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2021 Summer Research Summit Featured Speakers


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David A. Acosta, M.D.

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Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges

David A. Acosta, M.D., provides strategic vision and leadership for the AAMC’s diversity and inclusion activities across the medical education community, and leads the association’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion unit. 

Dr. Acosta, a family medicine physician, joined the AAMC from the University of California (UC), Davis School of Medicine where he served as senior associate dean for equity, diversity, and inclusion and associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for UC Davis Health System. He previously served as the first chief diversity officer at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine (SoM), where he established the Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and was the founder of the UW SoM Center for Cultural Proficiency in Medical Education. 

Dr. Acosta earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola University and his medical degree from the UC, Irvine, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Community Hospital of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, Calif., an affiliate of UC San Francisco School of Medicine, and a faculty development fellowship at the UW Department of Family Medicine. 


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Daytheon Sturges, MPAS, PA-C, CAHIMS, CHES

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Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Associate Program Director of Regional Affairs, Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI), MEDEX Northwest, University of Washington School of Medicine

Daytheon Sturges was born, raised, and educated in the piney hills of North Louisiana. He received his B.S. in biology from Louisiana Tech University and both his B.S. in Physician Assistant and Master of Physician Assistant Studies from LSU Health. He is a PhD candidate in the health studies doctoral program at Texas Woman's University where he also completed a post-graduate certificate in interprofessional informatics. Daytheon has practiced in several medical disciplines including primary care, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, and rheumatology. Daytheon is an assistant professor and Associate Program Director of Regional Affairs, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Washington - MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program in Seattle, Washington, while also practicing family medicine at the UW - Northgate Neighborhood Clinic. He is a former assistant professor and founding academic director at the recently accredited physician assistant program at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and also formerly an assistant professor and clinical coordinator in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at UT Southwestern School of Health Professions in Dallas, Texas. Daytheon is a former Associate Academic Clinical Provider at UT Southwestern Medical Center and physician assistant at Parkland Memorial Hospital (Global Diabetes) serving as a diabetes specialist. He holds additional certifications as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and a Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS).

Daytheon is very active in his community most notably through his fraternal organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He served as the Chief Medical Officer and Health & Wellness Chairman for the Southwest Region of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc from 2013-2019. He views medicine as a ministry and feels it an intrinsic duty to promote and deliver inclusive, culturally humble, high-quality healthcare rooted in the most recent evidence.


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Kelly Shipman, MS, CCRP

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Clinical Research Coordinator III, Center for Palliative Care and Resilience, Seattle Children's Hospital

Kelly Shipman, MS, CCRP, is a senior clinical research coordinator at the Palliative Care and Resilience Lab (PCAR) at Seattle Children’s in Seattle, WA. She has 16 years’ experience working in various aspects of research coordination and project management at both the sponsor and site levels, including patient-facing, regulatory, protocol development, and quality assurance roles. Kelly has a special interest in exploring issues of equity in research and has led PCAR’s “Bias and Belonging” group since June 2020.


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Maeve O’Donnell, Ph.D., MA

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Postdoctoral Scholar in Clinical and Translational Research, Center for Palliative Care and Resilience, Seattle Children’s Hospital 

Dr. Maeve O’Donnell is a postdoctoral scholar and behavioral interventionist with the Center for Palliative Care and Resilience (PCAR) at Seattle Children’s. She received her PhD in counseling psychology from Colorado State University and completed her behavioral medicine/psychology residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2019. Her research interests lie at the intersection of positive psychology and behavioral medicine, including a focus on bolstering resilience and fostering meaning-making for pediatric patients with chronic disease and their families.


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Alison O’Daffer, BA

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Clinical Research Coordinator II, Center for Palliative Care and Resilience, Seattle Children’s Hospital 

Ali O’Daffer joined the Center for Palliative Care and Resilience (PCAR) at Seattle Children’s in 2017 as an undergraduate volunteer, most notably working with Dr. Lau on a systematic review of smartphone apps for stress management. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Puget Sound in 2019, where she studied psychology, bioethics and anthropology while conducting independent research. Post-graduation, she joined the team full time as a Clinical Research Coordinator, where she leads several PCAR projects and coordinates daily study activities. An aspiring health psychologist, her research interests include health behavior adherence, particularly in relationship to psychosocial outcomes in populations with chronic illness.


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Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, M.D.

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Associate Professor & Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine 
Associate Director for Education, South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
Director of Electroconvulsive Therapy Services, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Dr. Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali is a geriatric psychiatrist and currently serves as the geriatric psychiatric fellowship director at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also dedicated to enhancing the cultural attunement of clinicians to best serve all patients. Dr. Ali Asghar-Ali’s educational scholarship and clinical practice focus in two areas: geriatric psychiatry and the practice of culturally attuned psychiatric. At the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center he is responsible for the delivery of electroconvulsive therapy. In terms of cultural psychiatry, Dr. Asghar-Ali presents locally and nationally on ways in which trainees and practitioners can work towards improving their cultural attunement to best serve their patients.


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Margo Hill, JD, MURP

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Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Anthropology & Planning & Associate Director of Small, Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM), Eastern Washington University & Collaborating Partner, Native American Health Sciences, Washington State University 

Margo Hill, JD, MURP, is a Spokane Tribal member and grew up on the Spokane Indian reservation. She serves as the Associate Director of Small, Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM). Dr. Hill served as the Spokane Tribal Attorney for 10+ years and as a Coeur d’Alene Tribal Court Judge. Ms. Hill worked for Spokane Urban Indian Health clinic and testified before Congress. Ms. Hill earned her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga School of Law and her Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Political Science from University of Washington. Margo Hill is faculty at Eastern Washington University where she teaches American Indian Health and Community, Understanding Addiction in Tribal Communities, Administrative Law, Community Development, Tribal Planning classes and American Indian Law. Ms. Hill is a Collaborating partner with the WSU Native American Health Science Center.


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Jeniffer Dolinta, MS, RN, PCCN-K, NPD-BC, CNE

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Clinical Education Specialist, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, CHI St. Luke's Health

Jeniffer Dolinta is a registered nurse, board certified in progressive care nursing, nursing professional development, and nursing education. Jeniffer currently works at CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, TX as a nursing education specialist where she serves as the American Heart Association training center coordinator and electronic learning management systems administrator.

Jeniffer is active in various nursing organizations at the local and national level. She serves as the community outreach co-director for the association of nursing of nursing professional development Houston chapter and on the national recruitment and retention committee for the Hispanic nurses association. She is currently pursuing her PhD in nursing at Texas Woman’s University, her research topics of interest include diversity and inclusion in nursing education and leadership and health equity in the Hispanic community.


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SheaLynn M. Foley, MBA-HCM, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

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Clinical Education Specialist, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, CHI St. Luke's Health

SheaLynn M. Foley is a board certified Nursing Professional Development Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience. SheaLynn is currently employed at CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center as an Education Specialist, where she serves as a coordinator for the nurse residency program and a facilitator for new staff orientation.

An active member of the BSLMC Diversity and Inclusion council, SheaLynn maintains active memberships in several community, civic and professional nursing organizations where she volunteers her time serving underrepresented communities. A lifelong learner, SheaLynn is pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice, further cultivating her advocacy skills in the areas of health policy, health equity and health literacy.


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Frank Houghton, Ph.D.

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Lecturer and Director of HEALR Research Group, Limerick Institute of Technology

Frank Houghton was born in Singapore and travelled extensively as a child while his father was serving in the UK’s Royal Air Force. He has a strong interest in equality and social justice, a theme he pursued in his undergraduate degree in Peace & Conflict Studies, and his subsequent MA in Peace Studies (Ulster University). His Ph.D. (Maynooth University) developed this focus on relative deprivation and inequality.

Dr Houghton has worked for a number of agencies concerned with peace and social justice, including the Centre for the Study of Conflict at the University of Ulster, and the Dublin based National Council on Ageing & Older People, a policy oriented research unit advising the Irish Government’s Ministers of Health & Social Welfare. Frank was also formerly Head of Research, Development & Education at Focus Ireland, an Irish not-for-profit agency supporting the homeless. Frank has worked in Public Health in both Ireland and New Zealand.

He was formerly a tenured Associate Professor & Chair of Public Health at Eastern Washington University in Spokane. He is currently Principal Investigator of the HEALR Research Group at Limerick Institute of Technology in Ireland. Frank also has masters degrees in Teaching (Ulster University), Computing (Queen’s University of Belfast), and Population Health Evidence (Manchester University).


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Mary Ann Keogh Hoss, Ph.D.

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Professor and Program Director, Health Services Administration, College of Health Science and Public Health, Eastern Washington University

Mary Ann Keogh Hoss is a professor and program director for Health Services Administration in the College of Health Science and Public Health, Department of Public Health and Health Administration at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington. She has served as the program director for the Health Services Administration program since 2002. She received a PhD from Gonzaga University in 1986. She received her Master degree from Eastern Washington University in 1977 and her bachelor degree from Creighton University in 1974.. She has fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executive. She is certified nationally as a therapeutic recreation specialist and has fellow status.

Dr. Keogh Hoss has over 30 years of experience in the health care administration before coming to Eastern Washington University. She also served as an interim CEO on 2 occasions a decade apart for an 800 bed state psychiatric hospital, Western State Hospital in Ft. Steilacuum, Washington during her tenure at Eastern Washington University. She felt this allowed her to keep her administration skills current. During her tenure at Eastern Washington University, she has served a number of interim roles at the university including dean of 2 colleges and provost.

Her research interest includes healthcare costs and delivery systems, mental health services, healthcare reimbursement, outcomes in therapeutic recreation, female healthcare leadership and medical travel/tourism. She is published in a variety of areas.


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Kiswa Rahman

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Bachelor of Sciences in Medical Anthropology Candidate at University of Washington

Kiswa Rahman is currently a junior at the University of Washington studying pursuing a BS in Medical Anthropology. From the beginning of her undergraduate experience, she has been involved with patient care from aiding nurses to collecting patient satisfaction data. After joining the Palliative Care and Resilience Lab (PCAR) in October of 2020, Kiswa has been working with the "Bias and Belonging" group and the PCAR Diabetes team.