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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 and 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
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 and 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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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 and 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

 

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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 and 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