EMBRACE was conceived and developed, over the past 10 years, by the group Healthcare Professionals for Healthcare Reform (HPfHR). 

HPfHR is a union of concerned healthcare professionals who feel that most healthcare reform proposals do not address what is most important for patients and their healthcare providers (doctors, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.).

Originally developed before the 2008 elections, the group first published their proposal in the Annals of Internal Medicine (the peer reviewed journal of the American College of Physicians). Unfortunately, the publication (in 2009) came too late to really make an impact in discussions that ultimately led to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The group took a break as the ACA was being implemented.

With the election of President Trump and a solidly Republican majority in both houses of Congress brought renewed interest in updating and reintroducing EMBRACE.

Here are some key members of our team:


Kimberly A. Yonkers, MD
is a Professor at the Yale School of Medicine where she directs the PMS and Perinatal Depression Research Program.  She holds appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry (Primary), Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health.  She has longstanding interests in the clinical course, biological underpinnings and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders as they occur in women.  This has included investigations into sex differences in illness expression and treatment and the identification, treatment and causes of disorders only occurring in women, such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder.  A related interest has been the care of women who suffer from psychiatric illness during pregnancy and the postpartum period.  She has been actively exploring behavioral treatments that may help pregnant women decrease or stop using hazardous substance use.  She is also currently researching the possible impact of depressive disorders, or their treatment, on perinatal outcomes.

​Charles Landau, MD 
is a partner in Connecticut Heart and Vascular Center where he serves on the Managing Board and is the Director of Clinical Research for the group.  He received his undergraduate degree from the Columbia School of Engineering (1980), and his MD from Harvard Medical School (1984).  He completed his clinical training in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (1988) and cardiology at Boston University Medical Center (1992).
He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Interventional cardiology and holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  Most of his time is spent providing clinical care.

Gilead I Lancaster, MD
is the Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology and Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship at the Heart Institute at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine aat Yale School of Medicine. 
Lancaster received his B.A. at Columbia College (’79) and his M.D. from the University of Tel-Aviv -Sackler School of Medicine (‘83). He completed his residency (’86) and cardiology fellowship (’88) at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology and has additional board certifications in Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology.

He has served on the Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology and a member of it's Health Affairs Committee. 

Writing Group

Gilead Lancaster, MD

​Ryan O’Connell, MD

​​David L. Katz MD, MPH

​JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH

​William R. Hutchison

​Charles Landau, MD

Kimberly A. Yonkers, MD