Race and Medicine

Tiffany MitchellName: Dr. Tiffany Mitchell
Title: Resident
Institution: Jacobi/Montefiore Medical Center  
Contact: tnm2108@gmail.com

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.


Ava PierceName: Dr. Ava Pierce
Title: Emergency Medicine Associate Chair of Diversity and Inclusion
Institution: University of Texas Southwestern  
Contact: ava.pierce@utsouthwestern.edu

Ava E. Pierce, MD, completed her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University and earned her medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine at Shreveport. She completed an emergency medicine residency at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Pierce is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is the Associate Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Director of the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program. She also serves as a member of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Medical School Admissions Committee, and is a faculty liaison for Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders (HEAL), which focuses on professional development and mentoring for residents and fellows from under-represented groups. Her research interests include medical education, diversity and inclusion, and cardiac resuscitation. She completed the Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Program and the AAMC s Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program and is committed to making innovative changes that will enhance diversity and inclusion and improve excellence in health care, thus strengthening a diverse workforce that will provide culturally competent quality medical care to all. She was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Academician Award by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) in recognition of her impact on the academic success of students and residents from groups underrepresented in medicine. She is the 2018 – 2019 President for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM).

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

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.

Breena TairaName: Dr. Bisan Salhi
Title: Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine 
Institution: Emory University School of Medicine   
Contact: bsalhi@emory.edu

Dr. Salhi is dual trained in Emergency Medicine and Anthropology, having completed a PhD examining homeless super-utilizers at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Her research focuses on underserved populations, social determinants of health, and housing deprivation in the Emergency Department.