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Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Mission

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Pediatrics (UTHSC DOP) is dedicated to recruiting, training and retaining a diverse body of leaders within pediatrics. To accomplish this goal, our department created the UTHSC DOP Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Our mission is to promote a departmental culture of respect, equity and inclusion for all our trainees regardless of race, ethnicity, country of origin, culture, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy status, physical ability, justice system involved status, and covered veteran status. We believe maintaining a culture of inclusion is a necessary feature of a safe and nurturing learning environment that allows all trainees to thrive and become culturally sensitive physicians and community advocates. In addition, our committee fully supports UTHSC DOP’s commitment to solving children’s health issues and eliminating disparities in our community.

Vision

We will act as an advisory board to UTHSC DOP to achieve the following:

  • Develop initiatives and programs to recruit, educate, empower, and retain under-represented individuals in medicine.
  • Provide training opportunities and implement additional courses on cultural humility, cultural sensitivity, social advocacy and health equity for our faculty and trainees. 
  • Develop a confidential and anonymous system for faculty and trainees to report instances of bias, microaggressions, and any other racially or culturally insensitive issues.
  • Enhance mentorship and support resources for under-represented individuals in medicine.
  • Collaborate with other diversity and inclusion groups within the UTHSC system as well as our health partners at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare System, Regional One Health Medical Center, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Create community outreach initiatives, including mentorships and other projects, to educate under-represented individuals about healthcare and opportunities in medicine.
  • Foster interest and support research in social and health inequity.

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee

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LaPrecious Harrold, MD
Co-Chair

Dr. Harrold's Bio

Hometown: Memphis, TN 
Undergrad: Howard University (Go Bison!)
Medical School: University of Illinois COM
Residency: Pediatrics, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Clinical Interests: Hospital Medicine, Quality Improvement 
Personal Interests: I’m a native Memphian who loves to travel, cook, cycle, and spend time with my loved ones.

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Crystal Pourciau, MD
Co-Chair

Dr. Pourciau's Bio

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN 
Undergrad: Spelman College
Medical School: University of North Carolina, School of Medicine 
Graduate: MPH, Health Care and Prevention, UNC, School of Public Health 
Internship: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Residency: Dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Fellowship: Pediatric Dermatology, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital
Clinical Interests: General pediatric dermatology, eczematous dermatitis, skin of color, health equity 
Personal Interests: I enjoy sunshine and warm weather as well as spending time with my family and friends.

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Raven Anderson, MD

 

Dr. Anderson's Bio

Undergrad: Loyola University New Orleans
Medical School: LSUHSC-Shreveport SOM
Residency: Pediatrics, UTHSC (PGY-1) 
Clinical Interests: General Pediatrics (outpatient and inpatient)
Personal Interests/hobbies: Big foodie (and wino) and enjoy horseback riding!

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Nada Arwa, MD

Dr. Arwa's Bio

Medical School: University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt
Residency: Pediatrics, Alexandria University Children’s Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt
Residency: Pediatrics, Nassau University Medical Center (affiliated with Long Island Jewish Hospital), Long Island, NY 
Fellowship: Pediatric Nephrology, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Clinical Interests: Pediatric Nephrology, neonatal nephrology, and onco-nephrology
Personal Interests: Meditation, cooking, gardening, writing poems and short stories 
Self-Identification: Middle-Eastern, Muslim


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Brooke Asemota, MD

Dr. Asemota's Bio

Undergrad: New York University
Masters: Tulane University, UT San Antonio/UTHSCSA
Medical School: Saint Louis University SOM
Residency:  UT Memphis Pediatric Neurology (PGY-4)
Clinical Interests: Neurocritical Care
Personal Interests: I enjoy Latin dancing and Formula 1. 


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Bindiya Bagga, MD

Dr. Bagga's Bio

Hometown: Kolkata, India and now Memphis, TN
Medical School: KMC Mangalore, India 
Residency: KMC Mangalore, India and LSU Shreveport, LA
Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases at St Jude- UTHSC combined fellowship, Memphis, TN
Interests: Antimicrobial Stewardship, Virology, Outcomes Based Research, Med Ed, Physician Wellness, Mentoring
Hobbies: Time with family, long walks, reading and unwinding on endless cups of homemade chai and trying out new recipes. I am also a Yogi and painter in the making. 😊


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Megan Bivins, MD

Dr. Bivins's Bio

Undergrad: University of Louisville  
Medical School: University of Louisville  
Residency: Pediatrics, Children’s Mercy, Kansas City, KS
Fellowship: Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow, PGY-5  
Clinical Interests: Quality Improvement, Medical Education, Implicit bias in clinical decision-making


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Brittany Brown, MD

Dr. Brown's Bio

Hometown: Greenville, NC
Undergrad: Wake Forest University
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: UTHSC Medicine-Pediatrics 
Clinical Interests: community health, chronic disease management, JEDI
Personal Interests/Hobbies: reading, photography 


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Cynthia Cross, MD

Dr. Cross's Bio

Dr. Cynthia Cross is a native Memphian and graduate of Hamilton High School. She was a nurse for 8 years before entering UTHSC, SOM. She completed two years of her Pediatric Residency at Baylor COM/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX before returning home to Memphis where she completed her final year of Pediatrics at Le Bonheur.  

After 5 years in private practice and 11 years in Emergency Medicine, she returned to Le Bonheur in 2008 to start the Pediatric Hospitalist Program where she currently serves as the Division Chief. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UTHSC SOM. Dr. Cross serves on multiple committees including Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and Serious Safety Events, among others. She has an interest in children with special health care needs. Dr. Cross is the mother of one daughter, Camille, and enjoys hanging out with her. Dr. Cross is a HUGE fan of the Dallas Cowboys.   


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Austin Dalgo, MD

Dr. Dalgo's Bio

Undergrad: University of Alabama
Medical School: University of Alabama Birmingham SOM
Residency: Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, UTHSC 
Fellowship: Hospice and Palliative Medicine, UTHSC 
Clinical Interests: Ethics and Global Health
Personal Interests: Bird watching with my son and rock climbing with my daughter


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Alicia Diaz-Thomas, MD, MPH

Dr. Diaz-Thomas's Bio

Undergrad: Tulane University: BA in English and Latin American Literature, cum laude
Medical School: Tulane School of Medicine (MD)
Graduate: Tulane School of Public Health: MPH with concentration in Tropical Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Tulane Health Science Center/ Charity Hospital of New Orleans/ VA NOLA (Chief Resident) 
Fellowship: Pediatric Endocrinology, University of South Florida 
Clinical Interests: JEDI in medicine (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion), pediatric endocrinology (differences in sex development, pediatric bone health, disorders of growth and development)
Personal Interests: Reading, learning new things, music and dance


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Alexander Feliz, MD

Dr. Feliz's Bio
Hometown: New York, NY

Undergrad: Wesleyan University
Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Residency: General Surgery, University of South Florida
Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Clinical Interests: Surgical Critical Care, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Health Disparities Research
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Foodie, Cycling, Soccer, Formula 1 racing, Reading


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Amanda V. Hardy, MD

Dr. Hardy's Bio

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana!
Undergrad: Tulane University
Medical School: Louisiana State University Health Shreveport School of Medicine
Residency: UTHSC Internal Medicine & Pediatrics (Med-Peds)
Clinical Interests: Combined Hospital Medicine
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Sports- Geaux Tigers and WhoDat! I also have a love of all things soccer, especially the US Women’s National Team (4 World Cups? I mean, come on!). I also love trivia, the outdoors, cross logic puzzles, and music of all genres (I pride myself on having lots of random artist- or song-related fun facts).


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Vinson James, MD

Dr. James's Bio

Undergrad: Rosary Senior Secondary School, India 
Medical School: St. John’s Medical College, India (2004-2010) 
Post-graduate training: St. John’s Medical College, India (2014-2017) 
Clinical Interests: Onco-nephrology 
Personal Interests: Sports (Table tennis, Cricket, Soccer, Chess)


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Katharine McNiel, MD

Dr. McNiel's Bio

Medical School: Dell Medical School, Austin, TX
Residency: Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, UTHSC
Interests: I grew up in Austin, Texas. I am passionate about health equity and social justice in medicine, particularly pertaining to medical weight bias and anti-Black sentiments in medicine. I am excited to continue addressing health disparities in a new community!!


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Adebowale Odulana, MD

Dr. Odulana's Bio

Undergrad: UNC- Chapel Hill
Medical School: UNC- Chapel Hill SOM
Residency: Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Virginia Commonwealth University
Fellowship: NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill
Clinical Interests: Obesity Medicine
Personal Interests: I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my family and trying to perfect my oxtails recipe. 


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Melissa Parkinson, MD

Dr. Parkinson's Bio

Undergrad: Brigham Young University
Graduate School: George Washington University
Medical School: University of Utah
Residency: Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, UTHSC, currently serving as a Chief Resident 
Clinical interests: Infectious disease! I am currently applying for a combined fellowship
Personal Interests: reading, baking, and hiking


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Yonique Petgrave, MBBS

Dr. Petgrave's Bio

Medical School: University of the West Indies Mona, Jamaica
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Fellowship: Pediatric Nephrology, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Childrens’ Hospital
Clinical Interests: Onco-nephrology, hypertension
Personal Interests: fitness, cooking


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Cari Rayborn, MD

Dr. Rayborn's Bio

Hometown: Magnolia, Mississippi
Undergrad: Tougaloo College 
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Personal Interests: I enjoy outdoor activities and exploring new places with my husband and daughter.


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Claudette Jones Shephard, MD

Dr. Shephard's Bio

Undergrad: Loma Linda University College of Arts & Sciences (now La Sierra University) (Riverside, CA)
Medical School: Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA)
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecology, State University of New York – Brooklyn
Fellowship: Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology, UTHSC
Clinical Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Pediatric Gynecology, Child Sexual Abuse, Health disparities
Personal Interests: Photography, reading, community service


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Lauren (Correa) Shepherd, MD

Dr. Shepherd's Bio

Hometown: San Antonio, TX 
Medical School: UTMB, Galveston, TX 
Residency: Pediatrics, UTHSC (3rd Year)
Interests: I was born in San Antonio, TX (Go Spurs!) and completed medical school at UTMB in Galveston Texas. I’m planning to pursue a general pediatrician position where I would like to serve medically underserved populations. 
Personal Interests: Reading, exercising, and eating all kinds of food!


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Meghna Singh, MD

Dr. Singh's Bio

Person Interests: : University of Missouri-Kansas City
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Clinical Interests: Advocacy, Medical Education, and Palliative Care
Personal Interests: My dog Winston and Netflix


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Nithya Swaminathan, MD

Dr. Swaminathan's Bio

Person Interests: : Chennai, India
Person Interests: : Grant Medical College, Mumbai
Person Interests: : Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
Person Interests: : Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of Columbia Presbyterian, NY
Person Interests: : Congenital heart disease, transthoracic and fetal echocardiograms and enjoy being the Assistant Program Director for cardiology fellowship program
Person Interests: : Singing, dancing, cooking, traveling, social networking, organizing and planning events etc.


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Selamawit Tesema, MD

Dr. Tesema's Bio

Undergrad: UT-Knoxville
Medical School: UTHSC 
Residency: Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, UTHSC 
Interests: In terms of clinical interests, I like too many fields (the med-peds in me), but I currently am considering a fellowship in Neonatology following residency.
Person Interests: Exercising (outdoor walks, gym work outs) and cooking. 


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Kim Uchida, MD (pronouns: she/her/hers)

Dr. Uchida's Bio

Undergrad: University of Utah
Medical School: University of Utah
Residency: University of Colorado
Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care
Clinical Interests: I am a first-year pediatric critical care fellow, interested in oncology-critical care as well as health equity in the ICU.
Person Interests: Skiing, Biking, Hiking, and playing with my corgi puppy, Miso. 


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Taqwela Williams, MD

Dr. Williams's Bio

Undergrad: Georgia State University 
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Adolescent Medicine, Outpatient General Pediatrics
Personal Interests: Movies, Plants, Shopping, Styling (Home Decor/Fashion)


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Dan Wells, MD

Dr. Wells's Bio

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergrad: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis
Residency: Med/Peds @ University of Tennessee in Memphis
Clinical Interests: Med/Peds Hospitalist with particular interest in resident education
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Husband and father of 3 with a love of musical theater, Tennessee Volunteers, and of course the Memphis Grizzlies

Nov 18, 2022