The Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council of The Department of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine was created to continue the Department’s commitment to excellence in clinical education and research.
The Diversity & Cultural Affairs Council’s main objectives are:
To showcase examples of excellence and leadership among physicians from underrepresented backgrounds and/or among other members of the greater academic community who dedicate their clinical or investigative work towards ethnic disparities in health care or diseases common to the underserved and/or disadvantaged communities.
To achieve and enhance cultural competence among all members of the Northwestern academic community
To provide mentorship, guidance, and research opportunities for the students, graduate trainees, and junior faculty members representing underrepresented minority groups
To maintain an active role in recruitment and retention strategies directed towards candidates from underrepresented minority and disadvantaged backgrounds for the Department of Medicine’s graduate medical training programs.
Meet our members below:
Mobola Campbell-Yesufu, MD
Dr. Campbell-Yesufu is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine. She completed her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She then completed her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, and returned to Chicago to practice. Her academic interests include medical education, health disparities and HIV-AIDS. A former member of the Diversity Council during her chief year, she is excited to re-join the Council as she believes it provides a forum for faculty to guide and mentor students and house staff, and also to highlight healthcare issues affecting underrepresented minority groups.
Khalilah Gates, MD
Dr. Gates is faculty in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Mediicne. For professional and personal development, she recommends "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" - a historical look at the family and life of the African-American woman behind the infamous HeLa cell. She is inspired by her father, who "has continually demonstrated the importance of standing up for what you believe and enforced in me that there was nothing I couldn't attain if I put my mind to it."
Aashish K. Didwania, MD
Dr. Didwania served as a chief medical resident, after which he joined the Division of General Internal Medicine where he has maintained a large primary care practice. Dr. Didwania has had a strong interest in socioeconomic disparities where as a medical student he participated in a project identifying barriers to care for the uninsured. He has dedicated his clinical practice to a diverse patient population and has been a guest lecturer for the Cultural Dynamics in Medicine course at the medical school since 2006. As the residency director, he remains committed to resident education in cultural awareness, as well as promoting the recruitment and retention of a diverse health care team.
John Franklin, MD
June McKoy, MD
Dr. McKoy's current roles are: Associate Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Member, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Clinical Cancer and Health Services Researcher, and Research Mentor to medical students. Dr. McKoy recently received a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Business Northwestern University. In her view, the goal of the council is to provide a learning environment of inclusion for every single trainee. She recommends "Are You Indispensable?" by Seth Godin.
Peter Sporn, MD
Jacob I. Sznajder
Dr. Sznajder is the Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, a Professor of Medicine and Cell and Molecular Biology and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. For personal and professional development he recommends “Nowhere Man” by Aleksandar Hemon, “One Hunded Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and “Lost in America” by Sherwin Nuland.
Douglas Vaughan, MD
Douglas E. Vaughan MD is the Irving Cutter Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Northwestern. He has been the Department Chairman since June 2008. Dr Vaughan is an accomplished physician-scientist. His laboratory studies the fibrinolytic system at the molecular and cellular level.
Diane B. Wayne, MD
Dr. Wayne has been with NU since 1994. She is the co-founder of the Council (2003). For personal and professional development, she recommends Harrisons Textbook of Internal Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and the New York Times. She continues to be an active member of DCAC because she is "committed to active participation in the Council because [she believes] that diversity is a core mission of the Department of Medicine. It has been shown that physician diversity promotes health care quality in underserved populations as well as measures such as patient-physician communication. Enhancing the diversity of our training programs as well as promoting a culturally competent and supportive environment will have many benefits for our patients."
Clyde Yancy, MD
Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc is Chief of Cardiology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Associate Director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He holds the Magerstadt Endowed Professor of Medicine Chair and also holds an appointment as Professor of Medical Social Sciences. He concurrently serves as Vice-Dean of Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.