ABOUT CDI:

Our Team

Chief, Emergency Critical Care Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Imoigele P. Aisiku, MD, MBA
Interim Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Dr. Aisiku is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Diversity and Equity and the Director of the office of IDEaS in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Aisiku is also the Chief of the Division of Emergency Critical Care Medicine.  Dr. Aisiku also serves as a BWPO Board of Trustee member.  As a clinician scholar, Dr. Aisiku has many interests and has served in numerous leadership roles at BWH but has a passion for diversity and community service that spans before his BWH years.  In particular he has a passion for being involved in the community and helping to develop young minds from different backgrounds and in particular disadvantaged backgrounds and give them an opportunity to succeed. 

 

In 2012 he started a summer internship program funded personally to encourage undergraduate students to participate in science and prepare them for a career in health sciences. In 2016, He created the Aisiku STEM center at Worcester University and Brigham and Women’s and Worcester University Bridge to Excellence Program that provides lectures and mentorships to young undergraduate students through our hospital. In 2020 He set up an endowed chair position to create the first chair in health equity and diversity at UMASS Medical School.  He was named a Vice-Chair for Diversity and Equity in August 2020 and founded the Office of IDEaS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice) which has been successful in raising funds internally and through philanthropy to support the emergency departments diversity efforts. In February 2021, He was honored as an endowed distinguished chair in health equity and diversity by the President of BWH hospital and the second endowed chair in the emergency department.  He has served on the BWPO DE&I committee, and is currently a member of the FACTS committee.  He is committed to advancing DE&I efforts in his department and through collaborations with the BWH CDI throughout the hospital as well.

Vice Chair of DEI, Department of Anesthesiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Morana Lasic, MD
Interim Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Dr. Morana Lasic is an anesthesiologist, Associate Program Director of the BWH anesthesiology residency program, Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and inclusion, and BWH Medical Director of Peer Support.  She received her B.A. degree from Mount Holyoke College, M.D. degree from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and M.Ed. degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

 

She is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical training includes a surgical internship at Duke University Medical Center and an anesthesiology residency at BWH, which she completed in 2002 when she joined as BWH faculty.  In addition to departmental leadership roles, she has served on the HMS Admissions Committee. She has run departmental recruitment efforts for faculty and trainees, focusing on recruiting more women, underrepresented minorities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Associate Physician, Division of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

 

Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH
Faculty Director, Office for Women’s Careers

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 a 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 lead seven cohorts of the Women’s Leadership Program for women junior faculty at BWH, and has lectured widely on leadership skills for women and advancing gender equity. 

Sharlay Butler, MD, MPH
Faculty Director, BWH Summer Research Programs

Dr. Butler is an academic generalist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She played collegiate basketball in Nebraska and attended medical school at the University of Washington. After completing her OBGYN residency at Northwestern, she finished a fellowship in Reproductive Infectious Disease and Master of Public Health in Infectious Disease Management, Intervention and Community Practice at Magee Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Dr. Butler enjoys mentoring and teaching all learners and practices full spectrum general OBGYN centered in health equity, cultural humility, and respect. Her research interests are in implementation science as it pertains to STI/HIV prevention and treatment, medical education, and community informed healthcare delivery.

Tina Gelsomino, MSW, LCSW, RCC™
Senior Director, Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Tina Gelsomino is the Director of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 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.

Lauren Bowers
Senior Program Manager, Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Lauren Bowers is the Senior Program Manager of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Brigham. At the CDI, Lauren manages large scale initiatives of strategic importance to the mission of the Center. She is responsible for planning, implementation, progress, and reporting as it relates to the Center’s focus on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse trainees and faculty.

 

Prior to her role at the CDI, Lauren was a member of the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization (BWPO) Human Resources team for 5+ years. During her time with BWPO HR she held various positions, most recently HR Specialist for Faculty & Fellows. Lauren is a graduate of Merrimack College with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies (concentration in organizational communication) and a minor in sociology.

Kelsey Moum
Program Coordinator, Center for Diversity & Inclusion 

Kelsey Moum is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Working alongside Faculty Director and CDI staff, she is responsible for the development, planning, administration, and delivery of programs within the CDI. Kelsey is a graduate of Lafayette College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Government and Law. Throughout her formal education and co-curricular engagement at Lafayette, Kelsey focused on the experiences of marginalized communities both on and off-campus, with particular emphasis on shifting organizational culture and climate to create more equitable environments.

Meghan Doherty
Project Coordinator, Office for Women’s Careers, Center for Diversity & Inclusion 

Meghan Doherty is the Project Coordinator for the Office for Women’s Careers in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Working with OWC Faculty Director, Meghan is responsible for the development, planning, administration, and implementation of initiatives promoting professional and leadership development for women faculty. 

 

Meghan is a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor’s in Management and Leadership. Prior to her role at the OWC, she was the Human Resources and Recruitment Coordinator at a mental healthcare provider. Meghan is passionate about mental health advocacy and gender equity and is excited to use her past experiences and interests to support the OWC.

Josine Uwase
Project Coordinator, BWH Summer Research Programs, Center for Diversity & Inclusion 

Josine Uwase is the project coordinator for the BWH Summer Research Programs. She is responsible for planning, implementation and delivery for the STARS and the Four Directions programs. Prior to her role at the CDI, Josine worked for the international office at Massachusetts General Brigham as an immigration coordinator for 2.6 years. Josine has an undergraduate degree from UMass Boston in international relations and a minor in Spanish.