Heritage Month Celebration

LGBT Pride Month Celebration, June 2018

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month), a celebration to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.  The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and Allies community has suffered for over a century from homophobia, transphobia, isolation, and invisibility.  During June 2018, NJMS continued to recognize that there are trainees, faculty, staff and patients who are proudly LGBTQA identified. Their visibility and inclusion is critical to addressing unique health issues, eliminating health disparities, and optimizing health outcomes for the LGBT community.

Festivities this month included a LGBT Flag Unveiling Ceremony; a Mentoring Session for LGBT Trainees, Faculty, and Allies; a webinar entitled Overview of SGM-Related Activities and Training Opportunities at NIH; and a pane presentation on LGBTQ Excellence at NJMS and University Hospital. 

The four events were co-sponsored by the NJMS Diversity Committee, the LGBT Taskforce, the Office for Diversity and Community Engagement, and the 19 basic and clinical science departments at NJMS. 


Rutgers NJMS LGBT Flag Unveiling Launch event for LGBT Pride Month. Remarks by Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP, The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Dean of New Jersey Medical School and unveiling by J.P. Sánchez MD, MPH, Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion.  June 1, 2018

Mentoring LGBTQA Trainees and Faculty Workshop Co-Facilitators: Petros Levounis, MD, MA, Professor and Chair, Psychiatry, Lisa Pompeo MD, Residency Program Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology. June 5, 2018.

Webinar Overview of SGM-Related Activities and Training Opportunities at NIH Moderator: J.P. Sánchez, Sexual and Gender Minority Research Working Group Member. Co-facilitator:  Karen L. Parker, PhD, MSW, Director, Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office and Susannah Allison, PhD, Program Officer, Division of AIDS Research, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH.  June 13, 2018. 
Video: BNGAP SGM Opportunities Webinar

LGBTQ Excellence at Rutgers NJMS-UH Speakers: Dr. Sánchez, Emergency Medicine, Mr. Berenson, Out@NJMS, Dr. Kirton, University Hospital, Dr. Levounis, Psychiatry, Dr. Einstein, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Dr. Pompeo, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Dr. Dalla Piazza, Medicine, Dr. Shimoni, Student Health Services, Dr. Bentsianov, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. June 14, 2018.


LGBTQ Excellence at NJMS-UH

J.P. Sánchez MD, MPH
Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, LGBTQ Excellence at NJMS

Marc Berenson, MSIV
Past President, Out@NJMS

Lisa Pompeo MD
Residency Director, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health, NJMS

Carl Kirton DNP, MBA
Chief Nursing Officer, UH

Petros Levounis MD, MA
Chairperson, Psychiatry, NJMS


Mark Einstein MD, MS
Chairperson, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health, NJMS

Michelle Dalla Piazza MD
Infectious Diseases Practice: Transgender Health Program, NJMS

Sari Bentsianov MD 
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, NJMS

Noa'a Shimoni MD, MPH
Director, Student Health Services, NJMS