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Pediatrics Department Faculty and Fellows Step Up to Bring Vaccines to Underserved Communities

In April 2021, Pediatrics Department faculty and fellows at Weill Cornell Medicine volunteered their time expertise to bring COVID-19 vaccines to underserved communities in Jamaica, Queens.  An initiative of the Weill Cornell CTSC, in partnership with Community Healthcare Network (CHN) and FEMA, volunteers helped operate three vaccination sites at faith based-institutions in underserved communities in an effort to overcome vaccine hesitancy and other barriers in communities heavily impacted by COVID-19 and disproportionately under-vaccinated.  These events have been operated by Community Healthcare Network, staffed by volunteers from WCM, NYP, Hunter College School of Nursing and the local community, and funded by FEMA through the NYC-DOH.  Thank you to all for their time and service!  (2021)

WCM Faculty and Fellows provide vaccines   Dr. Brooke Spector prepares vaccine

Vaccines outreach

Pictured, L-R: Drs. Jane Chang, Melanie Wilson-Taylor, Thanakorn Jirasevijinda, Susan Bostwick, Brooke Spector, Catherine McGuinn, and Cori Green.

Pediatrics Hosts Anti-Bias Workshops for Department Faculty, Fellows and Residents

Over 200 physician members of the Department of Pediatrics participated in a series of customized, interactive Anti-Bias Workshops. In collaboration with several faculty members, Drs. Joy Howell and Erika Abramson led a series of workshops that allowed for saturation of the department capturing 130 members of the full time faculty as well as the fellows ( 40) and residents (60) within the department. The training was very well receiving and stimulated brave conversations among the participants. This training precedes the Department's social justice learning series entitled “ Race , Equity and Social Justice” led by two external social justice educators with the goal of deepening our individual and collective understanding of identity and power in the context of medicine. (2020)

Dr. Kevin Holcomb and Dr. Jessica Pena Named Associate and Assistant Deans of  Weill Cornell Medical Colleges's Office of Admissions 

Dr. Kevin Holcomb has been named Associate Dean for Admissions, effective July 1.  Dr. Holcomb, a prominent gynecologic oncologist strongly committed to medical education, will succeed Dr. Charles Bardes, who is stepping down from this role and continuing his responsibilities as a professor of clinical medicine.  Dr. Jessica Peña, an expert in cardiology and a dedicated mentor of students, residents, and fellows, has been appointed to the newly created position of Assistant Dean for Admissions. (6/2020)

Tatiana Ndjatou, MD, PGY-3 Named AAP Provisional Executive Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Tatiana Ndjatou, a third-year resident in the Department of Pediatrics, was named Provisional Executive Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT). (6/2020)

2020-21 Pediatric Minority Housestaff Committee Chair and Vice Chair Announced

Cynthia Perez, MD (PGY-3) and Sasha Licona- Freudenstein, MD (PGY-2) will serve as the new 2020-21 Pediatric Minority Housestaff Committee Chair and Vice Chair. (6/2020)

Diversity COVID-19 Pandemic Town Hall Hosted by Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Weill Cornell Medicine's Office of Diversity and Inclusion held a recurring platform to allow our community to raise questions or concerns regarding diversity and inclusion at WCM during the pandemic.  (4/2020)

Dr. Joy Howell Appointed Assistant Dean for Diversity and Student Life

Joy D. Howell, MD has been named Assistant Dean for Diversity and Student Life at Weill Cornell Mediicine. She succeeds Dr. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey, who was a champion of diversity at Weill Cornell Medicine for more than forty-three years before retiring at the end of 2019. In her new role, Dr. Howell will oversee medical education pipeline programming, student service learning, health equity community efforts, and other initiatives focused on enhancing our diverse medical student community. (3/2020)

Kicking Off 2020 with Weill Cornell Medicine Holiday Mixer 

Department of Pediatrics Vice Chair of Diversity Dr. Joy Howell and other members of the Department of Pediatrics attended Weill Cornell Medicine's Diversity Holiday Mixer on January 7th, 2020.  Co-sponsored by the Weill Department of Medicine, the Diversity Center of Excellence of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, and the Dean's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the festive and very well-attended event included trainees, faculty, and many other members of diversity leadership. (1/7/2020)

Dr. Anjali Rajadhyaksha attends the WCM Diversity Holiday Mixer

Maria Lame, MD and Oyinkan Marquis, MD Named Diversity Center of Excellence 2019 Faculty Scholars in Health Equity

Maria Lame, MD and Oyinkan Marquis, MD were named Diversity Center of Excellence (DCoE) 2019 Faculty Scholars in Health Equity.  This initiative, which is a health equity education training program, was launched in Fall 2019 by the Cornell Center for Health Equity (CCHEq) and DCoE. For more information about the Faculty Scholars in Health Equity Program, visit:

Dr. Elaine Barfield Inducted as a Fellow at New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM)

Elaine Barfield, MD has been inducted as a Fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) this month. Dr. Barfield is a pediatric gastroenterologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine as well as assistant attending pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.  NYAM Fellows are elected by their peers, from across the medical and health professions, and other disciplines affecting health.  The New York Academy of Medicine are champions for health equity, tackling barriers that prevent people from living a healthy life. (11/2019)

Dr. Barfield at New York Academy of Medicine being inducted as a fellow Dr. Barfield at NYAM during induction as Fellow

Weill Cornell Medicine Unveils Paintings of Four Diversity Leaders

Members of the Weill Cornell Medicine community gathered on Oct. 25 in Griffis Faculty Club to celebrate the unveiling of a set of paintings depicting four icons of diversity and inclusion efforts at the institution. Dr. Daniel Laroche, M.D. ’92, his wife Marjorie Laroche and his cousin Marie Claude Brutus commissioned the paintings from the Haitian artist Junior Jacques to recognize the seminal contributions of Drs. James Curtis, Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey, Bruce Ballard, and Carlyle Miller, M.D. ’75 to Weill Cornell Medicine’s efforts to attract and retain underrepresented minorities in medicine.  See full story

Department Climate Survey

The Department of Pediatrics is inviting all faculty to participate in its latest diversity climate survey, which will assist the Department in measuring progress over time.

New Publication: Dr. Elaine Barfield Co-Author of JAMA Article: Management of Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Dr. Elaine Barfield and Dr. Michelle W. Parker provide a synopsis of the updated guideline for management of Pediatric GERD by NASPGHAN and ESPGHAN. (3/18/19)

WCM Receives $2.7 Million to Fund Diversity Center of Excellence

Weill Cornell Medicine has been awarded a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to establish a Diversity Center of Excellence dedicated to increasing the number of minority physicians in academic medicine. (9/28/18)


Role Model: Fewer Men of Color are Pursuing Medicine—but Dr. Maurice Hinson who was the First in his Family to go to College, Aims to Change That

Learn more about internist Dr. Hinson, who founded Weill Cornell Medicine’s Black and Latino Men in Medicine Initiative and a recipient of WCM's 2018 Pioneer in Diversity Awards— in this Weill Cornell Medicine spotlight article. (9/26/2018)


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