RBHS Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Appointment

To the RBHS Community:

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Sangeeta Lamba, MD, MS-HPEd, as the inaugural Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion (VCDI) at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. As you recall, the creation of the VCDI position was one of the primary recommendations of the report on Best Practices for the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Faculty authored by RBHS faculty members.

As VCDI, Dr. Lamba’s primary responsibility will be to champion, lead, and implement a fully integrated strategy for diversity, inclusion, and health equity initiatives that build a supportive and inclusive culture across RBHS. The VCDI is charged with leading and coordinating our efforts to foster opportunities for diversity and inclusion with special emphasis on academic, faculty, and trainee advancement. In her capacity as VCDI, Dr. Lamba will report Dr. Bishr Omary, the Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Research.

Dr. Lamba is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) with training in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine, where she will continue to serve part time. While serving as Associate Dean of Education at NJMS, Dr. Lamba has implemented innovative curricula that nurture and cultivate diversity and inclusion including health equity and social justice, care of LGBTQ and transgender patients, as well as processes for students to report bias in the learning environment. As a faculty member and administrator, she has been the recipient of multiple awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring.

Dr. Lamba has championed the mentoring of diverse faculty and trainees for the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians initiative while also serving on the AAMC’s Group on Diversity and Inclusion, Group on Women in Medicine and Science, and the Group on Faculty Affairs. She also leads local and national empowerment workshops that address implicit and gender bias, microaggressions, and offer strategies to mitigate bias and build a climate of respect and ally-ship. In 2017, Dr. Lamba organized the first Women’s Leadership Symposium for inter-professional faculty at RBHS. She is actively engaged in the Rutgers Mentoring Executive Committee and the Program for Early Career Excellence to foster faculty advancement.

We selected Dr. Lamba for this new leadership position following a comprehensive search process. I would like to thank the search committee chair, Dean Perry Halkitis, and members listed below for the significant time and effort they put into filling this strategically important position.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lamba as we work to build a culture of advancing the diversity and inclusion mission at RBHS while fostering a climate of respect and equity.

RBHS Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Search Committee

  • Rosa Chaviano-Moran, DMD
  • Suzie Chen, PhD
  • Robin Eubanks, PhD
  • Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, PhD
  • Perry Halkitis, PhD (Chair)
  • Iris Herrera, MD
  • Shawna V. Hudson, PhD
  • Denise V. Rodgers, MD
  • Charlotte Thomas-Hawkins, PhD, RN
  • Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD

 

Sincerely,

Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs