Our department is committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work, including our faculty, staff, and patient care. 

We believe that diversity is a strength that enriches our department and enhances our ability to provide the best possible care to our patients. To achieve this, we actively recruit faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds who bring various experiences and perspectives to our team. We also strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected.

Our faculty and staff come from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and we are committed to providing opportunities for professional growth and development for all members of our team. To champion this commitment, we have recently hired Stephanie Bissonnette, MD as Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Read more about her background here.

We also have a commitment to diversity in patient care, and recognize that our patient population is diverse. We are committed to providing culturally sensitive care that meets the needs of each individual we serve. Our department is comprised of a team of healthcare professionals trained in cultural competency and working to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality care in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Below you will find grants, publications, events, and resources highlighting our commitment to diversity.

About the Associate Vice Chair of DEI

About the Associate Vice Chair of DEI

About the Associate Vice Chair of DEI

Stephanie Bissonnette, DO, MPH joined the VCU Department of Neurology, as a new movement disorders faculty member in the Movement Disorders Center. She also will be leading efforts directed toward promoting equal care of all neurologic patients as Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within the department.

“I am thrilled to be the Associate Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Neurology. Our department has been making advances in health equity and caring for a diverse patient population for years and I see my role as helping to facilitate collaboration, education, and partnership between all members of our department as well as with the communities we serve.”

  • Erin Sullivan-Baca, Sara A Lorkiewicz, Rizwana Rehman, Anne C Van Cott, Alan R Towne, Zulfi Haneef. Utilization of epilepsy care among Women Veterans: A population-based study. Epilepsy Res. 2023 May; PMID: 37004372 DOI: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2023.107130

  • Felton III WL, Kornstein SG, Gondwe T, Huynh C, Wallenborn JT, Henry J.  Evaluation of an electronic health record alert to improve screening and management of cardiovascular disease and stroke factors in a high-risk population. Southern Medical Journal, 2022; 115(3):232-237. PMID: 35237844

  • Warren L Felton III, MD, Susan G Kornstein, Christine Huynh, Saba W Masho (deceased), Tamala Gondwe, Jordyn T Wallenborn, Jeneane Henry.  A Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Alert in the Electronic Health Record Increased Prescriptions for Smoking Cessation In Women. American Heart Association Stroke Journal. https://doi.org/10.1161/str.50.suppl_1.WP377 Stroke. 2019;50: AWP377

  • Ruland S, Richardson D, Hung E, Brorson JR, Cruz-Florres, Felton III WL, Ford-Lynch G, Helgason C, Hsu C, Kramer J, Mitsias P, Gorelick PB, AAASPS Investigators. Predictors of recurrent stroke in African Americans. Neurology 67(4):567-571, 2006.

Helpful resources and links

VCU Health Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

VCU School of Medicine (DEI)

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

National Institute of Health (NIH)

VCU Neurology Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Attn: Stephanie Bissonnette
1101 E Marshall St
Box 980599
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0599
Phone: (804) 828-9000