Celebration of Diversity Week

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Diversity and inclusion are core values at the UF College of Medicine. The Celebration of Diversity Week was designed to honor those values and explore opportunities to work within our community to promote cross-cultural understanding and address health care disparities.


Harrell Medical Education BuildingMonday, April 2

Dean’s Grand Rounds Panel Discussion
Today’s Challenge: Building and Sustaining a Culture of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
Noon 1:30 p.m. | Harrell Medical Education Building North Learning Studio
Watch a live stream of the panel.

  • Sarah Vinson, M.D., is a child psychiatry fellow at Emory University and a 2007 graduate of the UF College of Medicine Medical Honors Program. While at UF, Vinson received a Distinguished Service Award and served as president of the Student National Medical Association. She is the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association Diversity Fellowship at Emory University and was recently appointed to the American Psychiatric Association National Council on Advocacy and Government Relations. Her work involves outreach efforts to de-stigmatize mental illness among minority communities, including the online resource Ourselvesblack.com.
  • Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ph.D., joined UF College of Medicine faculty in 1999 as a professor. She serves as the director of the UF Center for Structural Biology, where she uses structural biology tools, biochemistry and molecular biology to study various members of the ssDNA virus families. Her research goal is use macromolecular structures to understand disease states and provide platforms to engineer treatments and cures. McKenna received a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of London and has conducted research at Purdue University and the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.
  • Mustafa Ahmed, M.D., is an assistant professor in the UF division of cardiovascular medicine and the medical director of the UF Health mechanical circulatory support program. He specializes in advanced heart failure, ventricular assist devices and transplantation. Ahmed received his medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, completed an internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University and finished fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and advanced heart failure and transplantation at the UF College of Medicine. He is the recipient of a Spirit of Gainesville Award for his medical work in the greater community.
  • Jose Lezama, M.D., is an internal medicine specialist based in Tampa, Florida. A champion of practicing humanistic medicine, Lezama serves as the chief of medicine at the James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital. He is a professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and vice-chair of the department of internal medicine. Lezama received his medical degree from the UF College of Medicine in 1997 and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of South Florida.
  • Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D, is the director of the UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program and co-director of the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy. He is the Phyllis Kottler Friedman Professor for the UF department of neurosurgery and the State of Florida Endowed Cancer Research Chair at the UF College of Medicine. Mitchell received his medical and doctorate degrees from Duke University and completed his post-graduate research in neuro-oncology and pathology at Duke University Medical Center. His clinical trial work aims to see improvements in patient outcomes using novel approaches that stimulate immune responses against malignant brain tumor cells in combination with current standard treatments.
  • Carolyn Holland, M.D., joined the UF department of emergency medicine as the physician director of quality in 2012. She received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati and completed a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Holland divides her clinical time between the pediatric and adult emergency departments. Her research and administrative work focuses on quality improvement, patient safety and resident education, with the goal of creating a culture of transparency and justness in the patient safety reporting process.

UF medical students Tuesday, April 3

Soul Pancake Student Activity
Noon | Harrell Medical Education Building

UF College of Medicine facultyWednesday, April 4

Faculty Appreciation Reception
5:30 p.m. | Harrell Medical Education Building Scott Commons

Dr. Tyndall grand roundsThursday, April 5

Department of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
8:30 a.m. | Communicore C-15

Friday, April 6

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Noon – 1 p.m. | McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium

Andres Pumariega, M.D., and Michelle Jacobs-Elliott, M.D., will present a talk titled “Stigma and Culture: Contributions to Mental Health Disparities.” CME credit is available.

Live musicAccepted Student Week Reception (ALUMNI INVITE ONLY)
6 – 8 p.m. | Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

Business attire.

Spring Social (INVITE ONLY)
8 p.m. | ARB Courtyard

A gathering for faculty, alumni and trainees with live entertainment. Attire is business casual.

Feranmi Okanlami MDSaturday, April 7

Accepted Student Week Lunch (ALUMNI INVITE ONLY)
12:30 – 2 p.m. | Harrell Medical Education Building

Parking validation is available. Attire is business casual.

Office for Diversity and Health Equity Emerald Ball (INVITE ONLY)
7 p.m. | Harrell Medical Education Building

This event will feature a keynote address from Dr. Feranmi Okanlami, who is completing his residency program in family medicine and will join the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School. Learn more about Dr. Okanlami in the video below. Black tie optional. Please RSVP to RSVP@hsc.ufl.edu or 352-294-8452.