Massachusetts Medical Society: Black Women In Medicine Conference - Networking Sessions - Speaker Bios

Black Women In Medicine Conference - Networking Sessions - Speaker Bios

Dallas ReedDallas Reed, MD
Division Chief of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, Tufts Children’s Hospital

Director of Perinatal Genetics & Attending Physician, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts Medical Center

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Reed is a double-boarded obstetrician/gynecologist and medical geneticist who has a passion for equity and inclusion, telemedicine, genetics education, and providing sensitive and culturally competent care to women and families during pregnancy and when confronted with uncertainty around a genetic diagnosis. Dr. Reed is Chair of the Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization’s Telemedicine Steering Committee, an inaugural member of Tufts Physician Organization Diversity and Inclusion Committee, as well as a member of its Women in Medicine and Science Committee, and Policy and Procedures Committee. At Tufts University School of Medicine, she is inaugural member of the Anti-Racism Task Force.

Dr. Reed is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, where she received a BS in Biology. She earned an MD at Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics/gynecology at Bridgeport Hospital-Yale New Haven Health in Bridgeport, CT. Dr. Reed’s fellowship in medical genetics took place at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.


Valerie E. StoneValerie E. Stone, MD, MPH
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Stone is a nationally recognized HIV/AIDS-focused infectious disease specialist. She is the author of numerous publications on HIV/AIDS care and policy, including the book, HIV/AIDS in U.S. Communities of Color. Dr. Stone serves as the Senior Advisor to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital COVID Equity Response Team and has spoken locally and nationally and published about COVID inequities. Dr. Stone was awarded the W. Lester Henry Award from the American College of Physicians, the Massachusetts Medical Society’s LGBTQ Health Award, the Brigham and Women’s Physicians’ Organization’s Pillar Award for Outstanding Achievements in Faculty Development & Diversity and the Harold Amos Diversity Award from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Stone received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and did her residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve - University Hospitals of Cleveland. She completed a health services research fellowship at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and BWH, and an infectious disease fellowship at the Boston University School of Medicine program.


Jessica IsomJessica Isom, MD, MPH
Attending Psychiatrist, Codman Square Health Center

Clinical Instructor, Yale University

Dr. Isom provides expertise on antiracist transformation of staff and programming, focusing on the opioid use disorder services at Codman. She is an experienced community psychiatrist, public speaker, medical educator and consultant for diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism projects. Dr. Isom is also a faculty track consultant leader for the Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculum for Yale’s psychiatry residency program. Currently, she is expanding her consulting company, Vision for Equity LLC, into a nationally sought team of antiracism coaches and organizational trainers.

She received an MD and MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Isom served as Chief Resident in Yale’s Department of Psychiatry. At the American Psychiatric Association Assembly, Dr. Isom represents Early Career Psychiatrists, highlighting the need for health equity in organized psychiatry. She is also a Councilor for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, working to improve the care provided to marginalized populations in the state.


Joyce A. SackeyJoyce A. Sackey, MD, FACP
Associate Provost & Chief Diversity Officer, Tufts University’s Health Sciences Schools

Dean for Multicultural Affairs & Global Health, Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Sackey oversees Tufts University School of Medicine’s diversity and inclusion initiatives with pipeline programs targeting under-represented in medicine students at the high school, college, and post-graduate levels. Her office provides opportunities for students to gain exposure to global public health and health care delivery in international settings. Dr. Sackey recently co-chaired an equity and inclusion working group as part of the University’s Antiracism Initiative.

Prior to her roles at Tufts, Dr. Sackey was Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Director and Advisor for the William Augustus Hinton Society at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Attending Physician in Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).

Dr. Sackey received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and medical degree from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She completed her internal medicine residency at BIDMC, serving as Primary Care Chief Resident. She completed advanced fellowship training in medical education and was a Senior Rabkin Fellow at the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at BIDMC and HMS.


Aimee LoweAimee Lowe, Esq.
Managing Partner, Lowe Legal Group, PC, LLO

Attorney Lowe has served as local counsel for numerous west and east coast firms, and negotiated hundreds of transactions, litigating cases from start to finish in Iowa and Nebraska. She is a true strategist, assessor of risk, and fierce advocate. Before forming Lowe Legal Group, PC LLO, Attorney Lowe clerked for the Nebraska Court of Appeals, and joined an Iowa based law firm as an associate before becoming an equity shareholder. She is a frequent speaker on all matters legal including business succession planning, negotiations, real estate, resilience, leadership, faith, and debt-reduction topics.

Attorney Lowe is an honors graduate of the Creighton University School of Law, graduating cum laude, and a recipient of the Silver Quill Award. She has also received seven CALI Excellence for the Future Awards, which recognize the highest scoring student in each law school class. She won the Creighton School of Law Intramural Moot Court Competition.


Marlina DuncanMarlina Duncan, EdD
Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Dr. Duncan oversees the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS) Diversity and Inclusion Office, partnering with diversity leaders across the institution’s three schools to ensure the goals and milestones outlined in the UMMS IMPACT 2025 strategic plan are met, and that diversity and inclusion remain at the forefront of the medical school. Dr. Duncan’s previous equity and diversity leadership has taken place at Brown University, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Dr. Duncan began her career as interim co-principal and education director at a K-8 charter school in Springfield. She directed the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate at UMass Amherst and was an assistant professor of science education at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina following the completion of her Doctorate of Education-Science Education degree at UMass Amherst.


Nancy OriolNancy Oriol, MD
Faculty Associate Dean for Community Engagement in Medical Education, Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Lecturer in Social Medicine, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Oriol initiated several educational innovations during her tenure as Dean for Students at Harvard Medical School, co-creating the Division of Service Learning, designing the first Transition to the Wards Course, co-directing the Mentored Clinical Casebook, and bringing mannequin simulation to the HMS campus. Her TEDx Beacon Street Talk, Anesthesia Dreams, describes why and how she co-founded The Family Van, a public health outreach program at Harvard Medical School and HMS MEDscience, a novel high school STEM program that partners with over 30 local schools and serves over 1500 students a year.

Dr. Oriol graduated from Harvard Medical School, completed an anesthesia residency at the Beth Israel Hospital, where she was then appointed Director of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia.


Oneeka WilliamsOneeka Williams, MD, MPH
Founder & CEO, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo, LLC

Urologic Surgeon, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Williams has published a series of science-based children’s books featuring Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo- Super Surgeon on the Go, envisioning that all children will internalize the ‘Habits of Positivity’ modeled in the books. Dee Dee Dynamo, LLC incorporates educational science content into the form of a powerful, positive, and confident girl character. This work emphasizes the under representation of women in many arenas, especially STEM careers.

Dr. Williams is one of the first Black women to graduate with a BA in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and the first Black woman to train in Urologic Surgery at the Lahey Clinic and is one of the 0.001% of Black urologic female surgeons in the country.

Dr. Williams completed her early education in Guyana and Barbados. She completed her MD and MPH at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health and general surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Williams was also awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Endicott College in 2018.


Philomena AsantePhilomena Asante, MD, MPH
Leader, Diva Docs Boston
Founder, Black Women Doctors Network
Staff Physician, Boston University Student Health Services

Dr. Asante leads Diva Docs Boston, a networking and leadership program for Black women physicians in the Greater Boston area and has created the Diva Docs Coverage column which highlights Black women physicians’ perspectives on numerous health topics. The Black Women Doctors Network, founded by Dr. Asante, is a professional networking platform for Black women physicians.

Dr. Asante received an undergraduate degree with high honors from Harvard College, a medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and a master in public health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and is now pursuing a social impact MBA Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Dr. Asante is vice-chair of the MMS Women Physicians Section Governing Council and a member of the Committee on Diversity. She is deputy chair of Harvard Chan School of Public Health Alumni Engagement Committee and advises the American Medical Women’s Association’s leadership certificate program.



Rev. Gloria E. White-HammondRev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, MD
Co-Pastor, Bethel AME Church, Boston

Swartz Resident Practitioner in Ministry Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Reverend Dr. White-Hammond co-directs the Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Medical School course, “Medicine and Spirituality in Healing” and facilitates a group on “Meaning Making: Understanding the Minister's Role in Making Theological Sense of Life Experience.”

At Bethel AME Church, she introduced Shatter the Silence to address sexual victimization in predominantly African American communities and Planning Ahead which encourages members to begin conversations about preferences for end-of-life care and complete advance directives at Bethel AME.

Dr. White-Hammond served as a pediatrician at the South End Community Health Center from 1981-2008. She co-founded My Sister’s Keeper in 2002, which provides women-focused humanitarian and human rights support to victims of conflict in southern Sudan and now Darfur

Dr. White-Hammond attended Boston University, earned a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She is a member of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s President’s Advisory Council and serves on Boston’s COVID19 Health Inequities Task Force.


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