Diversity News

$5 Million Grant from Mastercard Funds Innovative Diversity Initiatives at Weill Cornell Medicine


Weill Cornell Medicine will launch a suite of innovative programs to foster and sustain a more diverse faculty through the support of a $5 million grant from the Mastercard Impact Fund. With the goal of establishing mentorship and inclusion standards in academic medicine and healthcare, the grant will support a range of diversity and inclusion programs including the development of a mentoring curriculum, the establishment of a faculty diversity incentive program and competitive career development awards for junior faculty from underrepresented in medicine (URM) populations and those with childcare commitments, often female faculty.

The Mastercard Impact Fund was established by global technology company Mastercard in 2018 with 20 percent of the company’s savings from U.S. and European tax reform to administer grants related to inclusive growth. Today’s grant is an extension of Mastercard’s In-Solidarity commitment to use the full breadth of its resources to combat discrimination and advance inclusion and equality.

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WCM Diversity Week April 26th to May 1st, 2021


As part of Dean Augustine Choi’s commitment to strengthening the culture of diversity and inclusion at Weill Cornell Medicine, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host its 3rd Annual Diversity Week event that will take place during week of April 26th to April 30th, 2020. This years Diversity Week will include two keynote addresses by Julie K. Silver, MD is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and Robert W. Livingston, PhD a Lecturer of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. An array of events will take place throughout the week featuring Diversity Grand Round talks from experts in their fields, health disparity and mentoring in medicine symposiums, paneled events centered around work-life balance, women in science, and LGBT issues in medicine, among others. In addition, winners of the Dean's Diversity and Healthcare Disparities Research Awards, Pioneers in Diversity Awards, and the Jessica M. and Natan Bibliowicz Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty will be honored during an evening celebration of diversity. Stay tuned for more information and a scheduled list of events!

For more information contact elo2010@med.cornell.edu

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COVID-19 Research Grant Recipients


NIH Grant to Study Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes

Weill Cornell Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health for COVID-19 research. The two-year $1.5 million grant will fund projects led by Dr. Julianne Imperato-McGinley, director of the CTSC, and associate directors Dr. Olivier Elemento and Dr. Said Ibrahim, to investigate the role of social and biological factors in determining COVID-19 severity and outcomes in New York City patients.

Black and Latino populations have suffered a significantly higher proportion of infection and death from COVID-19 in New York City, and across the country. Social determinants of health, including lack of access to adequate medical care, crowded housing and exposure from one’s occupation, can influence the likelihood of acquiring COVID-19. Co-morbidities such as obesity, diabetes and lung and heart disease that put people at risk for severe illness, are also more common in Black and Latino populations.

To assess how socioeconomic factors have contributed to the racial and ethnic disparities, the investigators will compare rates of hospitalization, intensive care unit admissions and deaths from COVID-19 in affluent versus lower income communities within New York City. They will also use data from patients across the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital system to study patterns in demographics, laboratory results and biospecimens to determine if there’s a link between genetic variability, race and ethnicity, and severity of COVID-19.

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WCM's COVID-19 Research Grant Recipients

Thanks to the remarkable generosity of our Board of Overseers and many other donors, WCM is able to provide one-year grants of $100,000 to support innovative research on COVID-19. Congratulations to the following faculty members for receiving the first two COVID-19 Research Grants.

Melissa Davis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Research in Surgery (Interim)
  • "COVID disparities – DARC side of SARS-Cov-2"
Yawei (Jenny) Yang, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • "Virologic and Immunologic Factors that affect COVID-19 Prevalence and Infection in Pregnant Women and their Neonates"
Julie Magarian Blander, Ph.D.
Gladys and Roland Harriman Professor of Immunology in Medicine
  • "A T cell Biomarker for Protective COVID-19 Immunity"
Heidi Stuhlmann, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Harvey Klein Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in Pediatrics
  • “The Placenta as a Potential Site of SARS-CoV-2 infection and Transmission” 
Pengbo Zhou, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • "Small molecule G3BP1NTF2 inhibitor rewires G3BP1 to augment its anti-viral activity against SARS-CoV-2"
Alexander Merkler, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience
  • "Incidence and Risk Factors of Stroke in Patients Hospitalized with Covid-19 Infection: Derivation and Validation of a Risk Stratification Model"
Robert Peck, M.D., MS
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
  • "Chronic Kidney Complications of COVID–19 in a Cohort of HIV-infected on HIV-uninfected African Adults"
Erica Phillips, M.D., MS
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • "The Contributions of Socio-Behavioral Factors to disparities in the COVID 19 pandemic"

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WCM COVID-19 and Social Justice Townhall Recordings & Resources


WCM Diversity COVID-19 Pandemic and Social Justice Weekly Town Hall Recordings

To access session recordings click here and here

Weill Cornell Medicine continues to monitor the rapidly evolving situation related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). 

For updates on current developments and resources Click here.

Faculty and Staff Resources

Wellbeing, child care, temporary accommodations, and more  Click here

Student Resources

Counseling, academic support, and student health resources Click here

CopeNYP Employee Urgent Counseling Program

Weill Cornell Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry has launched an urgent counseling service that provides faculty and staff across NYP, Weill Cornell and Columbia quick and free access to confidential and supportive virtual counseling.   Staffed by trained mental health care professionals from WCM’s Department of Psychiatry, participants will receive emotional support and practical strategies to enhance coping that will be flexibly adapted to meet individuals’ needs and concerns.   

There is no charge for these encounters for all employees and trainees of Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian, and Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons including faculty, staff, house staff, trainees-- everyone.

More information available here https://psychiatry.weill.cornell.edu/node/474

WCM Anti-Discrimination, Prohibited Bias and Related Misconduct Policies 

If a member of the WCM community believes that he/she has experienced prohibited discrimination and harassment at WCM, the individual should report the incident either verbally or in writing as follows:

For more visit https://diversity.weill.cornell.edu/policies/anti-discriminationprohibited-bias-related-misconduct   

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Weill Cornell Medicine Unveils Paintings of Four Diversity Leaders



Members of the Weill Cornell Medicine community gathered on Oct. 25 in Griffis Faculty Club to celebrate the unveiling of a set of paintings depicting four icons of diversity and inclusion efforts at the institution. Dr. Daniel Laroche, M.D. ’92, his wife Marjorie Laroche and his cousin Marie Claude Brutus commissioned the paintings from the Haitian artist Junior Jacques to recognize the seminal contributions of Drs. James Curtis, Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey, Bruce Ballard, and Carlyle Miller, M.D. ’75 to Weill Cornell Medicine’s efforts to attract and retain underrepresented minorities in medicine.

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Elizabeth A. Wilson-Anstey, EdD Lecture Video - Joan Y. Reede, MD, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership Harvard Medical School


Diversity Inclusion: The Time is Now Video Link


Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA is the Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Reede also holds appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is an Assistant in Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Reede is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented minority, women, LGBT, and faculty with disabilities at Harvard Medical School (HMS). This charge includes oversight of all diversity activities at HMS as they relate to faculty, trainees, students, and staff. Dr. Reede also serves as the director of the Minority Faculty Development Program, and faculty director of Community Outreach Programs at Harvard Medical School, and Program Director of the Faculty Diversity Program of the Harvard Catalyst/The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center. Dr. Reede has created and developed more than 20 programs at HMS that aim to address pipeline and leadership issues for minorities and others who are interested in careers in medicine, academic and scientific research, and the healthcare professions.

At the national level, Dr. Reede has served on a number of boards and committees including the Secretary’s Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health; the Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce; the National Children’s Study Advisory Committee of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Some of her current affiliations include the Steering Committee and Task Force for the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS); the Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research of the National Institutes of Health (AC DDIR), co-chair of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director’s Working Group on Diversity; the Association of American Medical Colleges Careers in Medicine Committee (AAMC); chair of the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI); the CTSA Women in CTR Interest Group of the NIH, and the American Hospital Association Equity of Care Committee. Dr. Reede also serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health, and she was the guest editor for the 2012 special issue, “Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine” of Academic Medicine for AAMC. Dr. Reede is the chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Interest Group (IG) 08 on Health of Populations/Health Disparities.

Dr. Reede is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Herbert W. Nickens Award from AAMC and the Society of General Medicine in 2005; election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science in 2009; the 2011 Diversity Award from the Association of University Professors; and in 2012 she was the recipient of an Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award. In 2013 she received an Exemplar STEM Award from the Urban Education Institute at North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Reede is a 2015 recipient of the Jacobi Medallion from the Mount Sinai Alumni Association and the Icahn School of Medicine.

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Diversity Week Keynote Lecture Video - Sian Leah Beilock, PhD, President Barnard College


Enhancing STEM Success for Women and Girls Keynote Lecture Video Link


Sian Leah Beilock became the 8th President of Barnard College in July, 2017. A cognitive scientist by training, she is focused on further developing Barnard as a singular institution. She is raising the College’s eminence in math, science and technology to parallel its renown in the arts and humanities. Building on our unique relationship with Columbia University, President Beilock is increasing options for students to transition directly from Barnard into a range of master’s programs at Columbia, including international relations, public health, and engineering. She is also working to bridge the gap between college and life after college through the innovative Beyond Barnard office, and she is dedicated to ensuring that Barnard continues to attract a highly diverse student body deeply engaged with all that the College and the City of New York have to offer.   

Prior to her appointment as President, Beilock spent twelve years at the University of Chicago. As the Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology and a member of the Committee on Education, she specialized in how children and adults learn and perform at their best, especially under stress. In her role as a member of the senior leadership, she served as the Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, and as the Executive Vice Provost and an Officer of the University.

 In her research, Beilock focuses specifically on success in math and science for women and girls, and how performance anxiety can either be exacerbated, or alleviated by teachers, parents and peers. She explores the brain and body factors that influence skill learning and performance, as well as how simple psychological strategies can be used to ensure success in high-stakes situations ranging from test-taking and public speaking to athletics. She has published more than 100 papers and has received funding from the National Science Foundation (including a CAREER award), the Department of Education, and several foundations. 

Beilock won the 2017 Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, she is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Association, and a member of the National Academy of Kinesiology. Early in her career, she received awards from the Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Foundation, the Psychonomic Society, and the Society of Experimental Psychologists.

President Beilock is the author of two books that have been published in more than a dozen languages—the critically acclaimed Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal about Getting It Right When You Have To (2010) and How the Body Knows Its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment to Influence How You Think and Feel (2015). Her recent TED talk has been viewed more than 1.5 million times. 

President Beilock earned her Bachelor of Science in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego, and doctorates of philosophy in both kinesiology and psychology from Michigan State University. 

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Diversity Week Keynote Lecture Video- Dara Richardson-Heron, MD Chief Engagement Officer All of Us Research Program

"The Importance of Diverse Representation in Clinical Research: The All of Us Research Program" Diversity Week Keynote Lecture Video Link


Dara Richardson-Heron, MD, Chief Engagement Officer of the All of Us Research Program, is leading efforts to engage and retain one million or more volunteers in a landmark effort to advance innovative health research that may lead to more precise treatments and prevention strategies. All of Us, a cornerstone initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aims to build one of the largest biomedical data sets in the world, involving participants from diverse communities across the United States. Richardson-Heron is responsible for forging partnerships with research participants, health care professionals, and national and community-based organizations to raise awareness of the program, with a special focus on populations that have been historically underrepresented in research. She is also working with the NIH and All of Us Senior Leadership Team to develop strategies for creative and innovative programmatic efforts and enhancements. 

Richardson-Heron has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the health care, corporate and nonprofit sectors, having served in Executive leadership positions at YWCA USA, Inc., Susan G. Komen for the Cure, United Cerebral Palsy Association and Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc. 

Dr. Richardson-Heron is a physician by trade and an advocate by choice who is passionate about leveraging her skills, experience and expertise to make the world a better place. She holds a doctorate in medicine from New York University School of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Barnard College. 

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Call for Applications: Career Advancement for Research in Health Equity T37 Training Program


We are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new T37 training program. The Weill Cornell Medicine CARE program provides research training, mentoring, and exposure to health equity research and global healthfor pre-doc and post-doctoral trainees.The long-term goal of this program is to increase the diversity and number of highly trained scientists working across disciplines to improve health equity and global health.

About the Program: 

The CARE T37 program aims to identify talented URM pre- and post-doctoral trainees across the health sciences who are considering careers in health equity research and global health. Trainees will participate in our intensive summer research training session that leverages both formal degree and non-degree institutional programs and builds methodological skills in scientific research. Additionally, trainees will engage in research with seasoned mentors embedded in their academic institutionsand select global health research sites. The program provides monthly stipends to help defray living expenses in NYC during the summer didactic session.  Limited funds are available to support no more than 1-2 trainees for no more than 6-weeks of mentored research experience at our NIH-funded select global health sites.


Medical student, Residents, and Post-doctoral students/Medical fellows who are from underrepresented populations (individuals from African American, Hispanic, Native/American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Island populations and individuals with disabilities) should consider applying to the program. Although the program will consider trainees at any stage of the academic healthcare training continuum (from medical student, to resident, to fellowship/post-doc), URM post-doctoral students/medical fellows with strong interest to pursue a career in scientific research and health equity and/or global health research are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Candidates interested in applying to the CARE T37 Program must submit an application package. The application package must include the following components:

  • One page statement that includes the name of your mentor, a description of your research interests and career plans, and a brief summary of a potential health equity/global health project you would like to develop further.
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Letter of support from you mentor/career advisor.


The program begins July 1st, 2019. Application packages must be received no later than June 10th for consideration.

For more information, please contact:  

Heather Johnson hlj2001@med.cornell.edu  
Research Program Manager, Division of Healthcare Delivery Science & Innovation

Mari Campuzano mac4005@med.cornell.edu  
Diversity Research Coordinator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Robin D Andrews rra2004@med.cornell.edu
Administrator, Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research

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The Kellen Junior Faculty Fellowship Recipients 2019


Radhika Sundararajan, MD, PhD;  Megan Shen, PhD; Jana Ivanidze, MD, PHD; Diana Morales, PhD; Natalia DeMarco, PhD

The Kellen Junior Faculty Fellowship provides $50,000 in research support to exceptional female junior faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine. Five awards are given annually. Now in its fifth year, the grant was established in 2015 with a $1.25 million gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation. The goal is to provide female junior faculty with funding so that they can establish a scientific track record and succeed in independent research. This award strengthens the pipeline of outstanding female junior faculty who can ultimately be promoted to a higher academic rank at WCM. The 2019 Kellen Junior Faculty Fellowship Recipients are:

  • Megan Shen, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Medicine

Project Title: Media Communication Intervention to Increase Engagement in Advance Care Planning among Advanced Cancer Patients

  • Radhika Sundararajan, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Project Title: A novel approach to community-based HIV testing with traditional healers in Mwanza, Tanzania

  • Jana Ivanidze, Assistant Professor of Radiology

Project Title: PET Imaging of Tau Deposition, Amyloid-Beta Accumulation, and Region-Specific Glucose Metabolism in Alzheimer Disease: Correlation with Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 Cerebrospinal Fluid Levels

  • Natalia DeMarco, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Project Title: Genetic and environmental mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders

  • Diana Morales, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Project Title: Metabolic Programs Driving Enterococcal Invasion and Pathogenesis

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Dr. Said Ibrahim Named Inaugural Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion


Dr. Said Ibrahim, an esteemed physician-scientist who investigates why health outcomes vary among demographic groups, has been appointed the inaugural senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Weill Cornell Medicine, effective Jan. 2. Dr. Ibrahim will lead the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s efforts to unify diversity initiatives and foster a stronger culture of equity and belonging throughout the institution.

Weill Cornell Medicine’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion is committed to nurturing faculty and students whose varied backgrounds can inspire new perspectives and approaches to improve human health. In his new role, Dr. Ibrahim will work to realize the strategic vision of Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine, who has elevated diversity as an essential pillar of the institution’s mission, along with clinical care, research and education. To accomplish this, the Office For Diversity and Inclusion will promote institutional initiatives to recruit, retain and nurture minority physicians, scientists and trainees who hail from communities that are underrepresented in medicine, as well as women and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The office will also strive to support students, faculty and trainees at every stage of their careers, working to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment in clinic, lab and classroom.

“Diversity is essential for the healthcare workforce, and is a core value of Weill Cornell Medicine,” Dr. Choi said. “Bringing together our academic community’s unique perspectives and abilities not only leads to innovation, but also allows us to provide the best care for a diverse population and the best education for a diverse student body. Dr. Ibrahim is the ideal person to advance this important institutional mission and ensure a rich environment of equality and inclusiveness at Weill Cornell Medicine.”  

“This role and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s mission really resonate with me personally,” said Dr. Ibrahim, the inaugural chief of the Division of Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medicine who emigrated from Somalia in the mid-1980s to advance his academic pursuits. “Having grown up in East Africa, I understand first-hand how inequalities in healthcare access can significantly affect people’s lives. Diversity and inclusion—things that people had fought passionately for during the civil rights movement—made it possible for someone like me to attend medical school in the United States. It’s important to me that we maintain and grow that kind of opportunity for everyone.”

For more information on this appointment, please see our Newsroom story: https://news.weill.cornell.edu/news/2018/11/dr-said-ibrahim-named-inaugural-senior-associate-dean-for-diversity-and-inclusion.

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Dr. Elizabeth A. Wilson-Anstey Lectureship Announced


Dr. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey has been a champion of diversity in academic medicine for more than 40 years, dedicating her career at Weill Cornell Medicine to supporting generations of aspiring minority doctors and scientists. As a tribute to that enduring dedication, Weill Cornell Medicine on Oct. 6 announced that it has created a new lectureship in Dr. Wilson-Anstey’s name.

Weill Cornell Medicine will select a national leader in diversity to deliver the newly established Elizabeth A. Wilson-Anstey Lecture during the institution’s annual Diversity Week, hosted each April. Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine, surprised Dr. Wilson-Anstey, director of the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program, with the recognition at the program’s 50th anniversary event in Uris Auditorium.

“Liz embodies excellence in diversity in academic medicine,” Dr. Choi said. “Four decades of Travelers classes have benefited from her warmth, compassion and energy. Without her, the Travelers program would not have been the same.”

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Weill Cornell Medicine Receives $2.7 Million Grant to Fund Diversity Center of Excellence


Weill Cornell Medicine has been awarded a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to establish a Diversity Center of Excellence dedicated to increasing the number of minority physicians in academic medicine.

The HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is administering the grant through its Centers of Excellence program. Established in 1991, the program supports health professions schools that strive to train and retain underrepresented minority students and faculty. Weill Cornell Medicine is one of only 19 graduate schools across the country, and the only medical school in New York state, to receive the grant.

“Our population is becoming more diverse, but our healthcare professional population hasn’t kept up,” said Dr. Susana Morales, an associate professor of clinical medicine and co-principal investigator of the grant. “Here at Weill Cornell Medicine, we are committed to increasing diversity. This grant is exciting not only because there’s potential to do a lot of good, it also allows us to be a part of the institution’s larger diversity efforts.”

Weill Cornell Medicine’s Diversity Center of Excellence will operate under the auspices of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, which was established at Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell’s Ithaca campus in March to better understand why health outcomes vary among demographic groups.

“The Diversity Center of Excellence is a crucial piece of our Cornell Center for Health Equity strategic plan and we are thrilled to see it coming to fruition,” said Dr. Monika Safford, co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, the John J. Kuiper Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and co-principal investigator of the grant.

For More Here

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Susana Morales, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Co-Principal Investigator, Vice Chair Diversity -Department of Medicine

New Student Diversity Mixer


Thank you to all those who joined us in welcoming the 1st year medical and graduate students!

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Dr. Marie Claire Leger Appointed to Endowed Position and Scholarship


Marie Claire Leger, M.D., PhD.

Diversity Champion and Clinique Clinical Scholar in Dermatology 

At the recommendation of Dean Augustine M.K. Choi, four members of the Weill Cornell Medicine faculty have been named to endowed positions and scholarships by the Board of Overseers. Endowed professorships are among the most prestigious faculty appointments at Weill Cornell Medicine. The Diversity Champion for the Department of Dermatology, Dr. Marie Claire Leger is among the recipients and has been appointed as the Clinique Clinical Scholar in Dermatology. Dr. Leger is an assistant professor of clinical dermatology. Dr. Leger leads the Department of Dermatology’s recently established unit for the treatment of adverse reactions to tattoos and tattoo removal. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of tattoo complications and the evaluation of new therapies for improving tattoo removal procedures.

For more information: https://wcmcentral.weill.cornell.edu/news/four-weill-cornell-medicine-faculty-appointed-endowed-positions-and-scholarships

Diversity Award Ceremony and Reception


This year's 2018 Diversity award winners were announced during Diversity Awards Ceremony and Reception on April 23rd, 2018. 

2018 Dean's Diversity and Dean's Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Awards

The inaugural Dean’s Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Awards supports excellence in research to improve the health of underrepresented minorities and/or reduce health disparities in healthcare systems and in clinical settings, either locally or globally. 

Resident Awardees:
 Peter Kennel, Lauren Kelly, & Robert White 

Medical/Graduate Student Awardees:
 Yoshiko Toyoda
 & Rachel Umans

Faculty Award Awardees:
 Jessica Ancker, Jennifer Downs
, Erica Phillps, & 
Laura Pinheiro 

Fellows/Postdoc Awardees:
 Elizabeth Luth
, Fontasha Powell, & Mavee Witherspoon

2018 Pioneers in Diversity Awards and Laurie H. Glimcher MD Award

Ida Sophia Scudder MD Award – Rolake Alabi and Eric Kutscher

The Ida Sophia Scudder, M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Service recognizes an MD, PhD, MD-PhD, or PA student who has made significant contributions in the field of community service and providing care to the underserved.

Bruce Laine Ballard MD Award – Dr. Anthony Ogedegbe

The Bruce Laine Ballard, M.D. Award for Excellence in Mentorship is presented to a faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to improving student life and to fostering a nurturing and supportive environment where students are able to thrive and succeed.

Administrative Staff Award – Sharon Brooks

The Administrative Staff Award recognizes staff members who embody the spirit of cultural diversity and service. This award honors staff members who have gone beyond the call of duty to make sure the environment is inclusive, engaging and welcoming, and whose efforts may often go unnoticed.

Louis Wade Sullivan MD Award – Dr. Maurice Hinson

The Louis Wade Sullivan, M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Health Advocacy honors a resident or postdoctoral fellow who has been an outspoken champion for health promotion and a public health advocate, especially for medically underserved populations.

Laurie H. Glimcher MD Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty - Dr. Mary Charlson

The Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty was established by Dr. Glimcher, Former Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine, to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in medicine by acknowledging superb women mentors.

2017/2018 Marcus M. Reidenberg, M.D. Award in Community Service


On April 30th, 2018, the Offices of Community Service and Student Affairs honored the four student groups who received theMarcus M. Reidenberg, M.D. Award in Community Service Award for 2017 and 2018. This award recognizes the collective efforts of students for outstanding contribution to the community. The winners are: 

Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights

The Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights (WCCHR) is a student-run organization that brings together volunteer clinicians and Weill Cornell students to provide forensic medical evaluations to survivors of torture, violence, and persecution who are currently seeking asylum in the United States. Since its founding in 2010, the WCCHR has conducted 426 evaluations for 364 individuals from 66 different countries and has trained 676 students in how to conduct such evaluations. In addition to serving individuals directly, the WCCHR is helping to revolutionize how asylum cases are managed in the United States by calling attention to the important, yet often unrecognized, role of medical professionals. The WCCHR is the first medical student-run asylum clinic in the United States. It has been lauded as “a model for the future” by the medical asylum community.

Weill Cornell Community Clinic

The primary mission of the Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC) is to provide high quality primary health care services to uninsured New Yorkers through consultation, treatment, referral services, preventative care and screening for permanent health care insurance programs. Concurrently, the WCCC also aims to educate medical students on the medical and social issues surrounding the care of underserved populations in order to foster a sense of civic responsibility and humanitarianism. Founded in 2003, the WCCC is a student-run free clinic of Weill Cornell Medical College and provides primary care, women's and mental health services for over 150 patients a year during over 350 patient visits. 

Camp Phoenix

Camp Phoenix was founded in 2000 by a WCMC alum, Paul Mullan, M.D. (Class of 2004) to enrich the lives of pediatric burn survivors and their siblings by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, and physically safe, all while training future physicians in the art of compassionate and empathetic care. Within this environment, campers build a support community based on sharing their stories and overcoming their disabilities. As their motto states, it’s “a place where kids can spread their wings and fly”.

Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program

The Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program was created to increase the enrollment rate of students who are underrepresented in medicine and support the next generation of healthcare leaders. It was founded in 1989 by Dr. Daniel Laroche (‘92) when he was a student here at Weill Cornell and has since expanded to medical schools across the country. Theintensive 10-week program facilitates mentorship between local high school students and current medical students while providing an opportunity for mentees to interact with physicians and other healthcare professionals. Through scientific lectures, research assignments, college essays, resume workshops, PBL sessions, and basic anatomy lessons, students are exposed to the intimacies of medicine while developing skills critical to their success beyond the conclusion of the program. Mentees who have produced extraordinary research papers and college essays are granted special recognition and book scholarships at a graduation ceremony.

Students Represent SNMA at Annual Medical Education Conference


Medical students (top photo), Joshua Adjei (4th year), Zara Adamou (1st year medical student), and Francesca Voza (2nd year) represented Weill Cornell Medicine Student National Medical Association Chapter at the Annual National Education Conference.

Diversity Week Speakers


This year's 2018 inaugural day diversity speakers on April 23rd, 2018 were: 

Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP (Diversity Keynote Speaker)

NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity

Senior Investigator, NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 

Adil Haider, MD, MPH (Surgery/Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds)

Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Henry W. Foster, Jr,. MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds)

Professor Emeritus, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Former Dean of the School of Medicine and Former Acting President Meharry Medical College

Diversity Speakers presented on the following topics: NIH Addresses the Science of Diversity: Focusing on Institutional Change(Dr. Valantine), Unequal Care: Causes and Solutions for Surgical Disparities in 2018 (Dr. Haider),and Achieving Racial/Ethnic Diversity For Medical School Faculties (Dr. Foster).

Research Faculty Dinner: April 2018


On April 17th, 2018, Dr. Romulo Hurtado, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Research in Surgery, presented his recent work "Upper urinary tract pacemakers activity: An Ifunny current coincidence" on smooth muscle pacemakers that drive autonomic contractions in the urinary tract. We thank Dr. Romulo Hurtado for his efforts in research and contributions to the Weill Cornell Medicine community.

President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW)


The President’s Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) was established by former President Frank H. T. Rhodes in 1990. The PCCW is a group of highly accomplished and distinguished women alumnae of Cornell University working to champion female students, faculty, staff, and alumnae as they lead within their fields at Cornell University and across the world. This year, PCCW held an engaging two-day symposium celebrating 'One Cornell'. PCCW's annual meeting was held at WCM on April 14th. Dr. Rainu Kaushal was the keynote speaker discussing “One Cornell” collaborations between campuses. There were several breakout tours highlighting the WCM campus and its teaching and clinical activities. The participants were able to visit and tour the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island and the Weill Cornell Medicine Upper East Side Manhattan Campus. In addition, the attendees also had the opportunity to connect with the work of the PCCW, meet other successful alumnae, learn about university initiatives, and participate in student and peer mentoring sessions. Dr. Rache Simmons, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion presented an overview of the state of women at WCM and NYP, including data on our gender diversity in the medical school, residency programs and faculty. She discussed Dean Choi’s commitment to overcoming gender inequities in leadership and promotions including in Strategic Plan 4 (SP4).

T-SRF Alumni Named Dean of University of Miami School of Medicine


Dr. Henri Ford, an alumnus of the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship (T-SRF) program, was recently named Dean of the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Ford served as vice president and chief of surgery for the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles for over 13 years. He has been instrumental in aiding Haiti with medical care, including training doctors, and planting the seeds for improved health care infrastructure. In 2017, Dr. Ford visited the WCM campus as the Diversity Surgery Grand Rounds Speaker. On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, congratulations!!

Dr. Babacar Cisse Appointed to Endowed Position


Dr. Cisse, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and of Neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, was recently appointed the Leonard and Fleur Clinical Scholar. On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, congratulations!!

Dr. Babacar Cisse Appointed to Endowed Position


Dr. Cisse, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and of Neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, was recently appointed the Leonard and Fleur Clinical Scholar. On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, congratulations!!

Student Awarded HHMI Medical Grant and Doris Duke Research Mentorship Award


Angel M. Charles was recently awarded both the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Fellowship and a Doris Duke Research Mentorship Award. The long-term aim of her project is to develop a targeted immunotherapy that can treat HPV induced cancers with high specificity and minimal adverse effects. She is working in the laboratory of David Scheinberg at MSKCC that developed a T-cell receptor mimic (TCRm) monoclonal antibody (mAb) which is specific for a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) peptide (protein fragment) bound to a Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) complex, which presents antigens to T cells. The TCRm binds the HPV-peptide/HLA complex and induces killing of virus-infected cells. The short-term aim of her project is to identify and evaluate potential off-target binding of the TCRm to normal peptides in human tissue. On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Congratulations!!

Movie Viewing: Agents of Change


On March 20th, Dr. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey hosted a showing of the movie documentary "Agents of Change". WCM alumni, Dr. John Mitchell '73 and Dr. Frank Douglas '77 (and Alumni Association Special Achievement Awardee) shared their experiences as students on the Cornell University campus during the pivotal civil rights era of the late 1960’s depicted in the film. Dr. Wilson-Anstey moderated a discussion that included the alumni’s perspectives on changes and challenges in promoting diverse and inclusive educational curricula and learning environments through the lens of lessons learned in the intervening decades.

Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure (HPREP) 2018 Graduation Ceremony


On Friday, March 16, 2018, eighty-six high school students successfully completed the Health Professions Recruitment Exposure (HPREP) program. Hani Li, 1st year medical student, gave welcoming remarks to open the ceremony. The keynote speech was given by Dr. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life. The Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) was created in 1989 by Dr. Daniel Laroche ('92). He developed the program while he was a medical student to increase the enrollment of student groups that are underrepresented in medicine. After a presentation by Dr. Laroche regarding HPREP at a Student National Medical Association (SNMA) conference, the SNMA adopted the program at other medical schools. HPREP is now a national program. At WCM, HPREP is a ten-week program held on Friday afternoons beginning in January. This year five HPREP coordinators: Aretina Leung, Han Li, Dianna Mejia, Anthony Mok, and Samir Touhamy II, organized the program. The students heard from many physicians and other health professionals regarding their career paths. In addition, HPREP students worked in small groups with medical students learning how to write personal statements, resumes, and research papers. Students were also educated on the medical school application process and how to apply for financial aid.Congratulations to the 2018 HPREP Graduates!

C-STEP Students and Advisors Visit Weill Cornell Medicine


Medical students, left to right standing: Benjamin Gordon, Solomon Husain, Ariana Levin 

Medical student second from the right standing: Lauren Tufts 

Medical student first on the right sitting: Jaime Bernstein

Assistant Director of C-STEP, Ernest Daily, sitting second from the right 

On March 13th, students and advisors of the C-STEP program at Syracuse University visited Weill Cornell Medicine. C-STEP students met with Ms. Allison Smith, Director of Admissions, medical students and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life, Dr. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey. A presentation focused on medical school preparation, the medical school application process, and on the medical student experience at Weill Cornell. Following the presentation, our medical students also gave them a tour of the medical school.

3rd Annual Diversity Lectureship: Dr. Caprice Greenberg


Dr. Caprice Greenberg was invited by the Department of Surgery to present the 3rd Annual Diversity Lectureship held on March 5th, 2018. Her presentation entitled, “Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings” used empirical data to address the topic of gender disparities in surgery. Dr. Greenberg discussed interventions that can be adopted to address these disparities and achieve gender equity in surgery.

Women Residents Mixer: Caring For Others, Caring For Ourselves


In collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the NYP Women Physicians Initiative led by Dr. Laura Forese, promotes support and provides valuable resources to assist our female attendings, faculty, and residents through educational lectures in a relaxed atmosphere. These insightful speakers discuss how to create a positive and proactive culture of support for our fellow colleagues, trainees and ourselves. On March 1, 2018, Dr. Janna Gordon-Elliott and Dr. Lyuba Konopasek led an informative and interactive panel discussion addressing stress and burnout and their consequences that affect women throughout their medical careers. During the interactive discussion, participants were paired-up into groups to focus on various issues of concern including: (1) drivers of burnout, (2) work and learning environment stressors, (3), vulnerabilities in women physicians, and (4) identifying risk factors. Additional discussions focused on the importance of supervisors and physicians involved in the training of residents and how to assist them in the development of strategies in self-care, resilience and professionalism for a positive and more productive experience within our institution and beyond.

Breaking Bread Dinner: February 2018


On February 28th, our second WCM Breaking Bread Dinner was held and well attended by students, faculty, administrators and staff. Everyone was welcomed and encouraged to share their thoughts on diversity in a safe environment. The dinner dialogue was co-facilitated by Dr. Linnie Golightly (Associate Dean of Diversity) and Dr. Renee Alexander (Associate Dean of Students and Director of Intercultural Programs, Cornell University), who developed and won an award for initiating the Breaking Bread Dinner series on Cornell's Ithaca campus. We appreciate everyone’s willingness to share and candor. Please send ideas or suggestions for future Breaking Bread Dinners to Fatima Doumbiafad2011@med.cornell.edu.

Assistant Professor Romulo Hurtado Receives NIH Grant


Recently, Dr. Romulo Hurtado received an NIH R21 entitled, "Live imaging analyses of the mechanisms required for coordinated urinary tract peristalsis in lower-order and higher-order mammalian species" from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, congratulations!!

Dr. Timothy Tiutan Presenting at Society of General Internal Medicine National Conference


Dr. Tiutan will be presenting his abstract “Utilizing the electronic medical record to assess lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) patients’ disease burden and health maintenance at an academic medical center’s primary care network“ at the Society of General Internal Medicine National Annual Conference in April 2018. He will present LGBT health data (specifically on diabetes, HTN and cancer screenings) collected from WCM’s outpatient electronic medical records system. On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, congratulations!!

Class of 2020: Gun Violence = Public Health Issue


On February 28th, the medical students of Weill Cornell Medicine stood in solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the community of Parkland, Florida. “In medicine, we aim to eliminate the risk factors that are detrimental to the health of our patients. Gun access is one such risk factor that is modifiable and guaranteed to save lives,” said Barbara Elena Sahagún, Class of 2020. André Belarmino (holding the banner, on the left) Class of 2019, is an alumnus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—one of his cousins is a current student who survived the attack.

Big Red Stem Day


Call to action: Weill Cornell Medicine’s Office of Government and Community Affairs is seeking 12 faculty members to serve as “Discussion Leaders” during the upcoming “Dinner with Scientists” at Big Red STEM Day III February 27, 2018 from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the Griffis Faculty Club. Each “Discussion Leader” will be the host of one table during the Dinner and engage in meaningful discussion with high school students reflecting on their careers and personal educational paths to science/medicine.

Background: Big Red STEM Day is a full day, interactive event that brings together faculty, students and staff from Cornell University in Ithaca, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech and the New York City Cornell Cooperative Extension to excite and encourage underserved high school students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-related education and careers. The day features two hands-on workshops hosted by each of the Cornell partners, a keynote address, a networking opportunity and a panel discussion bringing together over one hundred individuals from diverse educational and personal backgrounds to highlight the importance and need for diversity, mentorship and education.

The inaugural Big Red STEM Day was held in November 2016 in partnership with the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE). On February 27, the Cornell community will come together once again in partnership with the NYC DOE for Big Red STEM Day III. The theme of the day will be Health Tech. Prior to the day of the event, each high school student participating will have completed an application that details why they would like to participate and which 2 of the 4 workshops they would like to attend. Details of the workshops are still being compiled, however a sample program from Big Red STEM Day II is attached for reference.

Big Red STEM Day III Schedule:

Event Theme: Health Tech

1:00 – 1:25pm Snack and welcome

1:25 – 2:20pm Workshop 1

2:20 – 3:15pm Workshop 2

3:15 – 3:30pm Break

3:30 – 4:00pm Keynote by WCM Dean Choi

4:00 – 5:00pm “Research Shark Tank” or panel discussion

5:00 – 5:30pm Break and transition to dinner

5:30 – 6:30pm Dinner with Scientists

If you are interested in participating, please contact, Alessia Daniele, Manager of Government and Community Affairs at ald2035@med.cornell.edu or 646-962-9485.

Dinner with Dr. Kristen Bibbins-Domingo


Dr. Monika Safford, Chief of General Internal Medicine at WCM, organized a dinner for the 2018 Atkins Visiting Professor and ProudtobeGIM week speaker, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo is the Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair in Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Her GIM Ground Rounds talk focused on the "Population-wide CVD prevention in the era of precision medicine." WCM members who attended the dinner include: Drs. Monika Safford, Erica Phillips-Caesar, Jessica Pena, Marisa Censani, Keith LaScalea, Linnie Golightly, and Judy Tung.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Seeks Your Feedback


WCM members serving on the Cornell University Provost's Task Force to Enhance Faculty Diversity is seeking feedback from WCM faculty regarding issues that relate to the recruitment/retention of URiM faculty in academic medicine. If you'd like to contribute feedback, please email Dr. Golightly at lgolight@med.cornell.edu. We thank you for your contributions!

Opening of the Cornell Center for Health Equity and Proud to be GIM Week


WCM members are invited to the announcement of the opening of the Cornell Center for Health Equity. This event will occur as part of the “Proud to be GIM” week in January. Proud to be GIM is a national campaign promulgated by the Society of General Internal Medicine designed to attract students and trainees to choose a career in academic GIM. There are daily activities January 16th - 19th, with a poster meet and greet on the morning of the 19th with students, residents, and GIM faculty. List of events are below.

January 16th (Tuesday), 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Griffis Faculty Lounge "Meet and Greet" with Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo for URM students, trainees, and faculty. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo is the Lee Goldman MD Endowed Chair in Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine, and Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity at the University of California - San Francisco School of Medicine.

January 19th (Friday), 8:00 – 11:00 am, Griffis Faculty Lounge Poster "Meet and Greet" for students and trainees, with faculty invited at 10:30 am; the Meet and Greet is intended to showcase opportunities in GIM at WCM. 10:30-11:00, Announcement of the opening of the Center for Health Equity with remarks from the Dean and senior leaders.

March 15th - 16th (Thursday - Friday), SAVE THE DATE Health Equity Symposium (Details to be announced). 

Minority Student Pre-Brief


On Wednesday, January 10th, Dr. Joy Howell, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program Director and Vice Chair for Diversity in Pediatrics held a productive meeting between minority students and faculty. Attendees included Dr. Susana Morales from the Department of Medicine, Medicine Housestaff member, Mariella Ntamatungiro, Dr. Kevin Holcomb from Obstetrics, Dr. Khadijah Watkins from Psychiatry, Pediatrics Housestaff members, Allesandra Sugranes and Patricia Green. Drs. Marcus Lambert and Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey from the Office of Diversity and Student Life was also in attendance.

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Pediatrics Diversity Town Hall


On January 5th, 2018, Dr. Joy Howell, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Diversity in Pediatrics, organized a Diversity Town Hall for the WCM community and members of the Department of Pediatrics. The event was co-facilitated by Dr. Renee Alexander, the Associate Dean for Students and Senior Advisor to the Dean at Cornell University, Ithaca campus. The aim of the forum was to foster open dialogue about diversity in medicine by creating an environment where students, residents, and faculty could share their experiences and discuss their perspectives about diversity and inclusion, real or perceived, without judgment. With the goal of developing a shared mental model of how diversity would benefit the department, participants were asked several questions that sparked discussion: How do you define/interpret diversity and inclusion? What does diversity mean within the context of WCM and within the Pediatrics department? Should we aim for a "colorblind" society? How does equality and equity differ? How should these concepts play within the selection process among medical school and resident candidates? The discussion led participants to think critically about the processes and procedures that facilitate advancement in medical careers and how institutions may need to change policies that have been instituted and integrated in the medical culture.  

Community Perspectives in Medicine (CPIM)


Community Perspectives in Medicine (CPIM) just finished its third year as an elective course for first year medical students to learn about social determinants of health and health disparities from community-based organizations representing underserved populations. This year, 15 students successfully completed the course, which was moderated by Andrea Liu, facilitated by Laura Deering and Eric Kutscher, advised by Dr. Linnie Golightly, and funded by Engaged Opportunity Cornell.

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Dinner with Dr. Joseph Wright


At the invitation of Dr. Joy Howell (Vice Chair for Diversity in Pediatrics), Dr. Joseph L. Wright (Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at Howard University College of Medicine and Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine) gave Pediatric Grand Rounds on December 12 and attended the WCM Holiday Diversity Mixer followed by dinner to discuss WCM URiM faculty recruitment/retention. The dinner was attended by: Drs. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey and Marcus Lambert (Assistant Deans of Student Diversity), Dr. Susana Morales (Vice Chair for Diversity in Medicine), Drs. Anthony Watkins and Kevin Holcomb (Diversity Champions for the Depts. of Surgery and OB-GYN, respectively), Dr. Maurice Hinson (Founder of Black and Latino Men in Medicine- BLMiM), Dr. Derek Masque (Quality Improvement Chief Resident, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell) and Dr. Linnie Golightly (Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion).

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Diversity Holiday Mixer


On December 11th, the Offices of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Diversity and the Department of Medicine hosted their holiday mixer for students, faculty, and staff! The event was the largest, welcoming over 200 members of our WCM and Tri-I community to celebrate the end of the year with a festive toast and delectable treats. In addition, the many contributions during the year of our Diversity team and partners were acknowledged. Dr. Barbara Hempstead, Senior Associate Dean for Education, was given a heartfelt cheer for her development and establishment of the Office of Student Diversity in Olin Hall.

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Academic Medicine Career Development Conference


The Academic Medicine Career Development Conference, hosted by NYU School of Medicine and organized by Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) was held December 1st and 2nd. The conference explored a range of professional development and leadership talks and workshops such as diversity and inclusion in the workforce, finding and financing an academic residency, navigating academic career opportunities in medicine, developing your academic medicine portfolio, as well as opportunities to expand your networks. Presentations were given by WCM members, including Dr. Susana Morales (Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine; Vice Chair for Diversity), Dr. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey (Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life), and Dr. Nelson Sanchez (Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine; Chair of LGBT Steering Committee at WCM; and Vice President of BNGAP). Dr. Carla Boutin-Foster, the former Associate Dean of Diversity at WCM (currently Associate Dean of Diversity Education and Research and Associate Professor of Medicine at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine) also presented.

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2017 National Health Hispanic Foundation Gala


Dr. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey, the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Student Life; Dr. Susana Morales, Vice Chair for Diversity in the Department of Medicine; Dr. Jessica Pena of the Division of Cardiology; Drs. Dwindally Rosado-Rivera, Jorge Munoz Pineda, and Mariella Ntamatungiro, internal medicine housestaff, medical student, Barbara Sahagun, and MD-PhD students, Nneoma Adaku and Camila Villasante attended the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) Annual Scholarship Gala at the New York Academy of Medicine as representatives of Weill Cornell Medicine. NHHF honored several esteemed members of the New York-New Jersey communities including New York City Deputy Mayor Herminia Palacio, MD; Dr. Maria Soto Greene, Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean of Rutgers –New Jersey Medical School, and other faculty and corporate executives, as well as multiple health careers scholarship students and their families.

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Breaking Bread Dinner 2017


On November 20th, our first WCM Breaking Bread Dinner was well attended by students, faculty, and staff and a great success. Everyone was welcomed and encouraged to share their thoughts on diversity in a safe environment. The dinner dialogue was co-facilitated by Dr. Linnie Golightly (Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion) and Dr. Renee Alexander (Dean of Students, Cornell University), who developed and won an award for initiating the Breaking Bread Dinner series on Cornell's Ithaca campus. We appreciate everyone’s willingness to share and candor. 

Developing a Climate that Supports Diversity in Science and Medicine


The Office of Student Diversity hosted Dr. Sherilynn Black's lecture, "Developing A Climate that Supports Diversity in Science and Medicine." Dr. Black elaborated on the history and development of the Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity since her appointment as Director. As she began her position, she realized that there was a mismatch in what graduate trainees valued and what the biomedical environment offered. With support from Duke, she established an administrative unit and received institutional funding to foster an inclusive and diverse environment for trainees of all backgrounds. Over the years, Dr. Black has established programs and practices within her office such as the Postdoctoral Associate Program, and the Institutional Partnership Program consisting of 18 institutions (NC State, Hunter College, Harvard, University of Puerto Rico, Virginia Tech, and more). These programs have provided opportunities for the acquisition of administrative and grant writing skills, the establishment of external research collaborations, and the development of summer enrichment programs. Dr. Black has also work extensively in increasing faculty and administrative mentoring and engagement by providing training and professional development opportunities for mentors. In her new position, as Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Development, she plans to use these previous strategies to enhance diverse faculty.

R. Danae Vachata, T-SRF Alumni Named 30 Under 30 Forbes


Danae Vachata, co-founder of Dynamic Surgical & Mallium and former Travelers Summer Research Fellow (T-SRF) 2010 participant was recently named as one of 30 Under 30 Forbes honorees in Healthcare. Congratulations, Ms. Vachata! 

Meet and Greet with Dr. Sherilynn Black


Students, faculty, and staff welcomed and met with Dr. Sherilynn Black, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development at Duke University. Dr. Black spoke extensively about the challenges minority students encounter, such as finding suitable mentors to help them navigate the basic sciences. She discussed some of the strategies that she has developed and offered at Duke's Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity to help support minority students and train their mentors as well as feel a part of a community.

Office of Student Diversity Coffee Hour


The Office of Student Diversity hosts Coffee Hour for the WCM community every other Friday. Students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to come and connect with fellow students and colleagues about issues affecting the community. Coffee Hour is open to all students, faculty, and staff of WCM. All are welcomed. The next Coffee Hour sessions are on Fridays: November 17th, December 1st, and December 15th. Please feel free to join us! 

Research Faculty Dinner


On October 26th, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted its first Research Faculty Dinner. The dinner format is designed to provide an informal, collegial setting for those in research careers to meet each other and build community while learning about each other’s research. The Thursday night event featured a presentation by Dr. Erica Phillips-Caesar, WCM Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine from the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Phillips shared her research on the trending obesity epidemic across low-income ethnic minority populations in New York City. Her research explores the relationship between stress and the ability to lose weight as well as intra- and interpersonal eating environments that affect weight loss or gain and negative or positive changes in eating habits. The evening included an exercise utilizing the “Convoy Model” which encouraged attendees to explore their social relationships in order to evaluate whether their total number of relationships made them more or less prone to lose weight. The evening ended with an engaging discussion and networking amongst Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering research scientist.

Students' Efforts for Puerto Rico


In addition to the Breakfast Phone Rally, Dana Zappetti, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Weill Cornell Medical students, Karina Ruiz-Esteves, Amanda Acosta-Ruiz, and Raul Martínez-McFaline organized collection drives in response to the growing needs of Puerto Ricans in desperate need of food, and basic necessities. Generous donations from the campus community resulted in the collection of 2,110 diapers, 1,728 feminine hygiene products, 1,595 first aid supplies, 348 batteries and flashlights, 328 food items, 332 hygiene items, 253 baby food items, 176 school supply items, 45 package of baby wipes, 15 liters of water, and 2 bags of clothing. Karina, Amanda, and Raul thank the Weill Cornell community immensely with the following note: "Gracias! Thank you for standing with us during these difficult times. We are continuing to work for Puerto Rico in different ways; please keep an eye out for our future events!" Donations were given to Puerto Rican Family Institute, an organization in New York that works directly with Feeding America and el Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico. Students also organized a fund raiser with a local business hosting "Trivia Night" in efforts to raise funds for Puerto Rico. The donations collected amounted to more than $2200. All contributions were sent to "Students With Puerto Rico", an organization created by Puerto Rican students pursuing education in the United States. This organization was able to raise $250,000 which will be sent to Unidos por Puerto Rico to specifically buy water filters since the island is facing shortages of clean water.

Dr. Cisse Joins As Faculty


Babacar Cisse, MD, PhD was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Assisting Attending Neurosurgeon at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine. Originally from Senegal, Dr. Cisse joined the Weill Cornell Medicine/NYPH community initially for his neurological surgery residency. Congratulations, Dr. Cisse!

Dr. Arleo Receives Glimcher Award


Dr. Elizabeth Kagan Arleo received the plaque honoring her as the 2017 Laurie Glimcher Awardee for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty. She was initially recognized at the 2017 Diversity Celebration in May. Congratulations, Dr. Arleo!

Breakfast Phone Rally for Puerto Rico


The Latino Medical Student Association hosted a Breakfast Phone Rally to help those in need due to Hurricane Maria. Students, faculty, and staff made more than 100 phone calls to members of congress asking for increased aid and for the repeal of the Jones Act to help hurricane recovery efforts and encourage long-term economic growth on the island. 

Rodgers Colloquium, Diversity at Cornell


Dr. Linnie Golightly, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion spoke at the David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium October 11th. In her talk, titled “2017: Diversity at Weill Cornell,” Dr. Golightly outlined WCM’s newly proposed strategic plan to enhance diversity. She also discussed current events and programs designed to build a sense of community and provide a more inclusive environment for all. Dr. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life, provided additional insight on programs, events, and professional development opportunities offered to graduate and medical students. Drs. Golightly and Wilson-Anstey welcome the submission of ideas on diversity programs or initiatives that could benefit our community lgolight@med.cornell.edu.  

Women in Surgery Mixer


On October 2nd, a Women in Surgery Mixer was held. It was attended by ~40 women from various surgical fields. Dr. Rache Simmons (Chief of Breast Surgery and Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion) and Dr. Laura Forese (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NYP/WCM) spoke about the importance of networking for women in surgery. 

Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda


On September 20th, Sir Rodney Williams visited WCM hosted by the Brain and Spine Center. He spoke regarding “Honor Above Wealth, Healing the Body and the Society” and shared his experiences as a physician serving in Antigua and Barbuda. Sir Williams has ongoing collaborations with Dr. Caitlin Hoffman in Pediatric Neurosurgery. He met with Dean Choi and other faculty to discuss future additional collaborations with WCM. He also met with members of the WCM community at a reception in the Griffis Faculty Club following his talk. 

Faculty Spotlight: Joy Howell, MD


Joy Dean Howell, MD was recently appointed Vice Chair of Diversity in the Department of Pediatrics. She is  an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and Associate Attending Pediatrician at the NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In her new role, she will be overseeing the department’s diversity initiatives for pipeline programs, students, and faculty. Congratulations Dr. Howell!

Faculty Spotlight: Tracy Paul, MD


Tracy K. Paul, MD was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Assistant Attending Physician in the Division of Cardiology. Dr. Paul is an alumna of was also a former student in two of Weill Cornell Medicine’s pipeline programs! She participated in both the, Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure (HPREP) Program and Travelers Summer Research Fellowship (T-SRF) Program. Congratulations Dr. Paul!  And Welcome home!

Dr. Nelson Sanchez, Member of the NIH Advisory Committee


Dr. Nelson Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Medicine at WCM and Assistant Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering, was invited to serve on the NIH’s Advisory Committee to the Director’s (ACD) Diversity Working Group. The ACD is chaired by Dr. Hannah Valantine, the NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) and Keynote Speaker for WCM’s Diversity Week, which will begin April 23, 2018. Dr. Sanchez is the Chairperson of the LGBT Steering Committee at WCM, Chair of the LGBT Health Workforce Conference’s Executive Committee, and Vice President of Building the Next Generation of Academic. As a member of the committee, Dr. Sanchez will provide advice regarding the evaluation, and dissemination of impactful and sustainable programs that will enhance the diversity of the NIH-funded scientific workforce. Congratulations Dr. Sanchez! 

Make Your Match Open House


On September 9th, the Department of Medicine Minority Housestaff Committee, Residency Training Program and Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Residency Diversity Open House for medical students. The students were welcomed by the Co-Chairs of the Minority Housestaff Committee, Dr. Susana Morales (Department of Medicine Vice Chair of Diversity), Dr. Linnie Golightly (Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion), and Dr. Lyuba Konapasek (the NYPH Graduate Medical Education Designated Institutional Official). Students had an opportunity to attend different sessions regarding the residency process. The open house provided the opportunity for medical students to ask panels questions about the application process for residency and hear experiences from current residents. In addition, students were able to network with residents from an array of departments: Anesthesia, Medicine, OB-GYN, Neurology, Pediatrics, Radiology. Dermatology, Radiation Oncology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, and Surgery.

2017 SPARC Tri-I Diversity Retreat


On Saturday, June 17th, Tri-I institutions: Weill Cornell Medicine, Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center gathered to reflect and discuss about the needs of the Tri-I community. More than 45 participants (students, faculty, and staff) attended this year’s SPARC Tri-I Diversity Retreat “Building Our Community: Diverse, Inclusive, and Strong.”

ACCESS, T-SRF, WISER, and Gateways Summer Program Students Graduation Ceremonies


Summer students successfully completely this year’s programs. Students presented their independent research in front of Weill Cornell Medicine faculty mentors, students, and staff. Congratulations to all of our ACCESS, T-SRF, WISER, and Gateways summer students. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors!

WISER Students Meet Director of MD/PhD Program, Dr. Olaf Andersen


Dr. Olaf Andersen, Director of the WCM MD/PhD program spoke with this year’s WISER students about pursuing studies as a physician-scientist and why it is important. He also discussed mentioned the different paths students can explore to see if they are interested in pursuing a dual degree. The WISER students took the opportunity to ask what would a Weill Cornell Medicine MD/PhD program look for in a prospective MD/PhD candidate. 

2017 SPARC Jr.


On Monday, July 24th, 2017, students gathered at Rockefeller University to learn about different careers in science. Russell Ledet, SPARC Jr. keynote speaker, a graduate student at New York University (NYU) shared his personal journey and experiences being a father and student. He elaborated extensively on thehis obstacles he encountered and what eventually influenced him to attend graduate school later on. 

Summer Program Students Meet Vice Dean of Research, Dr. Gary Koretzky


Summer students met with Vice Dean of Research, Dr. Gary Koretzky to discuss about their interests in pursuing sciences. Dr. Koretzky advised the students to explore options available in the sciences and also look for experiences such as internships or mentors to further enhance their interests.

Meet and Greet with Dr. Charlene Gamaldo


Students, faculty, and staff gathered on Tuesday, June 27th to meet Dr. Charlene Gamaldo, Associate Professor of Neurology and Medical Director of Sleep Disorders at Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

2017 Diversity Celebration: 4th Year Toast and Pioneers In Diversity


On May 17th, 2017, Dean Augustine M.K. Choi joined our celebration for diversity and commended the immense efforts of those who foster and aid in cultivating our diverse community. In addition, Dr. Linnie Golightly, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion announced and honored this year’s Pioneers In Diversity Award and the Laurie Gilmcher Award recipients.

Three WCM Staff Members Pursue Doctorates in Education


"If you’ve ever wished you had a higher degree but felt that it was too late or there were too many obstacles, three ambitious WCM employees may convince you otherwise. Juggling full-time jobs and caring for kids and/or elderly parents while pursuing a doctorate was no easy feat for Dr. Ruth Gotian, Dr. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey and Susan Kane. But the three women saw the challenge as a win-win situation: They could improve the educational programs they run at WCM while using their work as the focus of their graduate research."

AAMC Faculty Salary Survey


The Report on Medical School Faculty Salaries (2014-2015) is based on fiscal year salary data submitted from 144 accredited medical schools in United States for the 2015 AAMC Faculty Salary Survey. The report includes the following sources of compensation: fixed/contractual salary, medical practice supplement, bonus/incentive pay, and uncontrolled outside earnings. This report is published every two years.

 This 330-page report provides:

  • Total compensation statistics for six faculty ranks in 92 departments/specialties.
  • Thirty-three tables that present the total compensation attributable to teaching, patient care, or research for 107,792 full-time medical school faculty.
  • Tables showing the 25th percentile and 75th percentile, as well as the mean and median, for each combination of faculty rank and faculty department/specialty.
  • Number of faculty in each total compensation statistic.


As MinFac participants from member institutions, you can access the Faculty Salary Survey (FSS) for free:


  1. Click on Faculty Salary Survey
  2. Log in with your AAMC credentials or create an account (user name and password) if you don’t already have one.


Please be aware that any questions related to the Faculty Salary Survey – including how to access the reports - can be directed to the team at fss@aamc.org.


If you are interested in a hard copy of the Faculty Salary Survey (FSS), it can be purchased for $145 ( for AAMC members) of $550 ( for non-members) through clicking the following link.


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