The Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Brigham and Women’s Hospital aims to provide advocacy, support and resources for all diverse faculty, staff, trainees and students. Get to know our team:
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Faculty, Trainees and Students: Nawal Nour, MD, MPH
Dr. Nawal Nour is the chief diversity officer for faculty, trainees and students at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In addition, she is the Director of the African Women’s Health Center and the Director of both the Ambulatory Obstetrics and the Global Obstetrics Practices at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Nour is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.
Recently named one of Forbes 40 Women to Watch Over 40, Dr. Nour established the world renowned African Women’s Health Center which provides appropriate holistic health and outreach programs to the African community in Boston. As the founder and current director, Dr. Nour was honored as a 2003 MacArthur Foundation Fellow for creating the country’s only center of its kind that focuses on both physical and emotional needs of women who have had or undergone female genital cutting. This work has been covered by the media including the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, O and Essence magazine.
Dr. Nour was born in the Sudan and raised in Egypt and England. She came to the United States to attend Brown University. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed an Ob-Gyn residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a MPH at Harvard School of Public Health. She has received numerous awards for her community work and outreach including honorary doctorate degrees from Bowdoin College and Williams College.
Faculty Director, Office for Women's Careers: Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH
Dr. Kathryn Rexrode is the Chief of the Division of Women’s Health in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director for the Office for Women’s Careers in the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She also sees patients in Gretchen and Edward Fish Center for Women’s Health as a primary care physician. Since joining the faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1996, Dr. Rexrode has had leadership positions in research, education and faculty development.
Dr. Rexrode graduated AOA with a medical degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and came to the Brigham in 1991 for her primary care internal medicine residency. After residency, she stayed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to complete an epidemiology research fellowship and a Masters of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 1996.
Dr. Rexrode has broad and deep research experience in women’s health, with a particular interest in the role of obesity and hormonal factors on chronic disease, as well as the understanding of sex differences. She is the author of more than 200 research publications. Dr. Rexrode leads several large grants from the NHLBI and NCI, and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2002. Her current research focuses on the impact of metabolism on the risk of heart disease and stroke in women. She also is examining interventions that might reduce breast density in women, thereby reducing the risk of breast cancer.
Dr. Rexrode is a committed teacher and mentor. She served as the Program Director for the Harvard Vanguard Primary Care residency program from 2004-2006, and taught psychosocial aspects of medicine from 2003-2017. Dr. Rexrode was honored with the James S. Winshall award for Excellence in Ambulatory teaching in 2009. She has been recognized as an excellent mentor, receiving the coveted A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School in 2016.
Dr. Rexrode is a leader in faculty development in her role as Director for the office of Women’s Careers in the Center for Diversity & Inclusion where she works to support women’s careers and their academic advancement, to address issues of diversity and inclusion, and to reduce the impact of unconscious bias. She has led 3 cohorts of the Women’s Leadership Program for women junior faculty, and has lectured widely on leadership skills for women as well as the role of unconscious bias.
Director, Center for Diversity & Inclusion: Tina Gelsomino, MSW, LCSW, RCC™
Tina Gelsomino is the Director of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Brigham Health. She works to advance the Brigham’s diversity and inclusion strategy to support all faculty, trainees and medical students by focusing resources and support on a robust set of recruiting, retention and engagement initiatives, and in close alignment with the priorities of the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer.
Most recently, Tina served as assistant vice president of Administration for the Division of Development at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she oversaw operations and talent management for 270 staff members.
Prior to that, she was administrative director of the Center for Faculty Development & Diversity at the Brigham, supporting faculty career development and diversity, with a special focus on advancing opportunities for women, underrepresented minority groups and research faculty.
In addition to being a certified business coach, Tina is a trained negotiator and completed the Harvard Law School Negotiation Certificate Program. She holds a master’s in social work from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brandeis University
Program Manager, Center for Diversity & Inclusion: Molly Hines
Molly Hines is the Program Manager for the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Brigham Health. She works alongside the Chief Diversity Officer and the Director to support faculty, trainees and medical resources both programmatically and through various faculty development and engagement initiatives.
Molly comes to Brigham Health with a robust marketing and communications background. Having graduated from Simmons College with a dual degree in marketing and communications, most recently, Molly served as account executive at FleishmanHillard, a public relations and communications agency. While in this position, she served as the main point of contact on several high-level accounts and supported and developed marketing and integrated communications materials. She also led and managed the Boston intern program.
Program Coordinator, Center for Diversity & Inclusion: Leila Aruri
Leila Aruri is the program coordinator for the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) at Brigham Health. Leila joins the CDI Team from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Sciences and a particular focus in Social Determinants of Health and Reproductive Justice. Her passion is to cultivate more equitable, accessible and inclusive spaces that value intersectional forms of identity. At the CDI, she manages the Center’s two Pathway Programs, the Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship (STARS) Program and the Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP).