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Welcome to the Health Equity Commission Speakers Bureau!

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Below you will find SGIM members with expertise in health disparities, education, and research. While browsing the Speakers Bureau, you will find that each speaker’s profile includes contact information, a brief bio, and previously authored/ co-authored publications. Users are encouraged to read the bios and contact the speakers that are of interest to you.

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Dionne Blackman, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago

Dr. Blackman has expertise in development and evaluation of courses and curricula in health disparities education and in racial and ethnic breast cancer health disparities. More recently Dr. Blackman has also developed an interest more generally in racial and ethnic cancer disparities and ways to address these with primary care.
She developed the first health disparities education pre-course for the Society of General Internal Medicine “Teaching to Reduce Health Disparities: Challenging Situations and Vulnerable Populations” presented at the 2006 national SGIM meeting.  She also taught and co-developed the curriculum in the Train-the-Trainer Guide for the 2008 pre-course “Moving Beyond Cultural Competence (or Cultural Competence and Beyond).”  This pre-course won the “SGIM 2008 Best Pre-course Award.”  Our curriculum group also wrote an article published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in 2010 on health disparities education that highlighted the Train-the-Trainer Curriculum Guide.  The Train-the-Trainer Curriculum Guide is currently submitted and under peer review for inclusion in MedEd Portal.  Dr. Blackman also co-directed the development of web-based learning modules for health disparities education that was released on the SGIM website in 2011.  Additionally, Dr. Blackman directs the Bowman Society Lecture Series at the University of Chicago which is focused on health disparities and brings nationally and internationally recognized scholars to the University to present their work in improving the health of underrepresented minorities and reducing racial and ethnic health disparities.

Regarding racial and ethnic breast cancer health disparities, she co-wrote with colleague, Dr. Masi, a frequently cited review article (cited in 81 other articles) in 2006 on the causes and policy implications of racial and ethnic disparities in breast cancer mortality.  Subsequently, in 2007, she collaborated with Drs. Masi and Peek to publish a frequently cited systematic review of interventions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment (cited in 43 other articles).  

Dr. Blackman has also spoken more generally on the role of primary physicians in reducing cancer health disparities.


  • Blackman DJ, Masi CM.  Racial and ethnic disparities in breast cancer mortality:  Are we doing enough to address the root causes? Journal of Clinical Oncology 2006; 24(14): 2170-2178.

  • Masi CM, Blackman DJ, Peek ME.  Interventions to enhance breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment among racial and ethnic minority women.  Medical Care Research and Review 2007; 64 (5 supplement): 195S-242S.

  • Ross PT, Cené CW, Bussey-Jones J, Brown AF, Blackman D, Fernández A, Fernández L, Glick SB, Horowitz CR, Jacobs EA, Peek ME, Wilkerson L, Lypson ML.  A strategy for improving Health Disparities Education in Medicine. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2010; 25(Suppl. 2): 160-163.


Jada Bussey-JonesJada Bussey-Jones, MD, FACP

Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Grady's Primary Care Center,
Co-Director, Emory University's Urban Health Intiative
Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Bussey-Jones is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine of Emory University’s School of Medicine.  She currently serves as the Director of the Primary Care Center of Grady Memorial Hospital and the Co-Director of Emory University's Urban Health Initiative.  Dr. Bussey-Jones has nationally recognized educational expertise in the areas of minority health, disparities, as well as patient and provider education to minimize disparities.  She has developed several program initiatives addressing health promotion and disease prevention for a largely minority and underserved population in her current role as the Director of the Primary Care Center of Grady Memorial Hospital.  She has developed and directed several curricula on cultural competence, disparities, and social determinants of health for students, residents and faculty and was recognized with a 2002 Emory University Educational Innovation Award for this work.  She has also served as the program chair for the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting.  She chaired the National Disparities Education Task Force for the Society of General Internal Medicine organization and served as editor for a special issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine dedicated to disparities education.  In this role, her leadership resulted in an award winning national disparities course, web based educational modules, and two national symposia on disparities at both the Society of General Internal Medicine and at the American Association of Medical Colleges.


  • Smith WR. Betancourt JR. Wynia MK. Bussey-Jones J. Stone VE. Phillips CO. Fernandez A. Jacobs E. Bowles J. Recommendations for Teaching about Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care. Annals of Internal Medicine. 147(9): Nov 6. 2007; 654-655. PMID: 17975188

  • P Ross, C Wiley-Cene, J Bussey-Jones, A Brown, D Blackman, A Fernandez, L Fernandez, S Glick, C Horowitz, E Jacobs, M Peek, L Wilkerson, M Lypson. A Strategy for Improving Health Disparities Education in Medicine. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 25 Sup 2:160-163, May 2010. PMID: 20352512

  • C Gonzalez, J Bussey-Jones.  Disparities Education: What Do Students Want?  Journal of General Internal Medicine. 25 Sup 2:102-107, May 2010. PMID: 20352502

  • ME Peek, SC Wilson, J Bussey-Jones, M Lypson, K Cordasco, EA Jacobs, C Bright, AF Brown.  A Study of National Physician Organizations’ Efforts to Reduce Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the U.S.  Accepted, Academic Medicine November 2011. PMID: 2253459


Crystal Cene, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor,  UNC Division of General Internal Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
919-966-2276 ext 224 

Dr. Cené is an Assistant Professor in the UNC Division of General Internal Medicine. As a physician-researcher, Dr. Cené spends 75% of her time conducting health services research and 25% of her time in direct patient care. Dr.  Cené’s research centers broadly on health disparities related to cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular risk factors, particularly hypertension, diabetes, and heart failure. In her research, Dr. Cené' sometimes uses community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches to conduct health disparities research. In addition to her research, Dr. Cené is recognized nationally for her work in health disparities. She has contributed to the broader education of health professionals in her field around the issue of health disparities. She has contributed to the broader education of health professionals in her field around the issue of health disparities. She has been an active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Disparities Task Force and its Education Subcommittee. As part of these groups, she has served as a faculty member for pre-courses and workshops on how to train medical educators to teach about health disparities in clinical and community settings. She has authored manuscripts for medical educators on how to teach about health disparities through community-based activities using a service-learning or research framework and has provided guidelines for how to write manuscripts about CBPR for peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, she is the 2012-2014 co-chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Disparities Task Force.  Dr. Cené  has two parallel, but related, lines of research. She is interested in how social networks and network-based resources (e.g. social support, social capital) affect health behaviors and health outcomes for adults with chronic illnesses, particularly cardiovascular disease. She is also interested in how best to involve family members as avaluable resource in the care of patients with chronic illnesses and how family involvment in clinical care affects quality and delivery of care and contributes to more patient-centered care.


  • Cené CW, Roter DL, Carson KA, Miller ER, Cooper LA. The Effect of Patient Race and Blood Pressure Control on Patient-Physician Communication. J Gen Intern Med 2009; 24(9):1057-64  PMCID: 2726885

  • Cené CW, Peek ME, Jacobs E, Horowitz CR. Community-based Teaching about Health Disparities: Combining Education, Scholarship, and Community Service. J Gen Intern Med 2010; 25(Suppl 2):130-135. PMCID: 2847108

  • Cené C, Akers AY, Lloyd SW, Albritton T, Hammond WP, Corbie-Smith G. Social capital and HIV risk in rural African Americans, J Gen. Intern Med. July 2011: 26(7): 737-734 PMCID 3138603

  • Cené C, Loehr L, Lin F,  Powell Hammond W, Foraker RE, Rose K, Mosley K, Corbie-Smith G. Social Isolation and Incident Heart Failure: Findings from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. European Journal of Heart Failure. 2012 July; 14(7):748-753  PMCID: PMC33805


Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH

James F. Fries Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH is the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her studies have investigated the roles of patient attitudes (such as trust and acceptance of treatments), patient-physician communication and relationships, and clinician bias, in understanding healthcare disparities. She is an internationally recognized expert on the effectiveness of patient-centered interventions (e.g., physician communication skills and cultural competence training, patient shared decision-making and self-management skills training) for improving health outcomes and overcoming racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare.  These interventions have been tested in federally funded clinical trials. The author of over 100 research articles and invited speaker at more than 100 national and international conferences, Dr. Cooper has received several awards for her work in health disparities, including the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” award, election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society, and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Cooper is currently Director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Disparities, a trans-disciplinary research center which seeks to reduce cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality and to improve quality of life and experiences of healthcare for African Americans and others affected by disparities in Baltimore, Maryland. The Center uses principles of community-based participatory research to build strong ties among researchers, healthcare providers, community members, and policy-makers. It is testing comprehensive, multi-level interventions that will speed the translation of evidence-based approaches to hypertension management into clinical and public health practice. Dr. Cooper serves on the boards of several community organizations and has received awards for community partnership and advocacy. She was appointed by Governor O'Malley to the Maryland Health Care Quality and Costs Council in 2011 where she worked with policy-makers on the Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act of 2012. Dr. Cooper has testified at U.S. Congressional hearings regarding health disparities, diversity in the healthcare workforce, cultural competency training of health professionals, and funding for biomedical research. She is a devoted mentor to junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, residents, public health, nursing, and medical students.


  • Cooper-Patrick L, Gallo JJ, Gonzales JJ, Vu HT, Powe NR, Nelson C, Ford DE.  Race, Gender, and Partnership in the Patient-Physician Relationship.  JAMA 1999;282:583-589.

  • Cooper LA, Roter DL, Johnson RL, Ford DE, Steinwachs DM, Powe NR. Patient-centered communication, ratings of care, and concordance of patient and physician race. Annals of Internal Medicine 2003;139:907-915.

  • Cooper LA, Roter DL, Carson KA, Bone LR, Larson SM, Miller ER 3rd, Barr MS, Levine DM. A randomized trial to improve patient-centered care and hypertension control in underserved primary care patients. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2011; 26:1297-304.

  • Cooper LA, Roter DL, Carson KA, Beach MC, Sabin JA, Greenwald AG, Inui TS. The Associations of Clinicians’ Implicit Attitudes about Race with Medical Visit Communication and Patient Ratings of Interpersonal Care. American Journal of Public Health 2012; 102:979-987


Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc

Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith is Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is nationally recognized for her scholarly work on the practical and ethical issues regarding involvement of minorities in research.  She received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Master of Science degree in Clinical Research from Emory University.  She directs the Program on Health Disparities at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-Chapel Hill and has been a member of several national and regional committees including Institute of Medicine committees examining the ethical issues of involving minority communities and underserved groups in housing-related research and on standards for systematic reviews in comparative effective research. Her empirical work, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, has focused on the methodological, ethical, and practical issues faced by mandated inclusion of minorities in research and the need for this research to address racial disparities in health. In all of her studies, she has built multidisciplinary research teams to conduct research in conditions with health disparities. Her work on community members’ expectations and perceptions of benefits of research emphasizes the principles and expected outcomes of community-based research. She has effectively developed and conducted research across systems to address the health needs of vulnerable populations with the goal of eliminating health disparities, while providing support to pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and junior faculty trainees. She has focused on interventions to increase minority participation in clinical research and the use of engaged research methods, like community based participatory research, to work collaboratively with communities to address the issues of most concern.  
She is the Deputy Director of the NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) which serves as the academic home of the NIH Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA). She also serves as the Director of NC TraCS’ Community Academic Resources for Engaged Scholarship (CARES) core.  The CARES core engages communities, faculty, and health care providers as partners in clinical and translational research and ultimately transforms the way that academic investigators and community members work together while boosting public trust in research.


  • Corbie-Smith G, Adimora A, Youmans S, Muhammad M, Blumenthal C, Ellison A, Akers A, Council B, Thigpen Y, Wynn M, Lloyd, SW. (2011). Project GRACE: A Staged Approach to Development of a Community-Academic Partnership to Address HIV in Rural African American Communities. Health Promotion Practice; March; 12(2):293-302 PMID: 20685913  PMC ID: PMC3063323

  • Corbie-Smith G, Yaggy SD, Lyn M, Green M, Ornelas IJ, Simmons T, Perez G, Blumenthal C. (2010). Development of an Interinstitutional Collaboration to Support Community-Partnered Research Addressing the Health of Emerging Latino Populations. Academic Medicine, April: 85(4):728-735. PMID: 20354397 

  • De Marco, M., Weiner, B., Meade, S., Hadley, M., Goldmon, M., Boyd, C., Green, M., Manning, M., Godley, P., Howard, D., & Corbie-Smith, G. (2011). Assessing the readiness of Black churches to engage in health disparities research. Journal of the National Medical Association. 103(9-10): 960-7. PMC329696


Alicia Fernandez, MD

Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of California San Francisco

Dr. Fernandez is a professor of clinical medicine at UCSF and a practicing general internist at San Francisco General Hospital where she cares for ethnically diverse, low income patients with chronic disease. Dr. Fernandez received her MD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and health services research fellowship at UCSF.  Her research has focused on the health and health care disparities that impact low-income populations, with a strong focus on the role of language and cultural barriers in chronic disease care. She currently serves as member of NIH Health Services study section.  Dr. Fernandez has previously served on an AHRQ study section on health care quality and as an advisor to numerous national foundations (RWJ, Commonwealth, The California Endowment, AMA, ABIM, National Quality Forum, and California HealthCare Foundation) on health care disparities projects. She is also the health systems section editor of the Lange (2000) textbook, Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved Patients and has extensive experience mentoring junior faculty, fellows, and students in research. Dr. Fernandez’s expertise in teaching and mentoring has been recognized by election to the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and more recently through an international professorship award for humanism from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. She is the director of an NIH R25 funded research and academic career training program at UCSF; assistant director of the UCSF Pathway to Discovery in Health and Society research program; and serve as core faculty in three UCSF postdoctoral research training programs. 


  •  Fernandez A, Schillinger D, Warton EM, Adler N, Moffet HH, Schenker Y, Salgado MV, Ahmed A, Karter AJ. Language barriers, physician-patient language concordance, and glycemic control among insured Latinos with diabetes: the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Feb; 26(2):170-6.

  • Fernandez A, Seligman HK, Quan J, Stern RJ, Jacobs EA. Associations between Aspects of Culturally Competent Care and Clinical Outcomes among Patients with Diabetes. Medical Care. 50():S74-S79, September 2012. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e3182641110

  • Schenker Y, Wang F, Selig S, Ng R, Fernandez A. The Impact of Language Barriers on Documentation of Informed Consent at a Hospital with On-Site Interpreter Services. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2007, 22, 294-299. PMID: 17957414

  • Bibbins-Domingo K., Fernandez A. BiDil for heart failure in black patients: implications of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. Annals of Internal Medicine 2007 146(1) 52-6. PMID: 17200222


Susan Glick, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago

Dr. Glick is a general internist with an interest in complex, undifferentiated medical illness.  Her practice emphasizes patient-centered care and the coordination of care across the full range of medical and surgical specialties.
For over 15 years, the focus of Dr. Glick’s academic work has been the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to improve the ability of physicians and future physicians to care for patients, especially in low resource settings.  Dr. Glick has published this work and presented it nationally at the Association of American Medical Colleges annual meeting, the Society of General Internal Medicine annual meeting, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine annual meeting, the Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations national conference, and others.  In the course of performing this work, Dr. Glick found that in order to determine which of the many and often discordant evidence-based strategies physicians should translate to the clinical and education settings, comparative effectiveness research is essential.  As a result, for the past three years, she has also conducted comparative effectiveness research. 


  • Glick SB.  Domestic Violence: Simulated Patient Case. MedEdPORTAL; 2007.  Available from:

  • Glick SB, Buchanan D, Rohr L and Kehoe LG.  Homeless Health Care Simulated Patient Case.  MedEdPORTAL; 2007.  Available from:

  • Glick SB, Fernandez L, Irby DM, Harleman E, Fernandez A.  Teaching About Health Care Disparities in the Clinical Setting.  Journal of General Internal Medicine.  2010; 25 (Suppl 2): 95-101.  PMCID: PMC2847100.Glick SB, Clarke AR, Blanchard A, Whitaker A.  Interventions that Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cervical Cancer: A Systematic Review.  Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2012; 27: 1016-1032.


Arthur Gomez, MD

Professor of Clinical Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
818-891-7711 ext 5129

Dr. Gomez is the Cultural Competency Curriculum Coordinator for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  His efforts have been funded via two separate grants; one supports the UCLA/Charles R. Drew Center of Excellence for Minority Medical Education. This center was funded by a three-year federal grant to explore ways to improve upon minority health through research and physicians-in-training education.  The grant was also designated to support the Center’s efforts to increase the number of minority physicians in clinical or academic careers by targeting students at every level of training from high school, undergraduate and medical school, to residency and beyond.  Dr. Gomez was principal investigator for a second grant  “Linking Health Disparities Research to Medical Education” HL079240-05(HL04-012) which was NIH funded. The overall goal of the project was to significantly enhance the ability of physicians and physicians in training to address the health care needs of a complex ethnic/racial patient population in a culturally sensitive manner by developing, implementing, and evaluating a cultural competency curriculum.  Under the mentorship of Drs. LuAnn Wilkerson and Vickie Mays, Dr. Arleen Brown, the co principal investigator, and Dr. Gomez completed over 40 hours of curricular elements and developed evaluation protocols.  They have evaluated educational tools to reduce health disparities and have  presented  findings at societal meetings and in the form of manuscripts.   Dr. Gomez has also developed a primary care track for the Cedars-Sinai VA Greater Los Angeles Residency program Focusing on teaching on the PCMH. He has also served on the PCMH faculty development committee for SGIM.


  • Thompson BM, Haidet P, Casanova R, Vivo R, Gomez AG, Brown AF, Richter RA, MA5, Crandall SJ, Medical Students’ Perceptions of Their Teachers’ and Their Own Cultural Competency: Implications for Education. Journal of General Internal Medicine:  25, ( 2): 115-118, 2010. 

  • Lie D, Lee-Ray E, Gomez AG, Bereknyei S, Braddock C. Does Cultural Competency Training of Health Professionals Improve Patient Outcomes? A Systematic Review and Proposed Algorithm for Future Research Journal of General Internal Medicine 26, (3): 317-325

  • Fung C. Richter Lagha R. Henderson P. Gomez AG. Working with interpreters: how student behavior affects quality of patient interaction when using interpreters. Med Educ Online 2010; 15:5151.doi: 10.3402/meo.v15i0.5151.



Cristina Gonzalez, MD, MEd

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

 Cristina M. Gonzalez, M.D., M.Ed. completed her medical education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and her internal medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical Center.   Upon completing residency, she returned to Einstein in 2007 as a Teaching Hospitalist and a Clinical Instructor.  She became active on the teaching service with medical students and residents, where her interests in health disparities and education were piqued.  This inspired her to develop a health disparities elective for first year medical students in 2009, which has now been successfully run for four years.  These initial forays into medical education led her to seek formal training in medical education research methods.  In 2010 she became an Assistant Professor of Medicine.  That same year she was awarded a Faculty Development Fellowship through Einstein’s Hispanic Center of Excellence, through which she earned a Master’s Degree in Medical Education in August of 2012.   Her training in education was further enhanced when selected to become a Facilitator in the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers.
Dr. Gonzalez’s research interests focus on health disparities education, specifically in the recognition and management of implicit bias in the clinical encounter.  She has given several lectures and presentations at national meetings on physician implicit bias and its potential effect on the clinical encounter.  In 2011 her leadership was recognized nationally through the Unified Leadership Training in Diversity Award from the Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine.  An active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine, Dr. Gonzalez has contributed to the efforts of the Disparities Task Force and has served as Chair of Minorities in Medicine since 2010.  In 2011 she was named the Associate Director of the Institute of Community and Collaborative Health at Einstein, in recognition of her dedication to minority health and diversity enhancement in academic medicine.  Most recently, she selected as a Scholar in the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  This four-year award will enable her to continue to pursue her research in implicit bias recognition and management in the clinical encounter.


  • “Career Development for Careers in Health Disparities Education and Research.”  Precourse at Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting.

  • Gonzalez CM, Bussey-Jones J.  Health disparities education: what do students want? Journal of General Internal Medicine 2010;25 Suppl 2:S102-107.

  • Gonzalez CM and Marantz PR.  “Implicit bias and its relation to health disparities: a survey of medical students.”  JGIM 2011;26(Supplement 1):S262

  • Gonzalez CM and Fox AD. “Health Disparities: Awareness to Action.” JGIM 2011;26(Supplement 1):S559



Carol Horowitz, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Carol Horowitz is a practicing general internist at Mount Sinai, who conducts health disparities and community-based participatory research related to chronic disease prevention and control, She is funded by the NIH and CDC, leads Sinai CTA's Community Engagement and Research, and co-leads their Center for Health Equity and Community Engaged Research. She received her MD from Cornell and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington. 




  • Parikh P, Simon EP, Fei K, Looker H, Goytia C, Horowitz CR. Results of a pilot diabetes prevention intervention in East Harlem, New York City: Project HEED.Am J Public Health. 2010:232-239.

  • Horowitz CR, Brenner BL, Lachapelle S, Amara DA, Arniella G.. Effective recruitment of minority populations through community-led strategies. Am J Prev Med. 2009;;37:195-200.

  • Kronish IM, Edmondson D, Goldfinger JZ, Fei K, Horowitz CR. Posttraumatic stress disorder and adherence to medications in survivors of strokes and transient ischemic attacks. Stroke. 2012;43:2192-7. 

  • Horowitz CR, Robinson M, Seifer S. Community-based participatory research from the margin to the mainstream: are researchers prepared?

  • Circulation. 2009:119;33-42. 


E. JacOBSElizabeth Jacobs, MD, MAPP, FACP


Associate Vice Chair for Health Services Ressarch; 
Associate Professor of Medicine and Population Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Elizabeth A. Jacobs, M.D., M.A.P.P., F.A.C.P. is Associate Professor of Medicine and Population Health Sciences and Vice Chair for Health Services Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She attended medical school at the University of California at San Francisco and trained as a general internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship and a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Chicago. 
After struggling to care for limited English-speaking patients during medical school and residency, she decided to pursue a research career investigating minority disparities in health care.  Dr. Jacobs’ research interests include access to, and cultural specificity of, medical care delivered to minority patients, the impact of interpreter service interventions on the cost and quality of healthcare, health literacy and numeracy, and the role that trust in health care plays in racial/ethnic disparities in health care. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment, The Russell Sage Foundation and the Office of Minority Health.  
She is recognized as an expert on the provision of linguistically accessible and culturally competent care and has served on Office of Minority Health, Joint Commission, National Quality Forum, and AHRQ expert panels. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and has authored three book chapters. In addition, she works with other investigators to design culturally specific research, and teaches residents and medical students about practicing culturally sensitive medicine. 


  • Jacobs EA, Mendenhall E, McAlearney AS, Rolle I, Whitaker EE, Warnecke R, Ferrans CE. An exploratory study of how trust in health care institutions varies across African American, Hispanic and white populations. Commun Med. 2011;8(1):89-98.

  • Jacobs EA, Leos GS, Rathouz PJ, Fu P, Jr. Shared Networks Of Interpreter Services, At Relatively Low Cost, Can Help Providers Serve Patients With Limited English Skills. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011;30(10):1930-1938.  

  • Seligman HK, Fernandez A, Stern RJ, Weech-Maldonado R, Quan J, Jacobs EA. Risk factors for reporting poor cultural competency among patients with diabetes in safety net clinics. Med Care. 2012;50(9 Suppl 2):S56-61.


Judith Long, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Judith A. Long, MD is an experienced researcher in the areas of social determinants of health, health disparities, and Diabetes Mellitus. Dr. Long is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (SOM), the Director of the Penn SOM Masters of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP), the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Penn NRSA Generalist Research Training Grant, Associate Director of the Penn Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (RWJ CSP) and a past Co-Chair of the Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Disparities Task Force. Dr. Long trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholarship at Yale. Her research focusses on interventions to reduce disparities in health. She has extensive experience directing clinical research trials focusing on diabetes. She recently completed a VA based randomized controlled trial (RCT) of peer mentoring and financial incentives for adults with poorly controlled Type 2 Diabetes. Currently she is the PI for a similar NIDDK-funded clinical RCT which is being implemented in a non-VA low-income minority population and a VA Patient Aligned Care Team Demo Lab funded project evaluating if former mentees can be trained to be effective mentors for diabetic veterans. Other recently completed research includes an evaluation of care for patients with both diabetes and serious mental illness.


  • Long JA, Jahnle EC, Richardson DM, Loewenstein G, Volpp KG.: Peer mentoring and financial incentive to improve glucose control in African American Veterans: A randomized controlled trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012 156(6):416-424.

  • Shacter HE, Shea JA, Akhabue E, Sablinia N, Long JA: A qualitative evaluation of racial disparities in glucose control. Ethnicity and Disease 2009;19(2):121-127

  • Long JA, Chang VW, Ibrahim SA, Asch DA. Update in health equity and health disparities. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2004 141:805-812. 

  • Long JA, Helweg-LArsen M, Volpp KG: Patient opinions regarding 'pay for performance for patients'. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2008;23(10): 1525-1497.

  • Long JA, Field S, Armstrong K, Chang VW, Metlay JP: Social capitol and glucose control. Journal of Community Health 2010:35;519-526.


Monica Lypson, MD, MHPE

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine & 
Medical Education and Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education 
University of Michigan Medical School

Monica L. Lypson, MD, MHPE is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Education, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS), Faculty Director for the UMHS Standardized Patient Program and communication skills and has served as the Interim Associate Dean for Diversity and Career Development. Dr. Lypson also practices as a board-certified internist at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.  Her work on trainee assessment, sociocultural issues in medicine, leadership and the under-representation of minorities in academics has resulted in over 40 peer-reviewed publications in several of the top-tier medical education journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine and the internationally-based Medical Education and countless invited talks both nationally and internationally.  In her role as Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, she has been a pioneer in post-graduate assessment leading one of the first OSCEs for incoming interns in the nation.  Dr. Lypson has also served on the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), Executive Board and National Council and the Global Abstract Section Chair, and Precourse Review and Health Disparities/Vulnerable Populations Committees.  She represents the SGIM on the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) Internal Medicine Education Redesign Advisory Board and serves on the American Hospital Association Regional Board where she represents the interest of the University of Michigan and physicians at large.  She was elected as the Member-At-Large of the NBME and served on the Integrated Case Development Task Force and Finance Committee and represents the GRA as the group’s national Chair-elect.  She previously held a seat on the AAMC Feedback on Performance of Recent Medical Graduates Work Group, and currently sits on the AAMC Medical Academic Performance Services (MedAPS) Advisory Board, which illustrates her national reputation and involvement on medical education and assessment.  In recognition of her numerous scholarly contributions to GME, Dr. Lypson was appointed as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education and the Co-Editor of the Rip-Out Section, which is dedicated to providing readers with information to facilitate their ongoing development as educators in graduate medical education.


  • Lypson ML, Frohna JG, Gruppen L, Woolliscroft JO, “Assessing Resident Competencies at Baseline: Identifying the Gap.” Academic Medicine 2004;79(6):564-70. 

  • Lypson ML, Ross PT, Hamstra SJ, Haftel HM, Gruppen LD, Coletti LM.  “Evidence for Increasing Diversity in Graduate Medical Education: The Competence of Underrepresented Minority Residents Measured by an Intern Objective Structured clinical Examination.”  Journal of Graduate Medical Education Sep 2010;2(3):354-359.

  • Patel MS, Davis MM, Lypson ML. Advancing Medical Education by Teaching Health Policy.  New England Journal of Medicine, Feb 2011;364(8):695-697.

  • Patel MS, Davis MM, Lypson, ML.  The VALUE Framework: Training Residents to Provide Value-Based Care for their Patients. Journal of General Internal Medicine. May 2012; 27(9):1210-1214.


Matthew O'Brien, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health
Temple University

Dr. O’Brien is a general internist who completed medical school at Brown University in 2004, residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program in 2010.  Dr. O’Brien is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Temple University. In addition, he is a founder and Medical Director of Puentes de Salud (, an immigrant health center that provides diverse clinical services and a wide range of community-based educational programs to a rapidly growing Latino immigrant population in Philadelphia. Dr. O’Brien’s research focuses on community-based models for reducing health disparities in Latinos, including community health workers (promotoras).


  • O'Brien M, et al. Role development of community health workers: an examination of selection and training processes in the intervention literature. Am J Prev Med 2009; 37(6S1):S262-S269.

  • O'Brien M, et al. Community health worker intervention to decrease cervical cancer disparities in Hispanic women. JGIM 2010; 25(11):1186-1192.

  • O'Brien M and Whitaker RC. The role of community-based participatory research to inform local health policy: A case study. JGIM 2011; 26(12):1498-1501.

  • O'Brien M et al. Diabetes-related behaviors in Latinas and non-Latinas in California. Diabetes Care 2012, in press.


Ana Palacio, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
University of Miami

Dr. Palacio graduated from Medical school in Ecuador, completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Miami (UM) and a general medicine fellowship and Masters in Public Health at John Hopkins University. She is currently associate professor at the UM.  She has three major areas of interest: 1. Use of claims data to conduct comparative effectiveness analyses or to identify populations at risk that can be included in clinical trials. Through a collaboration with a large health benefits company, she developed an algorithm to identify from claims data, individual minority subjects with specific clinical conditions, risk factors or with poor, medication adherence that can be contacted for recruitment into clinical trials. This methodology was validated and then used in two RCT that recruited black and Hispanic subjects taking either antiplatelet medications or statins. The algorithm has a PPV of 93%.2. Interventions to improve medication adherence in minority populationsShe has conducted two RCTs that compare phone based motivational interviewing  to either a role play DVD or mailed information. One of the trials is completed and showed significant improvements on adherence to antiplatelet medications post coronary stent. She also is evaluating a practice based intervention that allows physicians to deliver medications at the point of care and at the time of the clinical encounter eliminating the need to go to retail pharmacies and reducing co-payments.3. In education, Dr. Palacio is interested in developing innovative strategies to teach research methodologies to residents and junior faculty. She is the co-Director of a curriculum that integrates web-based learning with a multidisciplinary team of mentors that conduct small group sessions or one to one mentoring. In a 3 year period, this curriculum increased from 20% to 70%, the proportion of third year residents that presented at national meetings or published in peer reviewed journals. As part of these efforts, she is co-investigator in a grant that attempts to use these resources and infrastructure to increase the number of projects in health disparities in cardiovascular care.


  • Palacio AM, Tamariz LJ, Uribe C, Li H, Salkeld EJ,  Hazel-Fernandez L,  Carrasquillo O.  Can Claims-Based Data Be Used to Recruit Black and Hispanic Subjects into Clinical Trials? Health Services Research. 2011.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01316.x

  • Tamariz L, Mauricio Robert, Palacio AM, Erin Marcus Improving the Informed Consent Process for Research Subjects with Low Literacy: A Systematic Review. JGIM. 2012

  • Palacio AM, Symes Stephen, Moore Mary, Campbell Deidre, Leonardo Tamariz. Predictors of scholarly success among internal medicine residents. American Journal of Medicine. Accepted for publication for 01/2013 issue. Reference: AJM11830

Monica Peek, MD, MPH, FACP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
The University of Chicago

Dr. Monica Peek is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago where she provides clinical care, teaches and does health services research in the area of health disparities. Dr. Peek is currently the Co-Chair of the Disparities Task Force (DTF) for the Society of General Internal Medicine and led the DTF’s national study of organized medicine’s efforts to reduce health disparities that was published in Academic Medicine in 2012. She is the Associate Director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, where she heads the Health Disparities and Community-Based Participatory Research Core. As a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) program office Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, Dr. Peek is the led the systematic review of health care interventions to reduce disparities in diabetes care and outcomes. She has been funded by RWJF and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to explore racial differences in patient/provider communication and to pilot patient-empowerment interventions to enhance such communication among racial/ethnic minorities with diabetes. She is an inaugural faculty fellow of the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, whose goal is to promote positive patient/physician relationships. Dr. Peek is the Principal Investigator of grants from the Merck Company Foundation and NIH/NIDDK to improve diabetes care and outcomes among residents on the South Side of Chicago, a predominantly African-American working class community with significant disparities in diabetes health outcomes such as lower extremity amputations. Dr. Peek was part of the NIDDK strategic planning committee whose 2010 report ‘Advances and Emerging Opportunities in Diabetes Research’ set forth the diabetes research agenda for the next 5-10 years.


  • Cené CW, Peek ME, Jacobs E, Horowitz, CR. Community-based Teaching about Health Disparities: Combining Education, Scholarship, and Community Service. J Gen Intern Med. 2010; 25(S2):130–5. PMID: 20352507.

  • Peek ME, Odoms-Young A, Quinn MT, Gorawara-Bhat R, Wilson SC, Chin MH. Race and Shared Decision-Making: Perspectives of African-American Patients with Diabetes. Soc Sci Med. 2010;71:1-9. PMID: 20409625.

  • Peek ME, Chin MH, Tang H, Baker D, Wagner J. Self-reported racial discrimination in healthcare and diabetes outcomes. Med Care. 2011;49(7):618-25.

  • Peek ME, Wilkes AE, Roberson T, Goddu A, Nocon R, Tang H, Quinn MT, Bordenave K, Huang E, Chin MH. Early lessons from an initiative on Chicago’s South Side to reduce disparities in diabetes care and outcomes. Health Aff. 2012;31(1):177-186. 

  • Peek ME, Wilson SC, Bussey-Jones J, Lypson ML, Cordasco K, Jacobs EA, Bright C, Brown AF. A Study of National Physician Organizations’ Efforts to Reduce Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the U.S. Acad Med. 2012;87(6):694-700. 

  • Peek ME, Kim K, Johnson J, Vela M. URM candidates are encouraged to apply': A national study of U.S. medical schools to identify effective strategies to enhance racial/ethnic diversity in academic medicine. Acad Med. 2013; 88(3):405-12.


Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD

Professor of Medicine
University of California San Francisco

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D. is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.  His research is on health and health care disparities by race and ethnicity emphasizing on minority aging, cancer prevention and cigarette smoking cessation among diverse populations.  Dr. Pérez-Stable has been Principal or Co-Principal Investigator of seven National Cancer Institute grants focused on cancer control studies in Latino populations. The NCI-funded Programa Latino Para Dejar de Fumar was a community-based intervention promoting smoking cessation in San Francisco Latinos and developed a self-help manual that has been printed four times and distributed to over 3 million persons.  The Guia was adapted for the web and has been used in randomized studies with over 30,000 participants in the past 12 years.  He continues this leadership role through Redes En Accion, a Community Network Program focused on Latinos with the renewal for a third cycle.  In Redes he is responsible for training and mentoring of the Latino scholars.Within UCSF, Dr. Pérez-Stable co-founded and is Director (since 2005) of the Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations (MERC) which was established in 1993 and houses investigators from different disciplines addressing health and health care disparities among diverse populations. He is also Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine that facilitates leveraging resources for new investigators and identifies minority researchers in need of support and mentorship.  In 1997, he was awarded a P30 Resource Center for Minority Aging grant from NIA that was competitively renewed in 2002, 2007 and 2012. Dr. Pérez-Stable has brought together faculty from the four Schools at UCSF in a collaborative environment with the integration of social and behavioral scientists and clinical and population scientists providing a mentoring framework for funded scholars. In his leadership role, Dr. Pérez-Stable remains Assistant Director for Health Care Disparities within the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and participates in the Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) within the Community Engagement and Policy Program.  Dr. Pérez-Stable has mentored over 65 diverse investigators from different disciplines focused on health disparities research.


  • Wong ST, Pérez-Stable EJ, Kim SE, Gregorich S, Sawaya GF, Walsh JME, Washington AE, Kaplan CP. Using Visual Displays to Communicate Risk of Cancer to Diverse Women. Patient Education and Counseling 2012 Jun;87(3):327-35Jan 11 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Ahlt C, Walter LC, Yourman L, Eng C, Pérez-Stable EJ, Smith AK.  Knowing is better: Preferences of Diverse Older Adults for Discussing Prognosis. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2012 May;27(5):568-75. doi: 10.1007/s11606-011-1933-0. Nov 30. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Alderete E, Monteban M, Gregorich SE, Kaplan CP, Mejia R, Pérez-Stable EJ. Smoking and exposure to racial insults among multiethnic youth in Jujuy, Argentina. Cancer Causes and Control 2012 Mar; 23 Suppl 1:37-44.

  • Walsh JME, Kim SE, Sawaya GF, Kaplan CP, Wong ST, Gregorich SE, Pérez-Stable EJ. Colorectal cancer screening: What do women from diverse ethnic groups want? Journal of General Internal Medicine 2012 Sep 12. [Epub ahead of print].


Somnath Saha, MD, MPH

Oregon Health & Science University/Portland VA Medical Center

Somnath Saha, MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), primary care physician at the Portland VA Medical Center, and core investigator in the Portland VA’s health services research center. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University and received his medical degree and post-graduate training in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Washington, where he obtained a masters degree in public health. Dr. Saha’s research focuses on the influence of race and ethnicity in the doctor-patient relationship, its relation to racial disparities in the quality of health care, and its implications for diversity in the health care workforce. This work involves both quantitative and qualitative research methods and spans a variety of topics including racial bias, language and cultural barriers, analysis of doctor-patient communication, health literacy, and patient-centered care. He is also a member of the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, where he has conducted technology assessments and syntheses of evidence on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of clinical services. He currently serves as Chair of the Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission, a group charged with prioritizing health services, developing evidence-based guidelines, and guiding coverage policy for Oregon’s public insurance programs. 


  • Saha S, Guiton G, Wimmers PF, Wilkerson L. Student body racial/ethnic composition and diversity-related outcomes in U.S. medical schools. JAMA 2008;300(10):1135-45.

  • Saha S, Beach MC, Cooper LA. Patient-centeredness and cultural competence: their relationship and role in healthcare quality. J Nat Med Assoc 2008;100(11):1275-85.

  • Saha S, Sanders DS, Korthuis PT, Cohn JA, Sharp VL, Haidet P, Moore RD, Beach MC. The role of cultural distance between patient and provider in explaining racial/ethnic disparities in HIV care. Patient Educ Couns 2011;85(3):e278-84.

  • Burgess D, van Ryn M, Dovidio J, Saha S. Reducing racial bias among healthcare providers: lessons from social-cognitive psychology. J Gen Intern Med 2007;22(6):882-7.


Wally Smith, MD

Professor of Medicine, Scientific Director, Center on Health Disparities
Virginia Commonwealth University

 Wally R. Smith, MD is a general internist, health services researcher, and a national authority on health disparities, quality improvement, and pain in sickle cell disease.  He is Vice-Chair for Research in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Professor of Medicine, and Scientific Director of the VCU Center on Health Disparities at Virginia Commonwealth University, which hosts an NIMHD Center of Excellence in Health Disparities, and conducts funded research and training programs under NHLBI, NCI, NIDDK, and the American Cancer Society.  
He is past Secretary of the Society of General Internal Medicine.  He is the first African-American Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines.  He is a member of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, newly organized by DHHS. He has published over 90 manuscripts, obtained nearly 50 externally funded grants, and mentored many minority researchers to independent funding.


  • Smith WR Evidence for the effectiveness of techniques to change physician behavior. Chest. 2000 Aug;118(2 Suppl):8S-17S.

  • Smith WR, Betancourt JR,Wynia MK, Bussey-Jones J, Stone VE, Phillips CO, Fernandez A, Jacobs E, Bowles J. Recommendations for teaching about racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care. Ann Intern Med. 2007 Nov 6;147(9):654-65.

  • Smith WR, McClish DK, Penberthy LT, Bovbjerg VE, Dahman BA, Roberts JD, Aisiku IP, Levenson JL, Roseff SD.  Daily assessment of pain in adults with sickle cell disease. Ann Intern Med 2008 Jan 15, 148(2):94-101.

  • Smith WR, Ballas SK, McCarthy WF, Bauserman RL, Swerdlow PS, Steinberg MH, Waclawiw MA; Investigators of the Multicenter Study of Hydroxyurea in Sickle Cell Anemia. The association between hydroxyurea treatment and pain intensity, analgesic use, and utilization in ambulatory sickle cell anemia patients. Pain Med. 2011 May;12(5):697-705. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2011.01096.x. Epub 2011 Apr 11. PubMed PMID: 21481164.


Quratulain Syed, MD


Cleveland Clinic

Quratulain Syed, MD is a staff physician in the Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She is certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include disparities in primary care of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, hazards of hospitalization in older adults, delirium, frailty and polypharmacy. Dr. Syed received her medical degree from the Dow Medical College in Pakistan. She completed her internal medicine residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center, NY and completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Syed is actively involved in the education and training of Internal Medicine residents and Geriatric Medicine fellows at Cleveland Clinic. She coordinates rotations in Geriatric Medicine for Internal Medicine residents at Cleveland Clinic. 


  • “Inpatient Geriatrics Consultation” Grand rounds in Department of Geriatrics, Edward Hines VA Hospital, Hines, IL: 01/2010

  • “Evaluating decision making capacity in older adults” at Geriatric Resource Nurse Meeting at Cleveland Clinic: 10/2012

  • Faculty development workshop at The 23rd Annual Statewide Geriatric Medicine Conference 2012, Cambridge, Ohio: 10/13/2012

Shin-Ping Tu, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
University of Washington

Shin-Ping Tu, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington. She received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and completed her masters in public health degree and GIM fellowship at the University of Washington.Dr. Tu provides medical care to patients at Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle metropolitan area’s county hospital. A significant proportion of her patients are Asian, African, and Latino immigrants with limited English proficiency.Dr, Tu's research encompass early detection of cancer, emergency preparedness cardiovascular health, tobacco control, and cross cultural care of limited English proficient patients. In addition she is also interested in the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions to minorities and systems of health care delivery.


  • Tu SP, Taylor V, Yasui Y, Chun A, Yip MP, Acorda E, Li L, Bastani R. Promoting culturally appropriate colorectal cancer screening through a health educator: a randomized controlled trial. Cancer 2006; 107(5): 959-966.

  • Tu SP, Yip M, Chun A, Choe J, Bastani R, Taylor V. Development of intervention materials for limited English speaking individuals: Lessons learned from colorectal cancer screening in Chinese Americans. Medical Care 2008, 46(9 Suppl 1):S51-61.

  • Emmons K, Weiner B, Fernandez M, Tu SP. Systems Antecedents for Dissemination and Implementation: A Review and Analysis of Measures. Health Educ Behav 2012; 39(1):87-105.

  • Tu SP, Feng S, Storch R, Yip M, Sohng H, Gu M, Chun A. Applying Systems Engineering to Implement an Evidence-based Intervention at a Community Health Center. J Health Care Poor and Underserved 2012; 23:1399–1409.


Monica Vela, MD

Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Dr. Vela is a graduate of the Pritzker School of Medicine and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Vela also serves as the Associate Vice-Chairman for Diversity for the Department of Medicine, and as Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs in the Pritzker School of Medicine.  She is the Director of the Health Disparities Course at the Pritzker School of Medicine and the co-Director of the Clnical Skills coursework for first year medical schools.
In all her roles, the main foci of Dr. Vela’s career has been on 1)the recruitment, support and advancement of minorities in medicine at all levels (from promising high school students, through faculty and leadership roles) and 2) the active engagement and education of faculty and students in reducing health disparities for underserved populations.


  • Vela, M., Kim, K., Tang, H. Chin, M. 'Innovative Health Care Disparities Curriculum for Incoming Medical Students' Journal of General Internal Medicine, Medical Education 2008 Jul;23(7):1028-32.PMID: 18612738

  • Overcoming Ethnic Health Disparities: Improving the Diagnosis and Management of Hypertension, Diabetes and their Complications. Association of Black Cardiologists Self Assessment Program. Edition 1. 2008 Program Faculty

  • Vela, M., Kim K, Tang H., Chin M.  Improving Under-Represented Minority Medical Student Recruitment with Health Disparities Curriculum’ Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2010 May;25 Suppl 2:S82-5.PMID: 20352498

  • Press VG, Pincavage AT, Pappalardo AA, Baker DC, Conwell WC, Cohen JC, Hoyte FL, Johnson ME, Prochaska MV, Vela MB, Arora VM. The Chicago Breath Prject: A Regional Approach to Improving Education on Asthma Inhalers for Resident Physicians and Minority Patients. J Natl Med Assoc. 2010 Jul; 102(7): 548-55.

  • Narula N, Raffel K, Fromme B, Vela M. Medical Students and Preventative Health: A Nutrition Program for Community Middle School Students. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from:

  • Peek M, Johnson J, Kim K, Vela, M. URM Candidates Are Encouraged to Apply: A National Study to Identify Effective Strategies to Enhance Racial/Ethnic Faculty Diversity in Academic Departments of Medicine. Academic Medicine 2012 October 

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH

Director, Institute for Ethics and Center for Patient Safety
American Medical Association

Dr. Wynia is an internist and specialist in infectious diseases.  He directs both the Institute for Ethics and the Center for Patient Safety for the American Medical Association.  In these roles he oversees a wide range of research, education and outreach projects, on topics including: inequities in health and health care; learning from medical errors; physician professionalism; ethics and epidemics; medicine and the Holocaust; and how demographics and technology are changing medical practice.  Dr. Wynia is the author of more than 125 published articles, book chapters and reports and a book on fairness in health care benefit design. He led the development and validation of the AMA's Communication-Climate Assessment Toolkit (C-CAT), which contains 7 of the 12 NQF-endorsed measures for disparities and cultural competence in health care organizations.  His work has been published in JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs and other leading medical and ethics journals.  He is contributing editor for bioethics and public health at the American Journal of Bioethics.  He has been a guest on ABC News Nightline, the BBC World Service, NPR, and other programs.  In addition to his work at the AMA, Dr. Wynia is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), and has chaired the Ethics Forum of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Ethics Committee of the Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM).  He cares for patients at the University of Chicago Hospital, where he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases.


  • Baker RB, Washington HA, Olakanmi O, Savitt TL, Jacobs EA, Hoover E, Wynia MK. African American physicians and organized medicine, 1846-1968: origins of a racial divide. JAMA 2008; 300(3):306-313.

  • Wynia MK, Johnson M, McCoy TP, Passmore Griffin L, Os

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