Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Department of Anesthesiology endeavors to be inclusive, promotes equity and believes in diversity as a means to provide highest quality patient care, develop innovative research and train best physicians for the future. We acknowledge that current educational institutions, patient care delivery systems and professional organizations are racialized and we strive to do our part in changing current structures towards a more equitable future.

  • Diversity to us represent the global makeup of our department and is not a state but an active process we continue to engage into.
  • Equity to us means we commit to making sure we provide all our faculty, residents and staff with personalized resources that will ensure their individual success.
  • Inclusion to us stand for ensuring that our faculty, residents and staff are able to experience their role in our department freely and without obstacles.
  • Belonging is what our department will look like after all of the above are achieved.

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DEI Initiatives

DEI Initiative



Include DEI Strategic Initiative into a larger strategic plan of the department


Develop models to recruit and retain diverse, high talent faculty

Dig deep


Analyze the departmental structures for diversity, equity and inclusion

Develop SMART DEI goals

In process

Develop DEI goals which are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based

Follow up 

In process

Follow up on achievement of DEI goals

DEI Committee

  • Kumar Belani (he/him/his) – Professor, Division Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Ilana Fromer (she/her/hers) – Assistant Professor, Residency Program Director
  • Kenneth Kiberenge (he/him/his) – Resident
  • Joy Ngobi-Babuwe (she/her/hers) – Assistant Professor
  • Mojca Remskar (she/her/hers) – Professor, Executive Vice Chair, Committee Chair
  • Clarence Shannon (he/him/his) – Assistant Professor, Associate Dean of Strategy and Innovation
  • Joss Thomas (he/him/his) – Associate Professor, Vice Chair of Education
  • Alanna Velo (she/her/hers) – Resident

Book Club/Web Club

Book of the Month

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Website of the Month

RACE - The Power of an Illusion