Commitment to Diversity

A commitment to diversity is a crucial component of our dedication to optimizing patient care and better connecting with our referring clinicians."

Matthew Bucknor, MD - Chair, Diversity Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging promotes a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our department, in alliance with the UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach at UCSF. Together, our mission is to build a broadly diverse faculty, student, trainee, and staff community, to nurture a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and to engage diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. 

Our Goals: 

  • Enhance recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, students, trainees, and staff.
  • Implement education initiatives to promote a more inclusive and tolerant workplace. 

Why is Diversity Essential in Radiology?

Creating positive experiences for patients

Radiologists are spending more time with patients, performing image-guided procedures and discussing imaging studies. Diverse experiences and perspectives promote cultural competency, which creates a positive experience for patients during these interactions. 

Expanding healthcare access

A diverse healthcare workforce in radiology, as in other medical services, will help expand healthcare access for diverse communities we serve, including those who are traditionally underserved. Additionally, fostering research among these populations will enrich the pool of managers and policymakers to meet the needs of a diverse populace (Cohen et al. 2002. Health Affairs). 

Improved quality of care

Diversity improves performance. According to a recent McKinsey study, organizations in the top quartile for gender and ethnic diversity are more likely to outperform those in the bottom quartile (McKinsey & Company January 2015 report Why Diversity Matters). 

Room for improvement

Across the United States, radiology is the 9th largest medical specialty. Among the 20 largest specialties, it ranks 17th in female representation (23.5%) and 20th in URM (underrepresented in medicine) representation (6.5%) among practicing physicians (Chapman et al. 2014. Radiology). 

Committee Focus Areas

The UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Diversity Committee applies its efforts as follows:

  1. Recruitment and retention: Improve recruitment by fostering improved access to mentored clinical experiences for underrepresented groups in radiology, including women and minorities.
  2. Education: Organize education sessions for faculty, staff, and trainees on a variety of diversity topics.
  3. Research: Design unique research experiences for trainees, giving them exposure to state-of-the-art radiology research facilities and the leading edge of innovation.
  4. International: Empower learners from nations around the world by leveraging advances in technology.

Committee Members

Associate Professor
Chair, Diversity Committee
Co-Director of Focused Ultrasound
Associate Chair of Wellbeing and Professional Climate
Associate Professor In Res.
Associate Professor
Associate Chief, West Bay Pediatric Radiology
Residency Site Director, Mission Bay Medical Center
Assoc Prof, Clinical Radiology
Interim Chief of Neuroradiology
Director of Radiology Mentorship
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
Prof of Clinical Radiology
Director, Breast Imaging Research Group
Professor in Residence
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director of the Interventional Radiology Residency
Asst Prof Clinical Radiology
Vice Chair of Research
Margaret Hart Surbeck Distinguished Professor
Professor and Vice Chair
Assistant Professor
Asst Prof Clinical Radiology
Assistant Professor
Asst. Professor in Residence
Assistant Professor
Asst.Professor Clin. Radiology
Chair, MRI Safety Committee
Professor in Residence
Professor, ZSFG
Chief of Interventional Radiology, ZSFG
Professor in Residence
Site Director - ZSFG
Site Director
Academic Personnel Manager
Dir of Academic Aff & Ste Mgnt