Workforce on Diversity, Equity, 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, Vice Chair — Stanford, CA
Ian C. Bostock — Charleston, SC
Loretta Erhunmwunsee — Pasadena, CA
Cherie P. Erkmen — Philadelphia, PA
Luis Godoy — Sacramento, CA
Jacques Kpodonu — Boston, MA
Glenn J. Pelletier — Albuquerque, NM
Sara Pereira — Salt Lake City, UT
Smita Sihag — New York, NY
Africa F. Wallace — Pennington, NJ
Fatima Wilder — Baltimore, MD
Douglas E. Wood — Seattle, WA

*ACC representative (to be appointed)