The Other Side of the Lens: Why DEI is Important for All

Date: January 13, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM Central
Speakers: Charles M. Friel, MD, Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, Bartley Pikron, MD
Moderator: Erin King-Mullins, MD, FACS, FASCRS
CME Credit Hours Available: None

While diversity/equity/ inclusion and social justice is a hot button topic within medicine, we seek to provide perspective as to why these concepts are important, even for those that fall outside of the constraints of underrepresentation. Those in leadership and those who serve a large portion of underserved communities should understand how certain barriers can limit the success of an organization/practice. It can also limit positive experience in one’s life outside of work.

Charles M. Friel, MD, graduated from Bowdoin College before attending Harvard Medical School. He completed his general surgery training at the BI-Deaconess Medical Center and subsequently did his colon and rectal specialty training at the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 2001, where he is now a Professor of Surgery, the Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the General Surgery Program Director. He has served in multiple capacities for ASCRS and is currently serving his final year as a member at large for the ASCRS executive council.

Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, currently serves as the Chief Health Equity Officer and Senior Vice President for the American Medical Association (AMA) where she focuses on embedding health equity across all the work of the AMA and leading the Center for Health Equity. She joined the AMA in April 2019, as their inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer. Dr. Maybank previously served as Founding Director for the Center for Health Equity at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (2014) and the Office of Minority Health in the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (2006). She is a nationally recognized speaker, writer and advisor on issues related to health equity, the future of medicine, and public health impact.

Bartley Pickron, MD, earned his BA from Huntingdon College and MD from the University of South Alabama. He then completed his general surgery residency at Atlanta Medical Center. He then completed his colon and rectal surgery training at University of Southern California. He is currently the Section Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.


Erin King-Mullins, MD, FACS, FASCRS, received her BS and BA degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana. She received her medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, then completed her internship and residency in general surgery at the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida. Dr. King-Mullins went on to complete her fellowship in colorectal surgery at Georgia Colon & Rectal Surgical Associates where she currently practices and serves as faculty and research director. 
 
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