Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Radiology is committed to creating a diverse community of faculty, fellows, residents, and staff. We believe that bringing together people with different backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs helps us meet the challenges of healthcare and fosters new ideas and innovation. We are committed to attracting the best individuals with the brightest minds to our department by making everybody applying feel welcome.
Department Enrichment Programs
Our Women in Radiology Group welcomes faculty, fellows, and residents to regular meetings designed to expose, discuss, and help women navigate the issues particular to women in the medical field.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/77203.The_Kite_Runner?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=b6f6CEf9wL&rank=1Our Diversity Seminars are designed to train members of the department to understand and recognize unconscious bias and become more attuned to health disparities.
Our Radiology Book Group meets three times a year to discuss books selected through a department-wide vote. All faculty, fellows, residents, staff, and technicians are invited to participate and provided with a book. Books represent a diverse range of authors and subjects and are often selected in conjunction with a history or heritage awareness month:
- The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
- Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb
- Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Community Outreach Initiatives
A pre-medical mentorship program designed to supplement students’ academic trajectory as they pursue medical school admission. GET-UPP serves undergraduate students from Columbia University, Barnard College, and the City University of New York schools. Members of our department provide advisory support, mentoring, and clinical shadowing.
SHPEP is a summer pre-medical program that exposes minority students to a mini medical school curriculum including classes and clinical shadowing experiences. Members of our department participate by allowing these students to shadow them in the hospital and at clinics.
Columbia Black Men in Medicine (CBMIM) is a group designed to maximize healthcare equity and community through the mobilization, education, and support of Black men at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The group provides infrastructure for every Black man at Columbia to feel supported, empowered, and encouraged to succeed. Both residents and faculty in our department participate in the group.
The Diversity Committee provides support and mentorship to members of the department who come from under-represented minorities, as well as support for faculty recruitment, community outreach initiatives, and departmental initiatives.
Diego Jaramillo, MD, MPH
- Vice Chair of Diversity; Co-Chair, Diversity Committee
Ernst Garcon, MD
- Co-Chair, Diversity Committee
Stuart Bentley-Hibbert, MD, PhD
Elise Desperito, MD
Richard Ha, MD
Eleanor Kim, MD
- Second-Year Radiology Resident
Angela Lignelli, MD
Jasnit Makkar, MD
Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro, MD
Joshua Weintraub, MD
Scott Widemon, MD
- Third-Year Radiology Resident