Diversity and Inclusion

A Culture of Respect

The Department of Anesthesiology is committed to equality, fairness, and a culture of respect in our working and learning environments. These values are inseparable from our missions. At the core of our current work is a series of department-wide discussions about our shared realities and lived experiences, guided by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. The goal is to assure a sustained, focused effort on inclusive practices.

The following are some of the seed grants awarded to our faculty and their institutional colleagues by the Columbia University Office of the Provost:

"A Simulation-Based Education Pipeline Summer Program to Introduce Diverse High School Students to Careers in Health Care,” David Wang, Kellie Bryant.

"Understanding and Responding to Racial Microaggressions in the Theatre of the Oppressed," Allison Lee, Desmond Jordan, Maya Jalbout Hastie.

“Targeting Provider Bias to Advance Health Equity in Maternal Care," Allison Lee and Janice Aubey.

"Anti-Racism in the Intensive Care Unit at Columbia University Medical Center: Evaluation of our Current State and a Journey to Make the Uncomfortable Comfortable," Vivek Moitra, Jonathan Hastie, Beth Hochman.


Residents and fellows in our educational programs are invited to monthly seminars conducted by the Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork Presbyterian GME Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. The seminars promote values of equity and anti-racism, provide opportunities for mentorship, networking, and career development, and support members of the campus community who identify as underrepresented minorities based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, disability, or religion.

Diversity and Inclusion News

High School Students Experience "A Day in the Life" of an Anesthesiologist

Recognizing National Latino/a Physician Day

ACGME Diversity Leader Speaks at Desmond A. Jordan, MD Memorial Lecture

We Celebrate Pride Month

Department Observes AAPI Heritage Month 2022

Jeanine D’Armiento, MD, PhD, selected for the Columbia Provost’s Faculty Service Award

Sim Teams Awarded Provost’s Grant for Summer Pipeline Program

DEI Task Force participates in antiracism workshop

CUMC Anesthesiology meets students from CUNY Pipeline Program

Dr. Brian A. Chang, CA-2, Publishes Viewpoint in ASA Monitor

Faculty Activities

The Department of Anesthesiology faculty advocate for the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusivity in faculty development, and in regional and national committee work in the field. Some of our activities are as follows.

Anesthesiology Faculty Development:
Maya Jalbout Hastie, MD, EdD, and Danielle B. Ludwin, MD, Co-directors of Faculty Development and Career Enhancement; Gebhard Wagener, MD, Vice Chair for Faculty Development.

Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA):
Maya Jalbout Hastie, MD, EdD, Chair, Leadership Advisory Board, focused on diversity and inclusion mentorship and fostering leadership in academic anesthesiology.

Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesia and Critical Care:
Paul Garcia, MD, PhD, Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.


  • Allison Lee, MD

  • Maya Hastie, MD, EdD

  • Desmond Jordan, MD

  • Robert Whittington, MD

  • Jonathan Hastie, MD

  • Vivek Moitra, MD

  • Danielle Ludwin, MD