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Palm Springs, CA

Scott is a board-certified Family Physician in Palm Springs California, currently serving as Program Director for the Eisenhower Health Family Medicine Residency Program. He holds joint medical degrees from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He is an inaugural Leaders in Health Equity Fellow at George Washington University. He is past co-convener for the GLBT Caucus of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and has served multiple years as GLBT delegate from California to the AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders. He was lead reviewer for the AAFP curriculum guideline in LGBTQ health for Family Medicine residents and was principal investigator for community-based research addressing barriers to care for LGBTQ persons in Ventura County, California. Scott has a strong interest in healthcare policy and advocacy as well as medical education.




Nicholas Grant, PhD
San Diego, CA

Nicholas Grant, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, licensed in Washington, D.C., with a clinical background in health psychology/behavioral medicine, and a research background in sexual and gender minority health. He currently serves in the US Navy and resides in San Diego, CA. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2015 from the Palo Alto University, where he worked as a research assistant with the Center for LGBT Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR). He is also an alumnus of the LGBT Health Policy & Practice Graduate Certificate Program at The George Washington University. Nick completed his pre-doctoral internship in Behavioral Medicine at Tulane University’s School of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship focused on LGBTQ Veterans Mental Health at the San Diego VA. Following his residency, Nick served as an American Psychological Association’s (APA) Congressional Fellow where was named an APA William A. Bailey Health and Behavior Fellow, a specialty designation awarded to him based on his extensive background in LGBTQ clinical practice, research and community engagement. He served in the Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) where he worked on the Senator’s Military/Veterans, Healthcare and LGBTQ legislative portfolios. Additionally, Nick is actively involved with the APA Health Equity Ambassador Program and APA’s Division 44, the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.



Immediate Past President 
Gal Mayer, MD, MS
New York, NY

Gal is an internist and HIV specialist. His currently works as a Senior Director in HIV Prevention Gilead Sciences. Earlier in his career Gal served as the Medical Director of New York's Callen-Lorde Community Health Center - a health center focused on the health needs of LGBTQ communities. He received his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was trained at the Bellevue Hospital-based Primary Care/Internal Medicine Residency Program at New York University, where he served as chief resident. Gal has been working in the fields of LGBTQ health and HIV medicine for 20 years. He was also a co-author on the World Professional Association of Transgender Health’s Standards of Care, 7th Edition (WPATH; SOC7), was part of a committee advising the CDC and Institute of Medicine on LGBT health issues, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of The National LGBT Health Education Center at the Fenway Institute.


Treasurer, Past President
Desi Bailey, MD
Seattle, WA 

Desi retired from Group Health in 2014 after 36 years as an anesthesiologist, and Hospital Chief of Staff/Chief Medical Officer for 18 years. She received her MD from the University of Nebraska in 1975 and did her residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. At Group Health, Desi was an advocate for equal treatment of LGBTQ staff and patients for many years. She was a founding board member of Group Health's LGBT and Allies Staff Resource Group. Desi served on the Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors from 2005 to 2009, and in 2008, she joined the Healthcare Equality Index Advisory Council. She was elected to the GLMA Board of Directors in 2009 and was GLMA President September 2011-September 2013. In 2013, she was GLMA’s first Delegate to AMA’s House of Delegates; and became a founding member and Chair of the Advisory Board for George Washington University’s LGBT Health Graduate Certificate Program. Since 2016, Desi has been GLMA’s representative on the AMA Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues and GLMA’s Alternate Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates.



Paula M. Neira, JD, MSN, RN, CEN
Baltimore, MD

Paula graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. A Surface Warfare Officer, she served as a regular and reserve officer including serving in mine warfare combat during Operation Desert Storm. Her military decorations include three Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon as well as numerous unit, campaign and service awards. After leaving the Navy in 1991, she began her career as a registered nurse. She is certified in emergency nursing and focused her career on adult emergency care and trauma resuscitation. From 2008-2016, Paula served as the Nurse Educator in Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also served as the co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Transgender Medicine Executive Taskforce. In November 2016, she became the first Clinical Program Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health. An attorney and member of the Maryland bar since 2001, Paula was a leader in the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. For more than a decade, she has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on transgender military service. As part of her role at Hopkins, she lectures nationally on the need for improved transgender cultural competence in healthcare. In 2015, she made naval history by becoming the first transgender Navy veteran to have her discharge documentation updated to reflect her correct name by order of the Navy. In 2016, the Secretary of the Navy named her to be the co-sponsor of the USNS HARVEY MILK (T-AO-206). In 2018, she was awarded the GLMA Achievement Award recognizing her work as an LGBTQ advocate and in advancing transgender healthcare. Paula and her partner reside in Bowie, Maryland.





VP for Education
Andy Petroll, MD, MS
Milwaukee, WI

Andrew Petroll, MD, MS, is an Associate Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin(MCW), with a dual appointment in the Department of Medicine – Division of Infectious Diseases and in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine - Center for AIDS Intervention Research. His clinical focus is in the care of patients with HIV and sexually transmitted infections as well as HIV prevention through the use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. His research interests include LGBTQ persons’ access to care and experiences with health care providers and the implementation and evaluation of biomedical HIV prevention methods. He is currently conducting a study of health care providers’ attitudes, knowledge, and experience with prescribing HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. Dr. Petroll serves as the volunteer Medical Director of BESTD Clinic, a free clinic in Milwaukee providing care of sexually transmitted infections to gay and bisexual men since 1974. He also is a board member and treasurer of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. Dr. Petroll received MCW’s Outstanding Medical Student Teacher award in 2011 and Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2012 for his service on MCW’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. For his service to the community, he was awarded the 2012 Leadership Award by the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.




VP for External Affairs
Amir Ahuja, MD
Los Angeles, LA

Amir Ahuja grew up in New Jersey. He went to New York University, majoring in Psychology, then went to St. George's University for Medicine. After doing clinical rotations in New York and New Jersey, he went to Philadelphia to do his residency in Adult Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. He was the Class Representative all four years and was a Chief Resident, being awarded the Clinical Excellence award from his residency. As an avid supporter and champion of human rights, Amir is the Vice President of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists and an active donor to Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign. He is currently working on several projects including a photo series on LGBT America, a book of poetry and a pilot program for training LGBTQ therapists in Uganda.


VP for Lesbian Health Fund
Shail Maingi, MD 
Schenectady, NY

Dr. Maingi is a board certified Hematologist, Medical Oncologist and Palliative Care Physician who is involved in health disparities research and LGBTQ health care advocacy.  She is a board member of GLMA:  Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality and National LGBT Cancer Network.  She is the current Vice President of the Lesbian Health Fund.  Through committees, she works with the  American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Medical Society of the State of New York to improve the quality of care provided to LGBTQ individuals. However, most of her work involves the direct care of patients with cancer. She is currently affiliated with  and St. Peter’s Cancer Center in Troy, NY.  




VP for Membership & Development
Mia McDonald, PA-C, MSPA
Greensboro, NC

Mia McDonald is a Physician Assistant with Wake Forest Baptist Emergency Physicians in Greensboro, NC. She received her M.S. PA from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2017. She previously graduated from Marshall University in 2007 with a B.A. in Journalism & Public Relations and earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2015. She recently served as Health Professional in Training Co-chair on the GLMA Board of Directors from 2016-2018. Currently, she is a Director-at-Large on the LBGT PA Caucus Board of Directors and was appointed to the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) Constituent Relations Work Group. In 2016, Mia was awarded ‘PA Student of the Year’ by the Virginia Academy of PAs. In 2017 she was awarded ‘PA Student of the Year’ by the American Academy of PAs. 


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