Board Members and Staff
Peter Orris, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM, a former NIOSH Medical Officer, is the Chief of Service for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, and a Professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. He holds Professorships on the faculties of the Northwestern and Rush Medical Schools in Preventive and Internal Medicine, has served as advisor to WHO, PAHO, as well as Federal, State and Local Governments, environmental organizations, labor unions and corporations. He is currently a member of the State of Illinois’ Board of Health, and the US/Canadian Health Professionals Task Force of the International Joint Commission and is an Expert Consultant to USEPA Region V. He chairs the Research Collaborative of Health Care Without Harm, and is President of the Westside Branch of the Chicago Medical Society. He has edited and authored numerous articles, book chapters and governmental reports in the field of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and maintains an active clinical and teaching practice.
A graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan, Robin Bradley, MA, worked in infant, maternal and mental health for years before joining the PSR team. A Colver-Rosenberger Scholar and trained doula, her past work and research focused on parenting and prenatal education, women's health and supportive services for survivors of sexual violence. Ms. Bradley lives on Chicago's Northwest side with her son, Solomon, and is excited to have transitioned into work in the environmental justice movement.
Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a Family Medicine residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. After nine years of practice she sought additional training and board certification in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public. She is director the UIC residency program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Director of the Great Lakes Center for Children’s Environmental Health.
Lee Francis was appointed President and CEO by Erie Family Health Center's board of directors in September 2007. Erie is a community health center serving over 34,000 Chicago area patients at 11 sites, regardless of the ability to pay. Since starting this leadership role at Erie, he has led organization toward some notable accomplishments, including the implementation of electronic health record systems at all of Erie's sites; the expansion of oral health services; a strong financial bottom line; the development of Erie's 2010 Strategic Plan; and the expansion of Erie’s board of directors. Dr. Francis works with the Executive Leadership Team, the Quality Improvement Department and with Erie's Board of Directors to ensure that Erie is a leader in quality care. He is also charged with ensuring the strategic growth of the organization. In addition to his executive responsibilities, Dr. Francis is still a practicing Internist and sees adult patients on a regular basis at Erie.
Dr. Francis served as national president of the Physicians for Social Responsibility in 2001 and was a member of the board of directors for 15 years. He was selected as a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow in 2000. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, a volunteer position, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
He joined Erie Family Health Center in 1991 as an Internist and served as its medical director from 2001-2007. Prior to becoming medical director, he spent ten years dividing his time between Erie and Cook County Hospital. Dr. Francis completed his medical training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He is a graduate of Amherst College, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.
Sarah Pressman Lovinger
Sarah Pressman Lovinger, MD, is an internist who has worked in community health centers providing care for uninsured adults for more than 15 years. Deeply concerned about the public health and humanitarian implications of climate change, Sarah is happy to work as director of Chicago PSR, so she can make a difference on this pressing issue. In addition to her clinic responsibilities and her non-profit management, Sarah is an adjunct lecturer in climate change and public health at Northwestern University. An avid writer and blogger, she completed the one-year Morris Fishbein Fellowship in Medical Editing at the Journal of the American Medical Association, and now blogs for Huffington Post. She will soon launch a new blog devoted to the links between climate change and health.
Sarah is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and Rush Medical College. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Ana Nobis
Ana E. Nobis, MD, MPH is a graduating resident from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency program. Prior to her fellowship, Ana completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Ana is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where was an Annika Rodriguez Scholar.
Influenced by her family’s early travels through Latin America, Ana is passionate about global occupational health, environmental medicine, and public health. Ana holds a Certificate in Global Health from Vanderbilt University and has participated in field-based research in Nicaragua, focusing on the epidemic of chronic kidney disease among young sugarcane harvest workers.
Ana is actively involved in graduate medical education, serving as a resident representative on the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education as well as on UIC’s GME Committee. In both capacities she strives to bring attention and find solutions to improve residents’ working conditions. In 2012 Ana received the Alvin C. York Veterans Affairs Hospital Joyce Jones Award, presented to one resident per year in recognition of efforts on behalf of residents.
Susan Kaplan, J.D. is an environmental lawyer and researcher. She holds two appointments at UIC - as director of the Health Care Research Collaborative at the School of Public Health, in which she develops research on sustainability in health care, and as a researcher with the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy. Ms. Kaplan previously managed the brownfields program at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, served as assistant director of an energy policy group at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and was a staff attorney with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.