The LGBT Advisory Committee will identify key areas of importance, programmatic interventions, and resources that support LGBT issues.  The charge of the LGBT Advisory Committee is to:

  1. Make recommendations to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine about priorities related to LGBT students, staff, faculty, trainees, and fellows at HMS and HSDM;
  2. Identify concerns, resources, and programmatic needs across the HMS/HSDM LGBT community; and
  3. Collaborate with University and HMS-related, offices, programs, and groups that address the needs of the HMS/HSDM LGBT community.

Committee Members


John L Dalrymple, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Dr. Mark and Karen Lawrence Director of Assessment, Professionalism and Humanism in Medicine
John is a gynecologic oncologist and serves as the Associate Chair and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  He he also serves as Director of Professional Development and Clinical Assessment Integration at Harvard Medical School.  Prior to returning to Boston in 2015, he was an active clinical teaching faculty in both the University of California and University of Texas Health Systems, where he served in many educational leadership roles.  As a Hispanic, gay male and a long-time LGBT advocate, John enjoys serving as a role-model and mentor to URIM and LGBT trainees and faculty.  With a focus on medical education, assessment and professional identity formation, John supports opportunities to increase awareness of LGBT issues in both the medical education curriculum and learning environment.


Jose Martinez, Senior HR Consultant and Compliance Manager, Harvard Medical School
Jose serves as the Title IX Coordinator for Staff at HMS with a primary focus on training, prevention and addressing sexual and gender based concerns from the Harvard community. Jose contributes as a member of the Institutional Review Board for the Fenway Institute which focuses on HIV and LGBT health research.

Rohan Barrett, Director of Development - Principal & Major Gifts, Alumni Affairs and Development, Harvard Medical School
Rohan is a seasoned fundraising professional and is a development officer with Harvard Medical School’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Development. His role supports the philanthropy and awareness efforts of HMS’ biomedical research and medical education programs. He primarily engages alumni and donors in Boston and on the west coast. Prior to joining HMS in 2016, Rohan worked in fundraising roles at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and in local non-profits in Chicago, IL and Madison, WI. Rohan is a Point Foundation alumnus and, in fact, was a member of the Foundation’s first class of scholars in 2002. He currently serves on both the Point Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Scholar Selections Committee. He is a former Board Member at GSAFE, a small non-profit focused on creating just spaces for queer and trans students (WI). Rohan is native to Jamaica, where he lived until his teenage years. 
Abhinav Dhall, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital
Abhinav Dhall is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School and in Newborn Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. He obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Washington, Seattle where he was actively involved in providing academic mentorship to LGBTQ undergraduates who belong to minority backgrounds such as Latino, Filipino and African-American. He has organized various events focused on providing HIV prevention and treatment information, and is passionate about working with HIV positive/undetectable individuals. Here at Harvard, Abhinav studies cancer epigenetics, with a focus on Acute Myeloid Leukemia and hopes to continue providing mentorship to LGBTQ undergraduate students.
Jacob Emge HMS '19
Michael Fuchs  HMS '19
Robert Goldstein, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Transgender Health Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Robert Goldstein, MD, PhD: Robbie is an Infectious Disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship, residency and chief residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Infectious Disease fellowship in the combined Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital program. His fellowship training was focused on HIV prevention and management, as well as HPV disease. He currently is the Medical Director the MGH Transgender Health Program and his clinical practice includes HIV primary care, as well as care for sexual and gender minority patients.
Yvonne Gomez-Carrion, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Yvonne Gomez-Carrion, MD, completed her residency training at New York-Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and joined the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1987. She is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the BIDMC Ob/Gyn Resident Surgical Service. Also, she is co-director of the resident gyn rotation. Yvonne is a gynecologic surgeon who performs complex procedures via open and minimally invasive techniques using advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic techniques. She believes in a holistic approach to health care. Her clinical interests include and problem-oriented gynecology - abnormal pap smears, abnormal vaginal bleeding, fibroid treatments, ovarian cysts, gender dysphoria- and benign gynecologic surgeries. Yvonne has devoted her professional life to educating patients about their bodies function and resiliency.
Daphne A. Haas-Kogan, MD, Professor, Radiation Oncology, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Maya Harary HMS ‘18
Maya is a second-year medical student and is one of the executive board members of LGBTQ and Allies at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (LAHMS). As LAHMS board member, she has organized lunch talks and served as liaison for the admissions revisit committee. She is committed to increasing the representation of LGBTQ content in the medical curriculum, as well as fostering a support system for LGBTQ students at the affiliated hospitals as they transition to the wards.
Joan Ilacqua, Project Archivist, Harvard Countway Library
Joan is the Project Archivist for the Archives for Women in Medicine at the Center for the History of Medicine in Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library. With a background in public history and advocacy, she is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of underrepresented people in the HMS community through acquiring records, conducting oral histories, and outreach activities. Joan also serves as Board Co-Chair of The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston, an all-volunteer community archives dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Boston’s LGBTQ history.
Sabra L. Katz-Wise, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital
Sabra is trained in developmental psychology, gender and women’s studies, and social epidemiology. Her research investigates sexual orientation and gender identity development, sexual fluidity, health disparities related to sexual orientation and gender identity in adolescents and young adults, and psychosocial functioning in families with transgender youth.  She is currently working on an NIH-funded community-based longitudinal mixed-methods study to examine how the family environment affects the health and well-being of transgender youth.  In addition to research, Dr. Katz-Wise is involved with advocacy efforts at Boston Children’s Hospital to improve the workplace climate and patient care for LGBTQ individuals, including her role as a Safe Zone trainer and co-chair for the Boston Children’s Hospital Rainbow Consortium on Sexual and Gender Diversity.  She co-founded and co-facilitates the Alliance of Gender Affirming Professionals (AGAP), a group for professionals and trainees in greater Boston who work with transgender youth and families.    
Melissa Kenny, Internet Information Server Administrator, Harvard Medical School
Annelies Mesman, PhD, Research Fellow, Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Annelies is a postdoctoral fellow at the department of Global Health and Social Medicine. She obtained a PhD degree in Immunology at the University of Amsterdam. Previously she studied influenza at the Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment, performed ebola diagnostics in Freetown and worked in Sierra Leone as laboratory manager for Partners In Health 2015-2017. Throughout her training and work, she has combined research with commitment to NGOs championing health equity or sexual rights.
Alexandra Shields, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Catharine Smith, Executive Director, Center for Primary Care, Harvard Medical School
Catharine Smith is the Executive Director at the HMS Center for Primary Care. In this role she works with Center faculty and leadership to refine strategy, lead the implementation of the strategy, and provide oversight for Center operations. Prior to joining the Center, Catharine was Vice President of Programs at the Society of Hospital Medicine in Philadelphia. Catharine has served on the board of the Human Rights Campaign in Chicago, leading fundraising, volunteer and board development.  She has also volunteered with PFLAG and the Test Positive Aware Network in Chicago and human rights organizations in Latin America.
Ari Tabaac, PhD, Research Fellow in Pediatrics, Boston Childen's Hospital  
Ariella (Ari) is a researcher trained in health psychology and is currently pursuing their postdoctoral training in social epidemiology. Their research specializes in examining contributors and barriers to health equity  of sexual minority women and transgender/gender-nonbinary populations with a focus on cancer and sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Their research falls across three primary trajectories: 1.) how patient-provider communication and health information exposure improve healthcare utilization, 2.) how medical discrimination influences healthcare outcomes, and 3.) how standards of care and electronic medical record systems can improve psychosocial outcomes and quality of care for gender diverse patients. Ultimately, through this research, Ari seeks to improve both quality of and access to healthcare for gender diverse and sexual minority people. In addition to their research, Ari is also involved in advocacy efforts at Boston Children’s Hospital, and they are a member of the Postdoctoral Association and Rainbow Consortium on Sexual and Gender Diversity.
Lisa B. Weissmann, MD, Chief, Hematology and Oncology, Mount Auburn Hospital
Lisa is an Assistant Professor at HMS and Chief of Oncology at Mount Auburn Hospital.  She has served as the Vice President of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and President of the Lesbian Health Fund. She has also been a course Co-Director for the Women in Medicine Conference, a national conference for lesbian physicians and medical students. 

Ex-Officio Committee Members

Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

Josephine M. Kim, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Simone Leary, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

William Lensch, PhD, Chief of Staff, Dean’s Office

Kate M. McDaniel, Chief Human Resources Officer, Harvard Medical School

Jennifer Potter, MD, Professor of Medicine; Advisory Dean, Castle Society; LAHMS Faculty Advisor

Alvin Poussaint, MD, Faculty Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Director, Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs

Gina Vild, Associate Dean for Communications and External Relations


Past Committee Members

Mark Award, MD, PhD

Ida Bernstein

Iman Berrahou

Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH

Robert Coughlin

Cary Crall

Juan Jaime de Zengotita, MD

Shaun Dow, BS

Madeleine Farber Jennewein

Marshall Forstein, MD

Ingrid Katz, MD

Robert Li Kitts, MD

Lenny Lopez, MD, MDiv, MPH

Jonathan Matsui, PhD

Pamela Needham

Megan Prock

Susan Rapple, BS, EdM

Christopher Daniel Andrade Rodrigues, PhD

Mark Schuster, MD, PhD

Marisa Silveri, PhD

Viknesh Sivanathan, PhD

Carl G. Streed, Jr., MD

Peggy Timothe, DDS