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Dean Choi standing with students in white coats.
Diversity is one of Weill Cornell Medicine’s core values and is essential to achieving excellence in patient care, research and education.

Diversity and gender equity, both in our student body and in the workforce, will enable us to develop new and better solutions to the complex problems we face in medicine and healthcare. Weill Cornell Medicine has a wide variety of initiatives that support women, men, the LGBT community and individuals from diverse, underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds in science and medicine.


The ‘Pandemic Within the Pandemic’: Understanding the Devastating Race and Ethnic Differences in COVID-19’s Impact

Although COVID-19 is a threat to everyone, people of color have been hit especially hard by the virus — what has been called a “pandemic within the pandemic.”

Weill Cornell Medicine Fights Racial Injustice

Students and faculty held an online rally against structural racism and its effects on health, and strongly advocated for enhanced social justice and education about social determinants of health.

Compared to White Patients, African Americans Experience Different Post-Operative Care After Knee Replacement Surgery

African American patients who underwent knee-replacement surgery were several times more likely than white patients of similar age to be discharged to inpatient facilities for post-operative care.

Weill Cornell Graduate School Receives Prestigious Grant to Boost Underrepresented Groups

The Graduate School of Medical Sciences has been awarded a competitive grant from the National Institutes of Health to launch a program dedicated to increasing the number and enhancing success.

Anti-Racism at Weill Cornell Medicine

At Weill Cornell Medicine, we join others around the world in condemning race-related violence and police brutality. Now, more than ever, we stand in solidarity with the black and brown communities who face marginalization and microaggressions every day.
Views on Diversity
Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean
Our goal is to become a national leader in advancing diversity and inclusion within academic medicine.
Dr. Linnie Golightly, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
We have many activities aimed at building a sense of community at Weill Cornell Medicine. We want everyone here to feel like it is their home.
Dr. Rache Simmons, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
We view diversity as a platform for developing creative solutions to challenging healthcare problems.
Dr. Nelson Sanchez, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chair of Weill Cornell Medicine’s LGBT Steering Committee
We know that not every doctor is going to be an expert on LGBT healthcare, but we can train everyone to be sensitive to a patient’s needs.