GME Diversity

GME Diversity

Diversity Consortium

Diversity in GME

Diversity Consortium Members

Member Biographical Info
Rasheed Balogun, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology
I was born abroad, and grew up in Africa. I emigrated to the USA in my mid 20s. My wife is of similar background, and our children were born in the USA. I grew up in an environment where I belonged to a large  ethnic group. I was shocked the first time I was referred to as a minority by a well-intentioned physician in Philadelphia a few months after moving to the US. Not offended, but shocked because I never thought of myself as a minority person.
Lori D. Conklin, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Originally from Texas, I am a single parent of a 10 year old, soccer playing daughter.  My academic interests are vascular and ENT anesthesia.  My outside interests include international travel, skiing, camping and photography.
Diane Farineau
Director, GME Office
UVA Medical Center
I spent my childhood barefoot living on and off boats in the Caribbean  until my family moved to Charlottesville. I have lived in Europe, Washington D.C. and am now happily settled back in Charlottesville with my husband and two (almost) adult children.
Robin Fisher
Robin Fisher
School of Medicine
Human Resources Manager
I have moved 14 times and have lived in 5 different states. I was a three-sport DIII collegiate athlete. I am passionate about the development of others as well as providing the necessary resources to assist in one’s experience and tenure at UVa.
Bernadette Goudreau
UVA Medical Student
I am a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I am a member of the Association of Native American Medical Students as well as the Student National Medical Association. My undergraduate institution was the University of Notre Dame, and I am a huge fan of the Fighting Irish.


Travis Harris
Travis Harris
Department of Emergency Medicine
Education Coordinator
I succeed when others succeed. I take pleasure in serving and creating a learning environment that is welcoming to all. Medicine is a unique field in which we can provide physical healing. My desire is to empower the healer.
Marcus Martin
Marcus L. Martin, MD
VP and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
I came to UVA as the first African American clinical department chair in the School of Medicine. I worked as a chemical engineer for several years before attaining a career in health care and currently serve as the chief officer for diversity and Equity at UVA. Three of my four children are UVA alums.
Gabrielle Marzani-Nissen, MD
Assistant Dean for Admission, SOM
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Throughout my childhood, I lived either in a remote part of an island or in the throes of New York City. I installed my first home at the age of 13. I started medical school at the age of 26. I used to dream in Spanish.
Michael Moxley, MD
Associate Dean for Diversity
Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

I was raised in Kentucky, and attended UVA for undergraduate and medical school. Clinically, I am a member of the General Ob/Gyn faculty, and the remainder of my time is spent with the Office for Diversity and Medical Education. As a graduate of UVA's SMDEP (Summer Medical and Dental Education Program), and now as part of the leadership team, I have been able to describe my perspective as an African American male in the field of Ob/Gyn to interested students."

Sue Pollart
Susan Pollart, MD
Professor of Family Medicine
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
I grew up in West Virginia and attended WVU for undergraduate school before coming to UVA for medical school. I was the first female faculty physician in the Department of Family Medicine at the UVA School of Medicine. My academic focus is academic medical faculty satisfaction and engagement.
Nassima Ait-Daoud Tiouririne

Associate Professor and Medical Director
Department of Psychiatry
I grew up in Africa and emigrated to the US in my 20's. I speak three different languages. My academic focus is addiction medicine and providing the best training experience for our medical residents and students.
Michael Williams
Michael D. Williams, MD
Director of Emergency General Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery
The son of a coal miner's daughter and an immigrant from Grenada, West Indies, Dr. Williams joined the Faculty in 2012, becoming the first Black Faculty member in the UVA Department of Surgery and was the first Black President of the Mulholland Society in the School of Medicine. His academic focus is Health Equity and the systems of care that support its attainment, and his clinical focus is providing the highest quality surgical care to all populations.