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Doctors to Testify in Support of Bill that Prohibits Animal Use for Medical Training


Rhode Island Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr., recently introduced legislation (House Bill 5267) that prohibits the use of live animals for medical student training. Four doctors, who are members of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, will testify in support of the bill at a House Health, Education, and Welfare hearing this Wednesday. The four doctors have a combined 117 years of medical practice between them.


Kerry Foley, M.D., of Washington, D.C.

  • Retired emergency medicine physician and instructor
  • Completed residency at Georgetown University; Specialty: Emergency Medicine
  • Practiced emergency medicine for 26 years

Al Puerini, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., of Clayville, R.I.

  • 2017 Physician of the Year by the Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians
  • Completed residency at Brown University; Specialty: Family Medicine
  • Practiced medicine for 35 years in Rhode Island

Katherine Williams, M.D., of East Greenwich, R.I.

  • Completed residency at Brown University; Specialty: Family Medicine
  • Medical director at Providence urgent care clinic since 2004

Robert Vergnani, M.D., of Portsmouth, R.I.

  • Retired ophthalmologist
  • Practiced medicine for 41 years

Rise of the House (approximately 4:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Rhode Island State House
Room 101
82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903

To interview Drs. Foley or Puerini, please contact Reina Pohl at 202-527-7326 or

Media Contact

Reina Pohl, M.P.H.


Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in education and research.

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