Why Diversity is Important

Bernard LopezName: Dr. Bernie Lopez
Title: Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Institution: Thomas Jefferson University  
Contact: bernard.lopez@jefferson.edu

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  
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.


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

 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.


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).

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

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.