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:
- 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;
- Identify concerns, resources, and programmatic needs across the HMS/HSDM LGBT community; and
- Collaborate with University and HMS-related, offices, programs, and groups that address the needs of the HMS/HSDM LGBT community.
Pamela Needham, Technical Specialist/Systems Administrator, Information Technology, Harvard Medical School
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.
John L Dalrymple, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Dr. Mark and Karen Lawrence Director of Assessment, Professionalism and Humanism in Medicine
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.
Rohan is a seasoned fundraising professional and is a development officer with Harvard Medical School’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Development. His role supports the philanthropy and awareness efforts of HMS’ biomedical research and medical education programs. He primarily engages alumni and donors in Boston and on the west coast. Prior to joining HMS in 2016, Rohan worked in fundraising roles at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and in local non-profits in Chicago, IL and Madison, WI. Rohan is a Point Foundation alumnus and, in fact, was a member of the Foundation’s first class of scholars in 2002. He currently serves on both the Point Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Scholar Selections Committee. He is a former Board Member at GSAFE, a small non-profit focused on creating just spaces for queer and trans students (WI). Rohan is native to Jamaica, where he lived until his teenage years.
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.
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.
Abhinav Dhall, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital
Abhinav Dhall is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School and in Newborn Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. He obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Washington, Seattle where he was actively involved in providing academic mentorship to LGBTQ undergraduates who belong to minority backgrounds such as Latino, Filipino and African-American. He has organized various events focused on providing HIV prevention and treatment information, and is passionate about working with HIV positive/undetectable individuals. Here at Harvard, Abhinav studies cancer epigenetics, with a focus on Acute Myeloid Leukemia and hopes to continue providing mentorship to LGBTQ undergraduate students.
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.
Yvonne Gomez-Carrion, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Yvonne Gomez-Carrion, MD, completed her residency training at New York-Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and joined the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1987. She is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the BIDMC Ob/Gyn Resident Surgical Service. Also, she is co-director of the resident gyn rotation. Yvonne is a gynecologic surgeon who performs complex procedures via open and minimally invasive techniques using advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic techniques. She believes in a holistic approach to health care. Her clinical interests include and problem-oriented gynecology - abnormal pap smears, abnormal vaginal bleeding, fibroid treatments, ovarian cysts, gender dysphoria- and benign gynecologic surgeries. Yvonne has devoted her professional life to educating patients about their bodies function and resiliency.
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.
Sabra is trained in developmental psychology, gender and women’s studies, and social epidemiology. Her research investigates sexual orientation and gender identity development, sexual fluidity, health disparities related to sexual orientation and gender identity in adolescents and young adults, and psychosocial functioning in families with transgender youth. She is currently working on an NIH-funded community-based longitudinal mixed-methods study to examine how the family environment affects the health and well-being of transgender youth. In addition to research, Dr. Katz-Wise is involved with advocacy efforts at Boston Children’s Hospital to improve the workplace climate and patient care for LGBTQ individuals, including her role as a Safe Zone trainer and co-chair for the Boston Children’s Hospital Rainbow Consortium on Sexual and Gender Diversity. She co-founded and co-facilitates the Alliance of Gender Affirming Professionals (AGAP), a group for professionals and trainees in greater Boston who work with transgender youth and families.
Alex is a clinical psychiatrist, educator, and researcher. At Harvard Medical School (HMS), he is primary course director for the fourth-year elective clerkship, “Care for Patients with Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities,” and the national continuing education conference, “Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health.” His clinical practice and research focus on sexual and gender minority health.
Jose Martinez, Senior HR Consultant and Compliance Manager, Harvard Medical School
Jose serves as the Title IX Coordinator for Staff at HMS with a primary focus on training, prevention and addressing sexual and gender based concerns from the Harvard community. Jose contributes as a member of the Institutional Review Board for the Fenway Institute which focuses on HIV and LGBT health research.
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.
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 and as the 2016-2017 Chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees Advisory Committee on LGBT Issues. He currently serves as the 2017-2018 Chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on LGBTQ Matters.
Lisa is an Assistant Professor at HMS and Chief of Oncology at Mount Auburn Hospital. She has served as the Vice President of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and President of the Lesbian Health Fund. She has also been a course Co-Director for the Women in Medicine Conference, a national conference for lesbian physicians and medical students.
Ex-Officio Committee Members
Simone Leary, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer
William Lensch, PhD, Chief of Staff, Dean’s Office
Alvin Poussaint, MD, Faculty Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Director, Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs
Gina Vild, Associate Dean for Communications and External Relations
Past Committee Members
Shaun Dow, BS
Ingrid Katz, MD
Robert Li Kitts, MD
Lenny Lopez, MD, MDiv, MPH
Harvey Makadon, MD
Christopher Daniel Andrade Rodrigues, PhD
Mark Schuster, MD, PhD
Marisa Silveri, PhD
Viknesh Sivanathan, PhD
Peggy Timothe, DDS
Jonathan Matsui, PhD
Susan Rapple, BS, EdM