2019 Panel One : Empowering Physician Leaders

  • Understanding How to be the Doctor You Wanted to Be – Elaina George, M.D.
  • Empowering Physicians to be Change Leaders – Ellen McKnight, M.D.
  • Engaging Your State to Effect Change – Meg Edison, M.D.
  • Physician Leadership from New President of AAPS – Kris Held, M.D.

Moderated Q&A – Audience Participation – Moderated by Hal Scherz, M.D.

Panel One (FULL) - Empowering Physicians Leaders

by George, M.D. - McKnight, M.D. - Edison, M.D. - Held, M.D. | Direct Primary Care 2019

Elaina George, M.D.


Dr Elaina George is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist. Her interest in the politics of healthcare and the reform effort have led her to become both a powerful voice for the practicing physician, an advocate for the patient, and a healthcare policy analyst specializing in healthcare consumer driven solutions.

Ellen McKnight, M.D.


Dr. Ellen McKnight is a rheumatologist in Pensacola, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Baptist Hospital and Gulf Breeze Hospital. She received her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. McKnight accepts several types of health insurance, listed below.

Meg Edison, M.D.


Dr. Meg Edison is a pediatrician in private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is actively involved in state level health care policy via organized medicine and grassroots physician efforts.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Kent County Medical Society, has served as a delegate and reference committee chair to the Michigan State Medical Society House of Delegates, and has testified in the state legislature on many occasions on behalf of the state medical society and sometimes testifies in opposition to the state medical society.

Kris Held, M.D.


Dr. Kris Story-Held is in private practice at Stone Oak Ophthalmology in San Antonio, TX, and serves as the President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPSonline.org). Dr. Held is a board-certified ophthalmologist and ophthalmic surgeon. Dr. Held has made numerous appearances on national TV and authored numerous articles published in the Washington Times, Houston Chronicle, The Hill, Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons and Dr. Ben Carson’s AmericanCurrentsee.