Physicians for Patient Protection

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Physicians for Patient Protection
TypeEducational nonprofit
Legal status501(c)(4)
Key people
Carmen Kavali
Purvi Parekh
Ainel Sewell
Amy Townsend
Revenue (2020)

Physicians for Patient Protection (PPP) is an American advocacy organization that advocates high standards for patient care. One of the group's founding members is Rebekah Bernard, a family physician in Fort Myers, Florida, and the author of How to Be a Rock Star Doctor, Physician Wellness: The Rock Star Doctor’s Guide and co-author of Patients at Risk. [2][3]

PPP is a non-partisan, educational nonprofit based in the United States[4] with a stated membership of 6,000 plus over 10,000 members on their Facebook page.[5].


The group incorporated in Massapequa Park, New York in 2018. PPP’s philosophy is that patient health care should be physician-led.[6][7] Their mission statement is:

“Ensure physician-led care for all patients and to advocate for truth and transparency regarding health care providers.”[8]

The group was founded by five physicians with the objective of ensuring patient care meets high standards and called for physicians to “undertake a public relations campaign” to educate the public about changes to the requirements for some members of health care teams.[9][10]

One member of the group co-wrote Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Health Care with Niran Al-Agba, a pediatrician from Washington State and PPP member.[11] Al-Agba is also columnist for the Kitsap Sun, focusing on health care-related topics.[12]


PPP states that a physician should be called a “physician,” a nurse practitioner should be identified as “nurse practitioner," and a physician assistant as a “physician assistant.” These are accurate titles, reflective of their specialized education, training, and expertise. They are all venerated professions which share a mutual goal of improving patient’s lives, yet the vocations are fundamentally different.[13] The group notes that ambiguous or inaccurate titles can lead to confusion amongst patients that undermines the common goals of health care workers.


  1. "Physicians for Patient Protection Inc in Massapequa Park, NY".
  2. "One year later: A physician's letter to Medicare patients". 2016-12-29. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  3. M.D, Rebekah Bernard (2019-08-26). "I Was a Physician at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Here's Why I No Longer Believe Government Health Care Can Work | Rebekah Bernard M.D." Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  4. "Physicians for Patient Protection Inc".
  5. "TMA battles another round of scope-of-practice bills while preaching team-based care". Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  6. "Advocacy Efforts". Physicians for Patient Protection. Retrieved 2021-06-30. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Bollag, Sophia (2020-09-29). "New California law aims for more medical providers by giving nurse practitioners more authority". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Admin, P. P. P. (2018-12-09). "The Case for Our Mission". Physicians for Patient Protection. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  9. HealthLeaders. "Why Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners Need Supervision, Say Physician Groups". Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  10. MD, Rebekah Bernard (2019-08-15). "Physicians Need Better PR". rebekah-bernard-md. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  11. Patients at Risk; The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare; Niran Al-Agba, M.D. and Rebekah Bernard, M.D. Search this book on Logo.png
  12. "Columnists". Kitsap Sun. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  13. "The Problem with "Provider"". Physicians for Patient Protection. 2019-06-17. Retrieved 2021-07-07.

External links[edit]

Official website

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