Pictured above is Dr. Karen Kim, Professor of Medicine and Dean of Faculty Affairs. Dr. Kim has been selected to receive the BSD’s Distinguished Leader in Diversity and Inclusion Senior Faculty Award. Nominated by her faculty peers and selected by the BSD’s Faculty Advisory Committee, this award recognizes Dr. Kim’s tireless efforts to address Asian American health disparities and advance women’s careers in medicine. She has extensive expertise and experience in community based participatory research (CBPR), dissemination and implementation science, minority health, health disparities research, and Asian American health. In addition, she has a long track record of providing mentorship to under-represented minority students and faculty.

By providing support to students at the Pritzker School of Medicine, she was vital to establishing the Bridgeport Free Clinic; a clinic designed to serve members of the Chinese community with limited English proficiency, as well as provide service learning and cultural competency training for students and faculty. Her efforts to advance the status of women in medicine are highlighted by the multiple leadership positions she has held at the University of Chicago: she has served on the Advisory Committee for the Office of Research in Women’s Health for the National Institute of Health, led the University Chicago Medicine’s Women’s committee, supported and co-created the first Women in Medicine curriculum for the Pritzker School of Medicine student.

Pictured above is Dr. Rochelle Naylor, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Naylor has been selected to receive the BSD’s Distinguished Leader in Diversity and Inclusion Junior Faculty Award. Her peers describe her as “an asset to the University of Chicago and a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion within the Biological Sciences Division and the greater community.”  In her role as the Associate Program Director of the Pediatrics Residency Training Program, she has dedicated her career as a physician-scientist to research and treatment that offers solutions to health care disparities and racial inequalities in diabetes genetic medicine. Her research seeks to address racial inequalities in MODY, including unequal access and use of genetic testing. As a faculty member, she has consistently contributed to several mentorship pipeline programs, supporting underrepresented students and trainees. She also serves as the Director of Recruitment for the Pediatric Residence Training Program where she works diligently to ensure that the program recruits and supports a diverse population of applicants.

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