Our Diversity Team
Michael D. Williams, MD, SMDEP Director
Gregory Townsend, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Brian Gittens, EdD, SPHR, Director of School of Medicine Diversity Initiative
P. Preston Reynolds, MD - Associate Director of UVA Center on Health Disparities
Dr. Preston Reynolds is a tenured professor in the Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care. She earned her MD degree at Duke University and completed her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Preston has held numerous national leadership positions; as national president of the American Medical Student Association; as founding member and chair of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Council of Associates and member of the ACP Board of Regents and the ACP Health and Public Policy Committee, as Chair of the Human Rights and Education Subcommittees of Society of General Internal Medicine’s Health Policy Committee, and for fifteen years as member of the board of directors of Physician for Human Rights (PHR).
Preston has tirelessly pushed for reform of medical education and residency training to promote professionalism as the primary goal of physician education. She has lectured on the subject of professionalism at universities in the US, Europe and South Africa, and is recognized nationally and internationally for her contributions in this area. Preston’s area of research for more than 30 years has focused on the history of race discrimination in healthcare and medical education. She has published and lectured on the subject, received major funding from the NIH and national foundations, and won awards for her scholarship. She currently is writing a book on the history of healthcare for blacks in the Carolinas, and revising a comprehensive guide to resources on the history and contributions of African American to the health professions.
Marcus L. Martin, MD - University Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
Dr. Marcus L. Martin is Professor and past chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UVA. During his tenure, Dr. Martin served as Assistant Dean, School of Medicine, Assistant Vice President, Associate Vice President, and Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity at UVA. A native of Covington, Virginia, he earned bachelor’s degrees in pulp and paper technology and chemical engineering from North Carolina State University where he was the first African American varsity football player. He attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and was the first African American graduate.
Dr. Martin was commissioned by the US Public Health Service and later served as general medical officer at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico. He completed emergency medicine residency training at the University of Cincinnati. He held positions of emergency medicine residency director, vice chair and acting chair at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He directs a January-term course on disaster preparedness in St Kitts and Nevis for University of Virginia students.
Dr. Martin founded EMCERT (Emergency Medicine Center for Education, Research and Technology) and established the School of Medicine Simulation Center and the Life Saving Techniques course for medical students at UVA using computerized human patient simulation. He is a principal investigator of the NSF-funded Virginia-North Carolina LSAMP, an eight institution alliance whose goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students graduating with STEM degrees. Dr. Martin is a founding member of the Board of Visitors at North Carolina State University, and he was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to serve on Virginia’s Secure Commonwealth Panel and as Vice Chair of the Virginia Tech Incident Review Panel.
Judy Pointer, MEd - Program Manager, Office for Diversity and Center on Health Disparities
As Program Manager, Judy Pointer provides key support to the School of Medicine’s Office for Diversity and Center on Health Disparities. She also serves as a liaison between the Diversity Office and the SNMA(Student National Medical Association), the LMSA(Latin Medical Student Association) and the ANAMS(Association of Native American Medical Students) organizations at UVA.
Ms. Pointer provides insightful mentorship to students and is a member of both the UVA Diversity Council and the National Association of Medical Minority Educators. She actively attends and organizes the school of medicine’s participation in recruitment fairs at UVA and across the country. Ms. Pointer received her undergraduate degree in English from Fisk University and her master’s degree in Higher Educational Administration from Vanderbilt University/Peabody College.
Joyce Gray - Program Manager for SMDEP
With forty years of service at the University of Virginia in programs including African American Affairs, Student Academic Support, Strategic Programs, and Summer Medical and Dental Program (SMDEP), Joyce Gray has become the heart of the School of Medicine’s diversity programs.
Besides attending local and national recruitment events, Ms. Gray serves as program manager for the nationally recognized pre-med program for minorities and other students from disadvantaged backgrounds, SMDEP. Ms. Gray is a member of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators and participates in UVA's Executive Administrative Network. Joyce received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Averett University.