The New Frontier: DEI Positions in Academic Emergency Medicine 

Presentation Description

As new diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) positions are created within departments and institutions within academic emergency medicine, guidance is needed with respect to needs assessment, the creation of DEI roles and associated expectations/ responsibilities, the role of DEI roles in the curriculum of our trainees, barriers to making an impact on diversity of our workforce, and other challenges common to these positions. During this interactive session, panelists will address these areas of need, and the session will include recommended practices and solutions around optimal use of DEI positions to address lack of diversity and racism in the emergency medicine workforce.


Madsen, TracyTracy E. Madsen, MD, ScM

Tracy Madsen, MD, ScM is the Associate Director of the Division of Sex and Gender in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the current AWAEM President.  After completing both her undergraduate and medical degrees at Boston University, she completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Brown University followed by a 2-year research fellowship with a focus on sex and gender differences in acute aspects of disease during which she earned a Master's degree in Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Madsen conducts research in the realm of sex and gender based medicine, neurologic emergencies, and disparities in the physician workforce. Currently funded by a K23 from the NHLBI, her research focuses on sex and gender differences in the epidemiology, outcomes, and acute treatment of stroke. She has established a national presence in the field of sex and gender differences in stroke as well as disparities in the emergency medicine workforce. 

Jeffrey DruckJeffrey Druck, MD

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.


Choo photo 2Esther Choo, MD

Esther Choo, MD MPH is a Professor in the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She is an NIH-funded investigator, with expertise in drug policy,
injury, and gender disparities in healthcare. She is a cofounder of Equity Quotient, a company that provides metrics of healthcare culture, a founding member for TIME'S UP Healthcare. She has a regular column in The Lancet focused on health disparities.

Landry Headshot 2019Alden Landry, MD, MPH

Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Dean for the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, Associate Director and Advisor for William B. Castle Society, and Director of Health Equity Education at Harvard Medical School. He also is the founder and co-director of the non-profit organization Motivating Pathways.  Dr. Landry received his Bachelor of Science degree from Prairie View A&M University in 2002 and his medical degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine in 2006.  He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2009.  In 2010, he earned a Master’s in Public Health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and completed the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University.

Bradby-CassandraCassandra Bradby, MD

Dr. Cassandra Bradby is an EM physician and Assistant Professor at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.  As a graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, she has dedicated her career to improving diversity and inclusion in medicine through mentoring and education.  After finishing up as the Education Chief Resident at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Bradby headed back south to Greenville, NC where she now serves as the Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vidant Medical Center.

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Michelle D. Lall, MD

Dr. Michelle D. Lall, a board-certified emergency medicine physician, is an Associate Professor at Emory University.  She has been faculty at Emory since 2013.  Dr. Lall is the inaugural Director of Well-being, Equity and Inclusion for the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine.  She is also an Associate Residency Director and Medical Education Fellowship Director for Emergency Medicine.  Prior to coming to Emory, Dr. Lall was an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University beginning in 2008.  She was an Assistant Residency Director at the Sinai-Grace/Wayne State University Emergency Medicine Residency Program and the medical student clerkship site director at Sinai-Grace/Wayne State University beginning in 2009.  Dr. Lall is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine.  She completed her residency and chief residency at Emory University. 

Dr. Lall is actively involved in the teaching and supervision of medical students and residents.  Her passion is graduate medical education, education research and scholarship.  Dr. Lall’s primary interests are physician well-being and the negative impact of gender bias on equity and inclusion in medicine.  She is interested in gender differences in burnout among physicians.  She has previously presented didactics on physician well-being and gender bias in medicine at multiple signature regional and national annual meetings of medical educators.  Dr. Lall is part of a national emergency medicine work group focused on exploring and addressing gender and racial bias and disparities in academic emergency medicine.  Additionally, she is the lead author on two scoping reviews of assessment tools available to evaluate physician well-being.

Her professional memberships include: American College of Emergency Physicians – where she is a fellow, Society for Academic Emergency Physicians - where she is a member at large on the Board of Directors, Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine - where she is the Immediate Past President, American Association of Women Emergency Physicians, and Georgia College of Emergency Physicians.  She is also a member of the Delta Omega Honor Society.  Dr. Lall is a recipient of the Momentum Award from the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM), which recognizes extraordinary efforts that further the mission and values of AWAEM.  While at Sinai-Grace/Wayne State University, Dr. Lall was a two time "Faculty Teacher of the Year" award winner.  At Emory, she has been the recipient of the “Faculty Advocate of the Year” award.