Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

2019 SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference
Drs. Cortlyn Brown and Tomas Diaz at the April 2019 SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference
Dr. Cortlyn Brown Awarded the 2018 UCSF Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership
Dr. Cortlyn Brown Awarded the 2018 UCSF Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership
2018 John A. Watson Faculty Scholars
Drs. Juan Carlos Montoy and Brenda Oiyemhonlan, pictured here with Dr. Peter Sokolove, received Dean's Diversity Fund awards from the UCSF School of Medicine and join the 2018 class of John A. Watson Faculty Scholars.
Residency Diversity Committee
LGBTQ Support
LGBTQ Support
Residents, Fellows, & Faculty at 2018 FemInEM FIX Conference
2018 UCSF Black Caucus Gala
2018 SNMA Medical Education Conference
Physicians Medical Forum Outreach Event
Dr. Rosny Daniel awarded the 2017 UCSF Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership
Dr. Rosny Daniel awarded the 2017 UCSF Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership
Dr. John Brown awarded the 2017 Charlotte Baer Memorial Award for Volunteer Clinical Faculty

UCSF Diversity and Outreach Support

Over the past years, UCSF has made a commitment to diversity within medicine and throughout UCSF. See the Office of Diversity and Outreach website for more information.

Our EM residents are active members and leaders of the UCSF Graduate Medical Education (GME)-wide Diversity Advisory Group that seeks to build community and support among residents and fellows, help create relationships with faculty mentors, and recruit medical students and undergraduates to UCSF.


UCSF-ZSFG Emergency Medicine UIM Support

We are committed to enhancing diversity within the UCSF Emergency Medicine Residency program, as well as more broadly in emergency medicine and medical fields in general.  Through mentoring, diversity pipeline development, and educational initiatives, we hope to increase the numbers of underrepresented healthcare professionals and empower them to be future leaders in medicine.

Our outreach activities include clinical shadowing, one-on-one mentoring, research endeavors, and collaborating with student–run organizations such as LMSA/SNMA/EMIG.

Faculty: John BrownRobert Rodriguez, Starr Knight, Marianne Juarez, Evelyn Porter, Kayla Enriquez, Prathap Sooriyakumaran, Kavita GandhiJuan Carlos Montoy, Brenda Oiyemhonlan, Nancy Anaya, Karla Canseco

Fellows: Rosny Daniel

Residents: Remy Bizimungu, Tiffany Cobb, Tomas Diaz, Lamarr Echols, Joseph Graterol, Michael Losak, Kevin Padrez, Stephen Villa, William White, Sergio Alvarez, Cortlyn Brown, Olga Diaz, Jessica Paz, Jesus Torres, Michael Shelendich, Joseph Nelson, Tim Hong, Shelby Inouye, Saned Raouf, Kevin Hanley, Mayra Cruz, Gabriel Espinoza, Vincent Lee, Emmanuel Quaidoo

LMSA Contacts: Karla Canseco, Tomas Diaz, Joseph Graterol, Stephen Villa, Jesus Torres

SNMA Contacts: Tiffany Cobb, Tomas Diaz, Olga Diaz, Cortlyn Brown

LGBT Contacts: Michael Losak, William White, Michael Shelendich


LGBTQ Support 

The UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine is extremely supportive of our LGBT patients, faculty, trainees, and staff. We are a diverse department and we cater to an even more diverse patient population.

The UCSF-ZSFG Emergency Medicine residency program boasts a five-section LGBT Health Issues curriculum embedded into the weekly resident didactic sessions. Topics include drugs of abuse, HIV and STIs, transgender health, and psycho-social aspects of the LGBT experience that are related to disproportionate health effects felt in our community. Faculty and residents from the DEM, UCSF at large, and other San Francisco health providers teach this material and opportunities for research in this area abound.

Our department is not only supportive of our UCSF LGBT family members, but we also recognize domestic partnerships in regards to health and dental benefits. Our faculty, residents, and staff remain involved with the UCSF LGBT Resource Center. Several of us participated in San Francisco General Hospital's “It Gets Better” public announcement video catering to individuals struggling with acceptance. We also remain active in several UCSF community initiatives, such as the Underrepresented in Medicine monthly dinners catering to students, the Chancellor’s LGBT Committee, and our very own Diversity Committee within the Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

We uphold a non-discriminatory sexual orientation policy to the highest standard and provide training on the specific needs of our LGBT patient population and their supportive family structure. In fact, we are currently the only Emergency Medicine program nation-wide with a LGBT health curriculum.

We gladly welcome LGBT applicants to join our family! We welcome you to explore our LGBT Resource Center website.


Recent Awards/Achievements:



  • Kayla Enriquez, MD - UCSF Watson Scholar Award
  • Starr Knight, MD - UCSF Watson Scholar Award
  • Marianne Juarez, MD - Award to attend the AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar
  • John Brown, MD - Caifornia ACEP Humanitarian Award & 2017 Charlotte Baer Memorial Award for Volunteer Clinical Faculty


Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP)

The Visiting Elective Scholarship Program supported by the Department of Emergency Medicine was established to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine to apply for the UCSF emergency medicine clerkship (EM 140.01). The scholarship program provides up to $1,500 for each recipient.


Upcoming events:

UCSF Diversity and Outreach Events