Our mission is to foster a collaborative and diverse environment that promotes professional growth and provides compassionate and equitable patient care.

Our Goals:

  1. We will build a collaborative team that reflects the diversity of the community and the patient populations that we serve.  
  2. We will promote diversity of thought and process in all areas of education, research and patient care.
  3. We will provide educational content and resources to promote recognition and minimization of health care disparities.
  4. We will recognize and award individuals and teams that promote changes that focus on equity and diversity within our division.

VHVI Diversity Liaisons:

Left to right: Lisa Mendes, MD; Mark Glazer, MD; Ashley Blye, APRN; Victoria Thomas, MD

Upcoming Events:

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

  1. September 1, 2021: Quinn Capers, IV, MD: Diversity Enhancement in Medicine Requires the Right Tools
  2. September 8, 2021: Karen E. Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH: The Role of Health Policy in Improving Equity and Outcomes in Cardiology
  3. February 2, 2022: Michelle Albert, MD: Fred Ownby Lecture: Diversity in Our Work Force


  1. October 1, 2021: Francesca Duncan, MD: Responding to Racism, Discrimination and Microaggressions in Academic Medicine
  2. Spring 2022: Del Ray Zimmerman: LBGTQ Care in the Vanderbilt Community

VHVI Faculty and Fellow Book Club

  • January 14, 2022 at noon, Emmanuel Acho: “Difficult Conversations with a Black Man”

Diversity and Inclusion Resources:


  • “The Making of Asian America: A History”: Erika Lee
  • “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race”: Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • “Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgements in Our Daily Lives”: Howard J. Ross

  Podcasts and Documentaries: