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Message from the Director of Diversity & Inclusion



A culturally competent training environment promotes excellence, improves health outcomes and patient care quality, and will eventually eliminate health disparities.”

Linda Suleiman, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Assistant Dean of Medical Education
Director of McGaw Diversity & Inclusion


As the new 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​.  

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