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May 29, 2020: Town Hall:  A Message from Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD, Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach, for the UCSF Community

"At UCSF, we seek to dismantle systemic racism and the impact of bias. We seek to build and nurture diverse health care and science leaders, provide the highest quality of care to all of our patients, and live the full meaning of our principles of community and PRIDE Values."

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Our Mission

The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, in alliance with the UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach, strives to create and foster a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion among our Faculty, Trainees, and Staff. Our mission is to both celebrate and build the diversity within the department, as well as to promote diversity-related initiatives and culturally-competent education and patient care.

Our Diversity Committee Members

Ravi Brar, MD, MPH

Anthony Ding, MD
Kristin Livingston, MD
Lionel Metz, MD
Nirav Pandya, MD
Coleen Sabatini, MD
Nicola Sequeira, PhD

Melissa Zimel, MD


Visiting Medical Student Scholarships

Sponsored by the UCSF School of Medicine and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) provides scholarships to fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine, and have applied for a visiting Sub-Internship in the department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Grand Rounds

On January 15, 2020, we were honored to have Dr. Bonnie Mason, founder of Nth Dimensions and ACGME Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion, deliver the Grand Rounds Lecture “Innovations in Physician Workforce Diversity”.


Heather Richbourg, PhD, awarded the 2019 Chancellor’s award for advancement of women!

Heather Richbourg, PhD, is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Richbourg has demonstrated a sustained commitment to advancing women and underrepresented groups in STEM. She has participated in student-led discussions of the NASEM sexual harassment report, working to ensure that UCSF’s sexual harassment policies are fair and enforced to prevent losing women scientists at all career levels. Richbourg also serves on the board of directors of the American Association of Anatomists and has used her position to advocate for a safe and protective environment within the association.


30th Annual UCSF Black Caucus Gala

Founded in 1968, The Black Caucus serves as an instrument of change, community building, and professional support. As the oldest culturally-based affinity group in the UC System, the Black Caucus is built on a foundation of social justice advocacy.

UCSF Arthroplasty Fellow Dr. Kwesi St. Louis, MD and Department Chair, Dr. Thomas P. Vail at the 2019 UCSF Black Caucus Gala.  


Community Involvement

Our faculty and residents participate in a number of outreach programs to mentor students from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities to introduce them to healthcare and orthopedic surgery.

  • Perry Initiative – Annual program for to promote engineering and orthopedics for women in high school and medical school https://perryinitiative.org/
  • OTI Junior Academy – 9-week summer program at SFGH for HS students from underserved communities
  • Helix Summer medical shadowing program for High School students 
  • SNMA medical school for a day
  • FACES for the Future Program
  • RJOS medical student mentorship
  • Nth Dimensions medical student mentorship

UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach