Awards and Recognitions

Equity Social Justice
and Advocacy Award

2023 ESJA Lecture and Award Ceremony | A Hybrid Event

Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 2:00—3:30pm reception to follow

"Equity Based Healthcare: Courage, Intention, and Transformation"

Keynote Speaker: Thea James, MD, MPH, MBA
Vice President of Mission, Associate Chief Medical Officer 
Co-Executive Director of Health Equity Accelerator
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center

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2023 Equity Social Justice and Advocacy Award Recipients


Yarden S. Fraiman, MD, MPH
HMS Instructor in Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Roseanna Means, MD
HMS Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Martha Pavlakis, MD
HMS Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Meredith I. Solomon, MLS
Manager, Outreach and Public Services
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School


Laura S. Pesquera Colom, DMD
Harvard School of Dental Medicine Class of 2023
Periodontics Resident
University of Illinois—Chicago

Jordan Middleton, DMD
Harvard School of Dental Medicine Class of 2023
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident
Boston Medical Center, Boston University

Hillary Brenda Nguyễn
MD Candidate 2024
Harvard Medical School

Kevin E. Salinas, MD
Harvard Medical School Class of 2023
Intern, John Peter Smith Hospital
Fort Worth, Texas


Hamaiyal Sana, MBBS
Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine
Program in Global Surgery and Social Change Fellowship, 2023
Harvard Medical School

Ana Sofia Ore Carranza, MD, MSc, MPH
Clinical Fellow in Surgery
Department of Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Demetrice ‘Dee’ Jordan, PhD, MPH
Dean’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2020-2023
Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
Harvard Medical School

2023 ESJA Lecture Award Ceremony

Register for online or in-person attendance by Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Award Description

The Equity, Social Justice, and Advocacy Award recognizes individuals at Harvard Medical School (HMS)/Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and within the HMS/HSDM-affiliate community who advance equity, social justice, and advocacy - contributions that affirm the HMS mission, HMS community values, and medical professionalism. Health equity and social justice advocacy – whether directed at our patients, practices, institutions, systems, or society – are inherent in medicine’s professional ethos.

The National Academy of Medicine identified “equitable” as one of the six domains of health care quality, and defined the aim of “equity” at the population level to include improving “health status… in a manner that reduces health disparities… .” Further, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) acknowledges expertise and means within the academic medicine community to advance anti-racism efforts and advocacy to address health inequities affecting marginalized communities. Such contributions are consistent with the HMS mission:

To nurture a diverse, inclusive community dedicated to alleviating suffering and improving health and well-being for all through excellence in teaching and learning, discovery and scholarship, and service and leadership.


The following individuals are eligible for this award:

  • Faculty – must be based at HMS/HSDM or an HMS-affiliated hospital or institution.
  • Trainee – must be a house officer, clinical or research fellow, post-doctoral fellow based at HMS/HSDM or an HMS-affiliated hospital or institution.
  • Student – must be enrolled at HMS/HSDM or HMS Division of Medical Sciences.
  • Staff – must work directly for HMS or HSDM (receiving a Harvard paycheck).


Nomination Guidelines

More Information


Terésa J. Carter
Program Manager
Career Development
Tel: 617-432-4697