Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Mission Statement

The purpose of the Diversity Committee is to work collaboratively to create a diverse and inclusive environment and to advocate for the recruitment, retention and promotion of physicians from diverse backgrounds (race, gender, age, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic and disability). In doing so, we encourage those in our environment to promote understanding and equality of opportunity for each individual realizing that the “road traveled” for each individual differs.

Charge: The committee along the with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion have been charged with immediate action to increase the number of underrepresented minorities trainees and faculty within the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. We envision that implication of diversity and inclusion in our community will result in an increase in productivity, a sense of belongingness in our environment, more platforms to express innovative ideas, more exposure to new markets, and greater opportunity for personal and professional growth.

The Diversity Committee is composed of 4 subcommittees that represent different parts of the physician education and development pipeline. We hope that having each part of the pipeline covered they will get the encouragement, guidance and mentorship that they need along different parts of the academic growth continuum.

The subcommittees are:

The current subcommittee chairs are here to fashion programs of support for each portion of the pipeline through programming, social engagement and informal mentoring that ensures each individual reaches their maximal potential her at the University of Pittsburgh and beyond.

Medical School

Eliana Bonifacino, MD
General Internal Medicine
Co-Chair, Medical School

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH
General Internal Medicine
Co-Chair, Medical School

Eloho Ufomata, MD, MS
General Internal Medicine
Co-Chair, Medical School

Residency

Jennifer A. Corbelli, MD, MS
General Internal Medicine
Co-Chair, Residency

Jennifer Rodriguez, MD
General Internal Medicine
Co-Chair, Residency

Brent W. Thiel, MD
General Internal Medicine
Co-Chair, Residency

Fellowship

Esa M. Davis, MD, MPH, FAAFP
General Internal Medicine
Co-Chair, Fellowship

Naudia L. Jonassaint, MD, MHS
Vice-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion
Gastroenterology

Jamie L. Stern, MD, MPH
General Internal Medicine
Co-Chair, Fellowship

Faculty

Laura M. De Castro, MD
Hematology/Oncology
Co-Chair, Faculty

Amber E. Johnson, MD, MBA
Cardiology
Co-Chair, Faculty

Tomeka L. Suber, PhD
Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
Co-Chair, Faculty