Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion


  • Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Brian Thompson, MD, Assistant Dean for Diversity, College of Medicine



  • Lenore Boris, JD, Associate Dean at the Binghamton Clinical Campus
  • Ann Botash, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
  • Sharon A Brangman, MD, Division Chief of Geriatrics
  • Larry Chin, MD, Department Chair, Neurosurgery
  • Sharon Huard, MS, Associate Dean for Student and Multicultural Affairs
  • Danielle Katz, MD, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
  • Paul Ko, MD, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Julio Licinio, MD, PhD, Dean, College of Medicine
  • Gloria Lopez, JD, Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Sipho Mbuqe, PhD, Senior Counselor, Student Counseling Service
  • Lisa Phelan, Director of Accreditation & Compliance
  • Jennifer Welch, MS, Chief Enrollment Management Officer
  • Julie White, PhD, Dean of Student Affairs

Faculty Reps ~

  • Olamide Ajagbe, MD, Pediatrics
  • William Brunken, PhD, Ophthalmology
  • George Stanley, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Wei-Dong Yao, PhD, Psychiatry, Neuroscience & Physiology

Student Members

  • Mary Gadarowski, MSII
  • Adaobi Ikpeze, MSI
  • Nia Jagroop, MSII
  • Desirree Pizarro, MSI
  • Katie Rong, MSIII

Resident Members

  • Mahmoud Abdelghany, MD, PGY-6, Cardiology (appointed January 2018)              
  • Julia Ciurria, MD, PGY1, Pediatrics (appointed January 2018)
  • Stephanie Gleicher, MD, PGY-2, Urology (appointed January 2018)
  • Bakhtier Nurmukhamedov, MD, PGY-3, Neurology (appointed January 2018)

~ Faculty representatives are recommended by the Medical College Assembly Executive Committee and appointed by the dean.  Faculty members will serve 2-year terms which may be renewed for up to 6 years.


The Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is charged with advancing diversity in the College of Medicine.  Specifically, the committee will:

  • Periodically review the Diversity and Inclusion Policy, including identification of mission-appropriate diversity categories for medical students, faculty and senior administrative staff.
  • Ensure the school has effective policies and practices in place, and engages in ongoing, systematic, and focused recruitment and retention activities to achieve mission-appropriate diversity outcomes among students, faculty, senior administrative staff, and other relevant members of its academic community.
  • Review strategies, programs and outcomes related to recruitment and retention of medical students, faculty, and senior administrative leadership from COM-defined diversity categories.
  • Review activities related to the administration and delivery of programs (e.g. pipeline programs) aimed at developing a diverse pool of medical school applicants, both locally and nationally.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness (including outcome data) of pipeline programs and of other programs to support school-defined diversity among students, faculty, and senior administrative staff.
  • Conduct an annual review of the progress of departmental diversity and inclusion action plans.
  • Prepare an annual report to be shared with university leadership, faculty, and students.
  • Align the work of the committee and College of Medicine efforts in advancing diversity with the university-wide Strategic Plan for Diversity.

Dean's Policy on Diversity & Inclusion in the College of MedicinePDF Icon

Diversity & Inclusion PlanPDF Icon

Meeting Minutes

3 p.m. in Doust Boardroom

October 3, 2017PDF IconIntranet Icon November, 2017PDF IconIntranet Icon January 30, 2018PDF IconIntranet Icon
April 24, 2018 May 29, 2018 June 26, 2018
August 14, 2018



Related Standing Committees/Subcommittees/Ad hoc Committees/Task Forces:

President's Diversity CouncilIntranet Icon