Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Diversity and Inclusion

The mission of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine is to foster a collaborative and diverse environment that promotes professional growth and provides compassionate and equitable patient care. 

Our Goals: 

  • Build a collaborative team that reflects the diversity of the community and the patient populations that we serve.   
  • Promote diversity of thought and process in all areas of education, research and patient care. 
  • Provide educational content and resources to promote recognition and minimization of health care disparities. 
  • Recognize and award individuals and teams that promote changes that focus on equity and diversity within our division. 

Diversity Events: 
Cardiology Grand Rounds: Available through the VUMC Learning Exchange, Cardiology Grand Rounds 

  • Nov. 8, 2023: Celestine Wanjalla, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, VUMC: HIV-specific immune responses and cardiovascular disease
  • Jan. 12, 2024: Faculty-Fellow Book/Podcast Club: The Promise: History of public education and desegregation in Nashville
  • Feb. 27, 2024: Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant, Indiana University: Reducing racial and gender disparities in cardiovascular disease.

Previous Diversity Events: 

  • Nov. 2, 2022: Dr. Rebecca Hahn: Women and Valve Disease 

  • Sept. 28, 2022: Dr. Modele Oguinniyi: Health Care Disparities in Heart Failure 

  • Spring 2022: Del Ray Zimmerman: LBGTQ Care in the Vanderbilt Community 

  • Jan. 14, 2022: Emmanuel Acho: Difficult Conversations with a Black Man 

  • Oct. 1, 2021: Francesca Duncan, MD: Responding to Racism, Discrimination and Microaggressions in Academic Medicine 

Vanderbilt DEI Resources:

Other Resources 

Diversity Liaisons

Lisa Mendes, MD

Professor of Medicine

Henry Okafor, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine