We are deeply committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where everyone is welcomed, respected and supported.

By bringing together individuals from varying backgrounds, experiences and areas of expertise, we benefit from a collective wealth of knowledge and ideas. It is this diversity that allows us to develop richer solutions to complex scientific and clinical challenges and to train culturally sensitive clinicians and scientists. It is also this diversity that enables us to provide the best care to our diverse community of patients.

DEI Committee

Brenton Pennicooke, MD
Brenton Pennicooke, MD

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Brenton Pennicooke, MD, leads a committee of faculty and staff members to boost and direct the department’s DEI goals. Read more »

DEI Committee members

  • Gregory Zipfel, MD
  • Ralph Dacey, Jr., MD
  • David Limbrick, MD, PhD
  • Gavin Dunn, MD, Phd
  • Joshua Osbun, MD
  • Jennifer Strahle, MD
  • Camilo Molina, MD
  • Allegra Petti, PhD
  • Resident Anja Srienc, MD, PhD
  • Senior Clinical Research Coordinator Diego Morales
  • Clinical Research Coordinator Corrine Gardner
  • Research Coordinator Sophie Church 
  • Executive Director Mary Amann

Mission

  • Identify and create solutions to address the deficits and challenges of DEI within the Department of Neurosurgery
  • Create action items that encourage all individuals to embrace their identities, find belongingness, and strive to promote health equity, social justice, and advocacy
  • Foster a culture of open expression, exchange and discussion of ideas
  • Develop programming and initiatives to enable career advancement for our faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds

Events

All members of the department are invited to attend our upcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion events. Please contact Kayla Zoschg to sign up.

Recent events

Disabilities 1.0 – June 23, 2021

Developing a Shared Language – Understanding Terms/Concepts for Antiracism – Feb. 17, 2021

Connecting Past to Present – The History of the Desegregation of the Medical Campus – Feb. 24, 2021

Resources for residents & prospective students

Diversity Sub-internship Program

Diversity Sub-internship Program

The department welcomes applications to this new funding opportunity to support experiences of students historically underrepresented in academic neurosurgery.

OUTMed

OUTMed

Supported by the WUSM Department of Medicine, OUTmed is an organization for LGBTQIA-identified faculty, residents, fellows and staff at Washington University School of Medicine.

Robert Boston Photographer Dr. Tiffany Osborn in Surgery Care Unit with Shawn Reynolds Anesthesiology Physician Assistant Emergency Department at Barnes.

Academic Women’s Network

Established by WUSM faculty to promote professional interactions and career development and to assist and mentor women in science and medicine.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The office focuses on advancing WUSM’s commitment to creating a stronger, more equitable campus where everyone is welcomed, respected and supported.

Women in Surgery

Through a variety of programming, this WUSM group brings together students, residents and faculty to address issues unique to female surgeons and support each other in overcoming these obstacles.

Johnson & Johnson Institute

Johnson & Johnson Institute

Residents and students have access to news, conferences and on-demand learning for healthcare professionals, including a variety of inclusive programming.