How to Add Diversity to Your Emergency Department

Jeff DruckName: Dr. Jeff Druck
Title: Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; Co-Director Office of Professional Excellence
Institution: University of Colorado  
Contact: Jeffrey.Druck@UCDenver.edu

Bio: 
Dr. Jeff Druck grew up in Houston, where he attended college and medical school. After completing his residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health, he became faculty at Emory University for two years before returning to Colorado, where he has remained since. He is passionate about creating an inclusive equitable environment for learning for trainees and students across the spectrum. Aside from roles as Assistant Dean of student affairs and Co-Director of the Office of professional excellence, he has previously been president of the faculty senate, president of the board for camp Wapiyapi, and associate program director for the Denver Health EM residency; however, his most important roles are as a husband and a father to four children, where he sometimes does admirably and other times comes in under the bar.

Michael GisondiName: Dr. Michael Gisondi
Title: Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education
Institution: Stanford University
Contact: mgisondi@stanford.edu

Bio: Dr. Michael Gisondi is the inaugural Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. He is a medical education researcher and an expert in the application of social media in medical education. He is a leader in the fields of medical education and emergency medicine, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, as well as the editorial boards of Academic Life in Emergency Medicine, the Journal of Education and Teaching in Emergency Medicine, and the international medical education conference, Medutopia. 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.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Dr. Gisondi earned his Bachelor of Science with honors from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, where he was inducted in Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University, spending an additional year as Chief Resident. While at Stanford, he also completed a fellowship in Faculty Development with the Division of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Gisondi was a faculty member at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine from 2003 – 2017, where he held several leadership roles including Residency Program Director, Medical Education Scholarship Fellowship Director, and Director of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators. He was a Junior Fellow of the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern and a member of the Northwestern McGaw Graduate Medical Education Committee. 

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 for recognition of his early career achievements by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Sheryl HeronName: Dr. Sheryl Heron

Title: Vice Chair - Administrative Affairs/Assistant Dean

Institution: Emory University

Contact: sheron@emory.edu


Bio: 
Dr. Sheryl Heron is a Professor and Vice Chair of Administrative Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs on the Grady Campus and Associate Director of Education and Training for the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE) at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a Past Chair of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association. She has received several awards including the Partnership against Domestic Violence’s HOPE Award, the Woman 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). In 2012, 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 currently on ACEP's Diversity and Inclusion task force. She is an editor of two textbooks in Emergency Medicine on Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care. Dr. Heron has lectured extensively on Wellness/Work-Life Balance, Diversity/Disparities Care in Emergency Medicine as well as the medical response to Intimate Partner Violence. 

Joel MollName: Dr. Joel Moll
Title: Residency Program Director, Associate Professor
Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University  
Contact: joel.moll@vcuhealth.org

Bio: Joel Moll is residency Program Director and Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has published multiple articles and textbook chapters, presents internationally and nationally, and serves on many national committees, including being Past President of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine. Interests include graduate medical education, curriculum development, diversity and inclusion, and LGBT healthcare disparities.

 

Tyson PillowName: Dr. Tyson Pillow
Title: Vice Chair of Education
Institution: Baylor College of Medicine  
Contact: tysonpillow@gmail.com

Bio: 
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.

Lynne RichardsonName: Dr. Lynne Richardson
Title: Professor & System Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine
Institution: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai  
Contact: Lynne.Richardson@mssm.edu

Bio: 
Lynne D. Richardson, MD, FACEP, is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Professor of Population Health Science & Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and System Vice Chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine of the Mount Sinai Health System. A native New Yorker, she holds Bachelor’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Life Sciences and Management; and an MD degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed the Emergency Medicine Residency at Jacobi Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Richardson became a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine in 1985, launching a remarkable career as a clinician, an educator, a researcher and an advocate. Dr. Richardson is now one of the most accomplished investigators in emergency medicine and one of its most respected research mentors; her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Richardson joined the faculty at Mount Sinai in 1995 to establish the Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine Residency, which, under her leadership, emerged as one of the premiere training programs on the East Coast. In 2002, she left the Program Director position to become Director of the Research Division. She has recruited a cadre of talented clinician investigators and, through a strong emphasis on mentoring and multi-disciplinary collaborations, she has built a research program that currently ranks #2 in the country in NIH funding. She remains involved in physician education at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. In addition to teaching emergency medicine, she is a member of the Ethics faculty and teaches in the Masters of Public Health program. Her research interests include the use of clinical and administrative data to investigate issues of access, quality and equity; developing and assessing the effectiveness of strategies to eliminate health care disparities, particularly through the use of electronic health record (EHR)-embedded clinical decision support tools; and care redesign featuring innovative models of emergency care and emergency department-based care coordination and care transition interventions to support population health initiatives and improve patient outcomes. She is an expert on community engagement and a national thought leader in the ethics of conducting emergency research. Her mixed-methods "Community VOICES" studies have defined best practices for community consultation in exception from informed consent research. Dr. Richardson has made highly influential contributions to eliminating healthcare disparities in both the research and policy arenas. She is a member of the New York City Board of Health, the first emergency physician ever to serve in that Board's more than one hundred and fifty year history. She serves on the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of the Centers for Disease Control and is the current Chair of the ACD Health Disparities Subcommittee. She has received numerous awards for distinguished service, exceptional leadership, and outstanding teaching from various academic institutions, professional organizations and community groups. In 2016, Dr. Richardson was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

LeonSaanchezName: Dr. Leon Sanchez
Title: Vice Chair Operations
Institution: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  
Contact: lsanche1@bidmc.harvard.edu

Bio:
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.

VelezName: Dr. Larissa Velez
Title: Vice Chair of Education and Program Director
Institution: University of Texas Southwestern  
Contact: larissa.velez@utsouthwestern.edu

Bio:
Dr. Velez was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she studied emergency Medicine before moving to Dallas for a tox fellowship and have been affiliated with UTSW since then. She has been the PD since 2011 and vice chair for education in the last three years. Passionate about education, cultural competency, and anything tox.