FAME’s Women in Medicine and Science Committee (WIMS) was started to help the advancement of women in The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Goals of this committee are to identify and actively reduce barriers to the professional success of women in medicine and science, focusing on equity and parity, promotion and leadership; implement and disseminate resources for mentoring, sponsorship and career development programs; improve the health and well-being of all faculty through aligning career goals with work-life balance; and foster a positive culture and environment that supports the goals of all faculty in medicine and science.


To promote equity and advancement for faculty in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University by cultivating awareness, advocating for change, and empowering women faculty to achieve personal and professional fulfillment.

WIMS Steering Committee Members

  • Zarine Shah, MBBS, FAME Interim Director of WIMS, Associate Director of WIMS, Associate Professor of Radiology
  • Jaclyn Caccese, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Megan Ballinger PhD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Brandon Biesiadecki, PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology and Cell Biology
  • Luanne Hall-Stoodley, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Microbial Infection & Immunity
  • Maya Iyer, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Susan Massick, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Bethany Panchal, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine
  • Arwa Shana'ah, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology
  • Mitva Patel MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology
  • Shu-Hua Wang, MD, MPH, Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Aubrey Moe, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Irina Castellanos, PhD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology 

WIMS Subcommittees and Members


  • Chair: Susan Massick MD
  • Advisory Board Members: Deb Larsen PhD, Claire F Verschraegen MD, Zihai Li MD PhD, Gloria Fleming MD
  • Members: Anita Afzali MD, Courtney Collins MD, Jennifer McCallister MD, Jill Rafael-Fortney PhD, Leah Pyter PhD, Leslie Kim MD, Lanla Conteh MD MPH, Nicole Meschbach MD, Whitney Luke MD, Simiao Li-Sauerwine MD


  • Co-Chairs: Arwa Shana’ah MD and Maya Iyer MD
  • Advisory Board Members: Wendy Frankel MD, Sheryl Pfeil MD
  • Members: Kedryn Baskin PhD, Maya Iyer MD, Carolyn Presley MD and Allison Quick MD, Jessica Krok-Schoen PhD MA, Xiaoli Zhang PhD MS, Shelly Jain MD, Sarah Tapyrik MD, Catherine Chung MD, Amy Whitson MD, Nicholas Breitborde PhD


  • Co-chairs: Luanne Hall-Stoodley PhD and Shu-Hua Wang MD MPH
  • Advisory Board Members: Susan Koletar MD, Tatiana Oberyszyn PhD, Mark Landon MD
  • Members: Brandon Biesiadecki PhD, Bethany Panchal MD, Sarah Heissler PhD, Ana Sarkar PhD, Sonal Pannu MBBS, Anne Sullivan MD, Julia Agne MD, Jayalakshmi Balakrishna MD, Jose Bazan MD, Joici Job MD, Erin Stevens DO, Scott Lenobel MD


  • Co-chairs: Aubrey Moe PhD and Irina Castellanos PhD
  • Advisory Board Members: Raphael Pollock MD PhD
  • Members: Sarita Maturu DO, Martha Yearsley MD, Kymberly Gowdy MS PhD, Alison MacKinlay MD, Patricia Malerich MD, Douglas Chonko DO, Courtney Kauh MD, Sharanya Nama MD, Lynne Abruzzo MD PhD, Erica Bell PhD


  • Co-chairs: Megan Ballinger PhD and Jaclyn Caccese PhD
  • Advisory Board Members: Allan Tsung MD, Darwin Conwell MD
  • Members: James MacDonald MD MPH, Molly Howsare DO, Sophia Tolliver MD, Nina Rai DO, Margaret Gatti-Mays MD, Christina Liscynesky MD, Pei-Hui Lin PhD, Renuka Shenoy MD, Megan Conroy MD, Mitva Patel MD 

Ex-officio Members

  • Debbie Pond, Program Director, Center for FAME
  • Emma Tippett, Project Manager, Center for FAME

Advisory Board

  • Lauren Bakaletz, PhD, College of Medicine Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
  • Linda Cripe, MD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
  • Gloria Fleming, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Wendy Frankel, MD, Professor and Chair of Pathology
  • Susan Koletar, MD, Professor, Chief; Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Deborah Larsen, PhD, Professor, Director, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Tatiana Oberyszyn, PhD, Professor of Pathology
  • Sheryl Pfeil, MD, Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
  • Cheryl Lee, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology
  • Ronald Harter, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology
  • Timothy Pawlik, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery
  • Raphael Pollock MD PhD, Professor and Director of the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Darwin Conwell MD, Professor and Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • Claire Verschraegen MD, Professor and Director of the Division of Medical Oncology
  • Allan Tsung MD, Professor and Director of the Division of Surgical Oncology
  • Mark Landon MD, professor and Chair of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Zihai Li MD PhD, Professor of Medical Oncology
  • Clara Lee, MD, MPP, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • Philip Binkley, MD, FACC, MPH, Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
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