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Read profiles of faculty, staff and students who exemplify the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health's commitment to diversity.


Alex Adams

Alex Adams, MD, PhD


Marc Drezner, executive director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), mentions two strands to Alex Adams’ 13-year career on faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Read more

Molly Carnes

Molly Carnes, MD


Over the past 20 years, Dr. Molly Carnes has received several national awards that speak to her interest in increasing the diversity of the medicine and scientific workforce. As well, she has been a strong mentor for women in medicine and other sciences, with several of her mentees going on to achieve lofty professional goals themselves. Read more

Tracy Downs

Tracy Downs, MD


Dr. Tracy Downs, who in 2014 became the School of Medicine and Public Health's assistant dean of multicultural affairs, is dedicated to helping others reach their goals. Read more

Elizabeth Felton

Elizabeth Felton, MD, PhD


Dr. Felton, a graduate of our Medical Scientist Training Program, joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in July 2015, and became a Centennial Scholar in January 2016. Read more

Kaylene Fiala and Steve Amaefuna

Kaylene Fiala and Steve Amaefuna


While Kaylene Fiala and Steve Amaefuna arrived at the School of Medicine and Public Health in 2013 after different journeys, last year they came together to enhance the social and academic environment for their classmates. Read more

Jennifer Edgoose

Jennifer Edgoose, MD, MPH


Jennifer Edgoose, MD, MPH, states that “my career as a family physician has revolved around trying to better care for the underserved, uninsured, and often the least understood and even valued in our community.” Read more

Sarah Esmond

Sarah Esmond, MS


Called “a remarkable equity and diversity ambassador” by Christine Sorkness, senior associate executive director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Sarah Esmond contributes in a variety of ways to the diversity mission of the School of Medicine and Public Health. Read more

Rosa Garner

Rosa Garner, JD


Rosa Garner’s father dubbed her “Nosey Rosey.” She says she has always been curious, a keen observer of people, asks lots of questions and “thinks in multiple layers all of the time.” As she ends her career at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, she reflects upon the path that brought her to this point. Read more

Elizabeth Jacobs

Elizabeth Jacobs, MD


Elizabeth Jacobs, MD, MAPP, notes that “reducing racial/ethnic disparities in health and healthcare and promoting diversity in the health professions has been the focus of my entire career.” Read more

Cindy Haq

Cindy Haq, MD


Cynthia Haq, MD, had a bicultural upbringing - she was born in Germany to an Indian father and American mother - that shaped her life of global health work. Read more

Nancy Keller

Nancy Keller, PhD


Dr. Nancy Keller suggests the genesis of her interest in promoting cross-cultural relationships - she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, in southern Africa. There, she "observed first-hand how education can improve the life of young people." Read more

Andrew Lokuta

Andrew Lokuta, PhD


Dr. Andrew Lokuta's goal is to “increase ethnic and diversity awareness without also raising unconscious stereotype threats.” Lokuta is a professor who cares about teaching, his students, and making a difference. Read more

Ana Martinez-Donate

Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD


Faculty member Dr. Ana Martinez-Donate and her colleagues in Mexico came up with a novel way to study HIV infection rates and infection risk factors among that group - she went across the border into Tijuana, Mexico. Read more

Stephen Nakada

Stephen Nakada, MD


Dr. Stephen Nakada is proud to have established a department with equal numbers of male and female faculty, in a field that is about overwhelmingly male-dominated. In addition to nurturing his own faculty, Nakada has branched out to become involved in the campus at large; he has recently joined the Campus Diversity and Climate Committee. Read more

Peter Nichol

Peter Nichol, MD


Dr. Peter Nichol has a number of connections to diversity, both within his own family and through the opportunities he has created for others. Read more

Manuel Santiago

Manuel Santiago, M.Ed


Manuel Santiago sought his job, as director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, because he was looking for a new challenge. In seeking this challenge, he felt that this position was a perfect match. Read more

Gloria Sarto

Gloria Sarto, MD, PhD


Dr. Laurel Rice, who leads the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, says of Sarto, “throughout her distinguished career, she has tirelessly championed equality and diversity in leadership, science, medicine, and healthcare.” Read more

Patricia Tellez-Giron

Patricia Tellez-Giron, MD


A colleague says of Tellez-Giron, “no one person has done as much as Dr. Tellez-Giron to promote equity and diversity in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.” Read more

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Last updated: 10/20/2016
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