WCM 3rd Annual Diversity Week April 26th - May 1st 2021

Dean's Message:

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Weill Cornell Medicine is delighted to host its third Diversity Week and to share with you the latest scholarship and initiatives related to equity, the needs of diverse patient populations, anti-racism, and social justice. I’m very excited for this event to be back on our calendars, after a break in 2020 due to the pandemic.

A major goal of Diversity Week has been to bring our community together and strengthen our culture of inclusion and belonging. In 2021, our annual celebration of diversity has taken on even greater significance and urgency. The ongoing pandemic has highlighted all too clearly the underlying health and social inequities that leave communities of color more vulnerable to diseases including COVID-19. Widespread civil unrest last summer following the killing of George Floyd and other Black people has fueled much needed dialogue about systemic racism in our country and is inspiring change at all levels.

At Weill Cornell Medicine, we are redoubling our efforts toward greater equity and diversity among our students, staff, faculty, and leadership. New groups have been formed in recent months, including Medical Education’s Equity and Inclusion Initiative and the Graduate School’s Social Justice and Anti-Racism Task Force, which are addressing aspects of the student learning environment. The Office of Institutional Equity has been charged with investigating reports of discrimination and harassment and enhancing fairness in employment practices. Existing units, including the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Diversity Council, and Office of Faculty, are optimizing strategies to develop, mentor, advance, and sustain a diverse faculty. In addition, many individuals and programs throughout our institution are finding innovative ways to strive for social justice and better healthcare for people of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and background.

I am proud of the progress we are making and know that we still have much to do as an institution and as a community. Diversity Week reflects our shared and sustained commitment toward a more equitable and inclusive society for ourselves and for our patients. Many thanks go to all those who organized this year’s event. We have an outstanding line-up of speakers who will be addressing topics that are so important to the future of academic medicine, and I hope you have the opportunity to hear from many of them.

Sincerely,

Augustine M.K. Choi, MD
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean
Weill Cornell Medicine
Provost for Medical Affairs
Cornell University

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Executive Committee On Diversity And Inclusion Welcome Note

On behalf of the Weill Cornell Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we are pleased to welcome you to the third Annual Diversity Week. The first Diversity Week was launched in the spring of 2018. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s distressing impact on our communities in New York City, we cancelled the Dean’s Diversity Week in 2020. In countless ways, 2020 was a haunting year. We encountered as a community, a nation, and globally the devastating effects of COVID-19 and its disproportionate impact on underrepresented and socioeconomically disenfranchised communities in New York and beyond. We also saw the horrendous social justice crises, precipitated by the murder of George Floyd. On the positive side, in 2020 Weill Cornell Medicine was again recognized by the higher education community for its efforts on diversity and inclusion, winning the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for the third year in row. 

As noted by Dean Choi, this year we are excited to renew our tradition of hosting the Dean’s Diversity Week with a richer agenda.  Diversity Week celebrates our achievements and highlights our activities related to diversity and inclusion. It also promotes health equity and explicitly affirms our strong belief in the relationship between diversity and inclusion in our academic workforce and national efforts to reduce or eliminate disparities in health care. 

Once again it is important to note that the Dean’s Diversity Week is made possible by the unwavering support of our academic leaders starting with the Cornell University Office of the President, the Weill Cornell Medicine Board of Fellows, the Dean’s Office, and the numerous departmental/divisional heads across our institution for whom this week represents an opportunity to affirm their commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

We also thank our keynote speakers and guest speakers who will appear on Zoom to celebrate the week with us. Especial thanks to the many members of our Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian community whose contributions make Diversity Week academically engaging and create a collaborative working and learning environment year-round. Lastly, we thank all the faculty, students, staff, and guests who take time from their busy days to attend the various lectures (in our virtual meeting spaces) and who enrich our community with their different perspectives, skills, and life experiences. 

With warm regards, 
Executive Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

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Agenda

Monday, April 26, 2021

7:30AM – 8:30AM

TBC
Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds | Zoom

Lynne Holden, MD

  • Professor, Emergency Medicine
  • Vice-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • President, Mentoring in Medicine, Inc.

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7:30AM – 8:30AM 

Vaginoplasty Surgery for the Transgender Woman
Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds | Zoom

Cecile A. Ferrando, MD, MPH

  • Director, Transgender Surgery & Medicine Program;
  • Program Director, Transgender Surgery & Medicine
  • Program Fellowship;  Program Director, FPMRS Fellowship
  • Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology  
  • Cleveland Clinic 

Kavita Mishra, MD

  • Transgender Medicine and Surgery Fellow
  • Staff Urogynecologist
  • Women’s Health Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Adjunct Clinical Professor - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine

View Webinar

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8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Racial Disparities in Heart Transplant Outcomes
Cardiothoracic Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Conference | Zoom

Berhane Worku, MD

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Weill Cornell Medicine

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10:00AM – 11:00AM

Racial Battle Fatigue
Emergency Medicine | Zoom

William A. Smith, PhD

  • Professor & Department Chair
  • Department of Education, Culture, & Society
  • Professor of Ethnic Studies (African American Studies Division) University of Utah

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4:00PM – 5:00PM

ELIZABETH WILSON-ANSTEY DIVERSITY WEEK KEYNOTE LECTURE
How to Promote Racial Equity in the Workplace and Society | Zoom

Robert Livingston, PhD

  • Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Medical School

View Webinar

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5:00PM – 6:00PM

Diversity Awards Ceremony and Reception | Zoom

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

8:00AM -9:00AM

Facial Hyperpigmentation: Lessons from the Literature and Practice
Dermatology Grand Rounds | Zoom

Roopal Kundu, MD

  • Associate Professor of Dermatology
  • Associate Dean for Admissions
  • Jacob R. Suker, MD Professor of Medical Education
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

View Webinar

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8:30AM – 9:30AM

Diversity in GME Training
Pediatrics Grand Rounds | Zoom

William McDade, MD, PhD

  • Chief Diversity Officer
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

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1:00PM – 2:15PM

COVID-19 and Gender: Leadership by Women Scientists in Global Health
Women in Global Health Research Initiative Scientific Conference | Zoom

Regine Douthard, MD, MPH

  • Senior Medical Officer, Office for Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health
  • Koleka Mlisana, MBChB, MMed Micro, PhD
  • Associate Professor and Head of Medical Microbiology Department, University of KwaZulu Natal and National Health Laboratory Sciences, South African Ministry of Health

Vanessa Rouzier, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Director of Pediatrics, GHESKIO

View Webinar 

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1:00PM -2:00PM

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology Book Club
Medical Archives and Samuel J. Wood Library | Zoom (Pre Registration Required)

View Webinar

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3:00PM – 3:45PM

The All of Us Research Program: Addressing the Genetic Diversity Gap in 21st Century Healthcare
All of Us Research Program | Zoom

M. Elizabeth Ross, MD, PhD

  • Nathan Cummings Professor and 
  • Head, Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Development
  • Director, Center for Neurogenetics
  • Chair, Neuroscience Graduate Program

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4:00PM – 5:00PM

Making Precision Medicine Socially Precise
Weill Cornell Graduate School | Zoom

Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH

  • Harry Wm. and Diana V. Hind Distinguished Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Professor and Vice Chair, Departments of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences and Medicine
  • Director, Center for Genes, Environments & Health
  • University of California, San Francisco

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

The Long Road to Health Equity in America
Medicine Grand Rounds | Zoom

Louis Wade Sullivan, MD

  • CEO & Chairman of The Sullivan Alliance
  • President emeritus, Founding Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services

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8:00AM – 9:00 AM

TBC
Rheumatology Grand Rounds/ Hospital for Special Surgery | Zoom

Irene Blanco, MD, MS

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Dean of Diversity Enhancement
  • Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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11:00AM – 12:30PM

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in Native Healthcare
Psychiatry Grand Rounds | Zoom

Spero M. Manson, PhD (Pembina Chippewa)

  • Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry
  • Director, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
  • Colorado Trust Chair in American Indian Health, Colorado School of Public Health
  • University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Center

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12:30PM – 2:00 PM

Engineering Medicine to Improve Health
Radiology Grand Rounds | Zoom

Roderic Pettigrew, PhD, MD

  • Chief Executive Officer of Engineering Health and Executive
  • Dean for Engineering Medicine
  • Texas A&M University

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3:00PM – 4:15PM

How to Be an Amazing Ally
Office of Institutional Equity | Zoom

LaTonya Wilkins, ACC

  • Founder and Lead Coach at the Change Coaches, LLC

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5:00PM – 6:00PM

Medical Bondage: Race, gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology
The Heberden Society | Zoom (Pre Registration Required)

Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD

  • Director of the Humanities in Medicine Program
  • Charles Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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6:00PM – 7:00PM

Graduate School Panel: Science and Social Justice
Weill Cornell Graduate School | Zoom

Avelino Amado, PhD

  • Diversity Program Manager
  • 2037587Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

10:00AM – 11:00AM

African Ancestry and Breast Cancer Disparities – Using Genomics to Improve Outcomes
Radiation Oncology Grand Rounds | Zoom

Melissa B. Davis, PhD

  • Assistant Professor (Interim) of Cell and Developmental Biology 
  • Scientific Director, International Center for the Study of Breast Cancer Subtypes (ICSBCS)
  • Department of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine

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11:00AM – 12:00PM

Planning and Implementing a Transgender Health Program
LGBTQ+ | Zoom

Alex Keuroghlian,  MD, MPH

  • Director of Education and Training Programs
  • The Fenway Institute 

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12:00PM– 1:00PM

Fireside Chat with Angela Winfield, JD
Office of Institutional Equity | Zoom

Angela Winfield, JD

  • Chief Diversity Officer, Law School Admission Council

Staff Equity & Inclusion Council

  • Office of Institutional Equity, Weill Cornell Medicine

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2:00PM – 3:00PM

Viral Cancers: Understanding Mechanisms to Transform Diagnosis and Treatment
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine | Zoom

Ethel Cesarman, MD, PhD

  • Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Weill Cornell Medicine 

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3:00PM – 4:00PM

Experiences of First-Generation Students at Elite Campuses
Zoom

Keith LaScalea, MD

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • Weill Cornell Medicine

Maria K. Papadakis, Ed.D.

  • Program Manager
  • Princeton University 

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4:00PM – 5:00PM

Mesolimbic Cholinergic and Dopaminergic Mechanisms Mediating Substance Use and Mood Disorder Phenotypes
NIDA T32 Retreat Speaker Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute | Zoom

Nii A. Addy, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • Yale School of Medicine 

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4:00PM – 5:00PM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Accelerating Workforce Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Academic Medicine | Zoom

Julie Silver, MD

  • Associate Professor and Associate Chair
  • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals

View Webinar

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5:30PM – 6:30PM

Primary Congenital Glaucoma Genetics
Ophthalmology Grand Rounds| Zoom                                  

Terri Young, MD, MBA, FARVO

  • Peter A. Duehr Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Pediatrics and Medical Genetics
  • Chair Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Friday, April 30, 2021

7:00AM – 8:00 AM

Understanding Unconscious Bias in Healthcare
Orthopedics/ Hospital for Special Surgery | Zoom

Alexander H. Green, MD, MPH

  • Senior Researcher, Division of General Internal Medicine Harvard Medical School 

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9:30AM – 10:30AM

This is Us: A Conversation with Senior Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Hugh Hemmings and Diversity and Inclusion Manager Fanesse George
Office of Institutional Equity | Zoom

Hugh Hemmings, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.A.

  • Senior Associate Dean for Research
  • Joseph F. Artusio, Jr. Professor and Chair
  • Department of Anesthesiology
  • Professor of Pharmacology
  • Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Anesthesiologist-in-Chief
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell

Fanesse George, CDP

  • Manager, Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement

Jamal D. Lopez, JD, SHRM-SCP, CDP

  • Senior Director of Institutional Equity

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4:00PM – 5:30 PM

How to Be an Anti-Racist Book Club
Zoom

Sushmita Mukherjee, PhD, MS

  • Associate Professor of Research in Biochemistry
  • Co-Director, Microscopy and Image Analysis Core Facility
    Chair, Diversity Committee of the General Faculty Council

Sharon Brooks, MPA

  • Student Life Manager
  • Teacher-Learner Committee Coordinator

Susan Ball, MD, MPH, MS

  • Professor of Clinical Medicine

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4:00PM – 5:00PM

Making Precision Medicine Socially Precise
Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine | Zoom

Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH

  • Harry Wm. and Diana V. Hind Distinguished Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Professor and Vice Chair, Departments of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences and Medicine
  • Director, Center for Genes, Environments & Health
  • University of California, San Francisco

Saturday, May 1, 2021

9:30AM-2:00PM

Representation: A Matter of Life and Death
Black and Latino Men in Medicine Annual Conference | Zoom

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Keynote Address

Robert Livingston, PhD

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Robert Livingston, PhD
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Robert Livingston is a social psychologist and one of the nation’s leading experts on the science underlying bias and racism. For two decades, he has served as a diversity consultant to scores of Fortune 500 companies, public-sector agencies, and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Harvard Kennedy School in 2015, he held professorships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and the University of Sussex, where he was the chair of the organizational behavior area as well as the founder and faculty director of Centre for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity (LEAD).

Dr. Livingston’s research has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. His ranges from micro-level investigations of the psychological and physiological processes that underlie unconscious bias—to more macro-level examinations how biases impact organizational diversity, leadership representation, and social justice. For example, his research on the “Teddy Bear Effect” finds that Black CEO’s uniquely benefit from having facial features that make them appear warmer and less threatening (i.e., babyfaceness). He is also known for his research on the intersectionality of race and gender, and how the nature of bias systematically differs for White women, Black women, and Black men.

His work has been published in top-tier academic journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Leadership Quarterly. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth about Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations which will be published by Penguin Random House in February 2021.

In his spare time, he enjoys jazz, wine and whiskey tasting, gastronomy, philosophy, interior design, real estate investing, hiking, and nature documentaries. He has resided in five countries and speaks four languages.

Julie K. Silver, MD

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Julie K. Silver, MD
Associate Professor
Associate Chair
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Harvard Medical School
Spaulding Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals

Julie K. Silver, MD is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Silver has held numerous leadership positions and is a former start-up company founder. She was named the Top Innovator in Medicine in 2012 by The Boston Globe, and the same year her start-up company was listed by Bloomberg/Businessweek as one of the most promising social enterprise companies. She is on the medical staffs of Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospitals. Dr. Silver developed and directs the successful Harvard Medical School women’s leadership CME course which has trained thousands of women in medicine.

Dr. Silver is a subject matter expert on workforce equity, diversity, and inclusion. She has published many studies and reports specifically focused on workforce gender equity. Her work has been published in high-impact journals and across numerous specialties—including The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Dermatology, The Lancet, The British Medical Journal, Pediatrics, Neurology, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Health Equity, and Journal of Women’s Health.

Dr. Silver’s research often intersects with innovation and implementation science. She developed a unique approach to workforce inclusion and wellness aimed at analyzing and strategically advancing equity and promoting wellness for faculty and staff by analyzing how they are valued and respected for their important contributions. For example, Dr. Silver identified that faculty members were not equitably recognized by their own medical societies, and she spearheaded groundbreaking research on the underrepresentation of women physicians—at zero or near zero levels--for recognition awards. Dr. Silver has led numerous high impact national strategic initiatives such as the Be Ethical Campaign, Need Her Science Campaign, and Walls Do Talk Challenge.

Dr. Silver’s work has been featured in many media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The London Times, US News and World Report and NPR. She has also appeared on numerous TV shows including the CBS Early Show, The Today Show, Fox News and ABC News.

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Diversity Awards

The 2021 recipients of awards honoring exceptional contributions to diversity at Weill Cornell Medicine will be recognized at the:

Diversity Awards Ceremony and Reception

Monday, April 26
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM l Zoom

Dean’s Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Awards

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

This year’s recipients will be formally announced and will present posters of their research at the Diversity Awards Ceremony and Reception.

The Jessica M. and Natan Bibliowicz Award

The Jessica M. and Natan Bibliowicz Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty recognizes outstanding men and women faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine who demonstrate commitment to advancing the academic careers of women in the areas of clinical care, research, or education. The individual must have a track record of providing strong mentorship, as well as fostering a nurturing and supportive environment for all faculty.

Ida Sophia Scudder, MD Award

The Ida Sophia Scudder, MD 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

The Bruce Laine Ballard, MD 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.

Louis Wade Sullivan, MD Award

The Louis Wade Sullivan, MD 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.

Administrative Staff Award

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.

Marie Metoyer, MD Award

Marie Metoyer, MD Award recognizes faculty or alumnus of the medical college who has gone above and beyond to serve communities despite difficult conditions.