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Leadership - GDI

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The GDI Steering Committee manages the affairs of the group.

Officers include a chairperson, a chairperson-elect, an immediate-past chairperson, a group program leader, four regional representatives, an AAMC Board of Directors (BOD) liaison, a Council of Deans (COD) liaison, a chair or designee of a AAMC member community, the GSA Committee on Diversity Affairs (CODA) chair, and four issue-based representatives.

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

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

Past Chair
Edward Callahan, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel
Professor of Family & Community Medicine
University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Director of Constituent Engagement
Juan Amador, CAE
Director, Constituent Engagement
Association of American Medical Colleges
Assistant: Stephany Aguilar

Regional Representatives

Central Region
Iris Romero, MD
Dean for Diversity and Inclusion for the Biologic Sciences Division
University of Chicago

Northeast Region
Yolanda C. Haywood, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Southern Region
Rene Salazar, MD
Assistant Dean for Diversity
Professor of Medical Education
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Western Region
Negar “Nicole” Jacobs, PhD
Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Group Liaisons

Council of Deans (COD)
Bonita F. Stanton, MD
Founding Dean
President, Academic Enterprise,
Hackensack-Meridian Health     
Hackensack-Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University

Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) Chair
Jeffrey Lyness, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
University of Rochester SOM and Dentistry

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

Issue-Based Representatives

LGBT Issue-Based Representative
Ana E. Núñez, MD
Professor of Medicine
Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Drexel University College of Medicine

Disability Issue-Based Representative
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 Representative
Versha Pleasant, MD, MPH 
Resident (PGY IV)
University of Michigan Medical School

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