Department of Radiology Diversity & Health Equity Initiatives
Our department is committed to recruiting, supporting, and promoting a diverse and inclusive community of students, residents, fellows, and faculty. We understand that creating a culture that promotes inclusion enriches our education, research, and clinical mission.
We value and seek to build a community of radiologists and imaging scientists of diverse ages, races, ethnicities, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, religious backgrounds, socioeconomic circumstances, and abilities.
Several programs, including the Women’s Leadership Initiative, led by Yvonne W. Lui, MD; the Wellness Committee, led by Lea Azour, MD; and the Junior Faculty Committee, led by Angela Tong, MD, and Luke Mueller, MD, ensure the ongoing contribution of diverse voices in shaping the culture of the Department of Radiology.
We also work closely with NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity Affairs to provide training and resources to mitigate unconscious bias, the Supporting, Educating, and Enriching Diversity (SEED) Mentoring Program, and NYU Langone’s Institute for Excellence in Health Equity to incorporate principles of health equity into our research and educational offerings, as well as our clinical services.
We are proud to practice medicine in a dynamic, diverse city, and we work hard to ensure that the patient care we provide is understanding, equitable, and respectful of every member of the population we serve. We are committed to respecting all members of our community and ensuring that each person feels valued and supported.
Women’s Leadership Initiative
The Department of Radiology prioritizes recruiting, retaining, and developing women in faculty positions and providing the support they need to succeed in leadership roles and positions at NYU Langone and beyond.
The Women’s Leadership Initiative is governed by three bodies: the Metrics Committee, the Opportunities Committee, and the Events Committee.
The Metrics Committee, chaired by Cathleen C. Heffernan, MD, uses data to understand how the Department of Radiology can better foster gender equality. Recent work includes collecting and analyzing departmental data regarding gender representation in academic promotion and compensation, conducting a national survey to understand gender-based differences in work–life challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, and investigating gender-based differences in invited speakers.
The Opportunities Committee, chaired by Mari Hagiwara, MD, identifies, supports, and promotes women faculty members to participate in opportunities that help them develop leadership skills and be recognized for their accomplishments. We compile and update an extensive list of awards, grants, and programs for women faculty, including departmental, institutional, regional, and national opportunities. We ensure uniform awareness of these opportunities for all members of our community and identify and encourage candidates to apply. Dr. Hagiwara also spearheads the New York City chapter of a Northeast speaker exchange program that highlights promising junior faculty from many academic institutions.
The Events Committee, chaired by Jane P. Ko, MD, engages members of the Department of Radiology to develop awareness around the beneficial diversity of ideas that come from a gender diverse group and provides education regarding biases that exist for women in radiology. The committee hosts women’s leadership events, quote contests, and book and film clubs.
The Department of Radiology hosts events throughout the year to promote diversity, inclusion, and health equity.
Book and Movie Club Selections 2020–21
- Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
- The Street by Ann Petry
- 13th, the documentary by Ava DuVernay
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Picture a Scientist by Sharon Shattuck and Ian Cheney
- The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grand Rounds 2020–21
We host regular grand rounds on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
History of Unconscious Bias in Medicine and Radiology: Learning from Our History and Changing Our Legacy
Speaker: Nicole M. Hindman, MD, Associate Chair, Diversity and Health Equity, Department of Radiology at NYU Langone
Artificial Intelligence, Bias, and Fairness
Speaker: George Shih, MD, Diagnostic Radiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine
Introduction to LGBTQ+ Health and Terminology
Speaker: Kevin Moore, LGBTQ+ Clinical Coordinator and Patient Liaison at NYU Langone
Challenges for Women in Medicine
Speaker: Terri-Ann M. Bennett, MD, Director, Recruitment, Retention, Inclusion at NYU Langone
Asian American Disparities
Speaker: Sahnah Lim, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Gender Equity Track, Department of Population Health's Section for Health Equity at NYU Langone