Sheila Chapman, MD, is the recipient of the inaugural BUSM Faculty Diversity Award by the BUSM Awards Committee.
The award will be presented annually to faculty who have done an extraordinary job at addressing and improving diversity and a culture of inclusion throughout the School, specifically by demonstrating an impact on recruitment of students, staff and faculty; mentorship and sponsorship of underrepresented faculty, staff, students and student groups; and creating or running programs designed to improve DEI.
Dr. Chapman joined BUSM in 1989 as a clinical instructor. In addition to her clinical duties in the GIM Primary Care Clinic and the Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, Dr. Chapman serves as the Department of Medicine’s associate chair for diversity & inclusion and co-leads the Willock Faculty Development Program. She recently was promoted to clinical associate professor of medicine.
Among her activities, she co-founded in 2017 and co-leads the Evans Student Scholars, which introduces three-six underrepresented in medicine (URiM) BUSM students to research, leadership and clinical care every summer; has been a facilitator for the Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine Program and for the LIFT bystander/upstander training program; and has been instrumental in addressing COVID vaccination hesitancy, participating in the instructional video to help providers learn how to approach hesitant patients in 2021.
Her nominators say, “Dr. Chapman is a role model for junior faculty in the department of medicine. Her warm and welcoming personality always puts everyone at ease. She offers support and pearls of wisdom to junior faculty.”
“Dr. Chapman has mentored generations of diverse medical students, residents, and faculty since 1989,” says another. “She is a leader in the BMC/BUSM community around diversity issues.”