Advocacy Committee – Chair: Linda Barry MD
Mission: Ensure that the organization maintains its social relevance to the minority community (both physicians and general community) by proactively addressing important issues related to minority health, minority health care, and academic achievement, especially in science, medicine, and related fields.
Education/Research Committee – Chair: Fabian Johnston MD
Mission: To establish, enhance and maintain efforts within the organization to improve career development and research opportunities for members who are interested in advancing their academic careers. The committee will work strategically with organizations like NIH, ACS, NCI, AACR.
Finance Committee – Chair: Fiemu Nwariaku
Mission: Ensure that the financial health of the organization (both present and future) is being managed effectively with a keen awareness of the opportunities and threats to SBAS viability.
Committee on Health Disparities – Dineo Khabele MD
Mission: The Society of Black Academic Surgeons recognizes the critical relationship between the health of a patient and access to care. Access to surgical care is affected by many factors. Despite these factors, several studies have shown that where access to care is equal outcome disparities become indiscernible. Optimal access is the key to quality of care.
Informatics Committee – Chair: Hope T. Jackson MD
Mission: To develop effective strategies for utilizing social media, informatics and advanced technology to connect with our constituency, educate the public on our mission, market our organization, and endeavor to remain relevant to our younger and more diverse members
Medical Student Committee – Chair: Donn Spight MD
- Address mentorship needs in surgery for medical students
- Support efforts that facilitate the transition from medical school to residency training school to residency training
- Establish a mentoring program for medical students
- Provide helpful information and guidance to medical students interested in surgical careers
- Facilitate the involvement of medical students in SBAS
Membership Committee – Chair: Colin Martin, MD
Mission: To establish an accurate roster of the members and promote enhancement of growth, engagement, and relevance of the SBAS to all constituencies within our organizations
Program Committee – Chair: K Marie Reid MD
Mission: To work with Host institutions and local venues to create an Annual Meeting that highlights and enhances the best and brightest academic contributions submitted to SBAS each year. To provide an educational platform that promotes growth, engagement, collaboration and relevance to all constituencies within our organization. In addition, to create an accurate roster of active members.
Publications Committee – Chair: Erika Newman MD
Mission: To further advance the mission and vision of SBAS through publications and manuscripts, utilizing our collective voice for education, transformative ideas, and global dissemination. This includes review and score manuscripts submitted for presentation at the annual meeting and facilitates timely publication with the American Journal of Surgery.
Resident Committee – Chair: Lara Oyetunji MD
Mission: The Society of Black Academic Surgeons wants to address issues of resident career development in academic surgery. This is a forum for access to resources and contact with senior surgeons to lend guidance on graduate surgical education and career development.
Women in Surgery Committee – Chair: Cherisse Berry MD
Mission: The Society of Black Academic Surgeons wants to enable academic women surgeons to develop their careers and promote the advancement of minority women academic surgeons as leaders. To provide a forum to address the issues of minority women surgeons. To provide mentorship and networking opportunities to enhance minority women’s academic surgical careers.
Committee Member Directory
|Name||Academic Rank||Specialty||Institution||Appointment Term|
|Cherisse Berry||Assistant||Acute Care Surgery||NYU||2018-2021 Chair|
|Andrea Hayes-Jordan||Professor||Pediatric Surgery||UNC||2018-2021 Senior Advisor|
|Sofya Asfaw||Assistant||Acute Care Surgery||Cleveland Clinic||2020-2023|
|Leah Backhus||Associate||Thoracic Surgery||Stanford||2018-2021|
|Linda Barry||Associate||MIS||University of Connecticut||2018-2021|
|Dionne Blyden||Assistant||Acute Care Surgery||Henry Ford||2019-2021|
|Adrienne Cobb||Resident||Breast Surgery||Loyola University||2018-2021|
|Lola Fayanju||Assistant||Surgical Oncology||Duke University||2019-2022|
|Debra Ford||Associate||Colorectal Surgery||Howard University||2018-2021|
|Wendy Ricketts-Greene||Associate||Acute Care Surgery||Emory University||2018-2021|
|Rian Hasson||Assistant||Thoracic Surgery||Dartmouth||2019-2022|
|Dineo Khabele||Professor||Gynecology-Oncology||Washington University||2018-2021|
|Crystal Mann Johnson||Assistant||MIS||University of Florida||2018-2021|
|Kathie-Ann Joseph||Associate||Breast Surgery||NYU||2018-2021|
|Erica Maduakolam||Resident||--||Wayne State University||2020-2023|
|Ericka Newman||Associate||Pediatric Surgery||University of Michigan||2018-2021|
|Nkem Nweze||Resident||--||Einstein Medical Center, PA|
|Lynn O’Connor||Assistant||Colorectal Surgery||Mercy Medical Center, NY||2019-2022|
|Tawakalitu Oseni||Assistant||Surgical Oncology||MGH/Harvard University||2018-2021|
|Carla Pugh||Professor||Acute Care Surgery||Stanford University||2018-2021|
|Luz Rodriguez||--||Surgical Oncology||National Cancer Institute||2018-2021|
|Velma Scantlebury||Professor||Transplant Surgery||Christiana Care||2018-2021|
|Randi Smith||Assistant||Acute Care Surgery||Emory||2019-2021|
|Raeshell Sweeting||Assistant||Breast Surgery||Vanderbilt||2019-2021|
|Ronda Henry-Tillman||Professor||Breast Surgery||University of Arkansas||2018-2021|
|Patricia Turner||Associate||MIS||University of Chicago||2018-2021|
|Cassandra White||Associate||Acute Care Surgery||Augusta University||2018-2021|
Young Surgeons Committee – Chair: Erica Sutton MD
Mission: The Society of Black Academic Surgeons recognizes the unique needs of the young minority academic surgeon (under age 45) and the need for mentorship and guidance to the current generation of minority academic surgeons. This is a forum for access to resources and contact with senior surgeons to lend guidance on academic career development and to be a forum to address the issues of young minority academic surgeons