Commitment to Diversity

Our department is fortunate to be part of an institution that is committed to addressing disparities in health and healthcare. The costs to our society are high; disparities lower the quality of life and negatively impact life expectancy for many. Our department philosophy is aligned with campus leadership in the areas of recruiting and retaining individuals with a desire to serve culturally diverse and medically underserved populations and are committed to working on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our department seeks scholars from disadvantaged* backgrounds to better reflect the diversity of the population we serve in the San Francisco Bay Area. We further recognize that successfully recruiting people to join our enterprise is not the end of the story. As eloquently stated in the UCSF Principles of Community, it is also critical that we provide an environment in which all individuals in our workforce and trainee programs experience a professional, supportive, collaborative, and open environment and have the opportunity to thrive. We are dedicated to the ongoing pursuit of these goals.

*“ Disadvantaged” is defined as “from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds and/or a social, cultural, or educational environment such as those found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrated presented barrier to navigating admissions or access to health science careers.”

Dr. Odi Ehie speaking to a group of students

Our Vice Chair of DEI, Dr. Odi Ehie speaks to a group of SCORE students.


Our Director of DEI and Culture, Leah Pimentel, received a UCSF Chancellor's Award for her leadership in the DEI space. 

Staff Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee:

Joanna Lin: Clinical Research Coordinator


Cheryl Salmon: Administrative Officer


Jillene Sturgess-DaPrato: Senior Clinical Research Coordinator 


Vasilis Tabakis: Education Coordinator


Anna Landau: Administrative Program Manager


Will Kellogg: Parnassus Site Supervisor




We would like to acknowledge the Ramaytush Ohlone people, who are the traditional custodians of this land. We pay our respects to the Ramaytush Ohlone elders, past, present, and future, who call this place, the land that UCSF sits upon, their home. We are proud to continue their tradition of coming together and growing as a community. We thank the Ramaytush Ohlone community for their stewardship and support, and we look forward to strengthening our ties as we continue our relationship of mutual respect and understanding.