Mission: The University of Chicago Department of Surgery Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Steering Committee is committed to addressing and eliminating discrimination in all forms within our department through continuous self-assessment, targeted programming, advocacy, and creation of an increasingly diverse and culturally competent workforce by embedding diversity and inclusion as an integral component of surgical excellence.
In doing so, we aim to remove barriers to healthcare access, to provide the best care for our community, and to create an optimal and equitable environment to work, conduct research, and train.
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Along with the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Orthopedic Surgery, the Department of Surgery is proud to participate in the Pritzker School of Medicine's Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Clerkship Program. The program is sponsored through the generous support of Peggy A. Montes, a former IL public school system teacher, co-founder of Bronzeville Children’s Museum, and longtime Chicago/Cook County civic leader.
While the Visiting Clerkship Program is suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19, the initiative is aimed at fourth-year medical students from groups who have been traditionally underrepresented in US medical schools – Black/African American, Mexican-American, Native American (American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiians), Puerto Ricans, and Asians (specifically Hmong, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Filipino) who are in good standing at LCME-accredited US medical school. Our department will match visiting students with a resident and assign a faculty advisor for support, networking and mentorship.
Students apply through VSAS and complete a Pritzker-specific supplemental application. The program will pay a $2,000 stipend to students for supporting costs associated with participation at the end of the rotation.
Please use the link above to check on the status of the program as the pandemic develops.
Learn more about where people in our department volunteer.
The DEI Steering Committee oversees our commitment to this mission through six domains that are integrated into our everyday work:
We are thrilled to announce that Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Chicago, has been named the next Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons, which is one of the most significant and powerful leadership roles in American surgery.
Among her many achievements while on our faculty, Dr. Turner was elected the first female President of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons in 2017 and held that title when our Department hosted the SBAS annual meeting at the University of Chicago.
Congratulations, Dr. Turner! Please check out the ACS press release.
Selwyn Rogers, MD, MPH has been named the first James E. Bowman Jr. Professor in the Biological Sciences in the Department of Medicine. This new professorship honors Bowman, a distinguished faculty member in the Department of Pathology and the first African American to earn tenure in the Biological Sciences Division.
Dr. Rogers is a widely respected surgeon and public health expert. As founding director of our adult trauma center, he has built an interdisciplinary team of specialists to treat patients who suffer injury from life-threatening events, such as car crashes, serious falls and gun violence. As executive vice president for community health engagement, he works with the Urban Health Initiative and across the University to develop a multidisciplinary approach to trauma care and health disparities.
Congratulations, Dr. Rogers!
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) have officially announced their 2021-2022 class of RWJF Health Policy Fellows, and we are pleased and proud that Brian Williams, MD is one of them!
Congratulations to Dr. Williams on winning a 2020 Black Leaders Worth Watching award from Profiles in Diversity Journal!
Dr. Williams was also named one of Medscape's 20 Top Black Physician Social Media Influencers.
Watch this space for more faculty features!