Al-Samarrai, of Oakland, California, is a physician and epidemiologist who served as deputy health officer and tuberculosis controller at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department in California. Her work focused on immigrant and refugee health issues, particularly tuberculosis and hepatitis B. Prior to this, Al-Samarrai served as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Billioux, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, is an internist focused on primary care and improving healthcare delivery globally. He served as assistant chief of the Osler Medical Service at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he trained and mentored more than 140 internal medicine residents while treating patients in East Baltimore.
Bleich, of Baltimore, worked as an associate professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was responsible for leading research teams, speaking nationally and internationally, teaching, and advising students. She has published more than 75 papers in top journals of public health and medicine and is widely known for her research on obesity prevention.
Elnahal, of Baltimore, is taking a leave from residency in radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has authored more than a dozen publications on healthcare quality, operations management and patient safety. Elnahal co-developed a published methodology that doubled clinic efficiency in the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Multidisciplinary Clinic, cutting patient wait times by half. As an operations consultant for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Pittsburgh VA hospitals, he expanded on this work to improve care access for veterans and active duty service members. He was a Fellow in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and served as chair of the House Staff Patient Safety and Quality Council at Hopkins.
Llano, of Miami, was program director of health policy and economics at LSE Enterprise, where he worked with public institutions on health policy issues and conducted healthcare research. Previously, he worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Rwanda and as a consultant to the World Health Organization in Asia, where he developed a tuberculosis and migration framework providing policy guidance to WHO member states.
Macdonald, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a family medicine physician at UCLA. She served 11 years in the Minnesota Army National Guard and completed a tour abroad, during which she volunteered as a medical provider in addition to her primary duties as a musician. She completed morale missions to remote bases as a keyboardist and traveled as a solo vocalist to high profile international Transition of Authority ceremonies, performing the American and Iraqi national anthems as territories of Iraq were relinquished from American back to Iraqi authority.
<h3><strong>Kamillah Wood, MD</strong></h3>