Message from Our Diversity & Inclusion Champions
University of Arizona Department of Surgery is a diverse group of surgeons that recognizes the importance of creating an inclusive culture and equitable workplace. We recognize that each individual is unique. The differences include, but are not limited, to internal dimensions such as personality, race, age, gender, ethnicity, ability, and sexuality and external dimensions such as geographical location, marital status, income level, educational background, work experience, and religious and political beliefs.
The Department of Surgery Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee works to provide opportunities for our group to learn the importance of diversity, equity and inclusivity. We do this through book clubs, guest lectures, and discussions. We recognize the disparity that exists between the healthcare providers and patient demographic that we serve and aim to bring together a diverse group of surgeons that represents the community. We assist faculty members who are underrepresented in medicine, eliminate barriers to faculty advancement, and create a framework that is fair and gives access to opportunities.
Inclusion is active. Diversity and inclusion must be consciously interwoven into the cultural fabric so that all people feel like they belong in the workplace and that they can succeed there. We recognize inclusion can’t just consist of a few programs; it must be a fundamental part of the organizational framework. It is important to our group that all of us ask the question, “Have I created conditions where every person can contribute in their unique, meaningful way and feel safe and secure doing so?” If there are instances where that’s not the case, we must have the courage to admit it and work to change.
University of Arizona Department of Surgery is committed to creating a culture where every individual can contribute their full potential. We are aware that this requires investigating the systems and processes in the organization to discover barriers and eliminate them. Our mission is to ensure that team members speak up and are heard so they feel safe and empowered proposing novel ideas, making decisions, taking and giving feedback, and sharing credit for team successes.
We aim to provide the best care to our diverse community, work daily to reduce the disparities that exists, improve access to care to all people.
Naren Patel, DPM, AACFAS
Department of Surgery Diversity & Inclusion Champion
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Lourdes Castañón, MD, FACS
Director, Burn Program
Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery
Director, 4th Year Clerkship