Equity, Vitality and Inclusion Team

Aviva Lee-Parritz, MD
Director of Equity, Vitality and Inclusion


Dr. Lee-Parritz, is the Director of the Office for Equity, Vitality and Inclusion for Boston University Medical Group (BUMG) and Assistant Dean of Faculty Practice at Boston University Medical School (BUSM). Dr. Lee-Parritz is responsible for the development and implementation of diversity, equity, vitality, and inclusion initiatives for BUMG and will coordinate related activities on the medical campus in these areas at BMC and BUSM.

Dr. Lee-Parritz has been the Chief of the Obstetrics & Gynecology Department at Boston Medical Center and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at BUSM since 2013. She is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at BUSM and a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her BS in Nursing from Columbia University, and her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Tufts University Affiliated Hospitals and completed a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Megan Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE
Chair of Women’s Leadership Advisory Council
Dr. Bair-Merritt is the Physician Chair for the Women’s Leadership Council, a Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Division Chief of Academic General Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.  Dr. Bair-Merritt is a general pediatrician and child health services researcher. She completed her pediatrics residency and academic fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research has focused on screening for and responding to intimate partner violence in the health setting, the impact of family violence on child health and interventions to partner with families to promote resilience and child well- being. To date, Dr. Bair-Merritt has published over 70 scientific and/or invited articles, 12 letters/editorials, and 10 book chapters that predominantly focus on family violence and child health. She has continuously funded her work through federal and foundation grants. Dr. Bair-Merritt also leads the BMC Pediatrics Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family, whose mission is that all children have an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Throughout her career, she has been passionate about achieving equity for women in medicine, and is delighted to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity for the BUMC campus.

Susannah Rowe, MD, MPH
Chair of Wellness & Vitality Advisory Council
Dr. Rowe is the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Wellness and Professional Vitality for Boston Medical Center and Boston University Medical Group. She joined the Ophthalmology Department at Boston Medical Center in 1999 and is an Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Ophthalmology at BUSM. She currently serves as the Vice Chair for Patient Safety and Quality for the Department of Ophthalmology.  Dr. Rowe received her BA in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University, her MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and her MPH from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public HealthShe completed her residency in Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. She also completed a fellowship in health services research with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California, LA followed by a fellowship in Clinical Efficiency at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Rowe has taken an active role both regionally and nationally to address the topic of burnout and professional satisfaction among physicians and other health care providers. She currently serves on the newly-established Joint Massachusetts Medical Society-Massachusetts Hospital Association Task Force on Physician Burnout. She also serves as a Board Member for the Physician Wellness Academic Consortium, a national consortium of academic medical centers dedicated to understanding and improving wellness for physicians.

Cassandra Pierre, MD, MSc
Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Council
Dr. Pierre, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and an attending physician in the section of Infectious Diseases at Boston Medical Center. She is the PI of the Massachusetts DPH-funded grant that supports HIV, HCV and STI prevention, treatment and retention in care and the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist. Dr. Pierre has worked on low-cost infection control interventions in developing country settings and her passion is destigmatizing and broadening access for the treatment and prevention of bloodborne pathogens in underrepresented groups and currently marginalized populations. She graduated from Cornell University and obtained her medical degree from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She completed an Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at Boston Medical Center, holds a Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health and served as the Medical Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases from 2015-2019.

In her role as Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Dr. Pierre is committed to increasing the recruitment, retention and promotion of URG faculty, fellows and residents; fostering institutional acknowledgement of diversity and allyship as essential drivers of clinical excellence and employee satisfaction; and advancing inclusive excellence at Boston Medical Center.