Diversity at the School of Medicine: Meet Our Staff
Gregory C. Townsend, MD
Associate Dean for Diversity and Medical Education
Greg Townsend was appointed Associate Dean for Diversity and Medical Education at the School of Medicine in 2014. He shares general responsibility for promoting the educational mission of the School and provides leadership, information, and counsel to students, faculty, and staff to facilitate a positive experience for all as part of a diverse community. He leads the School of Medicine's Diversity Consortium, and is a member of its Admissions Committee and Diversity Steering Committee. He also sits on the University-wide Diversity Council. (more)
Brian Gittens, EdD, SPHR
Director of Diversity Initiatives
Brian Gittens was appointed Director of Diversity Initiatives for the School of Medicine in 2014. He works collaboratively with SOM's Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee to design learning and professional development programs that foster the recruitment, retention and advancement of underrepresented groups and help realize the goals of the School of Medicine’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan. (more)
Michael D. Williams, MD
Director, Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
Michael Williams joined UVA's faculty in 2012 as an associate professor in the Department of Surgery's Division of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery, and directs the Emergency General Surgery service at UVA Medical Center.
After completing his undergraduate studies at Brown University, Dr. Williams attended UVA School Of Medicine, graduating in 1993. He did a residency in general surgery at Louisiana State University's training program at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, and then went on to Washington, D.C., for consecutive one-year fellowships in surgical critical care and trauma surgery at Washington Hospital. (more)
Marcus L. Martin, MD
University Vice President and
Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
Dr. Martin has served in a variety of roles in support of diversity and equity at the University of Virginia, including as assistant dean in the School of Medicine, and as assistant and associate vice president in the UVA Office of Diversity. In 2011, Dr. Martin was appointed 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 (1970) and chemical engineering (1971) from North Carolina State University, where he was the first African American varsity football player. After working as a production chemical engineer at WESTVACO in Covington, he enrolled in Eastern Virginia Medical School as a member of its charter class, and was its first African American graduate, earning his MD in 1976. (more)
Judy Pointer, MEd
Program Manager, Office for Diversity
As program manager, Judy Pointer provides key support to the School of Medicine’s Office for Diversity. She serves as a liaison between the Diversity office and the Student National Medical Association, the Latino Medical Student Association, and the Association of Native American Medical Students, among others.
Ms. Pointer is a mentor to students and a member of both the UVA Diversity Council and the National Association of Medical Minority Educators. She helps organize the School's participation in recruitment fairs at UVA and across the country. She received her undergraduate degree from Fisk University, and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University/Peabody College.
Program Manager, Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
With forty years of service at UVA in programs that include African American Affairs, Student Academic Support, Strategic Programs, and Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), Joyce Gray has become the heart of the School of Medicine’s diversity programs.
Ms. Gray serves as program manager for the nationally recognized pre-med program for minorities and other students from disadvantaged backgrounds, SMDEP, and represents UVA at local and national recruitment events. She is a member of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, and also participates in UVA's Executive Administrative Network. Joyce received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Averett University.