September 26, 2018


Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Task Force Members Named

Among the recommendations of the Governance Task Force approved by the IDSA Board of Directors at its June meeting was the establishment of a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DI&E) Task Force. The goal of the task force will be to develop guiding principles for the Society to ensure that the IDSA Board and committees reflect the depth of diversity within our membership, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, geographic location, clinical vs. non-clinical, among other factors. The task force will also help develop professional pathways that expand the Society volunteer leadership pipeline and create a “DI&E” roadmap that provides a clear definition, metrics and guidance on the Society’s ongoing efforts to achieve and maintain diversity, inclusion and equity.

Several members answered the call for volunteers for this task force sent out in August, and we are pleased to announce the following members have been appointed.

IDSA Board Member Tina Tan, MD, FIDSA, of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, will serve as chair of the task force. She will be joined by:

Lilian Abbo, MD, FIDSA
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Maria Alcaide, MD, FIDSA
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Jose Caro, MD
Tufts Medical Center

Mahalia Desruisseaux, MD
Yale University School of Medicine

Raul Macias Gil, MD
Brown University

Janet Gilsdorf, MD, FIDSA, FPIDS
University of Michigan Medical Center

Ravina Kullar, PharmD, MPH, FIDSA
Doctor Evidence, LLC

Jasmine Riviere Marcelin, MD
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Katherine Moyer, DO
Pediatric Specialists of Virginia

Damani Piggot, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dawd Siraj, MD, FIDSA
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Manal Youssef-Bessler, MD
Infectious Disease Center of New Jersey

“We are confident these talented professionals will successfully fulfill the task force charge to examine the workings of the Society.  We are thankful they have volunteered their talent and time to ensure that diversity, inclusion and equity are reflected throughout the organization including the leadership and the strategies of IDSA.” said IDSA President Paul Auwaerter, MD, MBA, FIDSA.