Dean's Advisory Council Members

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Nix Sitkin Zelin

Chair, YSM Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQI+ Affairs

MD Candidate, 2018

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Andrea Lynne Barbieri, MD

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Vice Chair, Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQI+ Affairs

Education

MD ,Wayne State University ,, 2009

BA ,Case Western Reserve University ,, 2005

Dr. Andrea Barbieri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology. She received her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and went on to receive her MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She subsequently completed her residency in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Yale New-Haven Hospital in 2013. Her research interests include areas in head and neck pathology, gastrointestinal pathology and quality improvement in surgical pathology....

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Jessica Dara Bod, MD

Instructor

Education

MD ,Yale School of Medicine ,, 2012

Dr. Bod is the Director of Medical Student Education and the Director of the Emergency Medicine Clerkship and Sub-internship.

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Kali Denise Cyrus, MPH, MD

Assistant Professor

Education

MD ,University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine ,, 2013

MPH ,Rollins School of Public School, Emory University ,, 2008

BA ,Stanford University ,, 2006

Kali Cyrus was born and raised in West Palm Beach Florida. She ventured to the west coast for college, where she received her B.A. from Stanford University as a psychology major and human biology minor in 2006. She then began coursework for her MPH in health policy and management at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Her studies on medical education informed her training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, where she spent 4 years...

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Rachel Dreyer, PhD

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD ,University of Adelaide (Australia) ,, 2013

BS (Honors) ,University of Adelaide (Australia) ,, 2007

Rachel Dreyer, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the section of Policy and Public Health and the Division of Informatics in Emergency Medicine at Yale University. Her background is in epidemiology and clinical research, with particular expertise in disparities related to women and cardiovascular disease. She obtained a PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2013. Upon attainment of her PhD, she joined the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) at Yale University as a Postdoctoral...

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John A Encandela, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Associate Director for Curriculum and Educator Assessment, Teaching & Learning Center (SOM)

Education

PhD ,University of Pennsylvania ,, 1994

MA ,West Virginia University ,, 1981

My contributions to education and research have focused on the organization and delivery of: (1) health-related services for vulnerable populations, and, (2) physician/health-professional training. After having done work in national and international evaluation of HIV/AIDS-related programs and mental health service research, a more recent component of my career has involved the application of my skills in medical education. In this area, most of my work has focused on working with medical...

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Joseph Gallego, MD

Psychiatry Resident

Education

MD ,Mayo Medical School ,, 2016

BA ,Arizona State University ,, 2011

I am a psychiatry resident who is passionate about LGBTQI+ health and medical education. As a medical student at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, I published a curriculum on the AAMC MedEdPORTAL to teach healthcare professionals how to provide their LGBTQI+ identified patients with the culturally competent, evidence-based care they rightfully deserve. I aspire to continue to teach, develop curricula, and mentor medical students and residents throughout my career.

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Joseph Lucien Goulet, PhD

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Education

PhD ,Yale University ,, 2003

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Junjie Guo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Education

PhD ,Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine ,, 2011

BA ,Peking University ,, 2006

A native of Guangzhou, China, Junjie Guo received his B.A. in Biology from Peking University (Beijing). He completed his Ph.D. thesis in the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, working with Hongjun Song on neuronal DNA methylation in the adult brain. During his postdoctoral training in David Bartel's laboratory at the Whitehead Institute/MIT,  Guo developed a series of computational and experimental methods to systematically investigate...

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Stephen Joseph Huot, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Nephrology); Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (YSM)

Vice Chair, Education and Academic Affairs

Education

MD ,Duke University ,, 1985

PhD ,Uniformed Services Univer ,, 1981

I am a Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in Nephrology and am recognized by the American Society of Hypertension as a "Specialist" in the care of patients with hypertension. My patient care is in both the inpatient setting in general medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital and in the outpatient setting at the Adult Primary Care Center where I oversee the hypertension clinic for patients of the Primary Care Center.

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John Pachankis, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Education

PhD ,State University of New York at Stony Brook ,, 2008

MA ,State University of New York at Stony Brook ,, 2004

John Pachankis studies the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. His research specifically seeks to identify the psychological and social influences that might explain LGBT individuals’ disproportionate experiences with several adverse mental health outcomes, like depression and substance abuse. He uses social epidemiological, experimental, and mixed methods approaches to conduct this research. Drawing on his background as a clinical psychologist, his...

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Michael O'Riley Rigsby

Medical Director, Yale Health; Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

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Nensi Ruzgar

MD Candidate, Class of 2021

Nensi is one of the leaders of OutPatient, the LGBTQIA+ student group for Yale Health Professions Schools. In this capacity, she is interested in LGBTQIA+-related curricular development and evaluation, as well as community building and mentorship among and for the LGBTQIA+-identifying and ally health profession students at Yale.

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Michael Solotke

Medical Student

Michael Solotke is a co-leader of OutPatient, YSM’s LGBTQI student group. He has contributed to development and implementation of LGBTQI curricular material for undergraduate medical education, and is part of the research team for an ongoing LGBTQI study. More broadly, his interests include healthcare management and policy, mentorship, and community building.

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Ambrose H. Wong, MD, MSEd

Instructor in Emergency Medicine

Director of Simulation Research

Associate Fellowship Director, Medical Simulation

Education

MSEd ,MGH Institute of Health Professions ,, 2016

MD ,Washington University School of Medicine, St.Louis ,, 2010

BSc ,University of British Columbia ,, 2004

Ambrose Wong, MD, MSEd, is the Director of Simulation Research and Associate Fellowship Director for Medical Simulation at YCMS. He is a board certified emergency physician with an interest in using healthcare simulation to improve teamwork and patient safety.

He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia in Microbiology & Immunology in Vancouver, Canada and attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Ambrose obtained his Emergency...

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The primary contact for the Dean's Advisory Council on LGBTQI+ Affairs is: LGBTQIaffairs@yale.edu.