Diversity

Diversity Council

By placing focused emphasis on inclusion, diversity and respect, the Diversity Council at IU School of Medicine is enhancing the cultural competence of the medical school community and fostering the accomplishment of the school’s tripartite mission through programming in the areas of recruitment, retention and community service. The council seeks to encourage, enable and empower all members of the IU School of Medicine community to positively contribute to and benefit from a diverse learning and working environment.

The Diversity Council is composed of a broad representation of selected volunteers committed to a comprehensive concept of diversity. These individuals can bring experience, expertise and insights to bear on schoolwide diversity initiatives. Members serve on a year-to-year basis depending upon their level of interest, attendance and participation.

Structure

The leadership of the council consists of two appointed volunteer faculty co-chairs. The Associate Dean of Diversity Affairs serves as an ex-officio member and, as liaison between the Diversity Council and IU School of Medicine leadership, provides support and guidance as necessary and strategic and institutional updates to the Council.

Council Co-Chairs

Sylk M. Sotto, EdD,  MBA,  MS

Sylk M. Sotto, EdD, MBA, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Committee Members

Gustavo A. Arrizabalaga, PhD

Gustavo A. Arrizabalaga, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Khalid Azzam, MD

Khalid Azzam, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
James A. Ballard, EdD

James A. Ballard, EdD

Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Ambar Banerjee, MD

Ambar Banerjee, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Tara Benjamin, MD

Tara Benjamin, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
Melissa Cavaghan, MD

Melissa Cavaghan, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Lana Dbeibo, MD

Lana Dbeibo, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Hardeep K. Dhadha, MBBS

Hardeep K. Dhadha, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesia
Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD,  MPH,  MS

Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS

Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs
Burcin Ekser, MD, PhD

Burcin Ekser, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Erin D. Foster, MLS,  BA

Erin D. Foster, MLS, BA

Assistant Librarian, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
Sara J. Grethlein, MD,  BS

Sara J. Grethlein, MD, BS

Professor of Clinical Medicine
Antwione M. Haywood, PhD

Antwione M. Haywood, PhD

Academic Specialist, Office of Medical Student Education
Adam B. Hill, MD

Adam B. Hill, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Matthew Holley, PhD

Matthew Holley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Kellie N. Kaneshiro, AMLS,  BS

Kellie N. Kaneshiro, AMLS, BS

Librarian, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
Matthew J. Kuhar, MD

Matthew J. Kuhar, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Chen Lin, PhD

Chen Lin, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences
Emily P. Machogu, MD

Emily P. Machogu, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Sandra A. McCabe, MD

Sandra A. McCabe, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Urology
Paul L. Porter, MA,  PhD

Paul L. Porter, MA, PhD

Academic Specialist: Program and Evaluation Director, Office of Diversity Affairs
Theresa M. Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD,  FACP

Theresa M. Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP

Barbara F. Kampen Scholar in Women's Health
Zeynep N. Salih, MD,  MA,  FAAP

Zeynep N. Salih, MD, MA, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Javier F. Sevilla-Martir, MD

Javier F. Sevilla-Martir, MD

Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs
Clark J. Simons, MD

Clark J. Simons, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Sarah M. Stelzner, MD

Sarah M. Stelzner, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Robert D. Sweazey, PhD

Robert D. Sweazey, PhD

Assistant Director, IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne
Alvaro J. Tori, MD

Alvaro J. Tori, MD

Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs
Sternlate Tshililiwa, MD

Sternlate Tshililiwa, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Elizabeth C. Whipple, MLS

Elizabeth C. Whipple, MLS

Associate Librarian, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
Yu-Chien Wu, MD, PhD

Yu-Chien Wu, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences
Michele T. Yip-Schneider, PhD

Michele T. Yip-Schneider, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Surgery

Ex Officio Members

Mary Guerriero Austrom, PhD

Mary Guerriero Austrom, PhD

Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs
Mary E. Dankoski, PhD

Mary E. Dankoski, PhD

Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development

Additional Council Members

Vicki Bonds is also a member of the IU School of Medicine Diversity Council.