Drs. Joe Corless and Marcy Zwelling-Aamot
Physicians Coalition Directors (Health Care Professionals for Carly)
A distinguished physician, Dr. Joe Corless is a commissioner for the California Health Policy and Data Advisory Commission, which advises the Governor’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Dr. Corless has served the residents of Orange County as a pediatrician and allergist for nearly 30 years and is highly regarded by his colleagues as an expert clinician. In 2007, he was honored by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America CA Chapter as “Physician of the Year.” Also, Dr. Corless is an expert medical reviewer for the California Medical Board. He has served in leadership positions such as Chief of Medical Staff at Children’s Hospital of Orange County; Chairman of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Pediatric Trauma Unit at Western Medical Center Santa Ana; and Pediatric Medical Director for Tustin Rehabilitation Hospital. After more than 25 years of private practice in Orange County, Dr. Corless joined Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) in 2000 to pursue his passion for clinical teaching, overseeing quality of patient care, and developing ARMC’s Pediatric Allergy Clinics. He is co-founder of the Asthma Coalition of San Bernardino County where he is responsible for leading efforts to implement the AAFA Breathmobile® program. Most recently, Dr. Corless served as Chief Medical Officer for a nonprofit foundation in its efforts to expand nonprofit health care programs for children.
Graduating from high school at the age of 16, Dr. Corless received his Bachelor of Science, Pre-Medical Degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow where he was a Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his Medical Doctorate at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas receiving training from the late world-renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Michael DeBakey. Following college, Dr. Corless had a distinguished military career serving as a United States Army Captain, Major and U.S. Medical Advisor for the Nationalist Chinese Army of Taiwan receiving the Chinese Army’s Order of Cloud and Banner designation. Rising to the rank of Major, Dr. Corless retired from active duty on the Promotion List to receive the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and receiving the Army Commendation Medal. To this day, he remains on Inactive Reserve with the United States Army.
Dr. Corless’ academic career includes appointments as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Western University of Health Sciences, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, and past Visiting Professor/Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. Additional honors include Teacher of the Year Award as UCIMC Volunteer Clinical Facility, a recipient of the Presidential Citation from the Orange County Medical Association in recognition of his five-year service as Chairman of the Perinatal Committee, and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Corless has been married to his wife, Judy, for 30 years. He is the father of five and the grandfather of four.
Marcy Zwelling-Aamot, M.D. is the current president of the American Academy of Private Physicians (AAPP), a respected member of the California medical community and a prominent voice in the crusade to improve the broken health care system. Marcy is an actively double board-certified physician, a notable achievement even among the best doctors in the nation. Marcy graduated with honors from Wellesley College and studied medicine at New York University Medical School where she graduated at the top of her class. Marcy arrived in Los Angeles in 1980 and completed her residency training in both Internal and Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA. She achieved board certification in both specialties and went on to become boarded in utilization review and to work in Critical Care. In 2004, Marcy adopted the direct practice model in order to provide a higher level of access and attention to a smaller number of patients, frequently acting as their advocate as they navigate the health care system.
Marcy is active in her community serving as the Chair of the Los Angeles County Hospital and Healthcare Delivery Commission. She is the current chair of the Long Beach Health Coalition and the past president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association. Marcy serves on the Board of the California Medical Association Board of Trustees and is a member of the AMA House of Delegates. She was recently appointed to the legislative committee of the Orange County Lincoln Club and is the author of many op-ed pieces about how to improve our health care delivery system and protect the sanctity of the patient-doctor relationship.