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Babs Siperstein Humanities & Medicine Seminar - Focus on Transgender

Seminar Series Steering Group Members

Dr. Gloria Bachmann MD, MMS is a nationally and internationally recognized physician who has moved health care to the next level in many areas, especially in sexual and gender minority initiatives.  She is the Medical Director of the PROUD Gender Center of NJ, and the Medical Director of the NJ Commission on Women’s Reentry. She is a respected clinician, a valued mentor, a prolific researcher, and a sought-after educator. She has a long history of being the principal and co-principal investigator on several clinical trials, including being principal investigator on federally funded NIH protocols. Data derived from her participation in multiple research trials has added extensively to the literature and to many advances in health care. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Perlman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dorothy Crouch is President of Crouch International, Ltd., Publishing Consultants and is an arbitrator on the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association. She has extensive experience in the publishing industry working with clients from all corners of the industry both domestic and international.  From 1997 to 2002, Crouch served as Vice-President of Licensed Publishing, DC Comics and as Associate Publisher of Mad Magazine. As an advocate for women’s rights, and to advance equality, she served in leadership positions of the New York City chapter of The National Organization for Women (NOW), including serving as President of NOW’s, NY Chapter in 1972. She was the partner of Babs Siperstein.

Daniel Delmonaco, Ph.D. is the Education and Research Librarian at Rutgers, Smith Library of Health Sciences, where he is also the liaison librarian to the New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Delmonaco’s research interests include LGBTQIA+ health information seeking, sexual and reproductive health, health information sharing on social media, and graphic medicine. His current research focuses on healthcare provider social media use to share sexual and reproductive health information. Delmonaco received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Information where he was the recipient of the Rackham Public Scholarship Grant, the Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, and the UMSI Merit Scholarship. He has published in academic journals including the Journal of LGBT Youth, Proceedings of the ACM on Human Computer-Interaction, and New Media and Society.

Kayo Denda is the Head of the Margery Somers Foster Center and Librarian for Women’s,Gender and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University -New Brunswick Libraries. Denda created unique digital collections, such as the Women, Education and Leadership at Rutgers, a portal of interviews that document the history of women, education and leadership at Rutgers and the award-winning Center for Women’s Global Leadership Poster Collection. She was instrumental in bringing the archival resources of the Japanese Americans who worked at the Seabrook Farms in Cumberland County, New Jersey after the WWII internment to the New Jersey Digital Highway. Denda’s publications include the co-authored monograph Douglass Century: Transformation of the Women’s College at Rutgers University (2018) and many articles published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and other journals. She served in leadership positions in the International Federation of Libraries and Associations and in the Association of College and Research Libraries, Women and Gender Studies Section. Denda is the recipient of the Smithsonian Fellowship in Museum Practice from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, the Career Achievement and the Significant Achievement Awards in Women’s Studies Librarianship from the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Douglass Medal from the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College. Born in Japan and raised in Brazil, she has the MLS and MA degrees from Rutgers University.

Dr Juana Hutchinson-Colas, MD, MBA is a board-certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has subspecialty board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). She is the chief of the division of FPMRS at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her practice focuses on patients with incontinence, bladder dysfunction and voiding issues, prolapse, other pelvic disorders and fistulas. She also provides consultation and pelvic surgery for transgender men who desire surgical removal of the uterus, adnexa, and vagina. Dr. Hutchinson-Colas is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her passion for a person’s health and wellness encompasses patient care, scholarship, and community involvement. Dr. Hutchinson serves on several committees, including the Association of Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee and the Self-Assessment Fellows Exam committee at American Urogynecologic Society. She is a member and House of Delegate representative at the National Medical Association and holds membership in the International Urogynecologic Association, among others.

Dr. Robert Like, MD, MS, FAAFP is Professor Emeritus and was the Founding Director of the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a board-certified family physician with a background in medical anthropology and is nationally known for his work in the areas of cultural competence, equity in health and health care, and health professions education. Dr. Like has served as a member of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health's Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services Standards National Project Advisory Committee and the American Hospital Association Equity of Care National Advisory Committee, co-chair of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine's Group on Multicultural Health Care and Education, and on numerous national expert panels, committees, and task forces. He is currently Chair of the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence. He received the 2020 Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award from Rutgers University, and the 2021 Adam Solomon Award from the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding.  Dr. Like has been actively involved for more than 30 years in developing and providing predoctoral, residency, and continuing medical education programs relating to the delivery of culturally responsive and effective, patient-centered care to diverse populations and communities.

Amy Papi has held the position of registered governmental affairs agent for the state of NJ as an Associate Advisor for Political Strategy and as Executive Director for NJ Advisory Council on Safety and Health, representing Worker’s Compensation Petitioner Attorneys, Labor & Physicians. Papi has served as Chief of Staff to Senator Barbara Buono and Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes, Jr. and as the Director of Constituent Services for Assemblyman Sterley S. Stanley. At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, she is a member of the Women’s Health Institute (WHI), Advocacy/Outreach Committee and Co-Chair of NJ One Health Steering Committee and Gender Center of NJ. Papi was instrumental in introducing Babs Siperstein to the WHI and was one of the main advocates in the creation of the Maternal Health Awareness Day every January 23rd and in the passage of NJ One Health Task Force legislation signed into law on June 24th 2021. She is an active member in many organizations including the Auxiliary Board of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the East Brunswick Zoning Board, and the East Brunswick Regional Chamber of Commerce. A recipient of several awards, Amy has been honored by the NJ General Assembly Women’s Caucus during “Women’s History Month,” received joint resolutions from NJ Senate and Assembly, commendations from Congressman Pallone, recognition from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Commissioners, resolution from Senator Patrick Diegnan, and the WHI Recognition Award. 


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