Albert Einstein College of Medicine has named Reginald Leon Hayes, BS, BMus, MDiv, as the Assistant Dean for Diversity Enhancement. In this role, Hayes will focus on promoting diversity, equity and engagement for current and prospective medical students and those in Einstein’s pathway programs. Hayes began his new role in late January.
“We look forward to supporting Mr. Hayes as he works to advance greater diversity, equity and inclusion at Einstein,” said Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Montefiore Medicine. “His appointment demonstrates our clear commitment to the principles championed by our namesake, which have been deeply held by the College of Medicine since its founding.”
“Mr. Hayes has a wealth of experience that will help us fulfill the goals of our office,” said Lynne M. Holden, MD, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Montefiore Einstein, Professor, Emergency Medicine, and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “His leadership in building a more equitable workforce and his personal involvement with global health will bring valuable insight, understanding and knowledge to this critically important position. We are very pleased he is able to join us.”
Hayes’ responsibilities will include bolstering Einstein’s pathway program consortium, recruiting diverse medical students and creating an inclusive environment for Einstein community members.
“It is both an honor and privilege to be back in the Bronx and to join the Einstein community,” said Hayes, who previously lived and served in a church in the Bronx and participated in a community outreach program in the borough. “I look forward to opportunities to discuss how we can engage everyone on campus and foster an inclusive and peaceable environment for our learners while advancing the mission of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in the Bronx and beyond.”
Hayes worked most recently at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), in Washington, DC, as an Associate Program Officer for the Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. This group convenes to discuss systemic issues and historic barriers to Black people pursuing careers in science, engineering and medicine while sharing promising practices for increasing representation, retention and inclusiveness.
Before joining the roundtable, he worked as an implementation partner for the United States Agency for International Development’s Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research program, focusing on cervical cancer and the high mortality rates for women in Malawi and Mozambique. In addition to these roles at NASEM, he was one of the original members of the diversity, equity and inclusion working group prior to the formal launch of the initiative at the institution.
Hayes also served as a research analyst for diversity in clinical trials at the National Cancer Institute, where he worked with Principal Investigator Ted Trimble, MD, MPH, researching methods to combat medical and science mistrust among historically disadvantaged populations and increase diversity in clinical trials conducted in the United States.
Hayes, a native of Washington, DC, was a biology and environmental science teacher in the District of Columbia public school system and in mission schools in Brazil and the Philippines. A classically trained tenor, Hayes has performed many roles, including Tamino in “The Magic Flute,” King Kaspar in “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Fenton in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and Don Ottavio from “Don Giovanni,” and has appeared as tenor soloist for oratorios such as the Bach Mass in B minor, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s “Messiah,” Berlioz’s “Te Deum” and numerous other works.
Hayes earned his bachelor’s degrees from Shaw University (in biology) and from Nyack College (in vocal performance), and a master’s in divinity from the Alliance Theological Seminary. This May, he will receive a master’s in business administration from Western Governors University. He is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Association of Black Male Educators.