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Leaders in the Heersink School of Medicine are joined by the UAB Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion vice-president to serve as an Advisory Council to ODI by providing input and feedback regarding our ODI plans and initiatives. This allows us to leverage the diversity of thought, experience, and expertise of our leaders as we develop strategies to implement our priorities. Council members also serve as key advocates for diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the school.


Paulette Patterson Dilworth, Ph.D.

UAB Vice President of the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Cheri L. Canon, M.D.

Chair of the Department of Radiology

Mitchell Cohen, M.D.

Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

Marie-Carmelle Elie, M.D.

Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine

Seth Landefeld, M.D.

Chair of the Department of Medicine

Herb Chen, M.D., FACS

Chair of the Department of Surgery

Craig Hoesley, M.D

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Chair of the Department of Medical Education