2015 message from the executive director


President receives diversity award

From left to right: Allison Rimm, Dr. Win Williams, Dr. Peter Slavin, Elena Olson and Dr. Emery Brown - (Photo by Jeff Thiebauth.)

MGH President Receives Diversity Award
On Thursday, November 12th, Peter Slavin, MD, MGH President, was honored as one of the recipient of the Harold Amos Diversity Award.  The Harold Amos Diversity Award has been established to recognize HMS/HSDM faculty (clinical, pre-clinical, research, administrative) who have made significant achievements in moving HMS/HSDM toward being a diverse and inclusive community. 

CDI Congratulates Ernesto Gonzalez, MD!

Dr. Gonzalez, the Director of the Dermatology International Training Program, has been promoted to full professor at HMS. This makes Dr. Gonzalez the second Latino full professor in the history of MGH, and the first in the Department of Dermatology. Dr. Gonzalez has been at MGH for 33 years and has shown a strong commitment to diversity, especially within the Latino community, as a past Associate Director of CDI, the 1st recipient of the Ernesto Gonzalez Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community and founder of the Hispanic Medical Students Mentorship Program, which has currently merged into the URM MS mentorship program at HMS.


Dr. Emery N. Brown: Making History at MGH

Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD, of the Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, has been appointed as the first Massachusetts General Hospital Professor of Anaesthesia. This prestigious appointment makes Dr. Brown the first African American at MGH to become a chaired professor in the 196-year history of MGH. Dr. Brown is recognized for his outstanding contributions in the Department of Anaesthesia, such as his cross-disciplinary research in the statistics of neuronal spike trains, medical neuroimaging and circadian rhythms; excellence as an ambassador between the fields of statistics and medical research; and service to the profession.

On Saturday, May 5, the Department of Anaesthesia celebrated Dr. Brown's appointment in a MGH Professorship black tie reception; Dr. Brown was honored and congratulated on his research, academic and clinical accomplishments by Dr. Warren M. Zapol, Chief of Service of Anaesthesia, and other hospital leadership.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion congratulates Dr. Brown on his success, and thanks him for being a role model and paving the way for underrepresented minorities in medicine and science.


Creating CDI Advisory Board

CDI will be working closely with a new Advisory Board designed to provide advice on CDI's future direction and help implement strategies for hospital-wide physician workforce diversity issues. Comprised of hospital, MGPO, and HMS opinion leaders, the board is co-chaired by Drs. Slavin and Win Williams.

Check out the January 12, 2007 Hotline, which featured the new advisory board. To see the article online, "click here".


Expanding Faculty Development

CDI has awarded 16 junior faculty development awards over the past 5 years and will be funding at least 2 more awards this year. We are delighted to report that all 9 award recipients are advancing in their careers as physician-scientists and clinician-teachers, and are actively publishing in peer review journals, receiving independent funding, and/or impacting medical education and the local and international community.

We have also expanded our resident retention meetings with Peter Slavin and department leadership this year to include discussions of URM fellows and faculty, with the hope of improving the development and promotion of URM faculty at MGH. Our recent meetings with department leaders have taught us that you (faculty) should: (1) try to meet with your department/division chief regularly, and (2) seek advice from Mary Clark, PhD, in the Center for Faculty Development, to help you package your CV and develop a career plan for promotion. To make an appointment with Dr. Clark, call ext. 4-5229. The CDI staff is also happy to meet with those of you who are seeking career advice and feedback, so please don't hesitate to contact us!

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