The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is committed to fostering a diverse community of scholars that is encouraging and welcoming to all faculty, fellows, residents, students, and staff. This is reflected in efforts to increasing the recruitment, retention, and advancement of individuals from under-represented groups as well as to promote an inclusive environment across the Department.

The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology recognizes the importance of role models among the faculty in recruitment and promotion to enrich the intellectual life and quality of its programs. A diverse scientific/clinical workforce promotes scientific advances, better healthcare outcomes, and better training opportunities. To this end, enhancing gender balance and diversity is a high priority for the Department in terms of training, hiring, and retention.


Diversity and Equity Committee Members

Christine M. Disteche, PhD; Professor

Shreeram Akilesh, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor

Val Brunetto, Communications Specialist

Heather Eggleston, Manager of Academic Services

Daniel Gallego, MD; Hematopathology Fellow

Kim Garner, Associate Director

Emily Glynn, MD; Assistant Professor

Arianna Gomez, M3D PhD Student

Heather Kirkham, DO, MA; Resident

Mitchell Lee, PhD; Senior Fellow

William M. Mahoney, Jr., PhD; Associate Professor

Patrick Mathias, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor

Chihiro Morishima, MD; Associate Professor

Rosana Risques, PhD; Associate Professor, Committee Chair

Annie Samraj, MD; Clinical Fellow

Hamilton C. Tsang, MD; Assistant Professor

Jessica E. Young, PhD; Assistant Professor


General Resources

Anti-Racism Resources

Healthcare Equity

UW Carelink Healthcare Equity and Anti-Racism Resources
SafeCampus  Racism in STEM and Society: An Abridged Glossary
Bias Incident Reporting Tool  UW HR: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Counseling Center  Network of Underrepresented Residents and fellows (UW-NURF)
Let’s Talk SHPEP (Summer Health Professions Education Program)
Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Science Teaching Experience Program


Grant Opportunities

NIH Opportunities (General)

HHMI Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study

NIH Women in Science Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
MOSAIC at NIGMS NIH Diversity Supplements
HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows Program NIH Diversity Workforce
Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Program (BMSF DCTCDP) is a 2-year program designed to support the career development of early-stage investigator physicians underrepresented in medicine, or physicians who have a demonstrated commitment to increasing diversity in clinical research, to become independent clinical trial investigators who are engaged in advancing health equity through their research and mentoring. Letters of Intent should be submitted as soon as possible. Upon review, selected candidates will be invited to submit a full application by July 2, 2021. Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Supported Individual Fellows


News and Events

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Book Club
ISCRM hosts its first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Book Club to discuss Four Hundred Souls, a Community History of African America, 1619-2019, edited by Ibram X Kendi and Keisha N Blain. This recently published book was written by 90 authors, scholars, journalists, and activists, each of whom tackled a brief period and used their own unique approach to history. Open to UW employees and students. Join by Zoom here.
Note: The discussion will take place over two sessions. 
Discussion 1: Monday, April 5, 7 pm (Parts 1-5)
Discussion 2: Monday, May 3, 7 pm (Parts 6-10)
Network of Minority Health Research Investigators Annual Workshop
The Network of Minority Health Research Investigators Annual Workshop will be held virtually on April 28-30. Registration deadline: April 9
Enacting Change through Cultivation of Student Activism and Engagement with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
D’Anne Duncan, PhD
UC San Francisco
April 22, 2021 • 11:00am–12:30pm PDT
Details and Registration
Women Faculty Day
This year’s virtual Women Faculty Day theme is “Lessons Learned from COVID-19.” The day will include a fireside chat with keynote speaker Tiffany Dufu, author of Drop the Ball, Dr. Michi Shinohara’s lecture on recovering from human giver syndrome: tips from an actual survivor, and a panel discussion from several faculty on overcoming challenges related to COVID. May 13 from 1-4pm. Register for this event.
The Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) Virtual Meeting 
The Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) is hosting its annual meeting virtually this year on May 3-6 and is co-chaired by Dr. Berletch of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. If you think your research could enhance knowledge of sex/gender differences, consider attending this exciting meeting. They offer numerous awards for trainees, including First-time attendee and Underrepresented Minority Undergraduate attendee awards. The program features Dr. Janine Clayton of the NIH, who will speak about research using sex as a biologic variable (SABV), and Dr. Roberta Brinton of the University of Arizona, who will give research updates on sex differences in Alzheimer’s Disease. This meeting will also feature a special session on sex differences in COVID-19 hosted by Dr. Sabra Klein of the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Abstract deadlines are approaching! Learn more on their website.
Read “Fund Black scientists” by faculty member Dr. Kelly R. Stevens along with a nationwide network of BME women faculty. “Our nationwide network of BME women faculty collectively argue that racial funding disparity by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) remains the most insidious barrier to the success of Black faculty in our profession. We thus refocus attention on this critical barrier and suggest solutions on how it can be dismantled.” "The importance of diversity and outreach in geroscience research: Insights from the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students"
A publication by one of our members, MB Lee (together with other trainees), addresses​ the importance of diversity and outreach in geroscience research

In celebration of Juneteenth, UW Medicine proclaims June 19, 2020, a day of contemplation and reflection on the terrible history of slavery in this country and its legacy in contemporary society and culture. To learn more about Juneteenth, we encourage you to visit the following resources:

“Juneteenth: Freedom at Last” by Minnesota Historical Society.
“What is Juneteenth?” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“What is Juneteenth?” by AL.com



Past Event Recordings

Dismantling Barriers That Hold Black STEM Faculty Back
Lola Eniola-Adefeso, PhD
University of Michigan
View Recording

Pathology Presents “Systemic Racism is the Risk Factor: Understanding and Addressing Racial Inequities in Health”
Jacques Colon, Strategic Manager for the City of Tacoma
View Recording

The Root of It: Decolonizing Curriculum and Organizational Practices in STEM
Skyller Walkes, PhD
Recording coming soon

Last updated 4/8/2021