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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our Mission

The Department of Surgery is dedicated to ensuring the voices of our trainees, staff, faculty, and patients are heard, their thoughts are respected and their feelings are valued.

We pride ourselves on creating an inclusive culture dedicated to helping shape the field of surgery to be more diverse. We value our residents, fellows, faculty, and staff of every race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. Our goal is to continue to expand our diversity within our talented team, which leads to even more inclusive patient-centered care. 

Lecture Series

Join us for our upcoming lecture: 

A Conversation About Transgender Health Care featuring Chase Glenn and Sunshine Goodman

Thursday, June 23, 2022
12 to 1 pm
Storm Eye Auditorium HA809/ Virtual

What is it like to navigate the health care system in South Carolina as a transgender man or woman?

What obstacles make health care more difficult? How can health care workers improve the experience?

Chase Glenn, a transgender man and director of LGBTQ+ Health Services and Enterprise Resources at MUSC, works every day to answer these questions for himself and the LGBTQ+ community. Sunshine Goodman is a transgender woman, life influencer, and motivational speaker whose personal journey has led her to and through our healthcare system. Join us for a moderated conversation with Chase and Sunshine that will educate, encourage, and empower providers to seek the compassionate transformation of health care for transgender individuals.

Past lectures: 

Turning the Table: A Conversation with Holly Whitfield

Holly Whitfield is the executive director of Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA), an LGBTQIA+ advocacy non-profit organization.

As a woman of color in a leadership position, Holly has great insight on how to get a seat at the table and successfully navigate leadership spaces.

Waccamaw Indian People - Past, Present, and Future

Chief Harold "Buster" Hatcher has been the chief of the Waccamaw Indians for over 26 years and his wife, Susan, has been in tribal government for over 15 years.

Together they gave a perspective of the lives of the native American community in today's society.

Hispanics, Latin Americans and Latinos Charleston - A Conversation with Enrique (Henry) Grace

Henry Grace is the CFO of the Charleston Hispanic Association. He shared the differences and richness of the Hispanic, Latin American, and Latino cultures here in Charleston. 

Our Voices

Diversity matters. It is a key ingredient to better decision-making among teams, leveraging a greater variety of perspectives.  Our Voices will be a series of vignettes that will include personal thoughts from members of the Department of Surgery, with the hopes to help dispel negative stereotypes and personal biases about different groups. 

Keller Lee

Reflections from Keller Lee
Safe Zone Advisory Council Member

Michelle Hill

Reflections From Michelle Hill
Administrative Coordinator, Transplant Surgery 

Meet Our Team

Department of Surgery DEI Team

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team

The Department of Surgery DEI Advisory Team is led by Dr. Sharee Wright, vice chair of Diversity (third from the top), Equity and Inclusion. Team members include Keller Lee, Fiscal Analyst and Safe Zone Advisory Committee Member, Michelle Hill, Administrative Assistant in Transplant Surgery, and Kristen Quinn, M.D. PGY-Research, who serves as the Resident Ambassador. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

The Department of Surgery DEI Advisory Committee comprises multiple team members throughout the department from various divisions. The committee is a combination of faculty, staff, and residents who unite to provide diverse voices and unique perspectives to current and ongoing DEI matters. Our vision is to utilize an interdepartmental multidisciplinary approach to face our challenges and create lasting solutions.

Members of the advisory committee:

  • Ian Bostock, M.D., assistant professor of thoracic surgery
  • Lucas McDuffie, M.D., assistant professor of pediatric surgery
  • Jamie Meyer, vice chair of finance and administration
  • Rupak Mukherjee, Ph.D., associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery
  • Jeffrey Sutton, M.D., assistant professor of oncologic surgery
  • Yulia Gavrilova, Ph.D., instructor of general, acute care, and trauma surgery

Diversity and Inclusion within the MUSC College of Medicine Resident and Fellows

The College of Medicine launched a major recruitment effort for under-represented in medicine (URM) residents in 2003, which resulted in a substantial increase in the number of URM house staff. Ongoing recruitment has seen a diverse representation in more than 75 percent of the clinical departments. Aligned with the mission of the MUSC College of Medicine, the Department of Surgery fosters an atmosphere of cultural understanding, cultural competency, and opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds.

To learn more about the College of Medicine’s Resources for Current Residents and Fellows including the McClennan-Banks Residents & Fellows Networking Group, URM Resident Ambassadors and our Resident Diversity Transition Forum, visit

AAMC Statement on Dismantling Racism in Academic Medicine February 23, 2021

MUSC Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

Read more about the Medical University of South Carolina’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as well as learn about MUSC’s Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion: