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The GDI Steering Committee manages the affairs of the Group.

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

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


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

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 
Versha Pleasant, MD, MPH 
Resident (PGY IV)
University of Michigan Medical School

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