1 hr.


Diversity in the physician workforce is a key component of delivering the best care to our increasingly heterogeneous patient population. The experience of Asians in cardiothoracic surgery is not well known. With a paucity of published evidence, the webinar panel will introduce the topic through the lived experience of Asians in the specialty. The discussion will explore: 

  • Asian and Pacific Islander identity in society and health care, with a look at historical and current contexts 
  • The impact of identity on career choices, workplace interactions, faculty recruitment, and patient outreach 
  • Challenges and strategies for improving workplace inclusivity and recognizing bias and stereotypes 
  • Resources to increase cultural competency for working alongside Asian providers and patients 


Cherie P. Erkmen, MD
Temple University Health System
Philadelphia, PA

Douglas E. Wood, MD
University of Washington 
Seattle, WA


Stanley Lau, MD
Southern California Heart Centers
San Gabriel, CA
Suyog Mokashi, MD
Temple University Health System
Philadelphia, PA
Kathleen Berfield, MD
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington
Richard Kim, MD 
Cedars Sinai Hospital
Los Angeles, California
Michael Lesgart
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
Alex Nguyen
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA