About the Program
Responding to Needs of Community
Recruiting a Diverse Physician Workforce
While the population of northeast Ohio has continuously become more diverse, the recognition of this growing diversity and what it requires to thrive is often overlooked. As an internationally recognized nonprofit provider of health care services throughout northeast Ohio and beyond, Cleveland Clinic is aware that a diverse and culturally competent workforce is critical to addressing health care disparities while improving outcomes in the communities we serve.
Awareness of this issue prompted deeper investigation into our diverse patient base and the representative physicians providing care. As a result, Cleveland Clinic is seeking to broaden the representation of our health care team to reflect the community we serve.
Cleveland Clinic has always strived to provide the best quality of care to all patients; in our opinion, the best way to do so is to have a health care team that can understand culturally specific patient needs. We believe that mutual understanding can result in the best patient outcomes.
To address this significant need, Cleveland Clinic and Heritage College, Cleveland, will together recruit a diverse physician workforce, work with them to deliver a higher standard in health care and achieve the ultimate goal of the Physician Diversity Scholars Program – to promote racial and ethnic diversity within health care settings by supporting underrepresented minority students throughout their journey to their chosen health care profession.
Celebrating and enhancing diverse health care relationships begins with fostering a new wave of physicians to fill the gap in cultural understanding and trust; this can enhance appropriate access and the overall quality of care for underrepresented minority patients. Through this program, Cleveland Clinic will provide the incentives and support necessary for participants to thrive in the health care field.
Each scholar will have a physician mentor with whom they will meet regularly throughout their time in medical school. The Cleveland Clinic Physician Diversity Scholars Program will include group events for mentors and scholars.
Meet the Steering Committee
Margaret McKenzie, MD, MS
OB/GYN & Women’s Health Institute, Center for Specialized Women’s Health
Executive Sponsor, Cleveland Clinic Physician Diversity Scholars Program
President, South Pointe Hospital
Shelly-Anne Rodriguez, MD
Anesthesia Institute, Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Chair, Cleveland Clinic Physician Diversity Scholars Program Steering Committee
Physician Director, Cleveland Clinic Physician Diversity Scholars Program
Allan Chiunda, MD, PhD, MPH
Imaging Institute, Department of Musculoskeletal Radiology
Director, Clinical Effectiveness, Initiatives & Innovations, South Pointe Hospital
Troy Woodard, MD
Head & Neck Institute, Department of Rhinology, Skull Base & Sinus Surgery
Surgical Director, Beachwood Ambulatory Surgical Center
Ohio University Heritage College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Isaac Kirstein, DO, FACOI
Terra Ndubuizu, MBA
Senior Director, Campus Administration
Tanisha King, PhD
Chief Inclusion Officer
Ryan Clopton-Zymler, MSSA
Assistant Director, Inclusion
Email Ryan Clopton-Zymler at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.