Housestaff Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This Committee exists to build community across self-identified underrepresented minority residents and fellows. We understand the fundamental importance of connecting through shared experiences as minoritized people and firmly believe in the principles of unity and solidarity among ourselves, across departments, and within our communities.

We seek to expand our vision through the following pillars:


  • We define mentorship as a bidirectional entity.
  • We seek to fully support the activities and missions of the local Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) chapter, the local Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter, and other student affinity organizations.
  • We seek to be enriched by the leadership and mentorship of URM faculty through activities related to professional development and networking.


  • We believe community exists among ourselves as internal medicine trainees, across departments and subspecialties, and within the Bronx and greater New York City area.
  • We aim to build meaningful relationships with our underrepresented colleagues across training programs at Montefiore, and work collectively on the recruitment, retention, and expansion of underrepresented residents and fellows.

Advocacy and Activism.

  • We believe our duty as physicians is to our patients. We dedicate ourselves to centering the narratives and experiences of our patients, and understand the power in shared identity between provider and patient.

Meet Our Members

  • Isabella Alviz Gomez

    Isabella Alviz Gomez
    Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud

  • Matthew Atienza

    Matthew Atienza
    George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Courtney Balgobin

    Courtney Balgobin
    Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University

  • Sean Brown

    Sean Brown
    Creighton University School of Medicine

  • Zhen Yee Kimberline Chew

    Zhen Yee Kimberline Chew
    Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University

  • Edward Constance

    Edward Constance
    Howard University College of Medicine

  • Andrew Kamel

    Andrew Kamel
    University of Colorado School of Medicine

  • Vicente Nehgme

    Vicente Nehgme
    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

  • Danielle Nogoy

    Danielle Nogoy
    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

  • Jose Nunez

    Jose Nuñez
    Universidad Central de Venezuela Escuela de Medicina Jose Maria Vargas

  • Rinas Osman

    Rinas Osman
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Committee Chairs

  • Lewis Paulino

    Lewis Paulino
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • Jamia Saunders

    Jamia Saunders
    Howard University College of Medicine

  • Devin Johnson

    Devin Johnson
    Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Meet Our Members

  • Daniel Alvarez

    Daniel Alvarez
    Universidad de Panama

  • Jocemary Amponsem

    Jocemary Amponsem
    Meharry Medical College

  • Sandra Cordova

    Sandra Cordova
    Universidad Central del Ecuador

  • Paul Gallina, Jr.

    Paul Gallina, Jr.
    Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

  • Josette Kamel

    Josette Kamel
    University of Illinois College of Medicine

  • Nat Orihuela

    Nat Orihuela
    Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina

  • Luis Pina Martina

    Luis Pina Martina
    Universidad Iberoamericana, Santo Domingo

  • Melissa Rivas

    Melissa Rivas
    State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

  • Sarah Shidid

    Sarah Shidid
    State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

Prelims and Interns

  • Ennajee Brisbane

    Ennajee Brisbane
    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

  • Juan Cedeno Serna

    Juan Cedeno Serna
    Universidad de la Sabana Facultad de Medicina

  • Henry Dwaah

    Henry Dwaah
    Tufts University School of Medicine

  • Mario Escoriza Gonzalez

    Mario Escoriza Gonzalez
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

  • Bishoy Gad

    Bishoy Gad
    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

  • Justin Mirville

    Justin Mirville
    CUNY School of Medicine

  • Kelsie Pereyra Bencosme

    Kelsie Pereyra Bencosme
    Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud

  • Siobhan Rueda

    Siobhan Rueda
    Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

  • Tajanna Stinn

    Tajanna Stinn
    University of Illinois College of Medicine

  • Tasfia Tasnim

    Tasfia Tasnim
    Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Miledys Guzman

    Miledys Guzman
    CUNY School of Medicine

  • Miledys Guzman

    Hannah Janelle Penny
    CUNY School of Medicine

  • Armin Garcia

    Armin Garcia
    Boston Univeristy School of Medicine

  • Erick Daniel Martinez

    Erick Daniel Martinez
    New York Medical College

  • Alejandro E. Sosa

    Alejandro E. Sosa
    Boston University School of Medicine