The LGBT Advisory Committee will identify key areas of importance, programmatic interventions, and resources that support LGBT issues.  The charge of the LGBT Advisory Committee is to:

  1. Make recommendations to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine about priorities related to LGBT students, staff, faculty, trainees, and fellows at HMS and HSDM;
  2. Identify concerns, resources, and programmatic needs across the HMS/HSDM LGBT community; and
  3. Collaborate with University and HMS-related, offices, programs, and groups that address the needs of the HMS/HSDM LGBT community.

Committee Members


Pamela Needham, IT Support Specialist, Desktop Solutions
Pam has provided IT support in higher education since 1999. Prior to joining the IT Department at Harvard Medical School, she worked in IT Support Services at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and was the Help Desk Manager at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Pam began advocating for LGBTQ rights in Wellesley College’s dormitory “Straight Talks”, a program sponsored by the Office of Residential Life.

Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics; Chief, Division of General Pediatrics and Vice-Chair for Health Policy, Department of Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital
Mark conducts research on child, adolescent, and family health issues, including health disparities, quality of health care, sexual health, children with HIV-infected parents, and family leave. He described his experiences at Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals in a published speech, “On Being Gay in Medicine,” and he co-authored the book, Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask). Mark is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and served on its Committee on LGBT Health Issues.

Committee Members

Iman Berrahou, HMS ‘18
Iman is a fourth year medical student and a former executive board member of the LGBT and Allies at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (LAHMS) student group. As an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, she is leading an initiative to increase cervical cancer screening rates in the LGBTQ population by creating a video campaign and accompanying medical education curriculum.

Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH, Instructor in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Justin is a psychiatrist and Associate Clerkship Director for the HMS Principal Clinical Experience in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He served for four years on the governing board of the MGH LGBT Employee Resource Group, spearheading educational and social activities for the hospital community. In addition to his clinical practice combining medication and psychotherapy treatments for mood and anxiety disorders, he conducts research focused on racial/ethnic disparities in utilization of mental health services.

John Dalrymple, MD, Member of the Faculty of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
John is a gynecologic oncologist and serves as the Associate Chair and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  He he also serves as Director of Professional Development and Clinical Assessment Integration at Harvard Medical School.  Prior to returning to Boston in 2015, he was an active clinical teaching faculty in both the University of California and University of Texas Health Systems, where he served in many educational leadership roles.  As a Hispanic, gay male and a long-time LGBT advocate, John enjoys serving as a role-model and mentor to URIM and LGBT trainees and faculty.  With a focus on medical education, assessment and professional identity formation, John supports opportunities to increase awareness of LGBT issues in both the medical education curriculum and learning environment.

Juan Jaime de Zengotita, MD, Instructor in Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Juan Jaime is the medical director of the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, part of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is on the board of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus, which serves Harvard University’s LGBTQ Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni. He is has been involved in health care IT as a member of the BWH LMR/PG User Group for 10 years, and as a Physician Transition Leader managing the hospital’s change to the Epic electronic medical record. 

Marshall Forstein, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Cambridge Hospital
Marshall is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance. He is a Past President of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, an affiliate of the American Psychiatric Association.  He served as a member of the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education from 2008-2014.        

Michael Girouard HMS ‘19
Michael is a second-year medical student and one of the executive board members of the LGBT and Allies at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (LAHMS) student group. As a LAHMS board member, Michael has organized lunch talks on LGBT issues in medicine and medical education, as well as other social events for the LAHMS community. He has also been involved in sexual and wellness education in the local Boston Public Schools and is passionate about LGBT health and health disparities.

Maya Harary HMS ‘18
Maya is a second-year medical student and is one of the executive board members of LGBTQ and Allies at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (LAHMS). As LAHMS board member, she has organized lunch talks and served as liaison for the admissions revisit committee. She is committed to increasing the representation of LGBTQ content in the medical curriculum, as well as fostering a support system for LGBTQ students at the affiliated hospitals as they transition to the wards.

Joan Ilacqua, Project Archivist, Harvard Countway Library
Joan is the Project Archivist for the Archives for Women in Medicine at the Center for the History of Medicine in Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library. With a background in public history and advocacy, she is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of underrepresented people in the HMS community through acquiring records, conducting oral histories, and outreach activities. Joan also serves as Board Co-Chair of The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston, an all-volunteer community archives dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Boston’s LGBTQ history.

Madeleine Jennewein, PhD Candidate, Division of Medical Sciences
Maddy is a first year student in the Virology PhD program. She has been active in LGBT advocacy for several years. As an undergraduate at Brown University she lead efforts to establish gender neutral housing options for all students as president of a queer student group and helped run IvyQ, the Ivy league LGBT conference. Maddy is interested in improving LGBT visibility in the graduate school and establishing a student group for queer PhDs.

Jennifer Potter, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Jennifer is Director of Women's Health Programs at two Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates. Jennifer has over 24 years of experience providing healthcare for members of the LGBTQ community and is widely recognized as a leader in curriculum development underserved women, sexual and gender minorities, people with disabilities, and cancer survivors. Jennifer is the co-editor of the Fenway Guide to LGBT Health and a member of the AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development.

Megan Prock, BA, Senior Communications Manager, Center for Primary Care, Harvard Medical School
Megan is the Senior Communications Manager at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care. Prior to joining Harvard Medical School, she was the Senior Press Officer for Physicians for Human Rights, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes health professions and the public to protect the human rights of all people. Additionally Megan has volunteered on a number of campaigns in support of LGBT issues.

Christopher Rodrigues, PhDResearch Fellow in Microbiology and Immunobiology
Chris Rodrigues is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at the Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on how bacteria form a dormant cell type, called spores. He has recently joined the HMS community and organized the first LGBTQ-friendly Beer Hour Party in his department as a way to raise awareness to the 2015 PRIDE week in Boston.

Carl G. Streed, Jr., MD, Research Fellow in Medicine
Carl is a Fellow at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Primary Care focusing his research on LGBT health disparities, resilience, and sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data collection. He has been advocating for LGBTQ health and policy issues from institutions to state and national agencies and legislatures. He has previously served on the Board of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. He currently serves as the 2016-2017 Chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees Advisory Committee on LGBT Issues.