Diversity & Multicultural Affairs


Faculty members provide mentorship, modeling, and advocacy in every setting to provide for the success of all members of the community.

ODMA Faculty Association

The ODMA FA is comprised of faculty from every specialty at Alpert Medical School.  A diverse faculty is essential to the health and success of AMS. As faculty members, we embrace the imperative to provide mentorship, modeling, advocacy in every setting to provide for the success of our trainees and ourselves. ODMA FA supports the mission of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs to create and foster a diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent learning environment for students, faculty, and trainees.

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Dean's Diversity Award for Junior Faculty

The Dean’s Diversity Award for Junior Faculty is offered by the ODMA to promote academic excellence in diversity, inclusion, and health equity.  As part of its Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, the Warren Alpert Medical School (AMS) wishes to support research and programming that will contribute to academic excellence and scholarly activities that promote diversity and inclusion in the AMS community and health equity among the communities we care for throughout Providence and Rhode Island.  The Dean’s Diversity Award for Junior Faculty supports Alpert Medical School (AMS) affiliated faculty (at the Instructor and Assistant Professor level) who seek to conduct individual or collaborative research and programming that promotes academic excellence in diversity and inclusion via scholarly activity focused on issues of diversity and inclusion and as they relate to health disparities and health equity.

Who is eligible?

Any current junior faculty member (Instructor or Assistant Professor level) whose primary appointment is in a clinical department. Faculty seeking funds must demonstrate that the scholarly activity aligns with one (or more) of the six priority areas described in the medical schools Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and outlined as follows: 

  1. People
  2. Academic Excellence
  3. Curriculum
  4. Community
  5. Knowledge
  6. Accountability

Mentorship Award in Diversity and Equity in Medicine (MADE)

The Mentorship Award in Diversity and Equity in Medicine (MADE) is awarded through nominations by ODMA. It recognizes an Alpert Medical School faculty member for their extraordinary dedication to mentoring medical students and residents in the promotion of diversity, inclusion, and health equity.

MADE Awardees

Jael Rodriguez, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Rodriguez is an associate professor of medicine (clinical) in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Brown, functioning as both an inpatient attending physician on the teaching general medicine wards at Rhode Island Hospital, as well as supervising residents at the Chapman Street resident continuity clinic, RIH Center for Primary Care. He grew up between Moca, Dominican Republic, and the Bronx, New York, and attended medical school at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida.

He completed his residency in General Internal Medicine (primary care track) at Brown, at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. His main areas of interest include primary care, end-of-life care and advanced planning, and sociocultural aspects of healthcare for minority populations.

Roxanne Vrees, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Vrees is an alum of the Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown. After receiving her medical degree at Brown Medical School, Dr. Vrees completed the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Brown/Women & Infants Hospital.

She is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the obstetrics and gynecology core clerkship at the Warren Alpert Medical School. In addition, she is the medical director of the Division of Emergency Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants and has been appointed Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Alpert Medical School. 

Martha Sanchez
Assistant Professor of Medicine 

Dr. Martha Sanchez joined the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine in October 2016. She is an Adult Infectious Diseases Physician at The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital and Newport Hospital. She is the Director of the Immunology Center Adherence and Retention Program (ICARE) at The Miriam Hospital and the Director of the Brown University-Santiago, Dominican Republic Exchange Program.

Dr Sanchez is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a Mary B. Arnold Longitudinal Mentor. On 2018, she received the Mentorship Award in Diversity and Equity (MADE) by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA).  She earned her Medical School Degree at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), in the Dominican Republic. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, New Jersey. She subsequently completed her Infectious Disease Fellowship at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Program, Newark, New Jersey. After her fellowship she worked providing HIV, Hepatitis, STI and Tuberculosis care to the underserved community in New Bedford, MA. Dr. Sanchez's Clinical and Research interest include the HIV Care Continuum in the US and Dominican Republic, Hepatitis C, Tropical Medicine. 

Fadya El Rayess, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Family Medicine

Fadya El Rayess, MD, MPH is program director of Brown Family Medicine Residency and co-director of Brown FM Global Health Fellowship. A graduate of Cornell University, she earned an MD/MPH from George Washington University. She completed an FM residency at the University of New Mexico and a Faculty Leadership Development Fellowship at Brown. A National Health Service Corps Scholar, she worked in RI community health centers for twelve years prior to joining the Brown FM residency.  She co-directs Brown Med’s Caring for Underserved Communities Concentration and volunteers at the student clinic. She serves on the Brown Council for Diversity in Medicine and Brown’s Global Health Initiative Executive Committee. She has won a number of community service and teaching awards including the 2017 Mentorship Award in Diversity and Equity Award in Medicine. 

In 2009, Dr. El Rayess and her family spent a year in Lesotho, Africa, where –as assistant residency director – she supported the development of a FM residency. Her clinical interests include health equity, advocacy, immigrant, refugee, reproductive, LGBT and global health. An avid kayaker, she enjoys running, yoga, women’s literature in translation and spending time with her family.

Sybil Cineas, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and of Pediatrics

Sybil Cineas, MD is the Associate Residency Director for Med/Peds and oversees the Med/Peds ambulatory curriculum as well as the longitudinal Med/Peds rotation for Brown medical students. Dr. Cineas serves as a Career in Medicine faculty advisor at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is an assistant director for the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC).

ODMA Travel Awards to the AAMC Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

The ODMA offers travel awards for two minority junior faculty members to attend the AAMC Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar. The Warren Alpert Medical School Clinical Department Chairs nominate one junior faculty member from their department to be considered for the ODMA Travel Award.

AAMC Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

Previous ODMA Travel Award Recipients 

  1. Dr. Monica Serrano Gonzalez
  2. Dr. Carla Moreira
  3. Dr. Taneisha Wilson
  4. Dr. Saurabh Agarwal