Diversity in Academic Medical Centers with Dean Augustine M.K. Choi, M.D., of Weill Cornell Medicine

March 18, 2021
Samara Rosenfeld

Diversity is a major focus of Weill Cornell Medicine. The Dean explains why and how the school is achieving a more diverse environment.

At Weill Cornell Medicine, professors and faculty believe “diversity breeds excellence,” according to the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean Augustine M.K. Choi, M.D.

Choi, who is also Provost for medical affairs at Cornell University and an internationally renowned physician-scientist in the field of lung disease, recently spoke with Chief Healthcare Executive™ about how the academic medical center will launch a suite of innovative programs to foster and sustain a more diverse faculty through the support of a $5 million grant from the Mastercard Impact Fund. Through the funding, Weill Cornell will start four new programs, including the Mastercard Pilot Grant Program, the Mastercard Research Assistance for Primary Parents Program, the Mastercard Faculty Diversity Incentive Program, and the Mastercard Mentoring Program, all of which will help the institution achieve its mission of creating a more diverse environment for professors and students alike.

In the interview, Choi emphasized the importance of diversity in such institutions and provided insight into how other institutions of its kind can improve diversity.