Diversity and Inclusion Program

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Welcome to the Duke Anesthesiology Diversity and Inclusion Program!

Jennifer E. Dominguez, MD, MHS and Adeyemi J. Olufolabi, MBBS, DCH, FRCAAs the diversity and inclusion leaders for the Department of Anesthesiology, we are honored and humbled to lead such a diverse, passionate and dedicated group of faculty, residents and fellows that are committed to improving healthcare by advocating for a workforce that more closely represents the people it serves and to eliminate discrimination, bias and health disparities.

Whether you are considering joining our community, or have been a member of it for many years, we invite you to learn more about our department’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, and about how members of our department and the School of Medicine have responded to the health disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and pledged to eliminate racism by turning Moments into Movement.

If you would like to be a part of this dynamic group of faculty, residents and fellows, please contact us.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are essential components of academic medicine, both to promote equity and fairness, and fulfill our department’s mission for excellence in education, research and clinical care.

We work to foster an inclusive community for trainees, faculty and staff where we all feel we belong, are engaged and productive. We treat each other and our patients with civility and respect, regardless of differences among us.

Retention & Career Development

Our Initiatives

We seek to expand possibilities for medical students, trainees and faculty who identify with groups underrepresented in our specialty, such as women, racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and those with disabilities through the following initiatives:

  • We advocate for equitable and inclusive hiring and recruitment strategies.
  • We promote and support career mentoring, leadership development and social networking.
  • We empower faculty by promoting their career development and inclusion in leadership roles.
  • We promote and support training and educational opportunities that relate to topics on diversity, inclusion, implicit bias, racism in medicine, and health disparities.
  • We foster and encourage research and collaboration to better understand and eliminate health disparities.
  • We promote an inclusive and productive culture within the department that positively impacts how we teach, learn and serve.
  • We provide mentorship and support to medical students, and foster an educational environment that is equitable and inclusive.

Anesthesiology Inclusivity Committee

The members of the Duke Anesthesiology Inclusivity Committee are a diverse group of faculty, residents and fellows that represents the efforts and voices of a broad spectrum of the department.



Christina Chen, MD

Christina Chen, MD
Future Plans: Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship at Duke

Bryan Chow, MD

Bryan Chow, MD
Future Plans: Critical Care Medicine Fellowship & Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke

Yohannes C. Constable, MD

Yohannes C. Constable, MD
Future Plans: Critical Care Fellowship & Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship at Vanderbilt University

Sara Feldman, MD

Sara Feldman, MD

Lori Jones, MD

Lori Jones, MD
Future Plans: Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Duke

Kathryn Pearson, MD

Kathryn Pearson, MD


Michael Cutrone, DO

Michael Cutrone, DO
Future Plans: Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Duke

James Dierkes, MD

James Dierkes, MD
Future Plans: Private Practice at Providence Anesthesiology Associates

Selby Johnson, MD

Selby Johnson, MD
Future Plans: Private Practice at Methodist Hospital

Sachin Mehta, MD

Sachin Mehta, MD
Future Plans: Academic Appointment at Duke Anesthesiology

Diversity and Inclusion Resources

Oluremi Ojo, medical student

Oluremi Ojo, medical student, receives an abstract award at Duke Anesthesiology’s 2018 Academic Evening

Fourth Year Visiting Scholars Program

Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) medical students who have been accepted for a 4th year visiting anesthesiology elective may be eligible to apply for funding to support travel and living expenses during their visiting elective within the Department of Anesthesiology.

The goal of the program is to provide financial support for URiM students in their last year of medical school to gain clinical exposure for one month in anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center. The department will support 2 to 3 awards annually to qualified URiM medical students.

The following qualifications will be required:

  • 4th year URiM student in good standing at a US medical school
  • Acceptance into a 4th year visiting medical student rotation in the Duke Department of Anesthesiology. Visiting medical student rotations are administrated by the Duke School of Medicine and applications are submitted through VSLO.
  • Submission of an online Visiting Scholars Program application & personal statement to the Department of Anesthesiology.
  • US citizenship or legal resident status

Visiting scholars will be provided financial support for housing as well as reimbursement for travel and their application processing fee up to a maximum of $4,000 per student.

In addition, visiting scholars will meet AIC faculty and trainees, but acceptance to the Visiting Scholars Program does not guarantee a residency interview with our department. Applications will be reviewed and scholars selected by a committee of AIC faculty.

This program will be consistent with the objectives of the existing Duke SoM 4th year medical student elective program.

If you are interested in our 4th Year Visiting Scholars Program, please complete this survey so that we can assist you.

School of Medicine Affinity Groups via the Multicultural Resource Center

Duke Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG)
The Duke Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG) aims to increase awareness of the spectrum of clinical practice in anesthesiology and encourage medical students to explore career opportunities within the field of anesthesiology.

Residents and Fellows at the ASA

Duke Anesthesiology residents at the department’s 2016 ASA Alumni Event in Chicago

Each year, Duke Anesthesiology will support the attendance of URM trainees at professional national affinity meetings:

Duke Office of Graduate Medical Education’s Resident and Fellow Organizations

Duke Minority Housestaff Association
This organization has been created to foster a community of wellness for trainees that are underrepresented within medicine, promote professional development through mentorship and forums, assist in diversity recruitment efforts, and lead service initiatives in our local community.

Coalition of Black Physicians
Founded in 2014 by African-American resident physicians in Durham, North Carolina, CBP represents a community of talented individuals who are ready to tackle inequality in healthcare. In our community, unapologetic blackness and excellence go hand-in-hand.  Our actions will speak volumes to those who will not hear our words.  Join us on our journey.

Housestaff Association for Sexual and Gender Diversity 
The Duke GME Housestaff Association for Sexual and Gender Diversity welcomes resident, fellow, and faculty members of Duke GME who identify as a sexual or gender minority, as well as allies whose professional goals align with our tenets.

Resident Council
The Resident Council is a peer-selected group of GME residents and fellows who are responsible for representing resident concerns and issues variety of capacities at the institutional level.

URM Faculty Development Postdoctoral Fellowship

Duke Anesthesiology recognizes the gap and common impediments to the development of URM physician-scientists. We are initiating a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Research and Biostatistics for URM junior faculty.

The fellowship will be for a minimum of 12 months after residency/fellowship training. The rationale is to introduce young URM physicians to clinical research and to provide the foundation that is often missing or inadequate for development and advancement as a clinician/scientist—a need present for the majority of young physicians, including those who identify as a URM. Up to two qualifying applicants will be accepted annually.

In brief, this postdoctoral program will involve:

  • An application process as part of the “pipeline” process and in concert with the ICDA. URM residents and fellows who are already under the guidance of the ICDA will be encouraged to pursue the MFDP.
  • Matching of selected applicant and senior mentor(s) based on common areas of interest
  • Enrollment in a Biostatistics and Epidemiology Master’s Program
  • Participation in and completion of a Clinical Research Protocol
  • Participation in and completion of a Grant Application Training
  • Fulfill ONE day per week of clinical duties as a Junior Attending (this responsibility is required, and will be the source of salary support for the MFDP).

The salary support will be $70,000 per year, derived from a clinical commitment of one day per week. Additionally, the department will support indirect costs to include benefits, malpractice insurance, and costs related to required educational expenses, such as the biostatistics and epidemiology classes.

Woman Scientist Investigator Award

To promote female physician-scientists’ development and promotion in our department, we are establishing a special consideration of female faculty applicants for our DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG). First launched in 2010, DIG is an annual competition held among Duke Anesthesiology faculty members. Competitors submit their most innovative research ideas to a panel of judges for review. Proposals best demonstrating the ideal blend of ingenuity and practicality are selected by the DREAM Innovation Grant Committee, and winners are announced at the department’s annual ASA alumni reception.

Qing Ma, MDQing Ma, MD

Duke Anesthesiology’s Faculty Development Program

Duke University School of Medicine’s Underrepresented Faculty Development

Duke University School of Medicine’s ADVANCE-UP (Academic DeVelopment, Advocacy, Networking, Coaching and Education for Underrepresented Populations) program

Alumni of ADVANCE-UP within Duke Anesthesiology include Drs. Jennifer Dominguez, Mandisa-Maia Jones, Terrence Allen, Yasmine Maisonave

Duke University School of Medicine’s ALICE (Academic Leadership, Innovation and Collaborative Engagement) program

Duke University School of Medicine’s Black Men in Medicine

Duke University School of Medicine’s Getting Back to Basics (URM Basic Science Faculty)

Each year, Duke Anesthesiology will finance the attendance of one URM faculty of each rank at a professional development program, such as:

Each year, Duke Anesthesiology will finance the attendance of one woman faculty of each rank at a professional development program, such as:

Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Diversity and Inclusion

Duke’s Anti-Racism Resources

Duke’s Resources for Understanding and Confronting Racism and Its Impact

Workshops Through Racial Equity Institute, LLC

RADAR: Raising Anesthesiology Diversity and Anti-Racism

Women in Duke Medicine: Online Exhibit

Timeline of Selected Events

Sarah J. Dent, MD

Sarah J. Dent, MD

1944 – “Dr. Ruth Martin is the first physician anesthetist in the hospital.” Did you know?: the first physician anesthesiologist at Duke was a woman! 

1955 – “Dr. Sara Dent joins the faculty in the Department of Surgery. She will become professor and chair of anesthesiology in Duke Hospital in 1968.” Did you know?: Dr. Dent was the first chair (acting) of Duke Anesthesiology after it became an independent department separate from Duke Surgery in 1970.

In order to provide high quality anesthesia care to all patients regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, primary spoken language, disability, socioeconomic status or educational level, a workforce that is itself diverse is essential. Workforce diversity and education help to eliminate systematic discrimination and health disparities, and allow for a more productive and positive environment of learning.

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