The mission of PPA is to protect the ability of all practicing physicians to serve as their patients’ primary health care advocate and to confront unnecessary and overbearing regulation that limits any physicians' ability to serve their patients.

Board Members

Chairman of the Board

Vice Chairman

Judith L. Thompson, MD

General Surgeon

Mother of two dearly loved sons.

Dr. Judith Thompson is a solo, independent general and breast surgeon. She is the proud mother of two awesome and dearly loved sons and she is an equestrian. She is a founding member of United Physicians and Surgeons of America, a grassroots organization which hosted the 2015 Summit at the Summit, a national town hall where leaders of grassroots organizations convened for the first time in history. From the Summit spawned the ongoing Letmydoctorpractice movement. Dr. Thompson is also a delegate to the Texas Medical Association, a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. While working as a radiologic technician, Dr. Thompson obtained her bachelors degree in biochemistry at Texas A&M University, then her M.D. At the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, during which time she was two-year class president and received the Outstanding Young Women in America award for philanthropic activities. Her sons have moved and she is now retuning to a life of service for her country. Dr. Thompson completed her surgery residency at East-Tennessee State University under the chairmanship of Dr. William Browder to whom she now tips her hat.


Conflicts of interest: none known.

Marion Mass, MD

Pediatrician, Mother and Wife

Board Member: Physicians Working Together Board

Marion Mass is a pediatrician in the Philadelphia area where she has practiced in hospital, Emergency Room, delivery room, outpatient, and urgent care settings. She graduated from Duke University Medical School and trained in Pediatrics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She has been writing about life inside medicine from many angles, published in in print and on national blogs. She serves on the editorial board of her local newspaper, on the wellness board of her local school district, is a board member of the Bucks County Community Health Initiative, and a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. In addition, she guest-blogs on various sites regarding teaching organic gardening to children.


Conflicts of interest: none known.

Craig M. Wax, DO

Executive director: Independent physicians for patient independence, IP4PI.

Craig M. Wax, DO, is a family physician that practices family medicine and health through prevention. He is a tireless advocate for the patient-physician relationship and free-market health care. Dr. Wax serves on the U. S. congressional subcommittee National Physicians Council for Health Care Policy. He served on Medical Economics journal editorial board and frequently published articles on topics of free market medicine. He is the health talk show host and executive producer for “Your Health Matters,” on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS – FM since 2002. Dr. Wax was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists of Philadelphia with an SPJ award for his ability to make complicated matters simple to understand. He began, a free public information source on health in 1999.


Conflicts of interest: none known.

Board Member

Westby G. Fisher, MD

Dr. Fisher is a cardiac electrophysiologist based in Chicago, IL. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology and served 26 years in the US Naval Reserves and private practice settings before joining his current employer. Aside from his busy clinical practice schedule, Dr. Fisher has been an outspoken critic of the American Board of Medical Specialties' Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. He authors the Dr. Wes Blog, a syndicated personal blog with over 3 million page views, and is on Twitter. Dr. Fisher earned his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1984, Internal Medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD and performed his cardiac electrophysiogy fellowship at University of California, San Francisco From 1993-1994.


Conflicts of interest: Dr. Fisher currently serves as an expert witness for Dr. Jaime Salas-Rushford in his suit against the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has no other conflicts to disclose.



Niran S. Al-Agba, MD


Mother and Wife

Niran S. Al-Agba, MD is a board certified pediatrician and owner of Silverdale Pediatrics, LLP , located in her hometown.  She graduated from The University of Washington School of Medicine and completed her Pediatric internship and residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine/The Children's Hospital Denver.  She has served on the UW School of Medicine Admissions Committee for the past 15 years.  Niran is a member of the Regional Faculty for the American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support training courses and teaches at The Children's Hospital Seattle training center.   She authors MommyDoc, a personal blog about medicine from the perspective of both mother and independent physician practicing in an un-derserved community, and can be found on Twitter.  She is published on KevinMD, RebelMD and is on the editorial staff at The Health Care Blog.  In her spare time, she chases after her four young children who are often seen in her clinic visiting with patients and families or helping their mother.


Conflict of Interest:  none known.

Brian J. Dixon, MD


Brian J. Dixon, MD is an expert panelist for the ‘Healthy City Track’ at the 2018 Dallas Festival of Ideas. He is on faculty at the new TCU & UNTHSC School of Medicine in Fort Worth, was named one of the Top Doctors of 2017 by Fort Worth Magazine, as well as one of Fort Worth Business Press’s Forty Under Forty. He is the Founder and CEO of Together Forward, a 501(c)4 non-profit Think Tank. He completed a Triple Board Residency in Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He has a thriving pediatric psychiatry private practice in Fort Worth. His mission is to encourage healthy solution-focused dialogue on issues of health, wealth, and cultural disparity. Dr. Dixon's Website


Conflict of Interest:  none known.

Board Member

Advisory Board Members

Paul S. Teirstein, MD

La Jolla, CA

Charles Cutler, MD

Norristown, PA

Venu Julapalli, MD

Houston, TX

Paul Kempen, MD, PhD

Weirton, WV

Suja S. Amir, MPA

Richmond, VA

Jane Hughes, MD

San Antonio, TX

Kimberly Jackson, MD

Columbus, GA

Ron Benbassat, MD

Beverly Hills, CA

Marni Jameson, MA

Winter Park, FL


Paul G. Mathew, MD

Boston, MA

Guy Kezirian, MD

Scottsdale, AZ

Linda Girgis, MD

South River, NJ

Meg Edison, MD

Wyoming, MI

Karen Sibert, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Pam Wible, MD

Eugene, OR

Brian Jamal Dixon, MD

Fort Worth, TX

Collaborating Organizations

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Physicians Working Together

Association of Independent Doctors

United Physicians and Surgeons of America and the #letmydoctorpractice movement

The "Dr. Wes" Blog


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