Diversity and Inclusion

Our Vision for Diversity

The Department of Radiology embraces and welcomes a diverse community of faculty, fellows, residents, staff, and patients. Diversity and Inclusion are important to us. With this in mind, a Committee on Inclusion and Awareness was formed from faculty and trainees to broaden and enhance cultural competence and to encourage and develop interpersonal relationships.

Duke Radiology's Leadership Counsel for the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Awareness (CDIA):

Left to Right: Imarhia Enogieru, M.D., Laura Heyneman, M.D., Connie Kim, M.D.

CDIA mission statement:

The Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Awareness (CDIA) exists to promote a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment.

We believe that an inclusive and equitable environment results in optimal patient care and promotes innovative thinking. We seek to provide an environment for learning and working where differences are valued, where each person feels safe and supported, and where everyone has an opportunity to achieve their academic and professional goals.

Our focus includes:

  1. Working with departmental leadership to help recruit, retain, and mentor learners and faculty from groups that have been historically marginalized in medicine to create and maintain a diverse departmental community;
  2. Reaching out to surrounding communities and developing programs that help address disparities in imaging access;
  3. Promoting awareness of the internalized implicit bias that may be found in all individuals as well as promoting awareness of structural racism that can be found within health care as a whole;
  4. Supporting the individuals on the committee and within the department through discussion groups and social events;
  5. Attending and organizing social justice events that reflect our values and our priorities regarding human rights and health care.

CDIA statement on Anti-Racism:

The Duke Radiology Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Awareness (CDIA) acknowledges the systemic inequities and injustices that are rooted in racism and are prevalent throughout American society. We recognize that these inequities extend into all aspects of society, including health care. While we realize that just an acknowledgment of systemic racism is not sufficient to dismantle it, we do believe that a public commitment to anti-racism is an important first step.

We vow to take the following individual and collective actions to help begin to address these societal inequities:

  • We will actively engage in thoughtful reflection and discussions of how we as individuals and how we as an organization implicitly contribute to and propagate policies and beliefs rooted in racism. We will listen when called into such discussions.
  • We commit to working on recognizing our own implicit biases and how those biases affect our relationships with each other and with patients.
  • We acknowledge that microaggressions negatively affect a departmental culture and result in undue stress. We also recognize that microaggressions often disproportionately affect our nonwhite colleagues, students, and patients. We commit to learning how to address microaggressions when we witness them, to promote a culture of support and well-being.
  • We vow to help address inequities in access to health care through engagement with the surrounding communities, particularly in regards to medical imaging which is the focus of our work.
  • We will actively try to recruit individuals who have been historically marginalized within medicine so that our department reflects our surrounding community.
  • We recognize that we are imperfect and that we will make mistakes. When those mistakes are brought to our attention, we will listen and learn and try to do better.

We ask to be held accountable for these ideals. Anti-racism is a lifelong commitment and requires diligence and frequent reflection.


Women in Academic Medicine

Geeta Swamy MD addresses the issue of women in academic medicine during Duke Radiology Grand Rounds. Dr. Swamy is Vice Dean and Associate Vice Provost for Scientific Integrity for Duke University School of Medicine. This was the inaugural talk in the Barbara Hertzberg Lectureship for Women’s Health.

our stories

We strive to improve diversity at all levels of the medical community: from medical students and residents to fellows, faculty and staff.

On Saturday June 6, 2020 a coalition of Duke radiologists which included residents, fellows, and attendings joined other healthcare workers in downtown Durham’s Central Park in support of racial justice and equality. In protest of the killing of George Floyd, we laid down on the ground for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, representing the time a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee down on Floyd’s neck resulting in his death. After that, we marched downtown to CCB Plaza chanting “Black Lives Matter”.

My mask filled up with sweat and it was hard to breathe. Lying face down on the ground, I wanted to get up. George Floyd was forced down for the rest of his life. After 8 mins and 46 secs, with the help of my friends, We stood up for him.

Lisa Ho, MD., Radiologist

On June 10, 2020 Duke Radiology participated in an event sponsored by Duke Health “Moments to Movement walk. - Stronger Together – Duke Health Stands Against Racism. This event spanned all divisions, departments and team members to bring about change to racial and social injustices.

Duke Radiology at the Durham Pride Parade, Sept. 29, 2019
Duke Radiology at the Durham Pride Parade, Sept. 29, 2019
  • Representation on the Duke School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
  • Duke Radiology representation at the Student National Medical Association 2019 Annual Medical Education Conference.
  • “Women in Radiology” panel for Duke medical students with the aim to promote visibility of Duke women radiologist hosted by Dr. Lisa Ho.
  • “Women in Radiology” Medical Student Recruiting Mixers.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Retreat “Exploring & Navigating Implicit/Unconscious Bias” on September 19, 2017 with Dr. Ben Reese, Vice President of the Office for Institutional Equity, Duke University Health System and Judy Seidenstein, Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, Duke University School of Medicine.
  • Radiology Book Club, books read incude “Circle” by Madeline Miller, “Black Man in a White Coat” by Dr. Damon Tweedy. “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai, “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng.
  • Women in Radiology Dinner November 2018 hosted by Dr. Jenny Hoang, honoring Dr.Christine Glastonbury.
  • Grand Rounds 10/2018 by Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, Executive Vice Dean for Indiana University School of Medicine. “Enhancing Professionalism”. He also gave a faculty development seminar and a resident conference on “Leadership and Work Culture.”
  • Grand Rounds 09/2019 Dr. Jeffrey Baker “A Tale of Two cities? The History of Duke Health and Durham’s Health” a discussion about the history of medicine in Durham and the role that Duke has played in it.
  • Grand Rounds 10/2019 Damon Tweedy, M.D., author of NYT best seller, “Black Man in a White Coat”. His talk on “Reflections on Race, Medicine, and Radiology” discussed the role of radiology in addressing health disparities.
  • Wellness ambassador training—attended by Lisa Ho and Mary Scott Soo.
  • Duke Radiology Residency retreat “Mindfulness and Communication” hosted by Drs. Karen Johnson and Mary Scott Soo.

Outreach opportunities to help our local, regional, and international communities

  • Participation in the Black Lives Matter March in Durham.
  • STEM outreach event for 15 high school math students from James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC. Students toured Radiology, Pratt Engineering, developmental and stem cell biology and the Duke Chapel, to inspire future medical leaders!
  • Duke Radiology at the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., banquet.
  • Representation on the Women’s Health Community Engagement Task Force in conjunction with Duke Breast Surgery.


Publications by Duke radiologists, Drs. Sarah Cater and Lars Grimm: Cater SW, Yoon SC, Lowell DA, et. al.”Bridging the gap: identifying global trends in gender disparity among the radiology physician workforce” Academic Radiology 2018. Aug;25(8):1052-1061.