UCSF has made a commitment to Advancing Health Worldwide. Fulfilling this commitment requires that we tackle and solve today’s most challenging problems in biomedical science and healthcare, for everyone. Diverse teams, including people from different backgrounds and with different life experiences, are better at solving complex problems. UCSF’s success in improving the health of our patients and out communities depends on diversifying our disciplines and professions and creating an inclusive an equitable workplace. It is time that we engineer our culture for equity and inclusion so that all may thrive.

Differences Matter is a multi-year, multi-faceted School of Medicine initiative designed to make UCSF the most diverse, equitable and inclusive academic medical system in the country.

Differences Matter has six focus areas, each led by faculty and staff Dean’s Diversity Leaders:

Differences Matter action group

Leadership: Develop an informed, committed and diverse leadership who are dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in all mission areas and at all UCSF sites.

Climate and Recruitment: Increase the diversity of our faculty, residents and professional staff and increase the personal competencies of all our professionals in teaching, leading and managing a diverse community.

Education: Cultivate the highest quality, most inclusive learning environment for our medical students and residents.

Clinical Care: Identify and address health care disparities in the clinical environments, UCSF and UCSF affiliates and ensure that health care professionals are skilled in working with diverse communities.

Research: Increase the diversity of our scientific workforce and our clinical trials participants and work to ensure that our discovery engine provides better insights into the health and health care needs of our increasingly diverse population.

Pipeline, Outreach and Pathways: Establish UCSF as a destination for those who seek to eliminate opportunity disparities in our communities.

Executive Advisory Board

Upon launch, Dean Talmadge King charged a twenty-six member Executive Advisory Board (EAB), composed of leaders from several UCSF and School of Medicine departments and offices, to oversee the initiative.  As the work progressed, the EAB specialized to a mission-specific group responsible for ensuring the success of each component of the initiative and the success of the individual Dean's Diversity Leaders through sponsorship

  • Bobby Baron, MD

  • Sue Carlisle, MD, PhD

  • John Davis, MD, PhD

  • Tejal Desai, PhD

  • Nancy Duranteau

  • Kevin Grumbach, MD

  • Dan Lowenstein, MD
  • Bruce Obviagele, MD
  • Catherine Park, MD
  • Judy Young, MPH 
  • Connie Yu


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