Departmental Diversity: Pearls and Pitfalls

Authors
  • Marquita Norman Hicks, MD

    Dr.  Marquita Norman Hicks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Inclusion and Diversity at Wake Forest School of Medicine.  She was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and completed her undergraduate education at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, in Kansas City, KS. She completed her internship at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and residency training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Dr. Hicks' professional and community interests include communication skills, healthcare workforce diversity,  diversity education, pre-health education and healthcare disparities.   Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her young son.
  • Sheryl L. Heron, MD, MPH

  • Jeffrey P. Druck, MD

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

    University of Colorado School of Medicine

    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.
  • 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.
  • Lisa Moreno-Walton, MD, MS, MSCR

    Louisiana State University- New Orleans

    Dr. Lisa Moreno is Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Research, Diversity, and the Latino Scholars Program at Louisiana State University- New Orleans. She is President-elect of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and an NIH Research Scholar. Her multiple awards include the SAEM Martin Leadership Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Professionalism Award, CORD Distinguished Educator Award, ADIEM Outstanding Academician Award, AAMC Healthcare Executive Diversity & Inclusion Certificate, and the Order of the IFEM. The recipient of many research grants, Prof. Moreno has over 500 academic presentations, 45 publications, 6 book chapters, and 2 textbooks. Her research interests include diversity and healthcare disparities, violence prevention and treatment, and viral diseases. She has mentored over 350 students, residents and junior faculty around the world. A global health consultant and educator, she has served in over 25 countries, focusing on the development of research and elimination of healthcare disparities for women, underrepresented minorities, and the under-resourced
  • Ava Pierce, MD

    Associate Professor, Associate Chair of Diversity and Inclusion

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

    Ava E. Pierce, MD, FACEP 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 the Associate Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and an Emergency Medicine attending at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems. She is the Director of the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program and the Co-Director of the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) at UT Southwestern. 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 served as the President for the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM), in 2018 – 2019.
  • Kara A. Toles, MD