Awards and Recognitions

Equity Social Justice
and Advocacy Award

2022 ESJA Award Lecture and Ceremony December 7, 2022. Click to register.

2022 Equity Social Justice and Advocacy Award Recipients

Faculty: Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard F. Mollica, MD, MAR
HMS Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital


Avery LaChance, MD, MPH
HMS Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Department of Dermatology
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Wendy L. Macias Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH, MBA
HMS Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital

Camila M. Mateo, MD, MPH
HMS Instructor in Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics
Boston Children's Hospital


Rainelle Walker White, BA
Associate Director, Health Equity Program
The Family Van
Harvard Medical School


Parsa Erfani, MD
HMS Class of 2022
Resident Physician
Department of Internal Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Jordan Kondo, MD Candidate 2023
HMS Department of Medical Education

Meghana Mishra, MD/MPH Candidate 2024
HMS Department of Medical Education
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Jeffrey G. Edwards, MD, MPH
Clinical Fellow in Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Boston Children’s Hospital

Robert Hsu-Wei Rosen, MD
Clinical Fellow
Department of Emergency Medicine
Boston Children’s Hospital

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

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