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Sandra M. Quezada, MD, MS

Academic Title:


Primary Appointment:


Administrative Title:

Associate Dean for Medical School Admissions; Associate Dean for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion


HSF II, Rm. 190, 20 Penn St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-3387 (office)

Phone (Secondary):

(410) 706-7478


(410) 706-4330

Education and Training

  • University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD, 2006
  • University of Maryland Medical Center, Residency, Internal Medicine, 2009
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine, MS, Clinical Research, 2010
  • Baltimore VA Medical Center, Fellowship, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2013
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MS, Human Nutrition, 2000


Sandra M. Quezada, M.D., M.S., AGAF is Associate Dean for Admissions, and Associate Dean for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland . She is also Professor and a practicing gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She is Co-Chair of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Equity Project, DEI Section Editor for the Gastroenterology journal, and Co-Principal Investigator for the NIH R-25 funded AGA FORWARD Program providing career development opportunities for early career underrepresented gastroenterologists.

Dr. Quezada received her undergraduate degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency and GI fellowship training at the University of Maryland and Baltimore VA Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Quezada obtained a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition at the Institute of Human Nutrition at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in Baltimore.

She is passionate about equity in academic medicine, and gastroenterology  and has worked locally, regionally, and nationally to amplify physician workforce diversity, and to impact the climate in which future and current physicians train and practice. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and 2017 recipient of the Dean’s Alumni Award for Diversity and Inclusion, 2022 recipient of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Healio Disruptive Innovator Health Equity Award, and 2023 recipient of the AAMC Northeast Group on Student Affairs Outstanding Service Award.

Research/Clinical Keywords

academic medicine, gastroenterology, hematology, diversity, inclusion, crohn's, colitis

Highlighted Publications

Carethers J, Quezada SM, Day L. Diversity Within Gastroenterology Practice: The Pipeline, Cultural Competencies, and GI Societies Approaches. Gastroenterology (all authors contributed equally and are considered first authors for this publication) 2018, 156 (4) 829-833 

Quezada SM, McLean LP, Cross RK. Adverse events in IBD therapy: the 2018 update. Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (2018), 12:12, 1183-1191 

Cross R, Langenberg, P, Regueiro M, Schwartz D, Tracy JK, Collins J, Katz J, Ghazi L, Patil SA, Quezada, SM, Russman KM, Riaz M, Jambaulikar G, Sivasailam B, Quinn CC. A Randomized Controlled Trial of TELEmedicine for Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (TELE-IBD). Am J Gastroenterol. 2019 Mar;114(3):472-482 

Bilgrami Z, Abutaleb A, Chudy-Onwugaje K, Langenberg P, Regueiro M, Schwartz D, Tracy KT, Ghazi L, Patil S, Quezada SM, Russman K, Quinn C, Jambaulikar G, Beaulieu D, Horst S, Cross RK. Dig Dis Sci 2018. Effect of TELEmedicine for Inflammatory Bowel Disease on Patient Activation and Self-efficacy. Dig Dis Sci 2020 Jan;65(1):96-103  

Carr R, Quezada S*, Gangarosa L, et al. From Intention to Action: Operationalizing AGA Diversity Policy to Combat Racism and Health Disparities in Gastroenterology. Gastroenterology 159 (5) 1637-1647. Nov 2020 (*designates co-first authorship) 

Quezada, S. Racial and Social Disparities in Gastroenterology. Gastro Data Trends. Nov 2020 14-15 

Robinett, K, Kareem, R, Reavis, K, Quezada, S. A multi-pronged, antiracist approach to optimize equity in medical school admissions. Med Educ. 2021; 55(12): 1376–1382.  

Anyane-Yeboa A, Quezada S*, Rubin D, Balzora S. The Impact of the Social Determinants of Health on Disparities in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2022 Mar 17: S1542-3565 (22)00285-3 (*designates co-first authorship) 

May F, Quezada S. Expanding the Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Within AGA Journals. Gastroenterology 2022.163 (1) 28-30.  

Rahal H, Tabibian J, Isaaka R, Quezada S, Balzora S, Yang L, May F. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Gastroenterology and Hepatology: Where We Stand in 2022. Accepted to Gastroenterology April 2022 

Cryer B, Quezada S, Culpepper-Morgan J, Day L, Kaul V, NuQuay C, Omary MB. Bridging the Racial, Ethnic and Gender Gap in Academic Gastroenterology. Accepted to Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology May 2022 

Liu, J, Quezada S, Ward L, et al. The current state of care for Black and Hispanic inflammatory bowel disease patients. Accepted to Inflammatory Bowel Disease Journal May 2022 

Wang C, Darbari I, Quezada S et al. Randomized controlled pilot study of feasibility and effectiveness of peer led remote mindfulness-based art workshops on stress, anxiety, and depression in medical students. Accepted to Psychology in the Schools September 2022 

Quezada S, Carethers J, et al. AGA Equity Project: Where We Are, and Where We Go from Here. Accepted to Gastroenterology September 2022.  

Awards and Affiliations

  • 2010-present: Member, American College of Gastroenterology
  • 2010-2015: Member, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • 2014-present: Member, National Hispanic Medical Association
  • 2014-present: Member, Latino Provider Network of Baltimore
  • 2014: Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Care Seed Grant Award
  • 2015: Student National Medical Association Faculty of the Month
  • 2014-15: Member, International Committee, American Gastroenterological Association
  • 2015: Member, Diversity Committee, American Gastroenterological Association
  • 2016: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • 2017: Dean's Alumni Award for Diversity and Inclusion
  • 2017: Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
  • 2017: 2017 SNMA Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2018: Fellow, Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence, UMSOM
  • 2018: Selected by students in Gold Humanism Honor Society as Faculty Speaker for 2018 White Coat Ceremony
  • 2020: Selected by medical students in Class of 2020 as 2020 SOM Commencement Speaker
  • 2021: Maryland Top Doctor
  • 2021: Outstanding UMB Faculty Award, University of Maryland Baltimore Martin Luther King Diversity Recognition
  • 2021: American Gastroenterological Association Distinguished Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • 2021: Fellow, American Gastroenterological Association
  • 2021: Educator of the Year Award: Renaissance Curriculum Team, University of Maryland Baltimore Founders Week Awards
  • 2022: University of Maryland School of Medicine Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Outstanding Faculty Member
  • 2022: Teaching Commendation, Digestion and Hormones Lecture, SOM
  • 2022: Baltimore Top Doctor
  • 2022: Healio Disruptive Innovator Award nomination, Health Equity category 
  • 2023: AAMC Northeast Group on Student Affairs Outstanding Service Award

Community Service

  • 2014-present:Latino Provider Network, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2015-2021: Coach Mentor, Bridges of Baltimore mentoring program; 7 year commitment to mentor 2 Baltimore inner city youth from grade 6 through transition to college