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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 
Chief Diversity Officer
Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity
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
Juan Amador, CAE
Director, Constituent Engagement
Association of American Medical Colleges


Central Region
Valencia P. Walker, MD, MPH
Associate Chief Diversity & Health Equity Officer
Associate Division Chief for Health Equity & Inclusion
Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Ohio State University College 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

Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) 
Lisa D. Cain, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomy, McGovern Medical School
Professor, Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, School of Dentistry
Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs, School of Dentistry
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

GSA-Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA) Chair
Ann-Gel S. Palermo, MPH, DrPH
Assoc. Dean for Diversity & Inclusion- Biomedical Education
Associate Director of Operations, CMCA
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


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 
Feranmi O. Okanlami, MS, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Michigan Medical School

Resident Issue-Based 
Adam Thompson-Harvey, MD
Resident, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin

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