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Profiles in Diversity

Profiles in Diversity

Estelle Williams, MD

Estelle Williams, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, UW Medicine; and Executive Director, Doctor for a Day Program

Dr. Williams discusses how pivotal moments in her life brought here to where she is today, how her upbringing influences her life and surgical practice, and how she naturally integrates diversity, equity, and inclusion into her teaching, patient interactions, and community work.

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Electron Kebebew, MD, FACS

Electron Kebebew, MD, FACS

Harry A. Oberhelman, Jr. and Mark L. Welton Endowed Professor of Surgery, Stanford University; and Chief of General Surgery, Stanford Healthcare

Dr. Kebebow reflects on his experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout his surgical career and what he has learned over the years to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion are present in his career.

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Paris Butler, MD, MPH, FACS

Paris Butler, MD, MPH, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery, and GME, Direct of UIM Affairs at University of Pennsylvania Health Systems

Dr. Butler shares his thoughts and experiences on honing his craft, creating multidisciplinary teams, and setting achievable goals to develop and integrate programs and practices that thread diversity, equity, and inclusion into everyday work and careers.

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Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCS(I)(Hon)

Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCS(I)(Hon)

ACS Past President Dr. Carlos Pellegrini shares his thoughts on diversity and the impact of unconscious bias. A key takeaway: “Always strive to have an environment that is welcoming of everyone and where everybody feels safe about expressing themselves in every single way – not just by words, but via the entire gamut of feelings that a human being has… When you do that you're not just putting value on diversity you're also creating an environment that is good for everybody.”

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Julie Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon)

Julie Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon)

This is the first in a series of “Profiles in Diversity” podcasts by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Diversity Issues. These interviews will spotlight prominent surgeon leaders who promote the value of diversity and inclusion both in the ACS and among its members.

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