Workforce on Diversity and Inclusion

Areas of responsibility will include advising the Society leadership on diversity and inclusion best practices; developing resources and undertaking initiatives to nurture an environment of diversity and inclusion within the Society and the broader cardiothoracic surgery specialty; enhancing the cultural competency of cardiothoracic surgeons and allied health professionals; and addressing health disparities within the cardiothoracic surgery clinical, scientific, education, and advocacy arenas.

David T. Cooke, Chair — Sacramento, CA
Leah M. Backhus — Stanford, CA
Melanie A. Edwards — Ypsilanti, MI
Loretta Erhunmwunsee — Duarte, CA
Cherie P. Erkmen — Philadelphia, PA
Anthony L. Estrera — Houston, TX
Luis Godoy — Sacramento, CA
Jacques Kpodonu — Boston, MA
Douglas J. Mathisen — Boston, MA
Jacqueline Olive — Houston, TX
Glenn J. Pelletier — Wilmington, DE
Richard L. Prager — Ann Arbor, MI
Ourania A. Preventza — Houston, TX
Jennifer C. Romano — Ann Arbor, MI
Smita Sihag — New York, NY
Vinod H. Thourani — Atlanta, GA
Africa F. Wallace — Pennington, NJ

*ACC representative (to be appointed)