A Message from Kenneth Polonsky

Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD

A Message from Dean Polonsky

The University of Chicago has always been known for its diversity of thought; we intend to make it equally known for diversity in the broadest sense. That’s because a diverse, multicultural faculty, staff, and student population—one as equally adept at tackling heath care disparities as it is at conducting basic laboratory research and clinical trials— benefits us all. A medical center like ours must aspire to the highest standards of patient care, and to achieve that, we need a faculty—and future faculty—that reflects our patient population.

Our commitment to diversity begins with University leaders, is reinforced by faculty and staff organizations and committees, and is supported by our students. Leading the way in all this is the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee. Headed, in part, by Iris Romero, MD, the committee fosters a comfortable, supportive environment for our students, clinical researchers, faculty, staff, health care professionals, service providers and, most important, our patients.

As you delve into the many facets of our Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, I hope this website proves not only informative, but inspirational.

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