- Accommodations for Students
- Policies and Grievance Procedures
Medical Student Disability Services
President-Timothy Montgomery, MA
University of California, San Francisco Campus SDS
Tim is the Director of Student Disability Services at UCSF. He oversees all campus schools, directs disability initiatives and conducts faculty and staff training. Tim was the previous Director of AccessibleNU at Northwestern University – Chicago campus In that role he worked with the Feinberg Medical School, Physical Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, and Prosthetics and Orthotics along with the Law School, Kellogg PT/MBA, the School of Professional Studies, The Graduate College and Distance Learning.
For the last 12 years, Tim has been working in the areas of academic support/disability services in higher education. Before moving to higher education, he spent 20 years in teaching and in administrative roles for middle/high school special education programs. Tim co-founded the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science, and Medical Education and the lead author of a chapter on Myths about students with disabilities in the forthcoming, The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing).
Lisa M. Meeks, PhD
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Dr. Meeks is on faculty with the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine where she is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director for Medical Student Disability Services. She is co-founder and President elect of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education and co-editor and an author of The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education, the seminal text on inclusion of individuals with disabilities in health science programs.
In addition to her work in higher education, Dr. Meeks lends her expertise through trainings and policy development for educational and government organizations including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Currently her work focuses on developing computer simulations for use in remediating medical students’ communication skills and improving access to medical education for students with disabilities.
Vice President (Chairs)
Gregory A. Moorehead, EdD
University of Chicago
Dr. Gregory Moorehead is the Director of Student Disability Services at the DePaul University in Chicago. He has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, and for most of that time with underrepresented populations, successfully coauthoring several federal and state grants.
Prior to arriving at DePaul, Dr. Moorehead was the Director of SDS at the University of Chicago and worked for nine years at Rutgers University where his commitment to underrepresented populations was recognized by the state of New Jersey. He is the co-founder of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health, Science and Medical Education and co-author of a chapter on legal aspects of working with students in health science programs in the forthcoming The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing).
Board of Directors
Jan Serrantino, EdD
University of California, Irvine
Jan is the Director of the Disability Services Center at the University of California, Irvine. She is the primary service provider for students with disabilities in the Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine. She has worked in the field of disability services since 1989 as a K-12 teacher and administrator, university faculty member, and student advocacy consultant. She serves on the UCI Mental Health Task force and the University of California Electronic Accessibility Leadership Team.
Jan presents regularly at professional conferences on disability related topics such as serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Academic Accommodations and Challenges faced by Students in Higher Education. Jan is co-author of two chapters in the forthcoming The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing).
Neera R. Jain, CRC, MS
Neera is a Rehabilitation Counselor by training and a passionate advocate for equal access in higher education, with a specialization in working with graduate and professional students in the health sciences. She was the first dedicated staff member to serve students with disabilities at two major health sciences institutions in the United States - the Columbia University Medical Center campus in New York City, and the University of California, San Francisco. Formerly the Director of Student Disability Services at the University of California, San Francisco, she continues to work with UCSF as a consultant on research initiatives and complicated cases. Neera is the co-chair of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Graduate and Professional School Special Interest Group (GAP SIG), and is the Policy advisor for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education.
Neera has presented on practices and approaches for crafting accommodations for clinical and other “outside the classroom” settings at U.S. and international conferences. She is the co-editor and an author of The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing). Neera also wrote the afterword of the text, which considers the promise for the next decade of students with disabilities to enter the health sciences. Currently residing in New Zealand, Neera has worked as manager of the Auckland Disability Law Centre (ADL), a free specialist legal service that is part of the Community Law movement and continues to consult with schools across the world on disability related matters.
Elisa Laird-Metke, JD
Samuel Merritt University
Elisa Laird-Metke, JD is the Director of the Disability Resource Center at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. Elisa has an extensive background in law, disability, and public health. She has worked first as a university sign language interpreter and deaf services coordinator, and later as a disability rights attorney and public health policy attorney, before subsequently returning to work in higher education.
Elisa has served as a consultant and conducted trainings for AHEAD and multiple programs throughout the country. Her publications include a number of articles and chapters, including several in The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education. Elisa also serves as Legal Advisor for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education.
Dot Mishoe, M.Ed.
Dot is the Director of the Student Disability Access Office at Duke University. A seasoned administrator with twenty-five years in educational and administrative leadership, Dot has worked in both the secondary and post-secondary academic settings. Dot is a knowledgeable practitioner and specializes in learning, psychological, physical and chronic health impairments. She graduated with a Masters of Education in Clinical Counseling from The Citadel, and has served as a guidance counselor in a school designed specifically for students with learning disabilities and ADHD.
Dot’s teaching experience spans elementary, middle, high school and college classes. She has presented extensively on various disabilities, legal issues, as well as challenges that students with disabilities face on a daily basis. Dot is also an active member of the steering committee for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education. She now serves as the Treasurer of the Coalition.
Diversity and Inclusion Chair
Mijiza Sanchez, EdD
Standord University School of Medicine
Dr. Mijiza M. Sanchez is the Assistant Dean of the Office of Medical Student Affairs at the Stanford School of Medicine. She has worked in higher education and the health sciences for more than 15 years with commitment to diversity and inclusion, gender equity, and leadership development. She is a qualitative researcher and her research is focused on creating pipelines for underrepresented minorities in the health sciences. Dr. Sanchez is a student advocate, lifelong learner, scholar and committed to changing the culture and climate of higher education in order to reflect the communities we serve.
Prior to joining Stanford in 2013, Dr. Sanchez was the founding Director of UCSF’s Multicultural Resource Center, and held various roles including teaching the Foundations of Patient Care course in the School of Medicine. She is currently the Vice Chair of the American Council on Education Northern California Women’s Network. Dr. Sanchez also serves as a Pre Major Advisor to Stanford Undergraduate students.
Membership and List-Serv Chair
Grace C. Clifford, MAEd
Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Grace is the Associate Director for ESS Disability Resources at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In her role, Grace oversees the delivery of accommodations for students with disabilities within all undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs at the university, and for the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Masters of Arts in Education in Leadership In Higher Education from Baldwin Wallace University.
Before becoming a disability service provider, Grace was a qualified mental health and treatment specialist, working with at-risk children and teens. She is a co-author of two chapters in The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing).
Student Representative- Kurt R. Herzer, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Kurt R. Herzer is an MD candidate at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Herzer’s research has included vitamin A supplementation’s role in the reduction of childhood mortality and blindness as well as national assessments of healthcare quality and patient safety. He has co-authored over a dozen journal papers and a book chapter, and spoken or presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences and meetings related to health care, patient safety, and disabilities.
Dr. Herzer has previously worked in the Office of Health Reform in the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC and at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2010 Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed Dr. Herzer to a federal Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities. He is a recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, honoring leadership and commitment to public service, as well as the Marshall Scholarship awarded by the British Government. Dr. Herzer is a graduate of the University of Oxford where he received an MSc in social policy and Johns Hopkins University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in public health and completed his Ph.D.
Board Members at Large
Joan M. Bisagno, PhD
Dr. Bisagno holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, a master’s degree in learning disabilities, and elementary, secondary, special education, and supervisory/administrative teaching credentials. She has more than 25 years experience working in the fields of education and mental health in private practice, clinic, hospital, and school settings and has taught college courses in psychoeducational assessment. Currently Dr. Bisagno is the Director of Research and Public Scholarship at the Schwab Learning Center, Stanford University. Prior to this position she served as the Assistant Vice Provost and Director of the Office of Accessible Education and Schwab Learning Center at Stanford. She is a contributing author to Medical Students with Disabilities: Resources to Enhance Accessibility, published by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Barbara Blacklock, MA, LISW
University of Minnesota
Barbara has worked in Disability Resources at the University of Minnesota for over 30 years and presents locally, nationally and internationally on disability issues. To proactively work with Academic Health Center programs, 15 years ago Barbara developed and implemented the “College Model” of service delivery at the University of Minnesota. She is currently the Disability Resource Center Program Coordinator to the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Programs.
Along with her role as a direct service provider, for the past 10 years Barbara has been the co-chair of the University of Minnesota Provost’s Committee on Student Mental Health and coordinated the development of the website www.mentalhealth.umn.edu. She recently was the Project Director of the Marcus Foundation Faculty Education Grant: Taking it to the Next Level: Advancing Awareness and Equity of Medical Students with Invisible Disabilities. She is co-author of the monograph Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in Health Related Education Programs (2014), published by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and is a on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Disability Access in Graduate Health Science and Medical Education.
Jon McGough MEd
University of Washington
Jon is the Assistant Director of Disability Resources for Students at the University of Washington where his responsibilities include approving and coordinating accommodations for all students in professional health science programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Pharmacy and Occupational Therapy).
Jon presents at state and national conferences on topics ranging from accessible technologies to disability accommodations in the clinical environment. Previously, Jon worked in various disability roles at both public and private higher-education institutions, and is a former executive board member of the Washington Association on Post-Secondary Education and Disability. Jon is co-author of two chapters in The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education and is a member of the Coalition for Disability Access in Graduate Health Science and Medical Education (Springer Publishing).
Joseph Murray, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Murray served as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Equal Opportunity Programs until 2016 and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Scranton, where he majored in Biology, English, and Philosophy. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1995 and completed an internship at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and a residency in Psychiatry at the Payne Whitney Clinic of the New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH).