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WCM Diversity Week April 22-27 2019

Dean's Message:

 

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Welcome to Weill Cornell Medicine’s second annual Diversity Week!

After an incredibly successful first run, this year’s celebration of diversity brings together even more people, groups, and activities.  We are thrilled to have an outstanding roster of nationally renowned speakers, a lively schedule of lectures and events, and many members of our community sharing their expertise.  

Three distinguished guests are delivering keynote addresses.  Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, Chief Engagement Officer of the All of Us Research Program, is speaking on April 22, and Sian Leah Beilock, PhD, the president of Barnard College, is sharing her insights on April 24.  Dr. Joan Reede, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School, is giving the inaugural Elizabeth A. Wilson-Anstey, EdD Lecture on April 25.

We are excited that the Annual Meeting of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Black and Latino Men in Medicine 2nd Annual Conference, and the Women in Global Health Research Initiative Scientific Conference are all taking place during Diversity Week.  Departments and centers throughout Weill Cornell Medicine are also holding Diversity Grand Rounds, symposia, and panel discussions addressing a variety of topics, including health disparities, mentoring, work-life balance, disability, race, gender, and LGBTQ+ issues.

 Weill Cornell Medicine is extremely proud to be a community of diverse individuals—and delighted to be hosting a second extraordinary Diversity Week.  Thank you to all of you for helping to foster a stronger culture of diversity and inclusion, both throughout our institution and around the country.

Sincerely,

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

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Diversity Dean's Message:

 

On behalf of the Weill Cornell Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we are pleased to welcome you to the Second Annual Diversity Week. The first Diversity Week was launched in the spring of 2018, accompanied by numerous other inaugural events.  The first set of Dean’s Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Awards were bestowed.  The university-wide Cornell Center for Health Equity was launched.  The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program, one of WCM’s iconic pipeline programs, celebrated its 50th anniversary – making it not only one of the most long-standing scientific initiatives of its kind in the country, but also one of the most successful.  In 2018, Weill Cornell Medicine was also recognized by the higher education community for its efforts on diversity and inclusion by winning its first INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. 

As noted by Dean Choi in his welcome note, we have an even richer agenda for this year’s Diversity Week.  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. 

Diversity Week is made possible by the unwavering support and commitment of our academic leaders starting with the Cornell University Office of the President, the Weill Cornell Medicine Board of Overseers, 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 thank our keynote speakers and guest speakers who have traveled far to celebrate the week with us.  We also thank the many speakers and presenters from Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian whose contributions make Diversity Week academically engaging, while also creating 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 across campus 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

Sunday, April 21, 2019

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM    Meet and Greet with Dr. Oluwaferanmi O. Okanlami

Weill Greenberg Center Selma Ruben Conference Center, 2nd Floor

Monday, April 22, 2019

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM   Urology Grand Rounds | B-307

Joshua D. Safer, MD, FACP

 Executive Director, Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery

  President, United States Professional Association for Transgender Health

 

2019 CLAUDE ORGAN, M.D.,LECTURESHIP SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN
SURGICAL ASSOCIATION & THE SOCIETY OF BLACK ACADEMIC SURGEONS

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM   The Evolution of Surgery in the 21st Century

Surgery/Neurological Surgery and Anesthesiology Combined Grand Rounds | Uris Auditorium

Haile T. Debas, MD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco

Director Emeritus, University of California Global Health Institute

Dean Emeritus, University of California School of Medicine

 

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM   Reflecting on the Impact the Learning & Workplace Environment Has on Diversifying the Surgery Workforce: The Practice of Conscious Inclusion in Surgical Training Environments

Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds | Belfer Research Building 302-C/D

David A. Acosta, MD

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Association of American Medical Colleges

 

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM   Health Equity in Gynecologic Cancer: Reaching Underserved Populations

Surgery/Neurological Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds | Griffis Faculty Club Lounge

Carol L. Brown, MD, FACOG, FACS

Director, Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM    Gender Differences in Coronary Artery Disease

Cardiothoracic Surgery Mortality & Morbidity Conference | M - 407

Erin M. Iannacone, MD

Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM   Disabusing Disability | Uris Auditorium

Oluwaferanmi O. Okanlami, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Director for Medical Student Success, Office for Health Equity and Inclusion

University of Michigan Medical School

 

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM  Meet and Greet with Dr. Haile Debas

Weill Greenberg Center Selma Ruben Conference Center, 2nd Floor

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM    The Importance of Diverse Representation in Clinical Research: The All of Us Research Program

                                    Uris Auditorium

                                    Dara Richardson-Heron, MD                            

Chief Engagement Officer

All of Us Research Program, National Institutes of Health

 

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM    Meet and Greet with Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron

                                    Weill Greenberg Center Selma Ruben Conference Center, 2nd Floor

 

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM     Treating Hypertension in the Faith Community

                                    Healthcare Policy and Research Grand Rounds | Uris Auditorium

                                    Olugbenga Ogedegbe, MD                            

Professor of Population Health & Medicine

Chief, Division of Health & Behavior

Director, Center for Healthful Behavior Change

NYU School of Medicine

 

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

                                    Griffis Faculty Club

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Dermatology in Skin of Color: A New Specialized Center at Weill Cornell

Dermatology Grand Rounds | Weill Greenberg Center, Selma Ruben Conference Center, Rooms A/B

                                    Eva Kerby, MD

                                    Chief Resident, Department of Dermatology

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

 

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Emerging as an Equity-Minded Academic Medical Center Through Inclusion Excellence

Psychiatry Grand Rounds | Uris Auditorium

                                    David A. Acosta , MD

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Association of American Medical Colleges

 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM   Diversifying Faculty Through Holistic Hiring Practices

Griffis Faculty Club

                                    David A. Acosta, MD

                                    Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Association of American Medical Colleges

 

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM   Diversity and Disparities in the Experience of End-of-Life Care Symposium

Center for Research on End-of-Life Care | Uris Auditorium

Moderators:

Holly G. Prigerson, PhD

Co-Director, Center for Research on End-of-Life Care

 Irving Sherwood Wright Professor of Geriatrics

Professor of Sociology in Medicine

 Weill Cornell Medicine

Paul K. Maciejewski, PhD

 Co-Director, Center for Research on End-of-Life Care

 Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Radiology

 Weill Cornell Medicine

 

Presentations:

Racial Disparities in Suboptimal Home Hospice Use Among Patients with Dementia

Elizabeth Luth, PhD

 Postdoctoral Associate in Medicine

 Weill Cornell Medicine

 

Worry about Paying Medical Expenses and Its Associations with Patients’ Quality of Life in End-of-Life Cancer Care

Lauren Kelly, MD

 Weill Cornell Medicine

 

Preventing Live Discharge Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Hospice Patients with Heart Failure

Ruth Masterson Creber, PhD

 Research Assistant, Center for Research on End-of-Life Care

 Weill Cornell Medicine

 

Martin Viola, MA

 Research Assistant, Center for Research on End-of-Life Care

 Weill Cornell Medicine

 

The Potentially Powerful Role of Therapeutic Alliances with Oncologists and Reduction of Disparities in Latino End-Stage Cancer Care

Ana Tergas, MD

 Instructor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

 Columbia University Irving Medical Center

 

Prognostic Understanding among Terminally Ill Latino Cancer Patients: How Patients Determine the Curability of Their Cancer and Its Influence on Treatment Decision Making

Megan J. Shen, PhD

 Assistant Professor of Psychology in Medicine and of Healthcare Policy and Research

 Weill Cornell Medicine

 

11:15 AM –12:30 PM Mental Health Disparities and Community Partnerships

Psychiatry Grand Rounds | Westchester Division

                                    Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PRIMES Program for Individualized Mentorship Education Solutions

Weill Greenberg Center, Selma Ruben Conference Center

                                    Benjamin Hartley, MD

Resident, PGY-4, Department of Neurosurgery

Weill Cornell Medicine

                                    Caitlin Hoffman, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

Director, Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Treating LGBT Patients: Ethical, Historical & Clinical Perspectives

LGBTQ+ | Uris Auditorium

                                    Jack Drescher, MD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College

Adjunct Professor, New York University

 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Meet and Greet with Dr. Jack Drescher

Weill Greenberg Center Selma Ruben Conference Center, 2nd

 

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Unconscious Bias Workshop

Human Resources | Uris Auditorium

                                    Jamal Lopez, JD, SHRM-SCP

Associate Director, Employee Relations & Development

Weill Cornell Medicine

                                    Fanesse George

Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement Associate

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Early Careers Panel

Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences | C-200

                                    Aisha Abdullah, PhD ’15

Associate Director, Global STEM Alliance, New York Academy of Sciences

                                    Dandan Xu, PhD ’14

Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement Associate

                                    Neel Madhukar, PhD ’17

CEO & Co-Founder, OneThree Biotech

                                    David Zuluaga Martinez, PhD (Princeton University ’17)

Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group

 

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Cornell Center for Health Equity Reception

Archbold Commons

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Health and Healthcare for All - Equity and Justice Focus in NYC

Medicine Grand Rounds | Uris Auditorium

                                    Herminia Palacio, MD, MPH

                                    Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

City of New York

 

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM   Want Women to Advance in Medicine: Be a Sponsor

Neurology Grand Rounds | F-639

                                    Allison Brashear, MD, MBA

                                    Professor and Walter C. Teagle Chair of Neurology

Wake Forest School of Medicine

 

9:15 AM – 10:45 AM Women Navigating Careers: Making Choices, Setting Goals, and Getting Noticed in a Changing Environment

President’s Council of Cornell Women | Uris Auditorium

                                    Lauren Myers moderator

Vice President, Myers Group

Chair, Diversity Committee for the President’s Council of Cornell Women

                                    Jane Hyun

Founder and President, Hyun & Associates

Co-author, Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences

Author, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling

                                    Eileen Nugent, Esq

Counsel and Global Co-Head of Transactions Practices

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

                                    Cynthia Cuffie, MD

President, Aspire Educational Associates Corporation

                                    Wendy Levitt

Author, At the Corner of Wall and Sesame

 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM   Changing the Landscape of Mental Health Services for the 21st Century

Psychiatry Grand Rounds | Uris Auditorium

Margarita Alegría, PhD

Chief of the Disparities Research Unit

 Massachusetts General Hospital

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   Enhancing STEM Success for Women and Girls

 Uris Auditorium

Sian Leah Beilock, PhD

 President

 Barnard College

 

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Human Rights and Medicine

1300 York Avenue, Griffis Faculty Lounge

                                    Gunisha Kaur, MD, MA

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Medical Director, Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights

Director, Anesthesiology Global Health Initiative

Program Director, Anesthesiology Global Health Fellowship

Weill Cornell Medicine

                                    Joseph Shin, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Weill Cornell Medicine

                                    Anna Cai

Medical Student Class of 2020

Weill Cornell Medicine

                                    Kevin Ackerman

Medical Student Class of 2020

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Achieving Cancer Health Equity in the Era of Precision Medicine and Big Data – The Bench to Community Model

Meyer Cancer Center | Uris Auditorium

                                    Robert A. Winn, MD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Based Practice

Director, University of Illinois Cancer Center

Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Surgery

University of Illinois College of Medicine

 

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Englander Institute for Precision Medicine Diversity Presentation

Uris Auditorium

                                    Olivier Elemento, PhD moderator

Director, Englander Institute for Precision Medicine

Associate Director, Institute for Computational Biomedicine

Co-Leader, Genetics, Epigenetics and Systems Biology Program

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

Presentations:

Genetics of African Ancestry and High Risk / Triple Negative Breast Cancer

                                    Lisa Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO

Chief, Division of Breast Surgery

Director, Interdisciplinary Breast Program

Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian

 

The DARC side of breast cancer disparities: African ancestry and immunologic tumor response

                                    Melissa Davis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Research in Surgery

Scientific Director, International Center for the Study of Breast Cancer Subtypes

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

The Missing Genomes: Importance of diversity in addressing healthcare disparities in the 21st century

                                    M. Elizabeth Ross, MD, PhD

Nathan Cummings Professor in Neurology

Chair, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

Exploring Racial Differences in Prostate Cancer: What we know and where we will go

                                    Francesca Khani, MD

Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Assistant Professor of Pathology in Urology

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Women in Global Health Research Initiative Scientific Conference

Register at womenglobalhealth.com/conference | Griffis Faculty Club

                                    Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA

                                    University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine

Columbia University

 

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM Women in Global Health Research Initiative Scientific Conference – Keynote Address

Register at womenglobalhealth.com/conference | Griffis Faculty Club

                                    Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH

Associate Chief, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine

University of California, San Francisco

 

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM Female Leaders Across the Research Continuum

Women in Global Health Research Initiative Scientific Conference

Register at womenglobalhealth.com/conference | Griffis Faculty Club

                                    Carey Farquhar, MD, moderator

University of Washington

                                    Priscilla PhD, MSc

United Nations International Children Educational Fund

                                    Judith Currier, MD, MPH

University of California, Chair ACTG

                                    Louise Ivers, MB, BCh, MD, MPH, DTM&H

Harvard Medical School

                                    Isaayvani Naicker, PhD, MSc

African Academy of Sciences

 

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Meet and Greet with Dr. Joan Y. Reede

Weill Greenberg Center Selma Ruben Conference Center, 2nd Floor

 

ELIZABETH A. WILSON-ANSTEY, ED.D. LECTURE

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Diversity Inclusion: The Time is Now

Uris Auditorium

Joan Y. Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA

Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership

 Harvard Medical School

 

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Women in Global Health Research Initiative Scientific Conference

 Griffis Faculty Club

Philippa Musoke, MBChB, PhD

 Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health

 Makerere University

 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Breaking Bread with Pediatric Emergency Medicine | M-131

                                    Renee Alexander, PhD

Associate Dean for Students Cornell University, Ithaca Campus

 

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Women in Global Health Research Initiative Scientific Conference –Keynote Address

Register at womenglobalhealth.com/conference | Griffis Faculty Club

                                    Philippa Musoke, MBChB, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health

Makerere University

 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Wound of Racism: Physician Heal Thyself

 Uris Auditorium

Renuka Gupta, MD

 Assistant Professor of Medicine

 Weill Cornell Medicine

 

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

Weill Greenberg Center Selma Ruben Conference Center, 2nd Floor

Keith LaScalea, MD

 Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

 Weill Cornell Medicine

 

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Women in Leadership

Human Resources | Uris Auditorium

 

Fanesse George, moderator

 Diversity, Inclusion, & Engagement Associate, Human Resources

Aleta R. Gunsul, MPA

 Director, Research Business Operations

Paula Herber

 Director IT Service Delivery, Information Systems and Technologies Department

Angela L. Moore, MHA

 Department Administrator, Urology Department

Dean Elizabeth A. Wilson-Anstey, Ed.D.

 Assistant Dean, Diversity, Inclusion, and Student Life

 

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Bringing Research to Scale: Promoting Female Leaders

 Women in Global Health Research Initiative Scientific Conference

Register at womenglobalhealth.com/conference | Griffis Faculty Club

Jyoti Mathad, MD, MSc, moderator

 Weill Cornell Medicine

Vanessa Rouzier, MD

 GHESKIO

Sarah Hawkes, MD, PhD

 University College London

Mary Ellsberg, PhD

 George Washington University

Surbhi Modi, MD, MPH

 Centers for Disease Control

 

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM   Far Advanced Glaucoma. One Patients Perspective. Are We Making a Difference?

 Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

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

Leon Herndon, MD

 Professor of Ophthalmology

 Chief, Glaucoma Ophthalmology

 Duke University School of Medicine

 

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Faith and Spirituality in Medicine: Students’ and Healthcare Providers’ Perspective

 Student Diversity and Wellness | Weill Greenberg Center Selma Ruben Conference Center, 2nd Floor

                                    Sharon Brook, MPA moderator

Student Life Manager

 

                                    Gus Kappler, M.D., FACS

Author: Welcome Home From Vietnam, Finally, A Surgeon's Memoir

 

                                    Claire Isabelle Verret

Medical Student, Class of 2021

 

                                    Hanan Baker

MD/PHD, Student Class of 2024

 

                                    Rabbi Paulette Posner

 

                                    Chaplain Stephen Douglas

 

                                    Sheikh Muhammad Ali

 

Friday, April 26, 2019

7:15 AM – 11:00 AM    The 29th Annual Scientific Session of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons Hosted by the Department of Surgery

Uris Auditorium

Session 1: Institutional and Community Outreach

Attracting Minorities to Medicine: The Travelers Program

                                    Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey M.A., Ed.D

Assistant Dean, Diversity & Student Life

Weill Cornell Medicine

                                    Marcus Lambert, PhD

Assistant Dean, Diversity & Student Life

Weill Cornell Medicine

Enhancing Diversity in Medicine: Strategies for Inclusion and Equity

                                    Susana Morales, M.D.

Vice Chair for Diversity, Weill Department of Medicine

Weill Cornell Medicine

Community Outreach

                                    Monika Safford, M.D.

John J. Kuiper Professor of Medicine

Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

Session 2: Clinical Science Research

Use of Branched Grafts in Endovascular Surgery

                                    Darren Schneider, M.D.

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Weill Cornell Medicine

Minimally Invasive Liver Donations

                                    Benjamin Samstein, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery

Weill Cornell Medicine

Use of Video-Clips to Assess Residents Technical Performance

                                    Anthony Watkins, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

Session 3: Translational Science Research

Diversity Disparities in Clinical Outcomes for Breast Cancer

                                    Lisa Newman, M.D.

Chief, Division of Breast Surgery

Weill Cornell Medicine

Genomics in Endocrine Surgery

                                    Thomas J. Fahey, III, M.D.

Johnson and Johnson Distinguished Professor of Surgery

Weill Cornell Medicine

Tissue Engineering

                                    Jason Spector, M.D.

Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery)

Weill Cornell Medicine

 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM    The Power of Diversity: The Key to Meeting Today’s ( and Tomorrow’s) Greatest Healthcare Challenges

Radiology Grand Rounds | A-950

                                    Stephanie E. Spottswood, MD, MSPH

Professor of Radiology, Emerita

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

9:30 AM – 2:00 PM    Embracing the Opportunity

Uris Auditorium

Black and Latino Men in Medicine 2nd Annual Conference

Keynote Address

                                    Said Ibrahim MD, MPH, MBA

Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Vice Chair for Strategy & Development

Founding Chief, Division of Healthcare Delivery Science & Innovation

Department of Healthcare Policy & Research

Event RSVP: https://bit.ly/2CIXtnW

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Keynote Address

Dr. Heron

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
Monday, April 22, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Uris Auditorium

 

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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Keynote Address

Dr. Sian

Sian Leah Beilock, PhD
President
Barnard College

Enhancing STEM Success for Women and Girls
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Uris Auditorium

 

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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Elizabeth A. Wilson-Anstey, EdD Lecture

Joan Reede

Joan Y. Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA
Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership
Harvard Medical School

Diversity Inclusion: The Time is Now
Thursday, April 25, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Uris Auditorium

 

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 Awards

The 2019 recipients of awards honoring exceptional contributions to diversity at Weill Cornell Medicine will be recognized at the:

Diversity Awards Ceremony and Reception
Monday, April 22, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Griffis Faculty Club

 

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.

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Geraldine McGinty, MD MBA FACR

Chief Strategy & Contracting Officer of the Weill Cornell Physician   Organization
Assistant Professor of Radiology & Healthcare Policy & Research

Jessica M. and Natan Bibliowicz Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty

The Jessica M. and Natan Bibliowicz Award for Excellence in Mentoring WomenFaculty 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. 

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Joshua Adjei

MD Student, Class of 2019




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.

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Nelson Sanchez, MD

Associate 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.


Kevin Holcomb, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology

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.

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Victor Wong

Postdoctoral Scientist, Burke Neurological Institute

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.

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Greta Strong, Ed.D.

Special Assistant, Neurology

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.