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  • Affinity Group

    Leadership - GDI

    The GDI Steering Committee manages the affairs of the Group.

    The GDI Steering Committee (PDF) is composed of the Chair, Chair-Elect, Immediate-Past Chair, AAMC Constituent Director, Regional Participants, Group Liaisons, and Issue-Based Participants.


    Chiquita A. Collins, PhD, MA 
    Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

    Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences
    Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

    Ana E. Núñez, MD, FACP
    Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Professor of Medicine
    University of Minnesota School of Medicine

    Past Chair
    J. Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD
    Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Outreach
    Professor of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
    University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

    Director of Constituent Engagement
    Michelle Oliva, PMP
    Director, Constituent Engagement
    Association of American Medical Colleges


    Central Region
    Christopher Smyre, MD
    Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Department of Family and Community Medicine Director of Research and Innovation, Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

    Northeast Region
    Renee Williams, MD, MHPE, FACG
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Associate Chair, Saul J. Farber Program in Health Equity
    Director, GME Education
    New York University Grossman School of Medicine

    Southern Region
    Sheryl L. Heron, MD, MPH, FACEP
    Professor & Vice-Chair of Faculty Equity, Engagement & Empowerment
    Associate Dean, Community Engagement, Equity & Inclusion
    Associate Director for Education & Training
    Emory University School of Medicine

    Western Region
    Takesha Cooper, MD, MS
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program
    Vice Chair of Education, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
    UC Riverside School of Medicine

    Group Liaisons

    Council of Deans (COD) 
    Joseph Kerschner, MD
    Dean of the School of Medicine
    Provost and Vice President
    Professor of Otolaryngology, Microbiology and Immunology
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) 
    Guadalupe (Lu) Federico, PhD
    Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs and Development
    University of Arizona College of Medicine

    GSA-Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA) Chair
    Donna Jackson, Ed. D.
    Assistant Dean of Admissions and Director for Student Outreach Programs Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

    ORR-Organization of Resident Representatives 
    Johnothan Smileye, Jr., MD
    Virginia Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    ORR-Organization of Resident Representatives 
    Diana Rubio, MD
    Resident Physician, Family Medicine
    MedStar Health


    LGBT Issue-Based 
    Nelson F. Sanchez, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine
    Associate Attending, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    Weill Cornell Medicine

    Disability Issue-Based 
    Christopher Moreland, MD, MPH, FACP, FHM
    Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
    Associate Residency Program Director
    The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School