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Profiles in Johns Hopkins Diversity

Tribute to Dr. Watkins

Dr. Watkins left an indelible impact on medical education and health care equity at our institution, and we are proud to continue his legacy.

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Inez Stewart, M.Ed

Meet Inez Stewart, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Johns Hopkins Medicine, who says her diverse background affords her the unique position as a role model for others.

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Flor Giusti

Meet Flor Giusti, a social worker for Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center outpatient pediatric clinic, originally from Lima, Peru.  Flor uses her role to be a voice for the Baltimore’s Hispanic/Latino community to foster change and improve health and wellness for patients and their families.

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A.J. Nanayakkara

Meet A.J. Nanayakkara, an Americans with Disabilities Act/Accessibility Compliance Consultant for the Johns Hopkins Health System. An active wheelchair rugby player on the side, A.J. uses his position at Hopkins to help employees with disabilities maximize their capacities and succeed on the job.

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Joseph Heng, MD

Meet Dr. Joseph Heng, a third year resident in the Osler Internal Medicine Residency Program. An amateur concert pianist, Dr. Heng is proving that deaf and hard of hearing individuals can thrive in medicine at the highest levels.

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Teresa Brockie, PhD, RN, FAAN

Meet Teresa Brockie, a Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.  Dr. Brockie, a member of White Clay Nation (Aaniiihnin) of Fort Belknap, Montana, focuses on health equity through community-based prevention and intervention among vulnerable Native populations.  Originally a graduate student in the School of Nursing in 2003, Dr. Brockie returned in 2017 to join the faculty.

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Victoria O’Keefe, PhD

Meet Victoria O’Keefe, an Assistant Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. O’Keefe, a member of the Cherokee and Seminole Nations of Oklahoma, focuses on suicide intervention and prevention in Native communities.  She is the first ever Native, tenure-track faculty member in the School of Public Health.

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Magaline Newman

Meet Magaline Newman, the custodian for the Dean's suites at the School of Medicine, who recalls her journey from a segregated childhood to her optimism for the future, and who uses poetry to speak lyrically about the present.

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Robert Samuel DeCosta Higgins, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Meet Robert Higgins, the first African-American Surgeon-in-Chief in Johns Hopkins history. The William Stewart Halsted Professor and the Chair of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Higgins is  in charge of the Surgery Functional Unit within all of the various Johns Hopkins hospitals.

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Darren Brownlee

Meet Darren Brownlee, Assistant Administrator for the Department of Medicine. A former college football player who was inducted into his high school's athletic hall of fame, Darren is committed to helping reduce health disparities and advocate for underserved communities.

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Yolanda Fortenberry, Ph.D.

Meet Yolanda Fortenberry, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Hematology. Growing up in the historic 9th Ward of New Orleans, Dr. Fortenberry went from being the first in her family to attend college to being on the forefront of developing therapies for sickle cell disease and hemophilia.

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Boateng Kubi

Meet Boateng Kubi, a first year Medical Student at the School of Medicine, who feels a  calling to use medicine to further social justice, as practitioners seek to treat and increasingly diversifying population. He was inspired to pursue medicine by watching his mother work as an LPN.

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Jennifer Arnold, M.D., M.Sc., FAAP

Meet Jennifer Arnold, Medical Director at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Simulation Center. She shares with us how her experiences have led her to delivering care for critically ill patients.

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Shiva Razavi

Meet Shiva Razavi, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, who feels her unconventional career trajectory have led her to The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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Clarita Galindo Frazier Dawson, M.D.

Meet Clarita Dawson, M.D. Division Chief, Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Howard County General Hospital. She shares with us her career path and challenges she faced along the way.

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Jessica Havern, M.H.A.

Meet Jessica Havern, M.H.A., Director of Enterprise Performance at Johns Hopkins Medicine.She provides insight to women pursuing healthcare leadership and what has influenced her career path.

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Kathleen Page, M.D.

Meet Kathleen Page, M.D., Associate professor, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, who shares pressing issues women face today and the importance of recognizing women leaders.

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Noime Mary Paz Vidal, M.S.N., M.A.Ed., R.N.

Meet Noime Paz, Case Manager and registered nurse at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. She provides insight to her decision to work in healthcare and influences throughout her journey.

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Claro Pio Roda, Dr.P.H.

Meet Claro Pio Roda, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Howard County General Hospital. He shares his story as an Asian American and pressing issues that face Asian/Pacific Americans today.

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Julia Kim, M.D., M.P.H.

Meet Julia Kim, Associate Vice Chair of Pediatric Ambulatory Quality and Co-Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy. 

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Emmanuel Datan, Ph.D. candidate

Meet Emmanuel Datan, a Ph.D candidate in the department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences. He shares his story including his role models growing up and how he decided to focus on a  career in health care.

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Clare Madrigal, R.N.

Meet Clare Madrigal, R.N., LGBTQ Resource Nurse and Emergency Department Nurse at Sibley Memorial Hospital. 

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Dariel Peay

Meet Dariel Peay, Supervisor in Patient Access Services in the Department of Dermatology at the Johns Hopkins Health System.

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Stephen Sisson, M.D.

Meet Steve Sisson, M.D., Executive Director of Ambulatory Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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