The University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Medicine, is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion as an essential strategy to support all members of our academic community: faculty, trainees, staff, and the patients and communities we serve.  We strive for a culture of inclusive excellence in which our commitment to the core values of equity and diversity are reflected in all of our clinical care, research, education, and service activities.

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Shahnaz Sultan

Vice Chair

Shahnaz Sultan, MD 

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Associate Vice Chair

Cuong Pham, MD

About Us

Created in 2021, the Department of Medicine's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Office (DEIAO) supports and implements the Department's diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals and plans.

Diversity Council

The Diversity Council is a group of faculty and staff that is committed to advancing the strategic goal of supporting diversity, equity and inclusion as being integral to our mission and aligned with the University of Minnesota and MHealth/Fairview.

DEI Charter


DEI related resources for current staff, faculty, learners, and alumni supported by the University of Minnesota.

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How Local Health Giants Are Championing Inclusivity

By: Jamie Korf | May 17, 2023

These Twin Cities healthcare communities have creatively found ways to confront institutional racism that go beyond the status quo—because words only have power when you assign them action.

“We get people from across the nation to come with us to build out wonderful careers—we help create individualized development plans and match those scholars with mentors as they explore science challenges...helping them get established as diverse faculty members.” 

— Dr. Ana Núñez

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DEI Spotlight

Dr. Cuong Pham, a Vietnamese-born physician in Minnesota, is a prominent advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in healthcare. Alongside his work in patient-centered care and harm reduction in Addiction Medicine, Dr. Pham serves as the Associate Vice Chair of DEI for the University of Minnesota's Department of Medicine. He also co-founded Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity, driving advocacy and community engagement for a more inclusive healthcare environment.

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DARE Awardee: Dame Idossa

Diversity Award for Research Equity (DARE)