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SIDP Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and welcoming society and improving the representation of minorities in our membership, leadership, and profession. In July 2020, we appointed the Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to uplift the voices of minority members and to recommend actions that will better ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion across the Society. Recognizing the value and on-going importance of the Task Force, as of 2021, it is now a permanent SIDP Committee.

Committee Members 

Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Loma Linda University

John Allen
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Florida, Orlando 

Nika Bejou

Medical Science Liaison


Keriann Bennett
Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist
Gritman Medical Center

Fidelia Bernice
HIV/Infectious Diseases Clinical

Pharmacy Specialist
The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Tiffany E. Bias
Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship-East

Rodrigo Burgos
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago

Dominic Chan
Clinical Coordinator, Antimicrobial Stewardship
Legacy Health

Robbie Christian
Infectious Diseases Clinical Specialist
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Nathan Everson
Clinical Pharmacist, Chair of System

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Carilion Clinic, Roanoke

Kenneth Lawrence
Executive Director, Head of Medical Affairs
 Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals

Edoabasi U McGee
Assistant Professor
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic

Medicine – Georgia

Krutika N. Mediwala
Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
MUSC Health

Lee Nguyen
Associate Professor
Loma Linda University

Michael Parisi
PharmD Candidate Class of '21
University of Iowa

Faryal Qureshi
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care
Veterans Health Administration

Saira Rab
Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy 

Grady Health System

Keith Teelucksingh
Infectious Disease Pharmacist
HCA/HealthTrust Supply Chain

Veena Venugopalan
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Florida - Shands

Juan Villanueva
Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist
Banner University Medical Center Tucson

Learn more about each task force member by clicking on their name!

Committee Charges

The responsibilities of the committee are:

  • Advise SIDP Board of Directors on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion concerns for member relations and strategic planning. 
  • Evaluate member demographics and recommend priorities and actions for growth and development of minority representation.
  • Create guidance for SIDP regarding representation and diversity throughout the organization. This includes but is not limited to education and programming, leadership, communication, awards, and membership.
  • Liaise with external organizations and represent SIDP when appropriate for the purposes of:
      • Recruiting, mentoring, and communicating with other pharmacy organizations and pharmacy education/training programs.
      • Working with other external organizations on issues related to diversity.

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