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Title VII Profiles of Success

HCOP & COE Profiles of Success

The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) and the Centers of Excellence (COE) are two diversity programs authorized under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act. Together, these programs function to increase the representation of minority and disadvantaged students in the health professions by developing a "pipeline" to the health professions for K-12 and college students, and providing mentorship and support for enrolled health professions students.

Click on the name of a participant below to see a one-page PDF profile of how the programs have benefited your state. More information regarding specific program activities can be found at each program's Web site.

StateParticipantProgram Web site


Macharia Carter, MDUSA BEAR HCOP Program
Levi N. Gause, MDUSA BEAR HCOP Program
Cheryl Robertson, MDASU HCOP Program
AlaskaChris Sargent, MDUWSOM NACOE Program
ArizonaMario Teran, MDArizona Hispanic Center of Excellence


Christopher Bencomo, MDCSU Fresno HCOP
Henry Ferreyra, MDUC San Diego SOM HCOP
Eduardo Fricovsky, PharmDUC San Diego SOM HCOP
Iris C. Gibbs, MDStanford COE
Yasser Miguel Giron, MD, MPHELAC HCOP
Adriana Padilla, MDCSU Fresno HCOP
GeorgiaJason J. Thomas, MDMorehouse HCOP
IdahoKim Cunningham-Hartwig, MDUWSOM NACOE Program
KansasCharisse Y. Sparks, MDKU HCOP Program
KentuckyDeMarkus WilsonUniversity of Kentucky HCOP


Treniece N. Eubanks, MDLSUHSC-Shreveport HCOP
Gretchen Petterway, MDLSUHSC-Shreveport HCOP
Allison Tatum, MDLSUHSC-Shreveport HCOP
MassachusettsTiffany Groover, MD, MPHUMB HCOP and Tufts HCOP


John Carethers, MDWayne State HCOP
Evelyn Simpkins, MDMSU-CHM HCOP and COE
MinnesotaShanda Lohse, MDUniversity of Minnesota COE


Brian Hall, PharmDUniversity of Montana HCOP
Steve Williamson, MDUWSOM NACOE Program
NebraskaChristelle M. Iboudo, MDCreighton HCOP

New Jersey

Bryan BroderickNortheast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep
Jose Churrango, MDNew Jersey Medical School HCOE
Moorice CaparoNortheast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep
Felipe GuzmanNortheast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep
Renee D. Enriquez, MDNew Jersey Medical School HCOE
Victoria KalamurNortheast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep
Santiago LopezNortheast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep
Tia C. Manning, MDNew Jersey Medical School HCOE
Marcos M. Martinez, MDNew Jersey Medical School HCOE
Jesus RosadoNew Jersey Medical School HCOE
Susan RasulNortheast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep
Amatullah SaafirNortheast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep
Maria Soto-Greene, MDNew Jersey Medical School HCOE
New YorkAmanda Al-FeghaliCNYAHEC HCOP

North Carolina

Antonio Braithwaite, DDS, MPHNorth Carolina HCAP
Dorian Brown, PharmDNorth Carolina HCAP
Robert Shelden, III, DDS, MSNorth Carolina HCAP
James D. Worriax, MDUNC-Pembroke HCOP


Anthony Atkins, MDOSU MEDPATH Program
Benson Bonyo, DOOUCOM COE
Adan Fuentes, DOOUCOM COE
Nathan Lott, DOOUCOM COE


Edwina ColemanDrexel HCOP
Bonnie HerDrexel HCOP
TennesseeAmber Rose-HawkinsUTHSC HCOP


Benjamin Danielson, MDUWSOM HCOP
Chris Sargent, MDUWSOM NACOE
Steve Williamson, MDUWSOM NACOE and HCOP
West VirginiaEmme Chapman, MDWVU HCOP


Matiya McCants, DPTMarquette HCOP

If you are interested in nominating an HCOP or COE participant, please email a picture, description of the program, and statement from the participant to Alex Khalife at Statements should include how the program was influential in the participant's career goals and a quote from the participant.


Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525