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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion / Differences Matter

Differences Matter is a multi-year, multi-faceted School of Medicine initiative designed to make UCSF the most diverse, equitable and inclusive academic medical system in the country. It is one of the most important cultural initiatives at UCSF and one that the Department of Surgery enthusiastically supports. We firmly believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are the cornerstones for a thriving community.


Roman, SSanziana A. Roman, M.D., FACS a professor in the Department of Surgery, is the Dean's Diversity Leader for Leadership Equity and Inclusion in the School of Medicine at UCSF. She has a national and international reputation in endocrine surgery and surgical education, having served as the co-Director of the Fellowship Programs of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

Dr. Roman recently organized a symposium about women in surgery, reported on in the World Journal of Surgery in June 2018. "The result was powerful testimonials from women surgeons, from Europe to the United States, from Africa to Australia and Asia, reflecting the culture of the place where their career took place." Despite their cultural differences, they all had in common the struggle to establish themselves in the surgical profession, traditionally a male-dominated field.

Related Links and Resources

Symposium Celebrating Women Surgeons Around the World

Sanziana A. Roman, M.D. Interviewed by UCSF School of Medicine for Global Diversity Awareness Month

Race, Surgery, and the American Dream, AM Rounds: Beyond the pages of Academic Medicine, Hobart W. Harris, M.D., MPH

Perceptual and Structural Facilitators and Barriers to Becoming a Surgeon: A Qualitative Study of African American and Latino Surgeons
Academic Medicine, AAMC, Jesus Ulloa, MD, MBA, MS UCSF, UCSF General Surgery Residency Graduate, 2018

UCSF Differences Matter Website

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