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Health Sciences Faculty Equity Committee

The Health Sciences Faculty Equity Committee (FEC) was established in 2004. The committee is comprised of senior faculty from divisions and departments in the School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Members of this committee are charged with overseeing faculty equity (gender, race/ethnicity, and salary). Health Sciences FEC members are actively engaged in the annual review of Health Sciences Faculty Demographics and trends, strategic initiatives that promote faculty diversity, faculty development programs at UC San Diego, and the comprehensive review of the HS Faculty Climate Survey and make action plan recommendations and other serve functions as needed. 

Expectations for service on the committee

  • Review faculty demographics and climate data and disseminate
  • Advisory group for action plans related to demographics and climate data
  • Recommendations for awards and leadership development opportunities
  • Salary equity
  • Annual review strategic plan for the Health Sciences Office of Faculty Affairs

Time Commitment

  • 1 meeting/year in the fall quarter and ad hoc committee work as requested 

HS FEC Membership

  • Happy Araneta, PhD, MPH
  • Kim Barrett, PhD
  • Lauren Brookman-Frazee, PhD
  • Luis Castellanos, MD, MPH
  • Andrea LaCroix, PhD
  • Elena Martinez, PhD
  • Candis Morello, PharmD, CDE
  • Marc Norman, PhD
  • Renate Pilz, MD
  • Vivian Reznik, MD
  • Andrew Ries, MD, MPH
  • JoAnn Trejo, PhD, MBA
  • Adriana Tremoulet, MD
  • Debbie Wingard, PhD

Women in Health Sciences

The Women in Health Sciences (WIHS) Planning Committee was founded in 2014. WIHS organizes two events each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The goals of the events are to promote leadership and networking for women in academic medicine. The committee fosters fair and equitable treatment of women faculty in Health Sciences and encourages women to lead and dream the impossible dream. The Committee leadership includes Christina Sigurdson, DVM, PhD, Beth Printz, MD, PhD, Wendy Campana, PhD, Dorothy Sears, PhD, and has 33 members.

  • Promote leadership and career development among women faculty in the Health Sciences.
  • Facilitate networking of various basic research and clinical women faculty for exchanging information, and discussing the goals achieved of departmental women leadership committees.
  • Mentor women residents, clinical fellows, and postdoctoral fellows to promote their development as future leaders emerging from UC San Diego Health Sciences.
  • Invite a current visionary leader in health sciences for fall and spring events.

For more information, please contact Christina Sigurdson ( 

WIHS Membership

  • Christina Sigurdson, D.V.M., Ph.D. – Committee Chair, Department of Pathology
  • Sarah Blair, M.D. – Department of Surgery
  • Cinnamon Bloss, Ph.D. – Department of Psychiatry
  • Alyssa Brzenski, M.D. – Department of Anesthesiology
  • Wendy Campana, Ph.D. – Committee Lead, Department of Anesthesiology
  • Laura Cervino, Ph.D. - Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences
  • Rekha Chandrabose, M.D. – Department of Anesthesiology
  • Laura E. Crotty Alexander, M.D. – Department of Medicine
  • Sheila Crowe, M.D. – Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
  • Lisa Eyler, Ph.D. – Department of Psychiatry
  • Helane Fronek, M.D. – Physician Development Coach
  • Tracy Handel, Ph.D. – Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Suzi Hong, Ph.D. – Department of Family and Preventative Medicine
  • Heather Hofflich, D.O. – Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Andrea LaCroix, Ph.D. – Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, Division of Epidemiology
  • Irene Litvan, M.D. - Department of Neuroscience
  • Sarah McBane, Pharm.D., C.D.E., B.C.P.S., F.C.C.P. – Skaggs School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Gita Mehta, M.D. – Department of Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine
  • Mana Parast, M.D., M.P.H. – Department of Pathology
  • Beth Printz, M.D., Ph.D. – Committee Lead, Department of Pediatrics
  • Sharon Reed, M.D. – Department of Pathology and Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Kyung (Kay) Rhee, M.D. – Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Development and Community Health
  • Katherine (Meg) Richman, M.D. – Department of Radiology
  • Cheryl Saenz, M.D. – Department of Reproductive Medicine
  • Dorothy Sears, Ph.D. – Committee Lead, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Prabhleen (Sheena) Singh, M.D., M.P.H. – Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology-Hypertension
  • Louisa Steiger, M.D. – Department of Psychiatry
  • Deborah Spector, Ph.D. – Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk, Ph.D. – Department of Ophthalmology
  • Elaine Tanaka, M.D. – VA San Diego Hospital System, Surgery
  • Doris Trauner, M.D. – Department of Neurosciences and Pediatrics
  • Karen Van Hoesen, M.D. – Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Linda Zangwill, Ph.D. – Department of Ophthalmology

JoAnn Trejo, Ph.D., M.B.A., Assistant Vice Chancellor of Faculty Affairs and Professor of Pharmacology serves as the Health Sciences representative.