Board of Trustees

*Jeffrey M. Devries, MD, MPH
  Detroit Chapter Representative
  Huntington Woods, MI

Dr. Devries serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education & Professor of Pediatrics at the Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine, and Vice President of Graduate Medical Education at Beaumont Health, an 8-hospital system in Michigan.  He provides oversight to more than 900 Residents and Fellows in more than 80 accredited programs.  He also mentors medical students conducting educational research projects. 
Dr. Devries received BS & MD from the Univ. of Michigan and MPH from the Univ. of Rochester (NY).  He completed Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and a Robert Wood Johnson-sponsored General Pediatrics Academic Development Fellowship at the Univ. of Rochester (NY).  Serving his entire career in Michigan, he has previously served as Pediatric Residency Director in the Henry Ford Health System, Corporate Director of Children’s Health Services & Pediatric Education in the Oakwood Healthcare System in Dearborn, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and Medical Director of Michigan’s largest Medicaid managed care plan.
Currently, he serves as President of the Southeast Michigan Center for Medical Education (SEMCME), one of the nation’s largest consortia of teaching hospitals.  Nationally, Dr. Devries has served on the Board of Directors of the major pediatric academic society — the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), chaired its Education Committee, and earned its inaugural “Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education”.  Dr. Devries serves on the Steering Committee and Program Planning Committee of the AAMC’s Group on Resident Affairs (GRA). 
Dr. Devries has been to Israel many times, including a summer spent learning at the Hebrew University, and providing lectures at Hadassah Hospital – Ein Kerem and Shaare Zedek Hospital.  He is a Board member and President-elect of the APF.  During each of the past 2 summers, he had the privilege of serving as scholar-in-residence on APF’s annual Birthright Trip for medical and other health care students.  An article he wrote describing that experience was published in The Jerusalem Post. 

*Robert J. Kelman, MD
  Immediate Pat President
  Detroit Chapter Representative
  Southfield, MI

Robert Kelman attended Wayne State University for both college and medical school, in Detroit, MI.  After a Transitional Year at Providence Hospital, in Southfield, MI, he went to New Orleans to train at LSU Charity Hospital, in Emergency Medicine.  He is currently practicing full time Emergency Medicine, in Warren, MI.  Aside from his “not so daytime job”, he is serving on the Board of his synagogue.  Married with 4 children, he enjoys spending time with his family, and looks forward to Chagim and vacations with them.  Favorite pastimes  include racquetball, tennis, Frisbee catch, and biking, as well as attending Torah learning opportunities through his synagogue.  He first got involved with APF when he learned about the Disaster Registry in 2002.  After taking the Disaster Preparedness course in 2005, he helped develop a very active chapter in Michigan, along with several other APF “enthusiasts”.  Subsequent to this, he was asked to join the Board, and is currently serving as President of APF.

*Norton J. Greenberger, MD
  Secretary and Treasurer
  Boston, MA

Norton J. Greenberger received his B.A. degree from Yale University; his MD degree from Case Western Reserve University and did his residency in internal medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland and fellowship training in gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been the director of the gastroenterology division at the Ohio State University (1967-1972), Chairman of the dept. of Medicine at the University of Kansas (1972-2000), and is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Senior Physician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He is the author or co-author of over 300 publications including original scientific articles, book chapters, and textbooks. He has received numerous awards for distinguished teaching, most recently a distinguished teaching award from Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He has served on the APF board of directors since 1994 and is a former President and currently is the Treasurer.

*David Barone
Dedham, MA

David Barone’s background consists of 25 years’ experience in the healthcare and medical industry in the US, including general, technical and operations management, strategic planning, marketing and business development.  David Barone held senior management positions in a number of medical device companies, overseeing product development, marketing, pilot manufacturing, clinical evaluations, regulatory affairs and intellectual properties.  In addition, David Barone is an accomplished entrepreneur, founding, financing and growing several healthcare service organizations.  While leading these companies, David Barone entered into clinical and business affiliations with many top-tier medical centers in the US, negotiated and successfully contracted with many of the national and regional health plans, and evolved high quality and efficient clinical delivery systems.  David Barone has consulted and assisted US and off-shore medical technology organizations, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, in diverse areas including market development, opportunity analysis, regulatory and reimbursement strategies, business development, financing and more. B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, M.Sc., Bio-Medical Engineering and Master, Business Administration, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY.

*Michael Frogel, MD
  Belle Harbor, NY




Sherwood L. Gorbach, MD
Boston, MA

Dr. Sherwood L. Gorbach graduated Tufts University School of Medicine in 1962.  After internship and residency in internal medicine at Cornell-Bellevue Medical Center, he returned to the Tufts-New England Medical Center for a fellowship in infectious diseases.  He received additional postgraduate training in parasitology and entomology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and in gastroenterology at the Hammersmith Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London.  He has conducted studies of microflora, enteric infections and nutrition in USA, England, India and Latin America.  From 1969 to 2014, Dr. Gorbach was continuously funded as a principal investigator by the National Institutes of Health for research in gastrointestinal infections, HIV and nutrition. He has worked with probiotics since 1978 and developed in 1985 Lactobacillus GG which is used in commercial dairy products in over 40 countries. Dr. Gorbach has published 600 papers and has authored nineteen books. He has trained over 90 fellows in infectious diseases. He has received the Alexander Fleming Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (2007) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anaerobe Society of the Americas (2008). Since 2000, he has served as the editor-in-chief of CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES. At Tufts Medical School, he holds Distinguished Professorships (Emeritus) in the Departments of Public Health, Medicine, and Molecular Biology and Microbiology.  He served (2005-2013) as Chief Scientific Officer at Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and during 2013 as Senior Vice President for Scientific Affairs at Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. His association with American Healthcare Professionals & Friends For Medicine In Israel (APF) extends for more than 25 years, including two terms as President. Since September 2014, he works as an independent consultant to the pharmaceutical industry and continues teaching at Tufts Medical School.

Richard Klitzberg
Florida Chapter Representative
West Palm Beach, FL

Richard Klitzberg has been involved in the securities business for in excess of 45 years.  He is expert in the placement of investment capital for institutional investors and high net worth individuals.
He began his career in 1969 at Bache & Co.  He established and managed their Investment Management Services Division which consulted to prominent institutional investors in selecting and monitoring third-party professional investment managers.  Clients included the retirement funds of large corporations, public funds, endowments, foundations and labor unions.  He managed a staff of 14 professionals and a national clientele with invested assets exceeding $50 billion.
In 1980, Richard formed First Investors Asset Management Co.  The company was the first to manage high yield fixed income portfolios, then an emerging asset class.  Clients included the pension funds of The World Bank, Delta Airlines, Allied Corp., Mars, Inc. and Atlantic-Richfield.
Richard founded Klitzberg Associates, Inc. in 1982 to consult to and raise capital for specialized investment managers.  The firm has been a pioneer in “alternative investments” to include hedge funds, LBOS and bankruptcies.  Klitzberg Associates has been instrumental in arranging in excess of $9 billion in investments. In addition, Richard is the General Partner of – Select Capital Strategies, L.P. and Diversified Loan Strategies, LLC, both funds of hedge funds.
In 2004 Richard formed “Fund Solutions”, a program to promote the use of boutique sub-advisors for under-performing mutual funds.  In excess of $2.7 billion has been placed under new management.
Richard has held memberships in the American and Maryland Bar Associations, The American Pension Conference, The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, the Association of Private Pension and Welfare Funds and The Association of Investment Management Sales Executives.  He is a frequent speaker at industry investment conferences.  He is a resident of Boca Raton, Florida.

Charles Kurtzer, DPM
Livingston, NJ




Hilton Mirels, MD
Westchester Chapter Representative
Purchase, NY



Deanna Sykes, NP
Cardston, AB

Deanna is a nurse practitioner in family medicine who works in the First Nations communities in Canada. Previously, she has worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department in rural Alberta. She has organized and participated in several medical missions to Haiti and Cambodia. Currently, she is working with efforts to help malnourished children in Guatemala. She has treated the poorest of the poor in the both the western and eastern hemispheres and is committed to relieving suffering to those with the greatest need. She has been a Sar el volunteer supporting the Israeli defense Force and helped with humanitarian efforts in Sderot, Israel. She has participated in the Disaster and Response Course sponsored by the APF in 2010. Recently she completed a MA in Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University where she was involved in a practicum to develop an emergency plan for a local business in Jerusalem. She also participated in research involving earthquake preparedness among hospital employees in a Canadian and Israeli hospital. Currently, she is the social services director for emergency response in her own community. She is also a Board member on the Calgary Council of Christian and Jews in Alberta that encourages dialogue between many religious groups. She is a strong supporter of Israel and is thrilled to participate on the APF Board in helping prepare for disaster and emergency response.

*Jerome B. Tichner
Boston, MA




Marvin Wayne, MD
Bellingham, WA

Medical school at University of Michigan. Surgical Residency University of Colorado. Army, Vietnam with the rank of major, bronze star for valor removed a live grenade from a soldier, fellowship in surgery in Seattle.  In 1974 moved to Bellingham, WA Entered field of emergency medicine.  Became the Medical Program Director for the emergency medical services system and has served in that capacity for the last 42 years. He is an attending in the Emergency Department PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.  Additionally, is an Associate Clinical Professor University of Washington.  He serves as a member of numerous local, state, national and international organizations on emergency medicine and emergency medical services. Has helped establish the specialty of emergency medicine throughout the world in 2010, he was awarded the American College of Emergency Physicians Award for “Outstanding Contribution to EMS.”  Recently was made a fellow of the American Heart Association and received a lifetime achievement award “The Nancy Auer” award from the Washington Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has authored or coauthored over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapter.  While these are all important achievements, one that he is most proud of is his dedication to furthering medicine and emergency medical care in Israel.  APF had been the vehicle to achieve that goal.
His motto from his father: “If you make waves you will hit rocks, but if you never make waves, you will never change the shape of the world”. APF can help us change Israel’s world.

Nikolaj Wolfson, MD
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Nikolaj Wolfson is recognized around the world for his many contributions to the field of orthopedic surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with proven expertise in the replacement of the hip, knee, and shoulder joints, hip joint resurfacing, hip, knee, and ankle arthroscopy, and other reconstructive joint procedures. At his private practice in San Francisco, Dr. Wolfson puts his patients first and develops highly effective and customized treatment plans. A pioneer in his field, Dr. Wolfson was one of the first surgeons to implement a Direct Anterior approach for hip replacement surgery. He learned the Ilizarov Technique under the tutelage of Professor G.A. Ilizarov, and he is one of an elite few in North America who practice this groundbreaking procedure for limb lengthening and reconstruction. Dr. Wolfson was also one of the first surgeons in San Francisco to use ConforMIS, knee implants that are designed specifically to perfectly fit each patient’s unique anatomy—both the femur and tibia. Dr. Wolfson received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, and after completing his residency at the University of Western Ontario he undertook a fellowship in Adult Joint Replacement and Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of Toronto. He has also served as Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. A prolific author, Dr. Wolfson has published numerous abstracts, presented at conferences worldwide, and written several books. His most recent is the 2016 book entitled Orthopedics in Disasters, published by Springer. Dr. Wolfson continually volunteers his time and expertise to natural disaster missions around the world. When a massive earthquake struck Haiti in 2010 and Nepal in 2015, he traveled to these devastated areas with groups of other dedicated surgeons, working tirelessly to treat those who were critically injured. He is also leading a disaster Orthopedic Initiative with the world’s largest international orthopedic organization, SICOT, where he serves on the board of directors.

*Executive Board Committee