Read below to meet some of our members! 

Sandra DiBrito
School of Medicine

sandraI am a General Surgery Resident at Johns Hopkins, currently a PhD Candidate in Clinical Investigations at Bloomberg School of Public Health. I am originally from Colorado, and went to medical school at Boston University. The LGBTQ community at Hopkins and in Baltimore is very vibrant, allowing the very diverse population at our institution to feel comfortable in their own skin. It is imperative that we continue to make our voices heard, through GSS or other activism to break down remaining barriers and make Hopkins the most inclusive, supportive environment possible for those pursuing cutting edge research in their fields.

Sina Shahamatdar
School of Medicine


I’m an LGBT third year medical student interested in Psychiatry. I moved to Baltimore from the DC area. I’ve been so happy here thanks to the fun and welcoming environment of GSS.

Brian Carey Chung
School of Nursing

Former professional contemporary ballet dancer with LINES Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico of NY, and Karole Armitage where I was also rehearsal director. Now retired and pursuing a career in nursing. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, but have lived in the US and have been a U.S. citizen for 4/5 of my life. LGBTQ+ people matter. Our presence at Hopkins is critical to developing a deeper awareness and understanding of who we are as individuals and as a community.

David Jernigan
School of Public Health

I am a sociologist who specializes in healthy policy, and particularly in alcohol policy. Alcohol problems are so widespread that I have been able to bring my diverse research interests to the topic, including my interest in and commitment to LGBTQ health. It is a pleasure to work with the LGBTQ+ community at Hopkins, where there are so many committed and active and creative researchers, students and staff.

Adler Archer
School of Medicine

25091825th September 2018 KCL Business School PortraitsBush HouseI am an innovation researcher at Johns Hopkins Medicine studying the impact of identity and institutions on physician involvement in health systems innovation. I was born in the USA and raised in Japan. I served on active duty in the US military from 2000 – 2004 before going to work as an engineer at Lockheed Martin and Boeing. After serving on active duty under the anti-LGBT “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, I’m proud to have lobbied at the White House and US Capitol Hill for it’s repeal. I also helped launch the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the JHU Carey Council for Inclusive Excellence, and the JHU SOM Diversity Council. In my spare time I can likely be found playing board games, doing Buff Yoga, or on a plane to visit a new place.

Chris Counts
School of Medicine

chrisI was born and raised in Colorado, and I studied cultural anthropology and biomedical science at Colorado State University. I’m passionate about public health and promoting access and equity in healthcare. Before coming to Baltimore, I studied public health in London as a Marshall Scholar and contributed to various projects for the UK Parliament and the WHO on health financing and access to essential medicines. At Hopkins, I’ve enjoyed getting involved with efforts to reform drug pricing policy at the national level. I’ve also enjoyed being involved with the School of Medicine LGBT Curriculum Team (SLCT), which designs, implements, and evaluates curriculum to train all medical students to provide inclusive healthcare for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Carey Borkoski
School of Public Health

careyI am currently an Assistant Professor in the Schools of Public Health and Education here at Hopkins. I teach a variety of courses in research methods, education leadership, and data analysis. My research interests focus on faculty development and student learning in higher education. I was born in Baltimore and raised just south of the city. I now live in Anne Arundel county with my partner and three kids (all under the age of five!). I thrilled to also work with JHU’s SOURCE and as a result many of my students have the opportunity to participate in service-learning projects. In my data analysis course, for example, students and community partners work together to clean, manage, and analyze data to answer community-identified research questions.

JP Senter
School of Medicine


Hi! I’m JP, a second-year medical student originally from Fort Worth, TX. When I’m not studying, I enjoy photography, writing poetry, and playing volleyball! This is my third year in Baltimore, as I spent a year here doing research in radiation oncology before starting medical school. I love our Hopkins family and Baltimore community, and I am especially fond of the arts and food scene here in Baltimore (ask me for recommendations!). As an out gay student, I have found Hopkins and Baltimore to be especially welcoming. My favorite memories with GSS include marching proudly in the 2016 Baltimore Pride Parade
and singing loudly at Flavor, an LGBTQ-safe space and karaoke bar.

David Liao
School of Medicine

davidI grew up in New York City and moved to Baltimore for medical school. While I will always bleed New York, at the time I felt ready for a change because I hadn’t lived anywhere else before. Being raised in a culturally traditional Chinese household while living in one of the most liberal cities in the country uniquely shaped my identity and framed my coming-out. Although I was hesitant to leave my support system back home, I soon found an equally supportive group of intelligent, driven, and fascinating personalities in the LGBTQA+ community here at Hopkins as well as the greater Baltimore City area. Much of this was possible thanks to the inclusive efforts of the Gertrude Stein Society.

Kate Powers
School of Public Health

kateI am a Senior Research Program Coordinator at JHSPH, and I work on child and adolescent health research, mostly around measurement, quality improvement, and adverse childhood experiences. I came to Baltimore after completing my Master’s degree in London — I had lived in DC before that, and knew I wanted to come back to the area. I’ve recently moved into Baltimore City from Howard County, and love living in an area (Mt. Vernon) with so much culture and history. I’ve just recently gotten involved with GSS, but very much looking forward to future events! I am also a facilitator for the Hopkins Safe Zone program, which involves leading trainings for faculty, students, and staff on learning more about the LGBTQ community and being a better ally in the workplace, which allows me to give back and hopefully use some of my experience as a queer staff member to help others.

Matt Thimm
School of Medicine


My name is Matt Thimm, and I’m a second year medical student originally from Novi, Michigan. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015, where I studied Cellular & Molecular Biology and Gender & Health. Outside of class, I volunteer at an adolescent clinic, providing HIV testing and risk reduction counseling, am involved in pediatric student groups, and do research on HIV prevention at the Baltimore City Health Department. As a gay medical student, GSS has been an important part of my medical school experience by providing an inclusive and accepting environment. I’m excited for our events this semester and encourage you to attend!