Joyce A. Sackey Named First Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor at Tufts School of Medicine

Joyce A. Sackey, MD

Great news from classmate Joyce Sackey

“I have two pieces of good news to share. The first good news is my appointment as the inaugural, Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor! I am thrilled beyond belief! Please see [below] for further details.

The second is my appointment as Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for the Tufts Health Sciences Schools (Dental, Nutrition, Veterinary and, of course, the medical school). Here is a link to a recent article that provides an overview of the role.”

Congratulations Joyce!


Dear Tufts School of Medicine community,
I am pleased to share the University’s appointment of Joyce Sackey, M.D., as the inaugural Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor.
Joyce arrived at Tufts in 2009 as the school’s first Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Global Health. As a member of my senior leadership team, Joyce assists me in developing and implementing plans for recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse cohort of students, faculty and staff. Since her arrival at Tufts she has instituted several initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and inclusiveness. For example, Joyce established the Multicultural Fellows Council to foster community among Tufts Health Sciences students. Under her leadership, the school regularly offers symposia and seminars on topics related to diversity, bias, and health care equity. Joyce has collaborated closely with the admissions office on outreach and recruitment efforts aimed at diversifying the student body, particularly our MD program.  She has provided leadership for our pipeline programs and introduced new ones, including the Tufts / UMass Boston Enrichment Program. She also established and chairs the Faculty Advisory Council on Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion (FACE Diversity and Inclusion). This committee brings together leaders across the medical school and is charged with implementing policies and practices designed to recruit and retain diverse faculty, including those from groups traditionally under-represented in medicine and the biomedical sciences.
Tufts Med School logoThrough initiatives such as Innovations in Diversity Education Awards (an intramural faculty grant), Joyce has supported faculty members pursuing scholarly and innovative work in the areas of workforce diversity, health care disparity, and promoting cultural competency. She has also represented the medical school as a member of Tufts’ Bridging Differences Initiative as well as on the President’s Council on Diversity. She chaired the Council’s subcommittee, the Group on Graduate and Professional Student Experience Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. More recently, President Monaco appointed Joyce as the University’s Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for the Health Sciences Schools. Beyond Tufts, Joyce is a member of the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion, the Northeast Group on Educational Affairs, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a Trustee for Foundation for African Relief.
The Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professorship was established earlier this year through a gift from Gerard Gaughan, M.D., M71, in memory of his wife, Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan. The Gaughans have long championed efforts to support diversity and underrepresented-in-medicine students at our school particularly through the Tufts / UMass Boston Enrichment Program, an immersive, winter break experience for URM undergraduates interested in learning about careers in medicine or biomedical science. The Gaughan Professorship is meant for a physician leader who is responsible for leading diversity initiatives and programs. In addition to the Gaughan Professorship, Dr. Gaughan’s gift also establishes the Gerard L. Gaughan, M.D., M71, and Jane M. Gaughan, Ed.D., Student Success Fund, which funds diversity initiatives and programs at the medical school.
I am delighted that the University has honored Joyce’s accomplishments with this appointment to the Gaughan Professorship, and I look forward to supporting her continued innovations for helping all our students and faculty to succeed. You are all invited to an installation ceremony honoring Joyce and Dr. Gaughan; the date and details will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Joyce.
Harris A. Berman, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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