Diversity & Inclusion

Thomas Jefferson University is committed to building and expanding a diverse educational community founded on mutual respect and appreciation for each other. 

Bernard L. Lopez, MD, MS, CPE Associate Provost, Diversity & Inclusion, Thomas Jefferson University; Senior Associate Dean, Diversity & Community Engagement, SKMC; and Professor, Emergency Medicine

We aspire to create a diverse and inclusive environment, knowing that the creative energy and innovative insights that result from diversity are vital for our intellectual rigor and social fabric. As a scholarly community, we are people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national and international backgrounds.  We welcome diversity of thought, pedagogy, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability. Our shared responsibility is to enhance the quality of life for all members of the Jefferson community, providing a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment in which to learn, work and grow.

Diversity is the richness in human differences.  At the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC), we promote and cultivate an inclusive environment that values and cherishes the diversity of our people. SKMC believes that a diverse and inclusive environment is key to achieving excellence in our missions of patient care, education and research. We believe that our mission and values create and nurture the physicians who provide compassionate and culturally-sensitive care to the patients that they serve.

SKMC Council on Diversity & Inclusion

The SKMC Committee on Diversity & Inclusion is the main organization within the medical college that drives diversity and inclusion. It is chaired by the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Engagement and is composed of representatives from senior leadership, department chairs, faculty, residents and students. The Committee is advisory to the Dean of the Medical College and is charged with creating and updating the vision for diversity and inclusion, performing an ongoing assessment progress and makes recommendations on initiatives, curriculum, policies and resources needed to achieve desired outcomes. It has the authority to enact action items to assure that we achieve our missions in patient care, education and research to ensure that we best serve the health and health care needs of the public

Counsel Members

Shruti Chandra, MD Faculty, Department of Emergency Medicine
Ashley Coleman Pre-clinical Student, SKMC Class of 2026
Gretchen Deimer, MD Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education, SKMC
Christine Eischen, PhD Faculty, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Cancer Biology
Abdulmojeed Ekiyoyo, MD Resident, Department of Medicine, Divsion of Internal Medicine
Andres Fernandez, MD Faculty, Department of Neurology
Krys Foster, MD Faculty, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Christopher Garrick Clinical Student, SKMC Class of 2025
Ron Hall, MD Assistant Dean, Diversity & Student Diversity Programs, SKMC
Steven Herrine, MD Interim Dean; Vice Dean for Education
Lydia Komarnicky-Kocher, MD Residency Program Director, Department of Radiation Oncology
Bernie Lopez, MD Senior Associate Dean, Diversity & Community Engagement, Thomas Jefferson University
Alisa LoSasso, MD Senior Associate Dean, Admissions
Jerry McCauley, MD Faculty, Department of Medicince, Division of Internal Medicine
Shilpi Mittal, MD Faculty, Department of Neurology
Karen Novielli.MD Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University
Dimitrios Papanagnou, MD Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Damaris Pena Evertz, MD Faculty, Department of Medicine
Charles Pohl. MD Vice Dean, Student Affairs, SKMC
Mindy Rabinowitz, MD Faculty, Department of Otolaryngology
Matthias Schnell, PhD Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Mihir Shah, MD Faculty, Department of Urology
Tara Uhler, MD Residency Program Director, Department of Ophthalmology
Devin Weber, MD Faculty, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease
Annina Wilkes, MD Faculty, Department of Radiology
Steve Williams, MD Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine