Sexual Harassment Awareness and Education Committee

University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine

Awareness Campaign

It Happened to Us is an awareness campaign started by the SHAEC UP committee and promoted through slides on LCD screens throughout the Department of Medicine. Our slides summarize stories reported by DOM members on the Speak Your Story Survey site, highlight data from published studies on the impact of harassment on career progression, and provide suggested approaches for responding to harassment.

The slides are updated monthly; click here to view the slides that have been shown to-date.

It Happened to Us Slide References:

  • Boiko JR, et al. Representation of women among academic grand rounds speakers. JAMA internal medicine. 2017 177:722-4.
  • Files JA, et al. Speaker introductions at internal medicine grand rounds: forms of address reveal gender bias. Journal of women’s health. 2017 26:413-9.
  • Jagsi R et al. Sexual harassment and discrimination experiences of academic medical faculty. JAMA. 2016 315:2120-1.
  • Jena AB et al. Sex differences in physician salary in US public medical schools. JAMA internal medicine. 2016 176:1294-304.
  • Jenner S, et al. Prevalence of Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine. JAMA internal medicine. 2018 Oct 3.
  • Lim S and Cortina LM. Interpersonal Mistreatment in the Workplace: The Interface and Impact of General Incivility and Sexual Harassment. J. Appl. Psychol. 2005 90:483-496.


Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine

Women’s Task Force at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

The mission of the Women’s Task Force at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is to support and foster the recruitment, retention, and promotion of female faculty at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, and to address issues and concerns of female faculty members. This task force consists of ten rotating faculty members from the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and is currently chaired by Dr. Kara Bernstein, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Since its inception in 2018, the task force has conducted an anonymous survey to identify key concerns amongst female faculty, started monthly female faculty/trainee luncheons, collected data concerning equity for speaker invitations, internal funding, and salary support, and identified key personnel on campus to assist with Title IX issues and support for encouraging diversity. Questions about the task force can be addressed to Dr. Kara Bernstein ( or to the Women’s Task Force (

Local Presentations

Every year, the SHAEC UP committee sponsors various speaker discussion’s devoted to highlighting the issues of sexual and/or gender-based misconduct, including discrimination, harassment, and other examples of gender bias. Our past speakers have included:

Spring 2021

Moving the Needle: Mentorship, Sponsorship and Allyship

Nancy Spector, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Executive Director, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine
Vice Dean for Faculty

Drexel University College of Medicine


Fall 2019

Gender-Based Harassment in Health Care Settings

Erin Elizabeth Brewer, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Women Veteran’s Program
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System


Fall 2018

The Disconnect Between Perceptions and Intentions: Building Awareness to Support an Inclusive Climate

Tricia R. Serio, PhD
Dean, College of Natural Sciences
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Spring 2018

Title IX Overview – SHAEC UP Committee

Katie Pope
Title IX Coordinator
The University of Pittsburgh


Fall 2017

NIH Addresses the Science of Diversity: Focusing on Institutional Change

Hannah A. Valantine, MD, MRCP, FACC
Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Transplantation Genomics
National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, NIH

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SHAEC UP Committee

Tim Corcoran, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh

Laura C. Duncan, MHA, MHI

Senior Administrator
Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh/UPMC

Jenna Ferguson, MPA, MA

Executive Communications Manager, Department of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Jane Liebschutz, MD

Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Research on Health Care
University of Pittsburgh

Katie Pope, MS

Title IX Coordinator
University of Pittsburgh – Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Kristy Rzepecki

Senior Title IX and Diversity Specialist
University of Pittsburgh – Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Doris Rubio, PhD

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Clinical Research Education and Training
Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics, Nursing, and Clinical and Translational Science
Director, Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE)
Director, KL2 Clinical Research Scholars Program
Director, Leading Emerging and Diverse Scholars to Success (LEADS)
Director of Diversity, ICRE

University of Pittsburgh

Sruti Shiva, PhD

Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
Director of Academic Affairs for the Vascular Medicine Institute
Co-Director, Center for Metabolism and Mitochondrial Medicine
Director, NO Metabolomics Core Facility
University of Pittsburgh

Arohan Subramanya, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Cell Biology
University of Pittsburgh

Peter Veldkamp, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Medical Student Research
Co-Director, Dean’s Summer Research Project
Director of Education, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Pittsburgh

Ora Weisz, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology and Clinical and Translational Science
Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Medicine
Associate Dean for Faculty Development, School of Medicine
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Excellence, Health Sciences
University of Pittsburgh