Diversity

Cedars-Sinai values diversity and inclusion, and it is committed to building and sustaining a diverse academic community. Diversity is one of the institutional values guiding the pursuit of the Cedars-Sinai vision: to enhance its position as the leading healthcare provider in the Los Angeles area and to rank highly among the nation's most respected, admired and trusted healthcare organizations.


Enriching the Diversity Pipeline: Cedars-Sinai Summer Scholars Program

2016 Summer Scholars Program

2015 summer scholars and mentors

2014 summer scholars and mentors

Beginning in summer 2014, the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity partnered with Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science to pilot the Cedars-Sinai Summer Scholars Program, a research internship program designed to increase underrepresented minority students' exposure to and interest in pursuing a career in healthcare research. Scholars were paired with mentors according to their research interests.

Participating faculty members:

  • Rodrigo Alban, MD (Surgery)
  • Stephen Freedland, MD (Surgery)
  • Roberta Gottlieb, MD (Medicine)
  • Kimberly Gregory, MD (OB-GYN)
  • Caroline Jefferies, PhD (Medicine)
  • Beatrice Knudsen, MD, PhD (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)
  • Shouri Lahiri, MD (Neurology)
  • Enrique Lopez, PsyD (Psychiatry)
  • Tyler Pierson, MD, PhD (Pediatrics/Neurology)
  • Margareta Pisarska, MD (OB-GYN)
  • Komal Ramani, PhD (Medicine)
  • Maria Lauda Tomasi, PhD (Medicine)
  • David Underhill, PhD (Biomedical Sciences)


Association of American Medical Colleges Professional Development Seminars

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity has supported several faculty members' attendance at Association of American Medical Colleges Professional Development seminars.

  • Early-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar
  • Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar
  • Minority Faculty Professional Development Seminar

Please see Leadership and Career Development for more details.


Faculty Diversity Ambassadors

The Faculty Diversity Ambassadors endeavor to enhance diversity within the health system and engage in community benefit activities to increase awareness and opportunity.

On March 3, 2017, seven faculty members gave presentations to students on careers in medicine and science at John Burroughs Middle School's Career Day. Participating faculty were Rodrigo Alban, MD, Miguel Burch, MD, Ruchira Garg, MD, Christopher Harris, MD, Nicolas Melo, MD, Zuri Murrell, MD, and Ueli Rutishauser, PhD.

The annual event was intended to pique students' interest in medicine by introducing them to real-life role models. Faculty gave interactive presentations by bringing props and creating dynamic slides.


Learning to Lean In Discussion Group

The Learning to Lean In Discussion Group is intended for underrepresented faculty to engage in a variety of topics of interest in academic medicine. Meeting topics have included:

  • Mentoring in Academic Medicine: Does it Work?
  • Straight to the Source: Learning to Lean In
  • A Conversation with Women Members of the Cedars-Sinai Board
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Time Management
  • Crafting your Elevator Speech


Invited Speakers on Diversity

Experts on diversity and related topics have been invited to engage faculty in conversations about diversity and its vital role in academic medicine.

Daryl G. Smith, PhD, professor of Education and Psychology, Claremont Graduate University

Topic: Diversity: An Imperative for Excellence in Academic Medicine, January 2014

Molly Carnes, MD, MS, professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Industrial and Systems Engineering, director, Center for Women's Health Research, co-director, Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Topic: Breaking the Bias Habit, April 2014