and has served on the Board of Population Health and Public Health Practice. As a leader in philanthropy, he has active Board roles at the California Endowment and Grantmakers in Health. He also previously served as Board Chair for the School Based Health Alliance and is the current acting CEO and Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians. His work in developing programs and policies to address health equity has been recognized by awards from the California Primary Care Association, Latino Health Access, the Minority Health Foundation, Asian Health Services, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. In addition to his 2020 Scholar in Residence appointment at UCLA, Dr. Wong received a Doctor or Humane Letters from the A.T. Still of Osteopathic Medicine.
Martina Leialoha Kamaka, M.D.
Martina Kamaka is a board certified family physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Dr. Kamaka is a Native Hawaiian physician from Kāne`ohe, O`ahu, Hawai`i. After attending the Kamehameha Schools, she obtained her B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame. She received her M.D. degree from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and finished her residency in Family Medicine in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
She has been on the faculty of the John A. Burns School of Medicine since 1999 where she focuses on healthcare disparities and cultural competency training. She is founding member and past president of both the `Ahahui o nā Kauka (Association of Native Hawaiian Physicians) and the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC). She continues in leadership positions of both organizations. In addition, she has served on the boards of several other nonprofits as well as health related organizations including the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems Institutional Review Board, the Hawai`i Medical Association and the Hawai`i Academy of Family Physicians. She has been a board member of NCAPIP since 2012.
Warren Chin, M.D.
Dr. Chin is the current Executive Director, and past president, of the Chinese American Medical Society (CAMS), and has been practicing specialty medicine in New York City for over thirty years. He graduated from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education / Meharry Medical College Program in 1981. He works in New York, NY and specializes in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine.
Dr. Chin is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital and Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and is the Director of Asian Cardiac Services at New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. Dr. Chin is also the current Chairman of the Federation of Chinese Medical Societies (FCMS).
L. Eric Leung, M.D.
Dr. Leung graduated from John Hopkins University and received his ophthalmology training at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a practicing comprehensive ophthalmologist for the past 30 years. Associated with the Chinese Community Health Care Association since its inception 26 years ago, he has served in various capacities as the Board Secretary, Treasurer, and for the past five years, as the President of CCHCA. He also serves on the Board of the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco. Finally, he has been associated with the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Council (NCAPIP) since its formation three years ago.
Ho Luong Tran, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Ho Luong Tran came from a compelling history as a Vietnamese refugee and built an inspiring twenty year government and public health service career. She is a recognized visionary leader and compassionate advocate for the advancement of well-being of ethnic communities.
Dr. Tran received a doctor of medicine degree from Saigon Medical School, completed a Pediatrics residency at St. Luke Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago, and received a master's degree in Public Health at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Tran chaired the State of Illinois Governor's Advisory Council on Asian Affairs and the City of Chicago Mayor's Council on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. She has been appointed to many commissions, including the HHS Secretary's National Minority Health Advisory Council. Dr. Tran also served as the Special Assistant on Asian Affairs within the Center for Minority Health of the Illinois Department of Public Health, helping minority populations by providing information and technical assistance, and by developing, maintaining and enhancing health care services.
Dr. Tran was the President & CEO of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national advocacy organization whose mission is to enable AANHPIs to attain the highest level of health and well-being. In less than five years, she grew the organization's budget from $2.9 to $6 million, developed health policy initiatives such as creating the Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Alliance and NCAPIP, and led her policy staff to develop the Blueprint for Achieving Optimal Health and Well-Being of AANHPIs.
Recently, Dr. Tran was recognized for excellence in bringing Asian health issues to the forefront when she received the Trailblazer award from the Office of Minority Health, Health and Human Services. She received local recognition when she was featured in ABC7 KGO-TV San Francisco News Profiles of Excellence series.
Since 1983 Dr. Arthur Chen has practiced as a family physician at Asian Health Services in Oakland, California where he also served as Medical Director. From 2001-2009 he served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Alameda Alliance for Health, a Medicaid Managed Care non-profit health plan. From 1996-2001 he was the Public Health Officer for Alameda County. Prior to that he served as the Associate Medical Director of the Institute of Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was also the Executive Director of the New York Chinatown Health Clinic.
Board of Directors appointments: 2001 - present (Chairperson, 2006-2008) The California Endowment, a health foundation. From 1988-2006 (Chairperson, 1998-2006) the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national policy and advocacy organization.From 1997-2001 (Executive Committee, 2000-2001) the California Conference of Local Health Officers.From 2001-2003 the Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically Competent Physicians and Dentists for the CA Dept of Consumer Affairs.Between 1997-2001 he served on the National Association of County and City Health Officials MAPP (Mobilization for Action through Planning and Partnerships) planning committee. From 2004 to present, he served as an Executive Council member of the Alameda Contra Costa County Medical Association.
Dr. Chen was the recipient of the 2008 California Medical Association Foundation's Robert D. Sparks, MD Leadership Award. He was selected as a fellow to the 1996-7 Public Health Leadership Institute sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the University of California. During l989-l992 he was a member of the Kellogg National Fellowship Program. He has also served on advisory and planning committees to the Bureau of Primary Health Care of the U.S. Public Health Service, the Office of Minority Health, the National Institutes of Health and the American Lung Association.
Dr. Son Do is a first generation Vietnamese American, who immigrated as a refugee to the US, after the fall of the Republic of Vietnam in 1975. He graduated from the University of Kansas. He completed his residency at the University of Kansas, chief residency at Dwight Eisenhower VA Hospital, and gastroenterology fellowship and University of Arizona in Tucson.
Dr. Do is among the founding Board members of Digestive Health Associates of Texas (DHAT), one of the largest single specialty gastroenterology group in the country, with 75 members. He is also currently a volunteer clinical instructor at University of Texas Southwestern.
Dr. Do is actively involved in promoting cancer screening and hepatitis B screening/treatment for Asian Americans. He has served as the Chairman of the National CDC Task Force for Hepatitis B in Asian Americans. He also is participating in clinical research for both hepatitis B and C, including the 7-year NIH-directed multi-center hepatitis B Research Network.
Dr. Do is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Vietnamese American Medical Association, a national organization with 13 regional chapters. He is also a board member of the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians. He is a member of the Colorectal Committee at Texas Health Plano hospital and a member or Electronic Health Record Committee for DHAT.
Gordon L. Fung, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Dr. Gordon L. Fung is a cardiologist specializing in the treatment of heart disease with a special interest in cardiac rehabilitation, cardiovascular pharmacology, electrocardiography, and preventive cardiology. At UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, he is Director of the Cardiology Consultation Service, the Cardiac Noninvasive Laboratory, and the nation's first Asian Heart & Vascular Center. At Moffitt - Long Hospitals, he directs the Electrocardiography Laboratory and is the Associate Director of the Non-Invasive Laboratory. His research explores advances in preventive cardiology and ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease.
Fung earned a master's degree in public health in hospital economics and administration at the University of California, Berkeley and a medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed an internal medicine residency and was chief resident at Highland General Hospital in Oakland. He completed a cardiology fellowship at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Martinez, California. He is active in the American Heart Association and has served on the association's national board of directors. He is also active in the American College of Cardiology and was a member of its Board of Governors. In 2007, Dr. Fung was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Chinese Philosophy. Fung is a clinical professor of medicine and cardiology at UCSF School of Medicine.
In 2007, Fung was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Council of Multicultural Health which advises the State Department of Public Health and the State Department of Health Services. In 2006, he was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsome in San Francisco to represent the San Francisco Medical Society Healthy San Francisco Advisory Oversight Committee. At the National American Heart Association, he serves on the Diversity Leadership Committee as well as the Asian Outreach Task Force of the Western States Affiliate and member of the Chinese Community Cardiac Council at the San Francisco Division. Fung also directs an Annual Symposium Cardiovascular Diseases in Asians.
Alka Kanaya, M.D., is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Division of General Internal Medicine. An expert in type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease, Dr. Kanaya is Principal Investigator of the MASALA study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to determine risk factors for subclinical atherosclerosis among South Asian Americans and the study on Restorative yoga vs. stretching for adults with metabolic syndrome (PRYSMS study). Dr. Kanaya is an internist at UCSF where she leads a research program for fellows at UCSF. She also sees patients in General Medicine at Mount Zion Clinic where she instructs residents in care of their patients.
Dr. Lee is a private practice radiologist and a partner in Los Alamitos Radiology Group. He received his bachelor's degree in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University, and obtained his medical degree from the University of Maryland. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Chicago and a fellowship in abdominal imaging at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Dr. Lee is on the Steering Committee of the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP), and is co-chair of the Programs committee. He is Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), and was one of the original student organizers that helped lead to the formation of APAMSA in 1995. He has been involved with the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) since 1994, serving many roles including National President, President of its Chicago chapter, and co-chair of the 2008 National Convention. He is a former president of the Orange County chapter of OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans).
Honors include being named to "Who's Who in the World," "Who's Who in America" and "America's Top Physicians," and a NAAAP National Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Lee also does acting and comedy on the side in Los Angeles, as a member of the Advanced Team of Cold Tofu Improv, and taking classes with East West Players' Actors Conservatory, including studio project performances of "The Laramie Project," "Twelfth Night," and "Ivanov."
Dexter Louie, M.D., J.D., M.P.A.
Dr. Louie is an otolaryngologist in private practice in Chinatown, San Francisco, since 1977, and was Associate Medical Director of the Chinese Community Health Plan, a community-based HMO, for 15 years.
He was born in San Francisco and received his BA from Stanford University and his MD and residency training from Tulane University. Dr. Louie then received his JD and MPA degrees from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
Dr. Louie served on the Governing Board of the Moraga School District, Moraga, California for 14 years. He is a Past President of the San Francisco Medical Society. He has been on the Board of Directors of the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation for 8 years and was Chair of the Board for 4 years
He served on the California Wellness Taskforce and is a consultant to the CMA Foundation’s Obesity and Type II Diabetes Prevention Project. The project focuses on obesity prevention at a grassroots, community level, including a physician champion model for community leadership in obesity/diabetes prevention.
Dr. Louie is on the Steering Committee of the Network of Ethnic Physicians Organizations, a project of the CMA Foundation, Chair of the Board of the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, and Past-Chair of the Board of the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum. These organizations focus on issues of minority health and healthcare disparities, healthcare access, and meaningful and effective patient engagement.
Most recently, Dr. Louie was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Office of Health Equity, California Dept. of Public Health.
Dr. Ma was born in Shanghai, China and finished high school in Hong Kong. He graduated from Occidental College Los Angeles with AB in Chemistry and continued to USC Medical School in Los Angeles. He finished his training in Internal Medicine at LAC USC Medical center and joined Ross Loos Medical group, where he was elected to the Board of Ross Loos after 4 years. Ross Loos was bought out by CIGNA Health plan in 1980 and Dr. Ma was promoted to Deptartment Chairman of the Internal Medicine department in charge of 28 doctors. He was also elected president of CIGNA hospital in 1984. After the contract with CIGNA health plan expired, he set up private solo practice in Chinatown of Los Angeles as a safety net internist.
Dr. Ma joined a group of fellow physicians in Chinatown and took over the Bankrupt community French hospital in 1989 which was renamed the Pacific Alliance Medical Center (PAMC). He was elected to be on the Board of PAMC in 1993 and has served on it since. Dr. Ma was also elected President of Pacific Medical Center and served in 1996. PAMC acquired 50% ownership of Carefirst health plan (an HMO) and has expanded their business into an MSO (Synermed) .
Dr. Ma is also active in the California Medical Association, serving as a delegate for the Los Angeles county and Ethnic Medical Organization. He was elected to the Los Angeles County Medical Association Presidency in 2010. At present, Dr. Ma is serving on the Board of Employee Health Services IPA ( State wide IPA with quarter million Medi-Cal patients and still active in Organized Medicine. And of course, he is with NCAPIP.
Kenneth P. Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H.
Rear Admiral Kenneth Moritsugu was the Acting Surgeon General of the United States, in 2002 and again from July 2006 until his retirement from the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) in September 2007. As Acting Surgeon General, he served as the nation’s top doctor, communicating the best available science and information to the American people, to help protect, promote, and advance their health and safety. He was also the operational commander of the 6,500 Commissioned Corps health professionals. A career officer in the USPHS for 37 years, he also served as the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States from 1998 through 2007.
Dr. Moritsugu is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine; holds Fellowships in the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Royal Society of Public Health, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the National Academy of Public Administration; and is a Certified Correctional Health Professional. He is an Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Sheldon Riklon, MD, is a Marshallese family physician, born and raised in the Marshall Islands. He is one of only two Marshallese in the world who has completed medical school and residency training at an accredited program in the United States. He completed the `Imi Ho'ōla Post Graduate Program at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa and matriculated through the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) where he received his MD in 1998.
At home in the Marshall islands he served as a primary care physician at Majuro Hospital, chaired the national medical referral committee, chaired Majuro Hospital's Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, was a member of the institutional review committee, and directed the Special Medical Care Program that provided healthcare to the radiation affected population in the Marshall Islands. In 2009, he returned to Hawai`i and was a faculty member with University of Hawai`i’s JABSOM’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and served as the Family Medicine Clerkship Director.
Dr. Riklon has been actively involved among the Marshallese and the other Micronesian populations in Hawai`i as one of the founding members and recent past-chair of the Micronesian Health Advisory Coalition (“MHAC”). He is an active member of the Compact of Free Association- Community Leadership and Advocacy Network (COFA-CLAN).
Dr. Riklon is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and a co-investigator in the Office of Community Health and Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Northwest Campus. He is the inaugural recipient of the Peter O. Kohler, M.D., Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Health Disparities at UAMS-NW Campus. He serves as a primary care physician at Community Clinic in Springdale that serves a large patient population of Marshallese and underserved populations in NW Arkansas.
Dr. Nadine Salle is an internist in Honolulu, Hawai`i and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women & Children and Queen's Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Keck School of Medicine of USC and has been in practice for 17 years.
Kenneth T. Sim, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Kenneth Sim is a board certified surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons practicing general and laparoscopic surgery in Los Angeles County. He operates as President and CEO of two Ambulatory Outpatient Surgery Centers.
As Co-Chairman of Network Medical Management, he manages 570,000 patients in seven counties in Southern and Central California. In addition, he is the Chairman of
the Board for Allied Physicians of California servicing 300,000 members in San Gabriel Valley. His vision is to transform the IPA model into a population manager to achieve Triple Aims to provide the best care at the least cost with best outcome.
Dr. Sim and his partners purchased Sunny View Care Center in Alhambra and were chosen by US News and World Report as one of the best senior care centers in California with a Five Star Rating. This is an integrated effort to provide better coordination of care to senior citizens.
In his free time, Dr. Sim enjoys his family and a round of golf.
Susan Wu is a Pediatric Hospitalist at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. She is also Director of the Pediatric Residency Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Program. She received both her undergraduate degree and medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, and completed a pediatric residency and chief residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland. Her research interests include healthcare access, injury prevention, and childhood respiratory diseases. She serves on the boards of the California Physicians Alliance, (the state chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program), the American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter 2, and the Asian Pacific Community Fund.
The National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) represents Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander physicians committed to the advancement of the health and well-being of their patients and communities. NCAPIP believes in shaping health care in America to meet this shared American goal of optimal health for all.
Physicians must take a leadership role in assuring that every American receives the highest quality health care, provided by health care systems and supported by health care policies that value each and every individual and their unique backgrounds. Health care should be provided in an equitable manner, without discrimination based on type of health insurance, income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic location, or immigration status.
NCAPIP recognizes the important policy gains implemented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and supports additional national, state, local, and health care industry-driven policy reforms that will address the disparities AANHPI populations face, and which would improve the health care systems in the U.S. for all. To achieve optimal health for all, federal, state, local, and health care industry policies, standards, and practices must address:
- affordable access to care that is not only affordable health insurance coverage, but also overcoming cultural and linguistic barriers to care;
- improved quality of care, a must for all Americans, with consideration given to the socioeconomic conditions, diversity of needs, and health disparities experienced by AANHPIs;
- reduced costs and payment reform with continued innovation, and intentional shift of resources to prevention and wellness, primary care, and home- and community based care; and
- health workforce development and leadership.