Messages from the Directors of Diversity & Inclusion
As the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, it is my pleasure to welcome you. I completed my orthopaedic surgery residency training here at Northwestern in 2017. I am thrilled to join the faculty and assume this new role at the place I call home – Northwestern.
Diversity is about the acknowledgement and respect of an individual’s differences, including but not limited to: race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, age, ethnic origin, physical abilities, religion and political beliefs. At McGaw, we strive to create an inclusive environment for our trainees, and integrate a broad range of perspectives. In addition, as physicians, we treat diverse patients. Our goal is to provide you with the requisite skills to provide comprehensive care to all patients and to recognize the implicit biases that each of us have. In order to provide the best possible care, we must understand each individual patient’s needs and challenges.
Over the next several years, my goal is to foster and cultivate an atmosphere in which residents and fellows are empowered to reach their full potential. I hope to implement a culture of inclusion in which residents and fellows from diverse talent pools experience a sincere sense of belonging. McGaw is committed to nurturing a culture that is supportive to our trainees, while building cultural competency. A culturally competent training environment promotes excellence, improves health outcomes and patient care quality, and will eventually eliminate health disparities. I believe this goal starts with McGaw residents and fellows because you are at the forefront of care at our clinical affiliates.
Most importantly, I am here to support you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time. I look forward to working with all of you in our efforts to promote an inclusive learning environment and offer the patients of Chicago the best care.
I am excited to join the McGaw Graduate Medical Education team as the Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion. I grew up in Nigeria and immigrated to the United States during my teenage years. I completed my undergraduate training at Duke University, after which I spent three years as a middle school teacher in Atlanta Public Schools through Teach For America. I then attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and completed my residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University. Most recently, I completed my fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) at Northwestern University in 2021 and joined the FPMRS faculty in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
I am passionate about advancing health equity and my goal in my role as the Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion is to equip trainees with the knowledge and skills to identify health disparities and craft solutions to eliminate these disparities. Through health equity curriculum development and programming, I hope to engage health equity leaders throughout the institution to enrich the learning environment for residents and fellows and empower them to provide quality, equitable patient care. I look forward to partnering and working with you.