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Diversity Council


The Weill Cornell Diversity Council (WCDC), co-chaired by the Associate Deans for Diversity and Inclusion, meets monthly and serves as a forum for students, faculty and administrative leadership. The departmental champions, faculty whom each department designates to lead diversity efforts, are welcome to attend these meetings. The organizational locus is the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which contributes its staffing and funding to the WCDC. Key functions of the WCDC include: integrating diversity initiatives across all groups at WCM, reviewing existing pipeline programs and developing new pipeline initiatives, reviewing existing policies and developing new policies, and serving as a platform where all groups can voice their concerns.

Diversity Council Members

Linnie Golightly, M.D.

Rache Simmons, M.D., FACS

Elizabeth Anstey-Wilson, PhD.

Marcus Lambert, PhD

Sahira Torres, MS

Jane Salmon, M.D.

Elaine Barfield, M.D.

Nelson Sanchez, M.D.

Katherine Hajjar, MD

Lyuba Konopasek, MD

Randi  Silver, PhD

Suzanne Stein

Sheryl Orwel

Angela Charter-Lent 

Dana Zappetti, MD

Jamal Lopez

Jeanie Huang

Susan Shelvin

Thanakorn  Jirasevijinda, MD

Samantha Meadows

Camir Rickets

Briana Christophers

Martin Shapiro, MD

Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA

Maria Compte, MD, MPH, TM

Elizabeth Omondi 

Department Diversity Champions

The primary role of the Diversity Champion is to work with their department chair to advance departmental diversity and inclusion goals by providing targeted programs and initiatives, and enhancing leadership awareness of the varied dimensions of diversity.


Albert C. Yeung, M.D.

Diany Paola Calderon, M.D.

Mohammad Piracha, M.D.

Stephanie Vecino, M.D.

Gunisha Kaur, M.D. 

Lisa Qia Rong, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Berhane Worku, M.D.


Marie Leger, M.D.


Susan Morales, M.D.

Microbiology and Immunology

Beate Schwer, Ph.D


Caitlin Hoffman, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kevin Holcomb, M.D.


Richard L. Levy, M.D.

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Vicky Banuchi, M.D.


Joy Deanna Howell, M.D. 


John Blenis, Ph.D


Jessica E Zonana, M.D. 

Radiation Oncology

Onyi Balogun, M.D.


Elizabeth Arleo, M.D.


Anthony Watkins, M.D. 


Patrick Culligan, M.D.

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