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Faculty Initiatives

Dr. Joy Howell presenting at Professors Rounds

Dr. Joy Howell presenting at Professors Rounds 

Faculty Recruitment

In addition to traditional pipeline programs intended to attract high school and college undergraduates to careers in medicine, we recruit residents and fellows with an eye toward retaining the best of our trainees as faculty.

Recognition of Recent Faculty Hires 
        • Emily Echevarria, MDAssistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
        • Cynthia Isedeh DOAssistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
        • Abie Iyare, MDAssistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Associate Director, Newborn Nurseries at NYP Alexandra Cohen Hospital and NYP Lower Manhattan Hospital
        • Dara Jones, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine
        • Nisha Narayanan, MDAssistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Clinical Emergency Medicine
        • Carolyn Ochoa, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 
        • Melanie Wlison-Taylor, MDAssistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Associate Director of Pediatric Graduate Medical Education 

Recognition of Recent Appointments
        • Andrea Heras, MD
          • Selected for a CTSC KL2 Career Development Award for the funding period July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.  Proposal study: "Impaired Sphingolipid Synthesis and Altered Magnesium Homeostasis in Asthma"
          • Provisional Acceptance in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology of the manuscript "Increasing Sphingolipid Synthesis Alleviates Airway Hyperreactivity"
        • Alessandra Sugrañes, MD
          • Serves as a member of the the brand new ACMG (American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee 

Professional Development

Regional and National Conferences

Recognizing that recruitment is of little value without efforts to maximize the success and retention of the faculty that join our ranks, deliberate effort is made to identify internal and external mentors and professional development offerings relevant to individual faculty members.  There is the potential for faculty to participate in regional and national conferences with the intent of facilitating academic advancement. These include: 

  • AAMC Early Career Women’s Faculty Development Seminar
  • AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Development Seminar
  • Association of Pediatric Program Director Leadership in Educational Academic Development

Local Conferences

  • NYP LEAD
  • NYP Healthcare Leaders Fellowship Program

Departmental Educational Activities

Weill Cornell Medicine is an academic, health care and research community committed to diversity, inclusiveness and a welcoming environment for its faculty, staff, and students. Strategies targeting faculty recruitment and retention include networking at national, regional and local meetings; the diversity grand rounds series with visiting professorships by minority faculty.

Diversity Grand Rounds and Visiting Professorships

  • 12/15/20: "Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund" by Stanley Mark
  • 10/6/20: "COVID Disparities/Diversity Initiative Update" by Joy Howell, MD
  • 9/29/20: "The Pediatric Calling in Challenging Times: Transformative Pediatrics and System Change" by Fernando S. Mendoza, MD, MPH
  • 2/25/20: “Developing UpStream Medicine Proficiencies-a pathway to health equity" by Brenda Pereda, MD, MS
  • 2/4/20: “Effects of Patient’s Racism Upon Providers" by Renuka Gupta, MD
  • 11/12/19: “Health Care Equity" by Monika Safford, MD
  • 9/27/19: " Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence" by Joy Howell MD, FAAP, FCCM

Institutional/Interdepartmental Activities

  • SPARC Jr.  The SPARC Junior conference targets students from all summer programs at Weill Cornell Medicine, The Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (but is also open to high school students, college students and parents/guardians in the NYC area). Students gain valuable advice regarding careers in medicine and science, gain insight into the life of medical and graduate students, and are able to meet students, faculty members and alumni of the tri-institutional schools.
  • Diversity Town Halls

Pediatric Diversity Coalition (PDC)

The Pediatric Diversity Coalition is comprised of URiM faculty, fellows and residents, key members of departmental leadership and others supportive of the department’s efforts to strengthen diversity. These include medical student clerkship directors, residency program leadership and departmental leadership including the Department Chair. Because there are opportunities to advance diversity on many levels, it is important to have a variety of stakeholders at the table as we develop and advance the varied diversity initiatives within the department.

Weill Cornell Medicine Diversity Council

Diversity efforts across Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) are coordinated by the Weill Cornell Diversity Council (WCDC). This body meets monthly and is comprised of the Associate and Assistant Deans of Diversity, departmental diversity champions, and representatives from student affairs, human resources, the graduate school, affiliate members, legal counsel, and the student body.  

National Medical Association (NMA) Participation

  • Elaine Barfield, MD is the Vice President of the Manhattan Central Medical Society (MCMS), the Manhattan chapter of the National Medical Association.  She is also a member of the Susan Smith McKinney Medical Society (SSMS) and has hosted SSMS meetings (as well as a Pediatric Minority Housestaff Committee meeting) at her home. In May 2018, Dr. Barfield presented on "Disparities and Their Implications in Pediatric Gastroenterology” at the National Medical Association Annual Meeting in Jamaica. 

  • Belinda Oyinkan Marquis, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Child Neurology with expertise is epilepsy and neuroimaging. She is Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Manhattan Central Medical Society (MCMS).   

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