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2020 Summer Research Summit Featured Speakers

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Maria L. Soto-Greene, M.D., MS-HPEd, FACP.

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Executive Vice Dean and Professor of Medicine, Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Dr. Maria Soto-Greene is Professor and Executive Vice Dean at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). She has amassed over 30 years of experience in all aspects of medical education. Initially, Dr. Soto-Greene focused on the care of the critically ill patient, honing in on the significance of physician/patient communication, and the impact on vulnerable patients and their loved ones. These experiences, combined with her own life in a family which was uninsured and educationally and economically disadvantaged, influenced her to champion initiatives for individuals from similar backgrounds. Dr. Soto-Greene is committed to advancing the school’s health equity and social justice education with the goal of attaining health equity. Dr. Soto-Greene has been continuously funded by federal and private agencies since the early 1990’s and has passionately worked to create unequaled opportunity for thousands of Hispanic and other individuals under-represented in medicine and science. These programs support individuals beginning at the pre-college level through medical school faculty, contributing to career advancement and cultivating the next generation of champions for social justice. Equally important, she has been a leader in disseminating best practices to other medical schools. Dr. Soto-Greene is a past Chair for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion and a past President of the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS). She has been the proud recipient of numerous awards recognizing her contributions to advancing diversity in medical education and faculty including being named for the AAMC 2019 Herbert W. Nickens Award. However, her greatest pride is routed in her identity as a Latina (Puerto Rican).

Dr. Soto-Greene received her B.S. degree in Medical Technology from Douglass College. She received her M.D. degree from the New Jersey Medical School, completed her internal medicine training at University Hospital, and her Masters in Health Professions Education at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is a board certified internist.

Jason F. Deen (Blackfeet), M.D.

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Associate Vice Chair for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Dr. Jason Deen (Blackfeet) is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and an adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in the Divisions of Cardiology.  He serves as the Associate Vice Chair for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Pediatrics. He completed the Indian Health Pathway through the Center of American Indian and Minority Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School and currently directs the Indian Health Pathway through the Center of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Washington School of Medicine. A co-principal investigator of the Strong Heart Study, his main research interest is cardiovascular risk stratification in American Indian children and adolescents. Dr. Deen earned his MD from the University of Minnesota. He is quadruple board certified in Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. His research encompasses preventive cardiology and atherosclerotic risk stratification in children and adolescents. His work examines cardiovascular health disparities among minority populations.

Shelby L. Garner, Ph.D., RN, CNE.

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Associate Professor, Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Baylor University 

Dr. Garner is an Associate Professor at The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing where she teaches Research in the undergraduate program and Servant Leadership in the graduate program.  Dr. Garner’s primary research interest involves building nurse and health system capacity globally through the adaptation, design and testing of innovative technologies to transform health education and improve patient care. She is currently the Principal Investigator on two projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad for a Women and Children’s Healthcare and Research Center and a Living and Learning Center with Smart Classrooms for nursing students in Bengaluru, India. Dr. Garner is also the Principal Investigator on a current project funded by the United States-India Educational Foundation titled, “Indo-US Partnership to Transform Research Education Capacity in Simulation and Virtual Reality Simulation to Improve Community Health Education Outcomes in Karnataka, India.”

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Audrea Burns, Ph.D.

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Associate Program Director, Pediatrician-Scientist Training & Development Program and Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Audrea Burns completed her graduate studies in Immunology in the Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Chicago, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in undergraduate science curricula education and cancer immunology.  She recently completed the Master Teachers Fellows Program for Medical Educators at BCM.  Dr. Burns co-developed the curriculum and serves as the Associate Program Director for the Pediatrician-Scientist Program at BCM where she has been faculty since 2013.  Her research focuses on Social Justice and Professionalism with a focus in using Social Justice as a framework to fostering Professional Identity Formation in medical education.  Furthermore she serves as Co-Director of Faculty College, a Center for Research, Innovation, and Scholarship (CRIS) in Medical Education Scholar, Co-Chair of the National Pediatrician-Scientist Collaborative Workgroup and Co-Chair of the Council on Pediatric Subspecialties Work Action Task Force for Recruiting and Sustaining Junior Faculty Physician-Scientists. 

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Parag N. Jain, MBBS

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Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Parag Jain is a pediatric critical care physician at Texas Children's Hospital and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine with a deep interest in professionalism and professional identity formation. He is involved with didactic curriculums geared towards enhancing professional identity for critical care advanced practice providers and pediatric interns. Dr. Jain views professionalism and professional identity formation from the lens of threshold concepts, which has helped me navigate the abstractness and complexity of this interesting topic. Dr. Jain completed his medical degree at Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College in India. He went on to complete his pediatric residency at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus and fellowship in critical care management at Children's National Medical Center.