Diversity & Inclusion

Who We Are

The PDI is led by Horace DeLisser, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion and three Assistant Deans for Diversity and Inclusion: Cindy Christian, MD, Benoit Dubé, MD, and Roy Hamilton, MD, all of whom are available to students weekly during office hours.

Horace DeLisser, MD

Horace DeLisser, MD
Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion

More about Horace DeLisser, MD

Undergraduate Education:
  • Temple University
Medical School Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania
Interests: 
  • Leukocyte-endothelial and endothelial-endothelial cell interactions
  • Chronic pulmonary vascular disease
  • Ethics

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Cindy Christian, MD

Cindy Christian, MD
Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion

More about Cindy Christian, MD

Undergraduate Education: 
  • Bucknell University 
Medical School Education: 
  • Albany Medical College
Interests: 
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical Education

My career at PSOM and CHOP has been diverse and extremely satisfying professionally. As a pediatrician who specializes in child abuse and neglect, I have had important responsibilities in helping to protect some of society’s most vulnerable children locally and through state and national efforts. As an Assistant Dean in the Program for Diversity and Inclusion at PSOM, I have had the great pleasure of working with our enthusiastic and talented students, supporting their community volunteer work, and helping to support their career aspirations.

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Benoit Dubé, MD

Benoit Dubé, MD
Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion

More about Benoit Dubé, MD

Undergraduate Education: 
  • Concordia University, Montreal
Medical School Education: 
  • Université de Montréal,Montreal
Interests: 
  • HIV
  • Mental health

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Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, FAAN

Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, FAAN
Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion

More about Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, FAAN

Undergraduate Education: 
  • Harvard University
Medical School Education: 
  • Harvard Medical School
Other Graduate Education: 
  • MIT (Master’s in Health Sciences & Technology)
Interests:
  • Diversity in academic medicine
  • Cognitive neurology
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Noninvasive brain stimulation

Diversity shapes the contours of my life. As a person of mixed African American and Asian heritage, diversity is woven into my genealogy. As a former Jehovah’s Witness turned secular humanist who is raising a beautifully multi-ethnic Jewish family, diversity of ideas and ideals is etched into my spirit and informs my guiding beliefs. Moreover, as the only member of my working class family to become a physician, the first black member of my family to attend college, and the only child in a generation of Hamiltons to complete high school, my career development has been marked by a profound appreciation of the ways in which my experiences and upbringing differ from those of many of my peers. For all of these reasons, I am especially interested in helping those students who feel that their racial, ethnic, cultural, spiritual, or socioeconomic backgrounds pose special challenges for them as they navigate the arduous but ultimately rewarding path to becoming physicians.

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Erika Dawson

Erika Dawson
Coordinator


Dorothy Harris

Dorothy Harris
Administrative Coordinator


Diversity & Inclusion Student Advisory Committee (DISAC)

DISAC 2015

An essential component of the PDI is the Diversity & Inclusion Student Advisory Committee (DISAC), a student advisory group composed of representatives from each class and our core cultural affinity groups. DISAC identifies students’ needs and ensures that the voices of students are represented, assists in program development, and serves as a means of communication between PDI, cultural affinity groups, and the medical student body. 

In addition, the PDI coordinates its efforts with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, and the Office of Student Affairs as well as collaborates with institutional partners including the Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID), the Alliance of Minority Physicians (AMP) and the Center of Excellence for Diversity in Health Education and Research (COE).

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