Tracy Downs, MD, associate dean for diversity and multicultural affairs at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is the inaugural holder of this role, working to develop a coordinated diversity plan for the entire school.

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Tracy Downs

Downs is committed to working with students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in medicine. He has mentored students in the School of Medicine and Public Health's Shapiro Summer Research Program, as well as undergraduate researchers from Atlanta’s Spelman College, a partner in the Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) program. 

Downs is a professor in the Department of Urology and director of the UW Health Bladder Cancer and Intravesical Therapy Programs. He has a joint appointment with the UW Carbone Cancer Center, and his clinical research emphasizes developing new therapies for genitourinary cancers.

He is an alumnus of the Centennial Scholars program, which develops faculty whose diversity enhances the quality of education and research at the School of Medicine and Public Health, and who may serve as visible and available role models for students and trainees, especially those from underrepresented minority backgrounds.