Implicit Bias

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

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

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


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. 


Bernard LopezName: Dr. Bernie Lopez
Title: Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Institution: Thomas Jefferson University  

Executive Vice Chair, Department of EM and Associate Dean, Diversity and Community Engagement, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

Tiffany MitchellName: Dr. Tiffany Mitchell
Title: Resident
Institution: Jacobi/Montefiore Medical Center  

Tiffany Mitchell, MD is an Emergency Medicine resident at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. Her academic interests include pediatric emergency medicine, sickle cell disease, and psycho-social determinants of care.


Tyson PillowName: Dr. Tyson Pillow
Title: Vice Chair of Education
Institution: 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.

LeonSaanchezName: Dr. Leon Sanchez
Title: Vice Chair Operations
Institution: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  

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.

Breena TairaName: Dr. Vicken Totten
Title: Faculty, Institutional Research Director
Institution: 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.