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

  • Clara Lee, MD, MPP, FAME Director of WIMS, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • Zarine Shah, MBBS, Associate Director of WIMS, Associate Professor of Radiology
  • Megan Ballinger PhD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Erica Bell, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Brandon Biesiadecki, PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology and Cell Biology
  • Gloria Fleming, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Luanne Hall-Stoodley, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Microbial Infection & Immunity
  • Andrea Johnson, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Erika Kemp, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, Assistant Professor of Health & Rehab Sciences
  • Vivien Lee, MD, Professor of Neurology
  • Shraddha Mainali, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Susan Massick, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Bethany Panchal, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine
  • Arwa Shana'ah, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology
  • Shasha Bai PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
  • Mitva Patel MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology

WIMS Subcommittees and Members


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


  • Co-Chairs: Arwa Shana’ah MD and Erika Kemp OTD, OTR/L, BCP
  • Advisory Board Members: Wendy Frankel MD, Sheryl Pfeil MD
  • Members: Kedryn Baskin PhD, Maya Iyer MD, Carolyn Presley MD and Allison Quick MD, Dayssy (Alex) Diaz Pardo, 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 Shasha Bai PhD
  • 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, Shu-Hua Wang MD MPH, Anne Sullivan MD, Julia Agne MD, Jayalakshmi Balakrishna MD, Jose Bazan MD, Joici Job MD, Erin Stevens DO, Scott Lenobel MD


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


  • Co-chairs: Vivien Lee MD and Megan Ballinger 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, Jaclyn Caccese PhD, Christina Liscynesky MD, Pei-Hui Lin PhD, Renuka Shenoy MD, Megan Conroy MD, Mitva Patel MD

Advisory Board

  • Lauren Bakaletz, PhD, College of Medicine Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
  • Linda Cripe, MD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
  • 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
  • J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Professor and Chair of Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • 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
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