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Inclusion and Excellence Council

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At Baylor College of Medicine, we believe that diversity, respect and inclusiveness create the best environment for academic excellence and workplace culture. Our values of respect, integrity, innovation, teamwork and excellence are core to continuing to have a respectful and inclusive environment at Baylor College of Medicine. This also allows us to strengthen our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity and ensuring a broader perspective.

In November 2016, a new Inclusion and Excellence Council was announced. Council members are made up of faculty, staff and trainees from throughout the institution. The purpose of the Inclusion and Excellence Council is to establish a body that will support Baylor’s institutional diversity and inclusion goals and serve in an advisory capacity to the Associate Provost of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion who will serve as the Chair of the Council. The Council will work to maximize the engagement of people throughout the Baylor Community who share our passion for inclusion, diversity and equity.

The Inclusion and Excellence Council is comprised of twenty-five voting members including the “Council” Chair, fourteen faculty, at least two administrative staff members, two postdoctoral trainees, two residents and four students. Send your thoughts and suggestions on ways to enhance inclusion and excellence at Baylor by emailing them to institutionaldiversity@bcm.edu.

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Inclusion and Excellence Council Members

Name

Position

Membership Year

Title

Department

Lindsay Godfrey 

Member (Administrative Staff)

2021-2023

Senior Coordinator, Program Management

School of Medicine

Cassandra Shorter 

Member (Administrative Staff)

2021-2023

Supervisor, Program Management

Department of Pediatrics

Alli Antar, Ph.D.

Member (At-Large Faculty)

2021-2023

Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Shixia Huang, Ph.D.

Member (At-Large Faculty)

2021-2023

Associate Professor/Proteomics Core Director

Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

Achilia Morrow, M.D., M.P.H.

Member (At-Large Faculty)

2021-2023

Senior Faculty

Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine

Roger Nicome, M.D.

Member (At-Large Faculty)

2021-2023

Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Elizabeth Shell, Ph.D., M.P.A.S.

Member (At-Large Faculty)

2021-2023

Assistant Professor

Physician Assistant Program

Crystal Shin, Ph.D.

Member (At-Large Faculty)

2021-2023

Assistant Professor

Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery

Richard Strax, M.D.

Member (At-Large Faculty)

2021-2023

Professor

Department of Radiology

Isabel Valdez, M.S.

Member (At-Large Faculty)

2021-2023

Assistant Professor

Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine

Michelle Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.

Member (At-Large Faculty)

2021-2023

Associate Professor

Department of Radiation Oncology

Cassius Mensah, M.D.

Member (At-Large Faculty)

2021-2023

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Toi Harris, M.D.

Member (Chair)

2021-2023

Associate Provost of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity & Student and Trainee Services

Office of the Provost

Jairo Barrantes-Perez, M.D.

Member (Faculty Senate)

2021-2023

Assistant Professor

Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine

Dorina Papageorgiou, Ph.D., M.H.Sc.

Member (Faculty Senate)

2021-2023

Assistant Professor

Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Fidaa Shaib, M.D.

Member (Faculty Senate)

2020-2022

Associate Professor

Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine

Ashwin Viswanathan, M.D.

Member (Faculty Senate)

2020-2022

Associate Professor

Department of Neurosurgery

Sarah Jazzar

Member (Student)

2021-2022

Student

School of Health Professions

Varuna Chander

Member (Student)

2021-2022

Student

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Alyssa Paparella

Member (Student)

2021-2022

Student

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Summer Walton

Member (Student)

2021-2022

Student

School of Medicine

Sohini Banerjee, Ph.D.

Member (Trainee)

2021-2022

Postdoctoral Associate

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Darius, Dawson, Ph.D.

Member (Trainee)

2021-2022

Postdoctoral Associate

Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Michael Petrus-Jones, D.O., M.P.H.

Member (Trainee)

2021-2022

Medical Resident PGY2

Department of Pediatrics

Namrata Walia,
M.D.

Member (Trainee)

2021-2022

Research Postdoctoral Fellow (MD)

Department of Family and Community Medicine

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Ex Officio Members

Anne Gill, Dr.P.H., M.S.N.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Antonie Rice, Ph.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Annie Torres, B.A.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Development Director

Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs

Ali Asghar-Ali, M.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Associate Professor

Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Mara Cardenas

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Student

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Krista Defalco, M.B.A., M.H.A.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

M.D./Ph.D. Administrative Operations Director

Medical Scientist Training Program

Elizabeth Elliott, M.S.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Associate Professor

School of Health Professions

Mgbechi Erondu, M.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Medical Resident PGY4

Department of Anesthesiology

Aimee Gardner, Ph.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Associate Professor

School of Health Professions

Susan Gillespie, M.D., Ph.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Alison Goulding, M.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Fellow Physician PGY6

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Jordan Lim, M.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Fellow Physician PGY5

Department of Pediatrics

Debra Murray, Ph.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Instructor

Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Frederick Pereira, Ph.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Associate Professor

Huffington Center On Aging

Jean Raphael, M.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Ashutosh Wali, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Kjersti Aagaard, M.D., Ph.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Professor

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Josh Muniz, M.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Medical Resident PGY3

Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine

Tamara Ortiz-Perez, M.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Associate Professor

Department of Radiology

Jose Perez, M.D., B.S.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Associate Professor

Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine

Amandi Rhett, M.S.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Assistant Professor

School of Health Professions

Jeffrey Starke, M.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Ronald Vilela, M.D.

Ex-Officio

2021-2022

Assistant Professor

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

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Administrators

Name

Position

Title

Department

Biykem Bozkurt, M.D.

Administrator

Associate Provost of Faculty Affairs and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development

Office of the Provost

Nana Coleman, M.D.

Administrator

Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Health System Science

Office of the Provost

Shad Deering, M.D

Administrator

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at Children's Hospital of San Antonio

Office of the President

Toni Gray, M.A.

Administrator

Title IX and Disability Director

Office of the Provost

Erik Malmberg, Ph.D., J.D.

Administrator

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director

Office of the Provost