We have been building camaraderie among community groups, organizations and individuals across the globe.

The struggle for healthcare and a dignified existence for all requires brave souls and open minds.

The following groups and resources provide vital support to working class families, veterans, and individuals — endeavors for which they have earned our utmost respect.

Co-Authors - Healthcare Under the Knife


Matthew Anderson

is a family physician working in the Bronx, New York, and on the faculty of the Montefiore Residency Program in Social Medicine. He is co-editor of the bilingual journal Social Medicine/Medicina Social.


Anne-Emanuelle Birn

is Professor of Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto. She is lead author of the Textbook of Global Health, fourth edition (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home (Rutgers University Press, 2013). In 2014 she was recognized as one of the top one hundred Women Leaders in Global Health.


Robb Burlage

is the founder of the Health Policy Advisory Center and the Health/PAC Bulletin. He also founded the Joint Graduate Degree Program in Public Health and Urban Planning at Columbia University. With Students for a Democratic Society, he was active in the civil rights movement in the South and in advocacy for occupational and environmental health among mine workers. He is Senior Management Consultant to the New York City Department of Health and Hospitals.

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Adam Gaffney

is a writer, physician, single-payer activist, and researcher. He is a pulmonary and critical care physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts and is a board member of Physicians for a National Health Program. He writes widely on issues of health policy, politics, and history.

Ida Hellander

has served as Executive Director and then Director of Health Policy and Programs at Physicians for a National Health Program and is a long-term activist for a single-payer system in the United States.


David Himmelstein

is a professor of Public Health at City University of New York at Hunter College, and a primary care physician in the South Bronx.

Steffie Woolhandler and Himmelstein co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization that advocates single-payer national health insurance for the United States.


Rebecca Jasso-Aguilar

holds a PhD in Sociology and is affiliated with the University of New Mexico as a Visiting Scholar. She has co-authored several articles with Howard Waitzkin on the subject of neoliberalism and health care. Currently she is engaged in ongoing research on social movements against neoliberalism in Latin America, with a focus on Mexico and Bolivia, and is an active participant in the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) in Mexico.

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Joel Lexchin

teaches health policy at York University in Toronto and is an emergency physician at the University Health Network, also in Toronto.


Carles Muntaner

originally from Catalonia, Carles is a professor of Nursing, Public Health and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He has worked on social inequalities in health and health equity in Europe, North America, the Middle East, East Asia, and West Africa. His research centers around Marxian class analysis and class politics to understand and eliminate global health inequalities. He has collaborated with ministries of health around the world including those of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Chile.


Carl Ratner

specializes in cultural psychology, or the manner in which macro cultural factors organize human psychology. He has written on the psychology of oppression. Among his books and papers is Macro Cultural Psychology: A Political Philosophy of Mind (Oxford University Press, 2012). He has worked and lived in China, where he was a visiting professor at Peking University.

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Judith Richter

is an independent scholar working for democratic health governance. She has served as a consultant for civil society organizations and networks, United Nations agencies, and research institutes.

Her publications include Holding Corporations Accountable: Corporate Conduct, International Codes, and Citizen Action (Zed Books).


Gordon Schiff

is general internist and Associate Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Rob Wallace

is an evolutionary biologist presently visiting the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Global Studies. His research has addressed the evolution and spread of influenza, the agroeconomics of Ebola, the social geography of HIV/AIDS in New York City, and the evolution of infection life history in response to antiviral medications.

Wallace is co-author of Farming Human Pathogens and Neoliberal Ebola: Modeling Disease Emergence from Finance to Forest and Farm (both with Springer), and author of Big Farms Make Big Flu (Monthly Review Press).

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Steffie Woolhandler

is a professor of Public Health at City University of New York at Hunter College, and a primary care physician in the South Bronx. Among their best known research is work on the high administrative costs in the U.S. health care system, medical bankruptcy, and access to medical care for the oppressed.

Woolhandler and Himmelstein co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization that advocates single-payer national health insurance for the United States.


Incredible Humans


Mira Lee

Mira has been a long time activist, physician, healer, friend and companion in the border-less struggle for equitable and affordable healthcare. She is an expert when it comes to South Korea's single-payer healthcare system which mimics the US model in many ways and she has been one of my biggest supporters during my most difficult of tribulations.


Bradley Rydholm

Bradley has been an indispensable colleague, local advocate, activist, revolutionary and friend. His specialty is mobilizing and organizing grass roots movements as well as smiles everywhere he treads. His travels earned him experience from around the globe and he currently is a Board Member for Horizontal Stateline in the Midwest region of the US.


Forest Smith

Forest is a revolutionary abolitionist advocating and organizing at the US/Mexico border in Southern California. His efforts have been useful in marketing and publicizing Health Care Under the Knife, as well as in designing the website.