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Diversity Week 2018

WCM Diversity Week 23rd-28th April 2018

Dean's Message:

Welcome to Weill Cornell Medicine’s inaugural Diversity Week!  We are excited to engage all members of our diverse community in the week’s events.  A variety of lectures and activities will showcase cutting-edge scholarship and initiatives focused on enhancing diversity and reducing healthcare disparities both on campus and nationwide.

Weill Cornell Medicine is proud to be a community made up of diverse individuals.  We believe that diversity in all its forms—regardless of whether or not one identifies personally as a member of a particular group—is essential to achieving excellence in patient care, research, and education.  Diversity and gender equity, both in our student body and in the workforce, will enable us to develop new and better solutions to the complex problems we face in medicine and healthcare. 

Weill Cornell Medicine is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within academic medicine, during Diversity Week and throughout the year.  Thank you for joining us this week as we celebrate the rich and varied backgrounds and perspectives that we bring to all our endeavors.  

Sincerely,

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


Associate Dean's Message:

Rache M. Simmons, M.D.

Linnie M. Golightly, M.D.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is thrilled to launch Weill Cornell Medicine’s first-ever Diversity Week.  Diversity is an institutional priority at Weill Cornell Medicine that informs all aspects of our mission to care, discover, and teach.  Diversity Week celebrates the many different initiatives and individuals that are moving us closer to greater equity in patient care, biomedical discovery, and medical and graduate education each day.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Hannah Valantine, the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at the National Institutes of Health, who will be delivering a keynote address on April 23.  Diversity Week will feature a series of departmental grand rounds, an awards ceremony and reception to honor excellence in diversity, the annual Women in Global Health Research Symposium, our annual Family Day for medical students, and many other seminars and activities. 

Weill Cornell Medicine has a wide variety of initiatives that support women, men, the LGBT community, and individuals from diverse, underrepresented, and disadvantaged backgrounds in science and medicine.  We thank everyone across our institution for their efforts to achieve greater equity and inclusiveness within academic medicine and for their help in making Diversity Week a success.

Sincerely,

Rache M. Simmons, M.D. and Linnie M. Golightly, M.D.
Associate Deans, Office of Diversity and Inclusion



Agenda

Monday, April 23rd

 

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM   Transgender Care for the Genitourinary Specialist: Current Practice and Future Considerations

                                    Urology Grand Rounds | B-307

Sarah Huber, MD

                                    Fellow, Department of Urology

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Diversity, Inclusion, Equity: The Power of the Right Question

Surgery/Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds | Uris Auditorium

                                    Marc A. Nivet, EdD, MBA

                                    Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Former Chief Diversity Officer

Association of American Medical Colleges

 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Cardiothoracic Surgery Grand Rounds | M-407

                                    Gender related differences in thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection

                                    Berhane Worku, MD

                                    Assistant Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery

                                    Weill Cornell Medicine

 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Meet and Greet with Dr. Marc A. Nivet, EdD, MBA

                                    A126

 

                                    KEYNOTE ADDRESS

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  NIH Addresses the Science of Diversity: Focusing on Institutional Change

Uris Auditorium

                                    Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP

                                    NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity

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

 

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM    Meet and Greet with Dr. Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP

                                    BB 204-A/B/C

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM    Minority Faculty Procurement for Obstetrics and Gynecology

                                    Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds | Uris Auditorium

                                    Henry W. Foster, Jr,. MD                           

Professor Emeritus, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

                                    Meharry Medical College

 

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM    Diversity Awards Ceremony and Reception

Griffis Faculty Club

 

Tuesday, April 24th

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM   Health Equity: Improving the Healthcare Ecosystem through Promotion of Cultures of Inclusion

Pediatrics Grand Rounds | Uris Auditorium

                                    Yewande J. Johnson, MD

                                    Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

                                    George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

 

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM The Importance of Women in Research

Women in Global Health Research Initiative Scientific Conference

Griffis Faculty Club

                                    Judith Currier, MD

                                    Chair, AIDS Clinical Trials Group

                                    Professor of Medicine

                                    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  R0 and the Culture Club Paradox in Diversifying the Biomedical Sciences Faculty

Microbiology & Immunology Grand Rounds | A-250

Avery August, PhD

                                    Professor of Immunology

                                    Cornell University

 

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM    The Roles of Women in Leading Multi-National Trials

Women in Global Health Research Initiative Scientific Conference

Griffis Faculty Club

                                    Quarraisha Abdool-Karim, PhD

Associate Scientific Director, CAPRISA

Professor in Clinical Epidemiology

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

 

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM    Next Steps to Support the Next Generation of Female Leaders in Global Health Research

Women in Global Health Research Initiative Scientific Conference

Griffis Faculty Club

Dr. Judith Currier, Dr. Quarraisha Abdool-Karim, Dr. Robert Bollinger

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM    Students and Residents with Children: Career Planning and Resources | Weill Auditorium C-200

Laura Forese, MD

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Caitlin Hoffman, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dana Zappetti, MD

Associate Dean Student Affairs

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Elizabeth Arleo, MD

Associate Professor of Radiology

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM    Meet and Greet with Dr. Charles D. Howell, MD

Cornell Center for Health Equity and the Department of Medicine

                                    Petaluma 1356 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021

 

Wednesday, April 25th

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Management of Chronic Hepatitis C Infections

Medicine Grand Rounds | Uris Auditorium

                                    Charles D. Howell, MD

                                    Professor and Chairman, Department of Medicine

Howard University College of Medicine

 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Issues of Diversity in Psychiatry: A Panel Discussion

Psychiatry Grand Rounds | Uris Auditorium

                                    Anna Fels, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Alexandra Tatum, MD

Chief Resident in Psychiatry

Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Jess Zonana, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  The Good That Diversity Produces

Medical Ethics in Medicine | A-250

Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, PhD

                                    Professor of Medical Ethics in Medicine

                                    Weill Cornell Medicine

 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM    Racial Disparity in Healthcare: The Case of Joint Replacement Utilization

Healthcare Policy and Research Grand Rounds | A-250

                                    Said A. Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA

                                    Chief, Division of Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation

                                    Weill Cornell Medicine

 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  Gender Diversity in Radiology

Radiology Grand Rounds | A-950

Lucy Spalluto, MD

                                    Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences

                                    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM    LGBT Health Advocacy in Academic Medicine | Weill (C-200)

John Paul Sanchez MD, MPH
Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Co-Executive Director, LMSA National Inc.
President, Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians Inc.

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM    Unconscious Bias

Faculty Development | Griffis Faculty Club

                                    Erika Abramson, MD

Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research

MacKenzi Nicole Hillard, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Joy Deanna Howell, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Weill Cornell Medicine

Thursday, April 26th

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Gender Diversity in Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology Grand Rounds | A-950

Onyi Balogun, MD

                                    Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology

                                    Weill Cornell Medicine

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  Microaggression | A-950

Ruth Gotian, EdD, MS

                                    Administrative Director, Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program

                                    Weill Cornell Medicine

 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM    Making Information Technology Accessible for People with Disabilities | A-250

Dan Dickinson

                                    Associate Director, Web Communications

                                    Weill Cornell Medicine

 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM    Experiences of First-Generation Students at Elite Campuses

Olin Hall Lounge

Keith LaScalea, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Weill Cornell Medicine

Maria Papadakis, EdD

                                    Program Manager, Gender and Sexuality Studies

                                    Princeton University

 

4:30 PM – 7:30 PM    Fair Play: A Virtual Game to Break the Bias Habit

Griffis Faculty Club

Christine Pribbenow, PhD

                                    Senior Scientist

                                    University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education

 

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM    Saving More Than Vision: What Every Ophthalmologist Needs to Know about Intimate Partner Violence

Dermatology Grand Rounds

1305 York Ave, 2nd floor, Selma Ruben Conference Center, Room C

                                    Erin Shriver, MD

                                    Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

                                    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

 

Friday, April 27th

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Diversity and Inclusion from a Staff Perspective

Human Resources

402 E. 67th Street,  (Between York  and 1st Avenues) 

Conference Rooms C1: A-B

Jamal Lopez, Moderator

Associate Director, Employee Relations & Development

Cindy Chen

Manager, Project Management Office

Saadia Malik

ITS Senior Department Liaison

Lavet Velez

Associate I, Project Management Office

Mark Enright

Assistant Director, Physician Organization Administrative Services

 

12:00 PM – 6:30 PM  Family Day | Various locations

Open to medical students and their families only.

 

Saturday, April 28th

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM   Closing the Representation Gap | Uris Auditorium and A-950

Black & Latino Men in Medicine Conference

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Keynote Address

Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP
NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
Senior Investigator, NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

NIH Addresses the Science of Diversity: Focusing on Institutional Change
Monday, April 23, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Uris Auditorium
Co-hosted with the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

 

Abstract: NIH’s first Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity Dr. Hannah Valantine will describe NIH’s current approach and activities related to enhancing scientific workforce diversity.  She will highlight four main diversity challenges facing biomedicine: Advancing scholarship of the science of diversity; Using a data-driven scientific approach to understand diversity drivers and outcomes; Studying and mitigating the role of sociocultural factors in recruitment, retention, and career advancement; and Sustaining future workforce diversity.  She will also highlight development and use of the NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Toolkit, a free, downloadable interactive resource institutions can use to help advance their own faculty diversity.  The toolkit guides users through evidence-based interrelated activities that her office is currently using to enhance diversity in the NIH intramural research program.  These include expanding diversity of the candidate pool, proactive outreach to diverse talent, mitigating bias in search processes, and developing/sustaining mentoring relationships. A key focus will be the need to advance institutional accountability for lasting change. Please visit the NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity website (https://diversity.nih.gov) and Dr. Valantine’s blog (https://diversity.nih.gov/blog) for more information.

 

Biography: Dr. Hannah Valantine is the first NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, and a Senior Investigator in the Intramural Research Program at NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.  Prior to arriving at NIH in April 2014, Dr. Valantine was Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership at Stanford, a position she held since November 2004.  She is nationally recognized for her transformative approaches to diversity and is a recipient of the NIH Director’s Pathfinder Award for Diversity in the Scientific Workforce.  She is currently leading NIH efforts to promote diversity through innovation across the NIH-funded biomedical workforce through a range of evidence-based approaches.  Dr. Valantine maintains an active clinical research program that continues to have high impact on patient care.  Current research extends her previous finding that an organ transplant is essentially a genome transplant, and that monitoring the level of donor DNA in a recipient’s blood as a marker of organ damage will detect early stages of rejection.  She is currently overseeing a multi-site consortium of mid-Atlantic transplant centers to validate these findings clinically toward the development of a non-invasive tool for detecting early signs of organ rejection.

 


Diversity Awards

The 2018 recipients of awards honoring exceptional contributions to diversity at Weill Cornell Medicine will be recognized at the:

Diversity Awards Ceremony and Reception
Monday, April 23, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Griffis Faculty Club


Dean’s Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Awards
The inaugural Dean’s Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Awards will support 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. This year’s recipients will be formally announced and will present posters of their research at the Diversity Awards Ceremony and Reception.

Mary E. Charlson, MD

William T. Foley Distinguished Professor of Medicine

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women

The Laurie H. Glimcher, MD Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women 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.


Rolake Alabi

Tri-Institutional MD-PhD student, class of 2018

Ida Sophia Scudder, MD Award for Excellence in Public Service

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.


Eric Kutscher

MD student, class of 2018

Ida Sophia Scudder, MD Award for Excellence in Public Service

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.


Sharon Brooks

Curriculum Assistant

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.

Sharon Brooks
Curriculum Assistant

Maurice Hinson, MD

Resident in Internal Medicine, NYP/WCMC

Louis Wade Sullivan, MD Award for Excellence in Public Health Advocacy

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.

Maurice Hinson, MD
Resident in Internal Medicine, NYP/WCMC

Anthony Ogedegbe, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Bruce Laine Ballard, MD Award for Excellence in Mentorship

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.

Anthony Ogedegbe, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine