Lt. Col. Brian H. Neese, M.D., M.P.H., is a Global Health Liaison within the United States Air Force International Affairs Division at the Pentagon. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of the Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center in Biloxi, MS, a role in which he oversees day-to-day clinical operations at the base hospital. Previously, Lt. Col. Neese served as Global Health Liaison within the United States Air Force International Affairs Division at the Pentagon. During that time, he was deployed in Panama, where he led his medical team in their New Horizons Training Exercise. New Horizons is a deployed, joint training exercise that focuses on civil engineer projects, medical assistance, and support services.
In his distinguished career, Lt. Col. Neese also oversaw clinical and administrative operations at Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina as commander of the 628th Medical Operations Squadron. Lt. Col. Neese supervised more than 70 medical personnel who delivered comprehensive health care to more than 24,000 people, including thousands of active duty personnel.
Dr. Neese has published a book, “Living and Dying in the Fourth Year,” describing his experiences during medical school.
Melissa Dawalt Klein, M.D., M.P.H., is medical director for the Cleveland VA Patient Aligned Care Team for Homeless Veterans (H-PACT) in Ohio. In her current role, she oversees a primary care clinic designed to meet the medical and complex psychosocial needs of homeless veterans. The H-PACT clinic model of care includes walk-in access, case management, on-site social services, and outreach. It has grown to be a trusted medical home for veterans experiencing homelessness.
Previously, she worked for Unity Health Care in Washington D.C. In Unity’s Re-Entry program she provided primary care to patients in D.C. correctional facilities and to men and women returning home from jail and prison.
Henry Welch, M.D., is a clinical associate in pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He also serves as a Consultant in Pediatrics & Internal Medicine with the National Department of Health in Papua New Guinea, where he is a faculty member at The University of Papua New Guinea, and a Pediatrician at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
Dr. Welch is working to implement a new child-friendly tuberculosis medication at Port Moresby General Hospital. The twelve-month project will support the distribution of the new TB treatment that is dissolvable, better tasting and requires children to take fewer pills each day. The ultimate goal of this project is to fight the spread of TB by simplifying treatment options.
Stella Blosser, M.D., M.P.H., is an Obstetrician Gynecologist at Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group in Burke, VA, where she specializes in management of fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, and complex gynecologic surgery.
Dr. Blosser completed her residency in OB/GYN at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, followed by a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. She has been a designated Surgeon of Excellence by the AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery since 2012.
Joseph Sakran, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., is the Director of Emergency General Surgery and Associate Chief, Division of Acute Care Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Sakran is nationally recognized for his advocacy work in making communities safer and ending gun violence. He was honored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Academy Health, and he is a 2020 recipient of Johns Hopkins’ Catalyst Award for pioneering research on physicians’ role in educating patients on safe gun storage. He was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar (2019) in which he furthered his research on safe gun storage. Dr. Sakran was selected by the National Academy of Medicine to be a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, he was honored to serve in the U.S. Senate in the office of New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan, where he worked on health policy and regulatory issues from 2019-2020.
His research interests include gun violence, injury prevention, outcomes research, trauma system development, and public policy and advancement of surgery in poor resource settings.
He completed a general surgery residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital, and a fellowship in Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned an M.P.A. at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.