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Lisa Doggett, MD, MPH

Austin, Texas
Speaker Topic: Toxics
Medical Specialty: Family Medicine
PSR Affiliation: President of Austin PSR, Former PSR Board member
School Affiliation: Director of University of Texas at Austin’s Family Wellness Center

Areas of Expertise:

  • Global warming, fossil fuel energy and public health
  • Air pollution and air quality regulations
  • Social justice (Health care access/uninsured)
  • Public Health
Media Experience: Television, Radio, Writing (editorials), Public Speaking

Why PSR?

I became involved in PSR in 2003 when Bob Musil, then-Director of PSR National, and PSR staff came to Texas to release the "Degrees of Danger" report. My husband, Don Williams (internist and pediatrician) and I used Bob's visit as an opportunity to bring local doctors together to learn more about PSR and ultimately form the Austin Chapter. We wanted to find a way for ourselves and other progressive physicians and nurses to work together on the larger public health issues that impact our patients and families but are beyond the scope of our daily work with individual patients. With well over 200 members now, Austin PSR, still the only PSR chapter in Texas, has become a respected, credible voice on issues of national security, environmental health, and health care access. Other board members and I have participated in multiple press events on issues ranging from global warming to nuclear bunker busters to toxins in baby products. We testify before state government committees; meet regularly with key decision makers; and participate in legislative staff briefings, grand rounds presentations, and lectures on PSR priority issues.

Biographical Sketch

Lisa Doggett, MD, MPH is a practicing family physician and director and co-founder of the Austin chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting a healthy environment and decreasing the threat of nuclear weapons. She serves as Director of the UT Family Wellness Center, a CommUnityCare clinic which provides medical care to those without private insurance. She is also faculty with the UT School of Nursing where she helps train nurse practitioner students. She speaks and writes regularly about environmental health issues and health care access. She has had articles published in the Austin American-Statesman, Travis County Medical Society Journal, and the New York Times.

To request Dr. Doggett as a speaker, please email psrnatl@psr.org or call 202-667-4260.

In the Spotlight

On Friday September 12, 2014, MdEHN, Chesapeake PSR, and ANHE co-hosted a symposium of experts to assess the findings of the study, Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland.  There was general consensus that science is emerging that suggests health issues associated with various aspects of gas and oil well development need to be better understood, and that as a consequence, Maryland should not proceed with hydrofracturing at this time.

Publications:

"Attention Medicare Shoppers…" Op/Ed Jan. 2006. Published in New York Times and syndicated in Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The [Raleigh, NC] News & Observer, Sacramento Bee, Austin American-Statesman, and others

"Global warming a matter of life, death" Op/Ed Oct. 14, 2007. Published in El Paso Times  

"A cure for cleaner air" Op/Ed Apr. 2006.  Published in Austin American-Statesman

"Primary Care Physicians Find Access to Mental Health Care Inadequate" July/Aug. 2006. Published in Travis County Medical Society Journal

"Cutting health care will cost Texas too much" Op/Ed Apr. 2003 Published in Austin American-Statesman