The mission for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is to educate the next generation of physicians to be culturally and socially sensitive to the diverse backgrounds of fellow students, faculty, staff, and patients. By doing so, we believe that we will contribute to the elimination of health inequities locally and globally. To accomplish our mission, we recognize that diversity, social change, and equity must be addressed at multiple, interconnected levels. Therefore, we strive to strengthen and empower our faculty, staff, and students to develop and use their knowledge to serve and heal the world around them.
Carlton Young, MD
Dr. Carlton Young serves as the Assistant Dean for Medical Student Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM), a step in UAB's ongoing commitment to combat health disparities by educating a health care workforce that meets the needs of a diverse state and nation. As part of the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Young is responsible for developing partnerships with undergraduate students and programs to help those students be more competitive in applying to medical school. He has been and continues to serve as a professor in the Department of Surgery since 1997, director of the pancreas transplant program and director of pediatric renal transplantation. His research focuses on health disparities in transplantation, primarily in African Americans, an interest he says will dovetail well with his current responsibilities.
Marquita Hicks, MD
Dr. Marquita Hicks is an Associate Professor for the UAB Department of Emergency Medicine and serves as the Director of Community Engagement in the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs. She was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and completed her undergraduate education at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, in Kansas City, KS. She completed her internship at Howard University, in Washington, D.C., and residency training at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Hicks' professional and community interests include communication skills, diversity education and healthcare disparities. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young son.