LGBT+ Resource Group

The LGBT+ Resource Group is comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the BSD, Pritzker School of Medicine and UCM community and allies (+).  They are a group, contributing to the support, education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and outreach for LGBT+ employees, students, and patients and their families.  They are also an advisory group supporting the BSD, Pritzker School of Medicine and UCM in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.

The LGBT+ Resource Group invites additional members.  Please contact any of the officers below for more information.

Officers

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David Gaudet, Chair

david.gaudet@uchospitals.edu

David Gaudet moved to Chicago from New Orleans in 2013.  He studied respiratory therapy at Concorde College in North Hollywood, CA and proceeded to work as a Respiratory Therapist for 6 years.  Passionate about health information technology, he made a career change and in 2011 began on a journey with a small electronic medical record that most people know today as Epic.  Currently, he is a Clinical/Business Systems Analyst on the Epic Ambulatory Team.  In his free time, he is an active member of the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association where he plays indoor volleyball, beach volleyball and softball.  He is a current member of the Chicago Spirit Brigade who’s mission is to raise money and awareness for other non-profit groups that provide direct care services to individuals with life-threatening challenges.

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Scott Cook, Vice-Chair

scook1@bsd.uchicago.edu 

Scott Cook, PhD is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience serving diverse urban and rural populations with multiple medical, social, and economic challenges.  He is also experienced in providing integrated behavioral health services in primary care clinics and hospitals.  Dr. Cook received his masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He completed his internship at Cook County Stroger Hospital, the major public hospital in Chicago that serves an indigent, multiethnic population.  He worked for eight years in leadership roles in research, behavioral health, youth services, and community services at Howard Brown Health, a clinic that serves diverse communities of varied racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minority identities in Chicago.  Dr. Cook currently works at The University of Chicago Medicine in multiple research, quality improvement and organizational development roles to improve health outcomes for disadvantaged patient populations and advance the organization’s diversity, inclusion and equity innovation agenda. 

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Kelly Sharka

ksharka@uchicago.edu 

Kelly is a nursing assistant at University of Chicago Medical Center. An advocate for LGBT+ rights and wellness since adolescence; Kelly has a special interest in sexuality and gender inclusive healthcare, support for LGBT+ youth, intersectional feminism, and radical self-care.

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Andrew Richardson

arichardson25@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu

Andrew Richardson MSN, APN is an Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with the University of Chicago Medicine’s Center for HIV Elimination. His clinical practice and research efforts have focused primarily on those living with HIV and the prevention of HIV. He has published and presented on these topics in both lay and academic contexts. He is currently finishing his Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health.