Shahnaz Sultan

Vice Chair

Shahnaz Sultan, MD 

dr. pham

Associate Vice Chair

Cuong Pham, MD

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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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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DARE Awardee: Alejandra Gutierrez Banel

Diversity Award for Research Equity (DARE)

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DEI ERA Awardee: Sarah Lofgren

Dr. Anne Joseph Early-Career Research Award (ERA)

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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.

Read More About Dr. Pham and other Spotlight Faculty