Diversity at Brown
Diversity in Rhode Island
Although a small state, Rhode Island is one of the most densely populated US states. Of the 1 million individuals who lived in the state in 2014, about 20% of the population was under 18 years and about 9% of the population was over 65 years old. It is also one of the most diverse states as well. Providence, the state’s capital, has been known as the “minority majority city” where greater than 50% of the population is non-white. Approximately 38% of the population was Hispanic or Latino, 16% of individuals were Black or African-American, 6% identified as Asian and 1.4% were American Indian or Alaskan native. Additionally, a large portion of the population that the Brown University GME programs serves is refugees. Providence has been designated a refugee resettlement site and as a result is home to a large number of Liberian, Cambodian, Haitian, Nepali and Iraqi people. Most of these patients enter through the Pediatric and Med-Peds clinic. Residents are encouraged to take part in their intake exams and to learn from their experiences during the refugee relocation process. As a result of our diverse populations, housestaff interact with patients from all backgrounds.
What is Diversity?
Brown is committed to the promotion of diversity throughout the university campus in an effort to provide holistic health care as well as acceptance and respect for individuals of varying backgrounds. The school and the hospital campus embrace a working environment that highlights a diverse medical and patient community that encompasses race, ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. By working together, we will provide comprehensive patient care and foster a working environment where individuals can learn from one another.
Brown residency programs also seek to recruit individuals from under-represented populations in medicine (URM). URM represents a specific group within the medical community that the Association of American Medical Colleges defines as “racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” Historically, this has included Blacks or African Americans, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and Hispanic or Latino.
Earl Stewart, MD (Categorical Internal Medicine)
In the search for the perfect "match" for Internal Medicine residency, I desired a program that would do one very simple thing: prepare me for a career in medicine to be able to care for my patients as best as possible. In Brown's Medicine program, I've found that. From the very day I interviewed until now, I'm reminded over and again why I chose to train here: the prestige that comes with the Brown name; the diversity of the Southern New England patient population. The rigors of being exposed to treating the commonest of common medical conditions as well as gaining ample exposure to the rarer ones. Working alongside fellow housestaff who are not only some of the most knowledgeable young physicians in training but also are some of the most dedicated and compassionate who have become what I hope will remain lifelong friends. Being an integral part of the changing face and environs of medicine locally, nationally, and internationally.
All of these collaborate to make Brown's Medicine residency programs the exemplary pinnacle of post-graduate medical training they are. I say this without fear of contradiction and knew at the very beginning of my training and even now that no matter where my career leads me in the future, the foundations I've established in systems-based clinical practice, research, and evidenced-based patient care here at Brown will carry me to the furthest extent possible. Our program possesses a local impact with a global reach, and I'm proud, each day, to be a part of that. Brown's Medicine programs don't just train physicians-they train physician-leaders.
That's why I make the assertion often that if I had to go back and do it all over again, I would still choose Brown. We spend just over 1000 or so days in Medicine residency training. I'm elated I chose to spend those days at a place where general concern for every aspect of the residents' lives exists and I can train in a truly collegial environment with all of the attributes mentioned. If that's what any senior medical student looking for that perfect match in Internal Medicine training desires, I urge him or her to choose Brown. You will most certainly not be disappointed.
Prasanna Tadi, MD (Neurology)
Prasanna Tadiﾠa graduate of Alluri Sitaram Raju Academy of Medical Sciences in Eluru India, comes to us most recently from Columbia University Medical Center where he was a research assistant in the Department of Neurology.ﾠAs an International Medical Graduate, I am always looking for opportunitiesﾠwhere I can meet residents with similar back ground. Diversity is priority for me during my residency search.ﾠ It enriches theﾠtraining experience and broadens the individual perspective.
Tony Zhang, MD (Emergency Medicine)
My name is Xiao Chi (Tony) Zhang; I am currently a third year Emergency Medicine resident at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and I applied to Brown because of their unparalleled Emergency Medicine Residency Program, but stayed because of the supportive faculty, the interdepartmental comradery, and the ample opportunities to reach out and aid the local underserved communities.
In the past two years, my community outreach work included presenting lectures to underserved and international high school students in Rhode Island on the pursuit of a career in medicine. Currently, I am serving as a mentor for medical school students and underserved high school students as part of the Doctoring Course and Lifespan Community Health Service Mentorship Program, respectively. My most recent project involves reaching out to the local Cambodian population to promote awareness to potentially life-threatening "silent diseases" such diabetes, hypertension, and coronary artery disease and to encourage them to seek out primary medical care in order to prevent health and financial burdens.
Being a member of the Brown Minority House-staff Association has not only provided me with opportunities to reach out to the community, but also provided a friendly environment where I can meet colleagues who share my passion to promote and celebrate diversity and provide aid to the underserved population. I am proud to be a Brown EM resident!
Nancy Hernandez, MD (Med-Peds)
Nancy was born and raised in New York City, attending the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education – a combined BS/MD program whose mission is to train physicians interested in providing care to underserved populations. She completed her medical school training at NYU. She is passionate about teaching, service and advocacy, which is why she is here at Brown for her residency training. During medical school, she won a competitive NYC Mayor’s Office Fellowship working on a project examining the role of health literacy to prevent childhood obesity and to introduce health literacy into inner-city ESL classrooms. She’s spent time volunteering and conducting research in India and Latin America, including spearheading a community health assessment in Chile. She envisions a life dedicated to the underserved, both at a local and global level.
Su Aung, MD, MPH
Su completed undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed MPH studies at West Virginia University. She received her MD from the Rosalind Franklin University Chicago Medical School where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and awarded the Chicago Medical School Humanitarian Award. She has done service learning and research in Myanmar, Haiti, China, and Uganda, with a focus on infectious diseases. She completed two years of residency at St. Louis University prior to the program’s closure, and joins us as a PGY3 in our Med-Peds program. Her program director described her as a strong resident and an asset to the program. Our faculty, interviewing her for transfer, described her as “a GREAT fit for our program in terms of personal style, commitment to Global Health and the international population, community service, roll-up-your-sleeves style…and clinical capability”. She is a native Burmese-speaker and enjoys shopping, reading, poetry, dancing, and traveling.
Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH
Rhode Island Health Director, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Combined Adult and Pediatric Infectious Disease
Dr. Alexander-Scott completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University at Stony Brook and then proceeded to complete a combined adult and pediatric fellowship in infectious disease at Brown University. After completing her training, she came on a faculty in both adult and pediatric infectious disease departments. She has been active in teaching at Brown University as well as advising for residents and fellows at Lifespan. During her time in Rhode Island, Dr. Alexander-Scott also served as the medical director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis and was an active medical consultant for the Division of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at the Rhode Island Department of health. In 2015, Dr. Alexander-Scott took on her new role as the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Jael Rodriguez, MD
Hospitalist, Department of Internal Medicine
Jael Rodriguez, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinical) in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Brown, functioning as both an inpatient attending physician on the teaching general medicine wards at Rhode Island Hospital, as well as supervising residents at the Chapman Street resident continuity clinic, RIH Center for Primary Care. He grew up between Moca, Dominican Republic, and the Bronx, New York, and attended medical school at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. He completed his residency in General Internal Medicine (primary care track) at Brown, at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. His main areas of interest include primary care, end-of-life care and advanced planning, and sociocultural aspects of healthcare for minority populations
Angela C. Anderson, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Dr. Angela Anderson is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and Director of Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
She received her Medical Degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Yale Medical School. She then completed fellowships in both Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Clinical Toxicology and Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She is quadruple boarded in Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Clinical Toxicology, and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.
Dr. Anderson has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Emergency Medicine Residents' Association, the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award from Brown Medical School and the Outstanding Mentor Award from the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. She has given over 200 presentations to regional, national and international audiences.
Sybil Cineas, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Medical Science
Dr. Cineas is the Associate Program Director for the Med/Peds Residency. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Medical School. She completed her Med/Peds residency at the Harvard Combined Program (BWH/Children’s Hospital/MGH). She joined the faculty in 1999 and has been an advisor and mentor to many classes of Brown Med/Peds residents. She oversees the Med/Peds ambulatory experience for the residents including the curriculum, a focused Enhanced Primary Care Rotation (E-PCR) for second year residents, and Med/Peds focused block rotations. She also enjoys working with and mentoring medical students. Dr. Cineas serves as a Career in Medicine faculty advisor at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is currently an Assistant Director for the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) as part of the medical school’s new Primary Care-Population Medicine track.ﾠ She is active in the National Med/Peds Program Directors Association – where she has presented her piloted Enhanced Primary Care curriculum. Dr. Cineas is the recipient of multiple teaching awards including the 2011 Department of Medicine Beckwith Family Teaching award. Since 1999, Dr. Cineas has been a regular volunteer at the Rhode Island Free Clinic and serves on the clinic’s Medical Advisory Committee. Dr. Cineas serves on the Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs Advisory Group and is an advisor to the Brown Minority House Staff Association (BMHA). She also has a strong interest in international health and has participated in clinical experiences in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Armenia.
Phyllis A. Dennery, MD
Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld Chair of Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, Pediatrician-in-Chief, Rhode Island Hospital, and Medical Director of Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University.
She obtained her B.S. in Biology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. After receiving her medical degree from Howard University in Washington, DC, Dr. Dennery completed a residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center also in Washington, DC and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital) in Cleveland, Ohio. She was on the faculty at Stanford University from 1990-2003 where she served as Director of Neonatology Research and Associate Division Chief, after which she was recruited to Children’s Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Dennery is the recipient of many awards and honors but most notably elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2014, elected as a fellow of the Society for Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine in 2014 and to the Association of American Physicians in 2015. She was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Howard University College of Medicine.
Dr. Dennery is appointed to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality and served on the Community Action Team of the Medical Examiner’s Office in Philadelphia focused on infant mortality. At the University of Pennsylvania, she was on the Committee on Appointments and Promotions of the School of Medicine, the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Directors as well as the Executive Committee of the Department of Pediatrics.
Since coming to Brown, Dr. Dennery has been a pioneer and champion of diversity outreach and promotion at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She now serves as a faculty member of the Brown Minority Housestaff Association
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Chair: Alexis Thompson, MD and Sean Sanher, MD
Vice-Chair: Luwam Ghidei, MD
Social Chair: Matthew Anderson, MD
Med-Peds: Sybil Cineas, MD
Internal Medicine: Dom Tammaro, MD
Pediatrics: Sabina Holland, MD
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