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Meet the Team

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Carla Boutin-Foster, M.D., M.S.

Associate Dean, Office of Diversity Education and Research

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Carla Boutin-Foster, MD, is a graduate of SUNY Downstate's College of Medicine. Under her leadership, the Office of Diversity Education and Research implements, sustains, and evaluates structured programs to attract and retain students, trainees, and faculty from diverse backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research. 

Dr. Boutin-Foster, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She earned her master's degree from the Weill Cornell Medicine Graduate School of Medical Sciences im Health Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology.

She has served as the director and principal investigator of the Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Disparities Research and Community Engagement (CEDREC), which was funded by an $8,000,000 P60 award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the NIH. The mission of CEDREC was to conduct innovative health disparities research, engage community partners and diversify the biomedical research pipeline. 

Dr. Boutin-Foster is an alumna of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Community Health. She has written numerous peer-reviewed publications on cardiovascular disease disparities and behavioral science research.

Dr. Boutin-Foster was the chair of the Minority Health Council of the New York State Department of Health and was a member of the Public Health and Health Planning Council for New York State. 

Dr. Boutin-Foster joins the faculty in the College of Medicine and works closely with the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, under the leadership of Dr. Moro Salifu to continue her research in the areas of health disparities and community engagement.

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Anika Daniels-Osaze, Ed.D.

Director, Office of Diversity Education and Research

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Dr. Daniels-Osaze has worked in student affairs for over 20 years specializing in health professions recruitment, program and curriculum development, academic advising and financial aid counseling. She has secured over $7,200,000 in pipeline program funding since 2004.

While at Downstate, she has served on several committees including the Faculty Mentoring Workgroup, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the Commencement Planning committee, the Sesquicentennial Planning committee, and the Middle States Commission-Committee on Leadership, for the organization.

Dr. Daniels-Osaze also served as a board member for the Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Re-search, Education & Policy. In 2017, she was elected to Governance and Administration.

From 2015-2017, she served as the president of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME), an organization dedicated to improving the overall health status of racial and ethnic populations. She is now the National Awards Chair SUNY Downstate’s Executive Committee for Centerwide Governance and serves as a representative on the SUNY University Faculty Senate.

Dr. Daniels-Osaze earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Linguistics and Cognitive Studies, her Master’s degree from New York University in Higher Education Administration and her Doctorate of Education from Northeastern University. She is currently completing her Master’s in Public Health at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.

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Shemeika Bowman, B.S.

Program Administrator

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Ms. Shemeika Bowman joined SUNY Downstate in 2015 to provide administrative assistance to the Office of Diversity Education and Research. She is now the Program Administrator for the office, in which she works alongside the associate dean and the director of the office to assist with the coordination and implementation of current and new programs.

Ms. Bowman schedules interviews, manages the applications and correspondence for all program participants. She manages a database which allows her to keep track of past participants’ progress while in school and post-graduation plans.

Ms. Bowman assists with budgeting and bookkeeping for the office. She also coordinates the day to day administrative operations for several of the office pipeline programs. A native of Brooklyn, Ms. Bowman holds a B.S. in Science from Penn State University.

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Tina Adjei-Bosompem, MPH

Senior Program Coordinator

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Ms. Tina Adjei-Bosompem is a Downstate alumna who joined our team in May of 2018. Ms. Adjei-Bosompem obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at the State University at Albany. She later went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics from SUNY Downstate where she was awarded The William Kuchler Award for Excellence in Biostatistics.

Currently, Ms. Adjei-Bosompem is the Senior Coordinator for Student Education and Research for the Office of Diversity Education and Research. She coordinates the Early Medical Education Program and the Summer Program in Translational Disparities and Community Engaged Re-search. Along with coordination, she evaluates all the programs run through the office for dissemination of best practices in peer-reviewed journals. Ms. Adjei-Bosompem also provides support for various other projects with statistical consulting and analysis.

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Runako Gulstone

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

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Mr. Runako Gulstone has recently joined our team and serves as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Prior to joining our team, Mr. Gulstone focused on improving educational access and equity for underserved communities in New York City. He worked as a Program Associate for Education Pioneers and gained direct experience in serving the needs of first generation college students at Harlem Children's Zone. Since then, he has deepened his expertise in curriculum design, pipeline programs, professional development, and program evaluation, providing service to the NYC Department of Education and Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York.

A graduate of Howard University and Brooklyn College, Mr. Gulstone has remained consistent in his commitment to his community, particularly as a mentor for high school students and undergraduates. His leadership in pilot academic and enrichment programs includes providing guidance in college selection and application processes from start to finish. Mr. Gulstone's belief that education is the cornerstone of our democracy has called him to serve our office as a means to assist young people in their paths toward educational and professional success. He will offer this support at Downstate primarily through the Early Medical Education (EME), Exploring Health Careers (EHC) programs, and the Black Male Initiative.