Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Message from Our Department Chair:

Codified in the core values of our department is the following key principle:

We value a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, and dignity for all, and we choose to lead by example with our behavior.

The Department of Plastic Surgery is committed to promoting diversity among our team members, enhancing care to the patients we serve with respect and without bias, and leading efforts for positive change.

We recognize the strength in our diversity and know that different perspectives derived from our diverse backgrounds lead to better healthcare and new solutions to difficult problems. We are stronger together!

J. Peter Rubin, MD, MBA

Diversity Initiatives:

Cultural M&M Offered during Grand Rounds:

2022-2023 Upcoming Seminars (8:00 a.m.):

Nov 30th: Sizeism
Dec 21st: Vigilance and Intersectionality
Jan 25th: Stereotype Threat
March 1st: Mentorship and Sponsorship
March 29th: Ableism – Guest participant: Guy Stofman, MD
April 26th: Structural Racism – Guest participant: Naudia L. Jonassaint, MD, MHS, MBA
May 24th : Self-Promotion and Imposter Syndrome – Guest participant: Carla Spagnoletti, MD, MS
June 28th: Representation – Guest participant: Julie B. McCausland, MD, MS

Information from Previous Presentations:

Nov 20, 2022: Sizeism: Risk Reduction Compared with Access to Care: Quantifying the Trade-Off of Enforcing a Body Mass Index Eligibility Criterion for Joint Replacement

Dec 21, 2022: Vigilance and Intersectionality:

TED talk: The Urgency of Intersectionality

Jan 25, 2023: Stereotype Threat:

March 1st: Mentorship and Sponsorship

Mentorship in Plastic Surgery: A Critical Appraisal of Where We Stand and What We Can Do Better

Remote Research Opportunities:

This program was designed to encourage medical students from diverse and underrepresented communities to pursue careers in plastic surgery and biomedical-related research.  Research projects focus on topics such as health disparities, leadership qualities, and medical student education. Remote researchers work with world-class University of Pittsburgh faculty, residents and student leaders in the field of plastic surgery. The program targets those who are committed to plastic surgery and do not have the available resources to conduct plastic surgery research at their current hospitals. More information can be found here.