15th Annual Celebrating Diversity 2022

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Associate Dean for Development

University of Maryland School of Medicine


George H. Gardner Professor

Vice Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Founder/Director, Center for Health Equity Transformation and

the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Honorary Chair


Chair, Board of Visitors

University of Maryland School of Medicine


Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore

John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and

Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine


Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion

Residency Program Director

Director of Maternal Child Health

Department of Family and Community Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine






Associate Dean for Admissions

Associate Dean for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion

Associate Professor of Medicine

Division of Gastroenterology

University of Maryland School of Medicine




Executive Director, Medical Alumni Association

University of Maryland School of Medicine




Dean Emeritus, University of Maryland School of Medicine



Dean Emeritus Donald E. Wilson Endowed Scholarship Recipient



Honorary Chair

Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH, is the

George H. Gardner Professor of

Clinical Gynecology and Vice Chair of

Research in the Department of

Obstetrics and Gynecology at

Northwestern University Feinberg

School of Medicine. She is also the

Founder and Director of the Center

for Health Equity Transformation and

the Chicago Cancer Health Equity


Additionally, Dr. Simon serves as the

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive

Cancer Center’s Associate Director for

Community Outreach and Engagement. She is also an expert in

implementation science, women’s health across the lifespan, minority

health, community engagement, and health equity.

Throughout her career, Dr. Simon has been recognized with numerous

awards for her substantial contribution to excellence in health equity

scholarship, women’s health, and mentorship, including her recent election

to the National Academy of Medicine and the Association of American


Dr. Simon has received the Presidential Award in Excellence in Science,

Mathematics, and Engineering Mentorship and is a Presidential Leadership

Scholar. She is also a former member of the US Preventive Services Task

Force and serves on the NIH Office of Research in Women’s Health

Advisory Committee.

Dean’s Faculty Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Diana N. Carvajal, MD, MPH, is a

practicing family physician, NIH-funded

clinician-researcher and Assistant Professor

in the Department of Family and

Community Medicine at the University of

Maryland School of Medicine. She

is Director of Reproductive Health

Education in Family Medicine (RHEDI)

and co-leads the department’s research

division. She completed her residency at

Columbia University Medical Center in

New York, NY, her MPH at the Johns

Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public

Health, and her Primary Care Health

Services Research fellowship at the

University of Maryland School of Medicine.

In her research, Dr. Carvajal focuses on addressing reproductive health inequities

for the most marginalized communities and employs lenses of Reproductive

Justice and Intersectionality to understand how clinicians can best support and

communicate with their patients about important reproductive health decisions.

In the department of Family and Community Medicine, she has helped lead and

develop the residency’s social justice curriculum and is a faculty advisor for the

residency’s Health Justice Track.

At the institutional level, Dr. Carvajal serves on the Diversity, Equity, and

Inclusion Medical Student Lecture Review Committee, and is a mentor for

students in the UMB chapter of the Student National Medical Association

(SNMA). She also served on the committee that succeeded in eliminating race

from kidney function estimates across the University of Maryland Medical

System. In addition to her academic and clinical roles within UMSOM, she is

also the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Strategic Planning for the

national RHEDI program based at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein

College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. In this role, she leads the development

and implementation of programs to diversify the reproductive health workforce in

family medicine, and in addition, leads an on-line, nationally distributed social

and reproductive justice-based curriculum. Dr. Carvajal believes that her academic

work is firmly grounded in her clinical care, teaching, and institutional service.

Each of these realms overlap with the others and all of them fuel her passion for

the work.

Dean’s Faculty Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Rodney J. Taylor, MD, MSPH, is

P r o fe s s or an d Ch a irman o f the

Otorhinolaryngology- Head & Neck

Surgery Department at the University of

Maryland of School of Medicine. He

joined the faculty in 2001 and is a

surgeon-scientist whose clinical practice is

dedicated to the comprehensive care of

head and neck cancer (HNC) patients

a n d p e r f or m s c o m p le x s u r g i c a l

procedures in the management of HNC

patients. Prior to arriving at the

University of Maryland, Dr. Taylor

graduated cum laude from Harvard

College in 1991 where he was Senior

Class President, Varsity Football player

a nd wa s ac t i ve i n b ot h s tudent

government and multicultural activities. He attended Harvard Medical School

and received his medical degree in 1995. He then completed his residency in

Otolaryngology- Head and Neck surgery at the University of Michigan. While at

the University of Michigan he also received a master’s degree from the School of

Public Health.

Dr. Taylor’s research expertise includes head and neck cancer disparities in

treatment and outcome for underrepresented and disadvantaged patients. He also

has basic science and translational research interests, which include studying

ZSCAN4 as part of a system that confers and maintains cancer cell immortality in

HNC. He also studies adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) harvested from head

and neck tissues for the development of clinical applications following ablative

surgical and cancer treatments. Dr. Taylor also has extensive experience working

with SCCHN cell lines and has worked in tumor immunology and immunologic


In addition to his clinical and research pursuits, Dr. Taylor is a key leader in the

UMSOM, promoting Diversity and Inclusion and providing Unconscious Bias

training for faculty and staff. He was appointed to lead Cultural Transformation

initiatives at the UMSOM. Dr. Taylor is passionate and active on a local and

national level in providing mentorship to increase underrepresented individuals

in healthcare and research fields.

Dean’s Alumni Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Andrea R. Levine, MD, MS, is an Assistant

Professor of Medicine at the University of

Maryland School of Medicine in the Division

of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine,

Program Director for the Critical Care

Medicine Fellowship, Director of the

University of Maryland Critical Illness

Recovery Clinic, and DEI Champion for the

Department of Medicine. Dr. Levine

completed her medical training and residency

in Internal Medicine at the University of

Maryland. She trained in Pulmonary, Allergy,

and Critical Care Medicine at the University

of Pittsburgh, where she also obtained a

Master’s in Epidemiology. She returned to

join the faculty of the University of Maryland

in 2019.

Clinically, Dr. Levine’s efforts focus on caring for critically ill patients in the Medical

Intensive Care Unit. In addition, she has developed a Critical Illness Recovery Clinic

where she sees patients who are recovering from critical illness. She has served as the

Program Director for the Critical Care Fellowship Program at the University of

Maryland for the last two years.

Dr. Levine is passionate about contributing to and advancing diversity, equity, and

inclusion (DEI). She serves as a DEI reviewer for the Educational Content Review

Committee (ECRC) and the faculty advisor for the LGBTQ+ Health Interest Group for

the School of Medicine. As a School of Medicine faculty member, Dr. Levine prides

herself in representing the LGBTQ+ community such that patients, students, and

trainees may see themselves reflected in the patient care team and in the faculty and

attending physicians surrounding them. As a Program Director, she deliberately recruits

trainees via a holistic interview process that has resulted in a program rich with

physicians from a diversity of training backgrounds, life experiences, racial and ethnic

backgrounds, and sexual orientations. Her use of this evolving, holistic interview process

underlies her intention to amplify historically underrepresented voices in medical care

and medical training in the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship.

In addition, Dr. Levine has created a DEI curriculum for the Critical Care trainees, and

faculty members focused on cultivating an understanding of DEI terminology, implicit

bias, equitable allocation of resources during crisis, anti-racism, and health disparities in

critical care. Her efforts to ensure equitable access to this education have resulted in the

production of a renowned podcast with an international listenership. In the coming

year, Dr. Levine will take on the role of Champion of DEI for the Department of

Medicine and looks forward to the opportunities to expand the depth and reach of this

essential curriculum.

Dean’s Alumni Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Joseph (Adrian) Tyndall, MD, MPH,

is the Executive Vice President for

Health Affairs and Professor and Dean

of the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Morehouse School of

Medicine, Dr. Tyndall served as

Professor and Chair of the Department

of Emergency Medicine at the

University of Florida College of

Medicine for 13 years before being

appointed as interim dean of the

College of Medicine at the University

of Florida in 2018 and subsequently

the Associate Vice President for

Strategic and Academic Affairs for UF Health in Gainesville, Florida.

Dr. Tyndall was the 13th physician and only African American to lead the

college as dean, and served in that position for two and a half years. He also was

the first African American to be chair of an academic department in the UF

College of Medicine’s history.

Dr. Tyndall is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and

the emergency medicine residency program at the University of Maryland

Medical Center. In addition, he received his master’s degree in Health Services

Management and Health Policy from Columbia University in the City of New

York. He served on the Board of Directors of UF Health Shands Hospital at the

University of Florida for a decade and was chair of the Board of Trustees for the

UF Health Proton Therapy Institute during his tenure as interim dean. He is a

past president of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians, is a trustee and

president-elect of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Foundation,

emergency medicine’s national foundation supporting education and research in

emergency care.

Dr. Tyndall is an elected member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and

the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He has published and lectured extensively

nationally and internationally in emergency medicine

Dean Emeritus Donald E. Wilson Endowed

Scholarship Recipient

Kaéla Kuitchoua is a current second-year

student at the University of Maryland School

of Medicine (UMSOM). She graduated from

Emory University in 2018, where she

completed a Bachelor of Science degree in

Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. While at

Emory, she conducted research at the Yerkes

National Primate Research Center studying the

neurodevelopmental effects of early life stress

in a rhesus monkey model.

Prior to medical school, Ms. Kuitchoua spent

two years working for the NIMH’s Clinical and

Translational Neuroscience Branch through

the NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural

Research Training Award Program. She used

neuroimaging and genetics to study patients with schizophrenia to better understand the

hereditary traits of the illness. During her time at the NIH, she also served as a Volunteer

Coordinator for the NIH Academy, a program for NIH post baccalaureates to learn more

about health disparities in addition to volunteering in the Washington, DC community.

When Ms. Kuitchoua joined the UMSOM community in the Fall of 2020, she began

volunteering with Thread, an organization dedicated to providing resources to young

people in Baltimore facing academic and social challenges. She also joined the Combined

Accelerated Program in Psychiatry (CAPP) elective track and is a member of the School of

Medicine’s Second Look Day Committee.

While shadowing with CAPP, she particularly enjoyed joining the Programs of Assertive

Community Treatment (PACT) team, where she had the opportunity to meet adults in the

Baltimore community experiencing unique and complex psychiatric problems, and see the

various services the PACT team was able to provide to their clients.

Ms. Kuitchoua was elected to be a Co-Vice President of UMSOM’s Student National

Medical Association chapter for the 2021-2022 academic year. During her time with

SNMA, she aided in putting on events to support underrepresented minority medical and

premedical students, including the Regional Leadership Institute virtual conference in

October 2021. The goal of the event was to introduce underrepresented premedical and

medical students to various career paths they can take with the medical degree, with

presentations by physicians from UMSOM and the greater Baltimore and DC community.

Ms. Kuitchoua also serves on committees for UMSOM’s chapter of White Coat for Black

Lives (WC4BL). During her time with WC4BL she aided in organizing events and

promoting on their social media pages. Ms. Kuitchoua is reaching the end of her second

year and preparing to take Step I in April. She is looking forward to starting clerkships in

the spring and building her clinical skills as a future physician.

The Dean Emeritus Donald E. Wilson Endowed

Scholarship Fund

The Dean Emeritus Donald E. Wilson Endowed Scholarship Fund was

created by alumni, faculty, and friends of the University of Maryland School

of Medicine to honor the legacy of Dr. Wilson and continue the School’s

enduring commitment to enhancing the diversity of the School’s students and

the medical profession. The Fund facilitates the recruitment of a bright,

diverse student body and helps ensure quality health care for all populations.

It provides financial assistance to students at the School of Medicine.

Dr. Wilson served as Dean of the School of Medicine from 1991 to 2006.

During his tenure, he was nationally recognized by the Association of

American Medical Colleges as a national leader and role model for increasing

racial and ethnic diversity in academic medicine among physician leaders,

faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Wilson was named Dean Emeritus upon his

retirement as Dean.

In 2000, Dr. Wilson was the Inaugural recipient of the Herbert Nickens

award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2008, the

Association of American Medical Colleges awarded the Abraham Flexner

Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education to Dr. Wilson for his

extraordinary individual contributions to medical schools and to the

medical education community.

YOUR Support Makes a Difference

For more information about contributing to the Dean Emeritus Donald E.

Wilson Endowed Scholarship, or opportunities to support diversity

scholarships for medical students, please contact Mary Pooton, Associate

Dean for Development, at 410-706-8503.


Thank You to Our Donors!

With sincere appreciation

to our donors.

Your support of the Dean Emeritus

Dr. Donald E. Wilson, Endowed

Scholarship, creates opportunities by

eliminating financial barriers and

inspires diverse generations of

physician leaders in serving all

communities through inclusive and

compassionate medical care.

Thank you!

The University of Maryland School of Medicine

would like to thank the generous sponsors of this event.

Presenting Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Event Sponsors

Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health

Department of Anesthesiology

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Department of Epidemiology & Public Health

Department of Family & Community Medicine

Department of OB, GYN and Reproductive Sciences

Department of Orthopaedics

Department of Pathology & Department of Medical & Research Technology

Department of Radiation Oncology

Dr. and Mrs. Donald Wilson

Mahogany, Inc.

UM Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and Department of Psychiatry

Shock Trauma Associates; Program in Trauma


Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

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