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About Us

IDEAS Committee stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism and Social Justice. Established in February 2021, the committee members came together to make a departmental effort towards diversity and inclusive excellence in unison with the mission of the UC Irvine School of Medicine.

The department of neurology under the leadership of its chair, Dr. Claire Henchcliffe, decided to take an active role in furthering the UCI School of Medicine’s commitment to inclusive excellence. 

Who we are:


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Mona Sazgar, MD

Research and Data Team

Headshot of Maria M. Corrada-Bravo
Maria M. Corrada-Bravo, ScD
Headshot of Lisa Flanagan
Lisa Flanagan, PhD

Recruitment Team

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Albert La Spada, MD, PhD

Website and Marketing Team

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Mona Sazgar, MD

Community Outreach Team

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Hayley B. Kristinsson, PsyD
Chair of Outreach

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Yoon Jae Choi, MD

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Mona Sazgar, MD
Headshot of Masaki Nagamine
Masaki Nagamine, MD
Headshot of Brian Hitt
Brian Hitt, MD
Headshot of Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez, PhD
Headshot of Sara Stern-Nezer
Sara Stern-Nezer, MD
Headshot of Sanaz Attaripour
Sanaz Attaripour Isfahani, MD

Ideas Committee Diversity