• Bernard L. Lopez, MD, MS

    Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Engagement

    Thomas Jefferson University

    Bernard L. Lopez, MD, MS, is Professor and Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College in 1986. He completed a residency training program in Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1989. Since 2013, Dr. Lopez has served as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Engagement in the medical school, providing oversight of diversity and inclusion initiatives for faculty, graduate medical education and medical students. In January 2017, he added the title of Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Thomas Jefferson University, providing oversight and guidance for the ten colleges that make up the university.

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    Jeffrey P. Druck, MD

    Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; Co-Director Office of Professional Excellence

    University of Colorado School of Medicine

    "I am a professor, co-director of the Office of Professional Excellence, and assistant dean for the Office of Student Affairs in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

    It has been my privilege to be involved with SAEM over the past 15 years, initially serving with the SAEM Program Committee, assisting with the planning of the 2005-2009 annual meetings. I subsequently served on the SAEM Graduate Medical Education Committee, Faculty Development Committee, Awards Committee, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce, and Consultation Services Committee. However, my largest contribution with SAEM has been within the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM), which I have been a part of for the past seven years, serving initially as secretary/treasurer, and subsequently as president-elect, president, and this year as past president.

    SAEM has been an augmenting element to my emergency medicine training, which began with medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, followed by residency at the Denver Health Residency Program in Emergency Medicine. Following residency, I became faculty at Emory University before returning two years later to Denver, where I spent several years as associate residency director before moving to my current position as student affairs dean and codirector for the Office of Professional Excellence in the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

    The past two years have been difficult. From COVID, to the election, to societal upheaval over racial discrimination, this year has been eye opening in terms of where our institutions stand around critical issues that affect our profession, our standing, and our communities. SAEM has been a leader in showing the way towards moral, ethical, and scientific standards for medicine in general. However, these challenges will continue, and we need strong leadership to continue this focus. During my time as president of ADIEM, I have had the difficult experience of dealing with a zoom bombing event during the national SAEM Annual Meeting, assisted members with dealing with systemic racism, discussed the killings of African Americans in U.S., and focused on the disparities in health associated with race and socioeconomic status around COVID. I have seen firsthand the difference our organization can make. I have also been privileged to see how SAEM can bring people together, calling on disparate groups to form a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) library and an eight-session webinar series to assist students interested in emergency medicine to develop to be the best applicants they can be. The opportunity to make a difference on a larger stage is what pushes me to run for the SAEM Board of Directors, and I hope you will give me this opportunity.

    SAEM’s stated vision is “To be the premier organization for developing academic leaders in education and research and for creating and disseminating content with the greatest impact on emergency care,” and it has done a spectacular job in achieving a significant measure of success in this realm. However, we have potential to do even better. COVID and our new virtual environment has been difficult, but it has highlighted the benefits of a national organization — the fact that collaboration has become much easier and more common. In fact, that is my vision for SAEM moving forward: a larger platform for national collaboration to create a wider amount of content around both education and research to impact emergency care nationwide. Our specialty has an amazing group of individuals with drive and imagination, but often we work in our own silos, replicating the same efforts that have occurred elsewhere. Using the 12 organization, eight session webinar series as a model for future interventions, I can imagine a national curriculum around a variety of topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion, academic advising, and core medical knowledge topics. Similarly, research collaboration should be easier now, and SAEM should be the linchpin in that collaboration."

    Dr. Jeff Druck grew up in Houston but moved to Colorado for residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health. As Associate Program Director, he co-founded the Denver Health Diversity Committee, pioneering recruiting efforts of diverse residents which have served as a road map for residencies in all specialties. Currently, he serves at the University of Colorado as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Co-Director of the Office of Professional Excellence, and current president of the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion for Emergency Medicine; however, his most important role is as a father to four children, where he sometimes does admirably and other times comes in under the bar.

  • Leon D. Sanchez, MD

    Vice Chair Operations

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School

    Dr. Sanchez was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he lived until finishing high school. He moved to Boston for college and then to New York City for all of his medical training. He moved back to Boston after training was complete and has been working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2001. He does clinical research in operations and has collaborated with many other institutions while involving residents in may projects.

  • M. Tyson Pillow, MD, MEd

    Vice Chair of Education

    Baylor College of Medicine

    Dr. M. Tyson Pillow completed his undergraduate training at Rice University, and his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. After three years of Emergency Medicine Residency training at the University of Chicago, he returned to Baylor as faculty in the Section of Emergency Medicine. He currently serves as the Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Medical Director for Simulation and Standardized Patient Programs for Baylor College of Medicine. During this time, he also completed a Masters in Education program at the University of Houston. Dr. Pillow’s interests focus on education, including education technology, simulation, standardized patients, feedback and evaluation, and bedside teaching. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the John P. McGovern Teaching Award for the Clinical Sciences (2013, 2017), and the Council of Residency Directors National Faculty Teaching Award (2012). He has also delivered multiple workshops on Education Technology at ACGME annual meeting, AAMC annual meeting, and other national Emergency Medicine academic meetings.

  • Michael Gisondi, MD

    Associate Professor, Vice Chair of Education, Mentor

    Stanford School of Medicine - Department of Emergency Medicine

    Dr. Michael Gisondi is the inaugural Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. He is the Principal and Founder of the Precision Education and Assessment Research Lab (The PEARL), Co-Director of the Scholarly Concentration in Medical Education, and the faculty advisor for LGBTQ+ Meds at Stanford School of Medicine. He is a Distinguished Member of the Stanford Medicine Teaching and Mentoring Academy. Dr. Gisondi is a medical education researcher and an expert in the application of social media in medical education. He is a member of the editorial boards of Academic Life in Emergency Medicine, International Clinician Educators Blog, and the Journal of Education and Teaching in Emergency Medicine. He is an associate editor for the textbook, Emergency Medicine, and conference faculty with the national certification course, EPEC-EM: Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care in Emergency Medicine. Dr Gisondi previously served on the Board of Directors for the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine. Earlier in his career, he served as Residency Program Director, Medical Education Scholarship Fellowship Director (SAEM-approved), and Director of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators at Northwestern University. In 2014, Dr. Gisondi was awarded the National Faculty Teaching Award of the American College of Emergency Physicians and was named Alumnus of the Year by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He completed the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Chair Development Program and the Stanford Medicine Leadership Academy.

  • Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH

    Professor-Vice Chair, Associate Dean

    Emory University School of Medicine

    Sheryl L. Heron, MD, MPH, is a professor and vice-chair of faculty equity, engagement and empowerment in the department of emergency medicine, inaugural associate dean for community engagement, equity and inclusion and associate director of education and training for the injury prevention research center at Emory (IPRCE), Emory University School of Medicine. She is also a past chair of the emergency medicine section of the National Medical Association. Dr. Heron has received numerous awards including the Partnership Against Domestic Violence’s HOPE Award, the Women in Medicine Award from the Council of Concerned Women of the National Medical Association, the Gender Justice Award from the Commission on Family Violence, and was named a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). She was named the inaugural president of the Academy for Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and is an editor of two textbooks on diversity and inclusion in quality patient care in emergency medicine. Dr. Heron has lectured extensively on topics such as diversity, equity & inclusion as well as wellness and well-being in health care.

  • Tiffany Mitchell, MD


    Jacobi Medical Center/Montefiore Medical Center

    Dr. Mitchell is an Emergency Medicine physician in New York City. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science from Columbia University before attending Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Mitchell completed residency training at the Jacobi-Montefiore Emergency Medicine Program before joining the faculty at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

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    Vicken Y. Totten, MD, MS

    Formerly Director Of Research

    Kaweah Delta Hospital District

    Raised in many parts of the country in a profoundly academic family; Dr. Totten studied Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Southern California. After a year at Waseda University in Japan, she added Pre-Med and matriculated to Loyola U School of Medicine in 1975. An internship in Tennessee and two years in the US Public Health Service later, she returned to CA for a family medicine residency in Merced and grandfathered into EM in 1986. For 10 years she worked in small rural (and under-resourced) EDs all around the Central Valley while raising three children alone. After a year in Sweden as an emergency physician, she moved to Brooklyn to start the academic portion of my career. 

    Raised in a gender-fluid family, Dr. Totten was co-president of USC's Gay Student Alliance at USC during 1971-2 academic year. she was interested in how language shapes thought, and studied much of the early gay, lesbian, and transgender literature. Her academic work included circadian disruption, teaching methods, and adult learning. Other areas of interest are international development of emergency medicine the specialty; mentoring the young in research methods, and global EM. She is a member of SAEM, ACEP, AAEM, IFEM, and founding member of GEMA. Currently advocating for appropriate medical treatment of transgendered etc persons in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, she has partnered with Horizons activist Nicolas Calvo-Rosenstone to educate physicians on the medical needs of non-gender conforming persons. 

    After 40 years on the front line, Dr. Totten is retiring from the active practice of clinical medicine and will devote herself to teaching what she is asked to teach, if it is in her repertoire.