BWH Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

DEIB Council Leadership & Executive Team

For any DEIB related questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team!

Dr. Morana Lasic

Morana Lasic, MD, MEd
Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Associate Program Director, Department of Anesthesiology
Medical Director for Peers Support, BWH
Associate Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, BWH
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Morana Lasic is an anesthesiologist, Associate Program Director of the BWH anesthesiology residency program, Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and inclusion, Associate Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of BWH, and BWH Medical Director of Peer Support. She received her B.A. degree from Mount Holyoke College, M.D. degree from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and M.Ed. degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

She is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical training includes a surgical internship at Duke University Medical Center and an anesthesiology residency at BWH, which she completed in 2002 when she joined as BWH faculty.  In addition to departmental leadership roles, she has served on the HMS Admissions Committee. She has run departmental recruitment efforts for faculty and trainees, focusing on recruiting more women, underrepresented minorities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Cody Sain, MD
Resident Co-chair | DEIB Council

Pronouns: he/him/his

As a descendant of American Chattel Slavery and a proud Black American, Cody deeply appreciates his cultural heritage and the struggles faced by his ancestors. As a queer individual hailing from the South, he also brings a unique perspective and an understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized communities. Cody is passionate about inclusion and equity within anesthesiology and increasing the recruitment and retention of underrepresented individuals in academic medicine. Cody’s clinical interests include acute pain management, obstetric anesthesiology, and palliative care, recognizing the importance of compassionate and comprehensive healthcare across various patient populations. Cody has a strong passion for combating systemic racism as a vocal advocate for his underrepresented peers and mentees nationwide.

Cody was drawn to a leadership position with the Diversity House Staff Council due to his deep-rooted desire to advance workplace psychological safety for all marginalized trainees. Cody’s professional journey has been underscored by a drive to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion and work towards belonging for minorities throughout medicine and justice for our patients. To improve health equity, having underrepresented voices in healthcare is crucial. It is no secret that minority patients benefit from more effective care when treated by minority physicians. Cody’s goal is to utilize his career to improve minority representation in academic medicine and pursue a career as an academic anesthesiologist who continues to advance DEIB initiatives at the community and scholarly levels. 

Cody is a determined, powerful advocate for a more inclusive and supportive environment in medicine. His diverse background and commitment to social causes make him an invaluable asset to our team as we strive for a better, more equitable future. Beyond his professional pursuits, Cody is a self-proclaimed Beyoncé Stan and appreciates the cultural impact artists can have on the world through music, innovative artistry, and creative self-expression.

Murka Jeancharles, resident

Murka Jeancharles, MD
Resident Co-chair | DEIB Council

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Murka Jeancharles is a proud, first-generation Haitian American. She is currently a PGY-3, CA-2 in the BWH Department of Anesthesiology and the DEIB Anesthesiology Resident Co-Chair. She received her B.S. from Rutgers University and M.D. from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Her interests include global health, urban health, and work related to diversity/equity in medicine. She is committed to the advancement of underrepresented minorities in medicine. 

Being a black woman in medicine motivates her to work in DEIB. She believes that creating a diverse healthcare workforce, one that is reflective of the diverse backgrounds of the patients we care for, allows us to provide the best care for some of our most vulnerable patients. She is also passionate about creating and implementing service-based initiatives in marginalized communities. She was an Executive Board Member of The Rutgers NJMS Student National Minority Association, for which she received a Pozen Community Service Scholar award for creating the SNMA clinical skills workshop, which helped introduce minority college students to several different fields of medicine. She was also the President of O’Darah Outreach: Project B.E.A.M (Beyond Education Academics in Medicine), which creates and teaches educational curriculum to improve health literacy amongst Newark high school students in NJ. Lastly, she was on the Executive Board of PUMA (Public Understanding of Medicine in Action), for which she received a Pozen Community Service Scholar Award. PUMA is an initiative to empower individuals transitioning out of the criminal justice system by providing educational, housing, and financial resources. 

When Murka is not in the hospital she enjoys traveling internationally, hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with her loved ones.

Cynthia O'Donnell

Cynthia O'Donnell, MHA
Administrative Director for Education and Faculty Affairs

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Cynthia has been the Administrative Director for Education and Faculty Affairs in Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine at BWH since 2011. She earned her BS in Health Management and Policy from the University of Durham, NH and Master of Health Administration from Suffolk University. Cynthia’s graduate medical education experience has led her to be a key leader supporting clinical leadership in education program initiatives. She manages a team of five program managers who work closely with various clinical leaders overseeing the medical student clerkship, a large accredited residency program of 100 trainees, and five accredited fellowship programs (35 fellows). She oversees DEI initiatives, faculty recruitment and credentialing, VISA processing, and onboarding for all clinicians.

Ronald “Ronnie” J. Lund, MBA
Program Manager for Faculty Recruitment, Onboarding, Credentialing and DEI

Pronouns: he/him/his

Ronnie serves as our Program Manager for DEI initiatives, faculty recruitment and credentialing, VISA processing, and onboarding for all clinicians. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Managerial Finance & Human Resource Management from Mount Mercy University (Cedar Rapids, IA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences & Administration from The University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA).

His professional journey includes a tenure at Brigham and Women’s Neurology Department, where he served as a Senior Administrator in clinical operations and coordinated activities for the BWH/Harvard Medical School Headache Medicine Fellowship. Before this, he contributed his expertise to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, supporting Human Resources and faculty affairs within the Carver College of Medicine.

Ronnie possesses a multifaceted skill set encompassing healthcare policy, data analysis, public relations, regulatory compliance, financial management, and marketing. Beyond his professional pursuits, he dedicates his free time to extensive travel, active volunteering, and immersing himself in music.