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Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion


  • Lawrence Chin, MD, Dean, College of Medicine
  • Sipho Mbuqe, PhD Chief Diversity Officer


  • Ann Botash, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
  • Nakeia Chambers, Director of Multicultural, Disability, and Veteran's Affairs
  • Steven Contreras, Director of Student Retention
  • Katherine Daley, Coordinator of Disability
  • Neal Eckrich, MHA, Associate Dean, Administrative Affairs at Binghamton Clinical Campus
  • Sharon Huard, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Campus Life
  • Danielle Katz, MD, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
  • Katherine King, JD, Institutional Equity Officer
  • Leann Lesperance, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Lisa Phelan, Interim Director of Accreditation Compliance
  • Anindita Rajasekaran, MS3
  • Kathryn Stuenzi, Project Manager, Dean's Office
  • MaryGrace VanNortwick, Chief of Staff, Dean’s Office
  • Jennifer Welch, Chief Enrollment Management Officer
  • Michael Williams, MD, Pathology, Resident
  • Julie White, PhD, Vice President for Educational Services and Dean of Student Affairs

Department Diversity Advocates

  • Chiagozi Fawole, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Alaji Bah, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Rachel Fabi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bioethics & Humanities
  • Sherrie Lafrance-Hale, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Samantha Jones, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Rupali Singla, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
  • Vikrant Tambe, MBBCH, Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
  • Vacant, Department of Medicine
  • Rebecca Greenblatt, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
  • Nicole Brescia, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Mariano Viapiano, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology
  • Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Robert Fechtner, MD, Professor & Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Diedre Boozer, Business Manager of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Daryll Dykes, MD, PhD, JD, Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Mitchell Gore, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
  • Alexandria Smith-Hannah, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology
  • Olamide Ajagbe, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Richard Wojcikiewicz, PhD, Professor and Chair of Pharmacology
  • Xiaolo Dong, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Sipho Mbuqe, PhD, Senior Counselor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  • Michael Lacombe, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
  • David Feiglin, MD, Professor of Radiology
  • Roseanna Guzman-Curtis, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Natasha Ginzburg, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology


The Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is charged with advancing diversity in the College of Medicine.  Specifically, the committee will:

  • Periodically review the Diversity and Inclusion Policy, including identification of mission-appropriate diversity categories for medical students, faculty and senior administrative staff.
  • Ensure the school has effective policies and practices in place, and engages in ongoing, systematic, and focused recruitment and retention activities to achieve mission-appropriate diversity outcomes among students, faculty, senior administrative staff, and other relevant members of its academic community.
  • Review strategies, programs and outcomes related to recruitment and retention of medical students, faculty, and senior administrative leadership from COM-defined diversity categories.
  • Review activities related to the administration and delivery of programs (e.g. pipeline programs) aimed at developing a diverse pool of medical school applicants, both locally and nationally.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness (including outcome data) of pipeline programs and of other programs to support school-defined diversity among students, faculty, and senior administrative staff.
  • Conduct an annual review of the progress of departmental diversity and inclusion action plans.
  • Prepare an annual report to be shared with university leadership, faculty, and students.
  • Align the work of the committee and College of Medicine efforts in advancing diversity with the university-wide Strategic Plan for Diversity.

Dean's Policy on Diversity & Inclusion in the College of Medicine

College of Medicine Diversity & Inclusion Plan

Meeting Minutes

3 pm in Doust Boardroom