The Black community and the United States at large are reeling as the COVID-19 pandemic kills minorities at alarmingly disproportionate rates and racially-motivated killings dominate the news. The killings of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia have forced hatred to the forefront of the American mind yet again. Even our own diverse city is vulnerable to episodes of discrimination, as shown by recent events in Central Park where a Black man was falsely reported to the police.
Everywhere we turn, hatred and polarization seem to appear.
As physicians, we took an oath to serve our patients with equity and integrity. We as anesthesia providers have arguably the most responsibility for patients’ lives; as such, we should strive to be egalitarian protectors to all races and creeds.
As a department, diversity is one of our greatest strengths and a pillar of our mission. Different perspectives and ideas keep a community productive, innovative and healthy. We must unequivocally condemn hatred, racism and murder. Our department is committed to helping people from all groups thrive in employee development, hiring and patient care.
Please join us in this endeavor.
Learn more about programs that support diverse and underrepresented communities.
Anesthesiology Diversity Visiting Student Sub-Internship Program
The Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Anesthesiology's Diversity Visiting Student Sub-Internship Program is a funded program for fourth year medical students interested in anesthesiology. The program gives students who are traditionally underrepresented in anesthesiology the opportunity to rotate at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. LEARN MORE
Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Weill Cornell Medicine
The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Weill Cornell Medical College is to foster an atmosphere in which individual characteristics are respected and where both differences and similarities are valued. Our goal is to create a collaborative working and learning environment. LEARN MORE
Watch this space for new and upcoming activities sponsored by Weill Cornell Anesthesiology's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
Fall - Winter 2020
"The Danger of a Single Story", a TED talk by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
"The Pygmalion Effect", a short video on how expectations can become self-fulfilling prophecies.
"How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them", a TED talk by Verna Myers.
Danielle McCullough, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
Department of Anesthesiology
Weill Cornell Medicine
Dr. McCullough grew up in Baltimore, a city known for its struggles with racial disparities and segregation. She is the biracial daughter of two ICU nurses who taught her to be mindful of both subtle and overt injustices in healthcare and the world at large. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in psychology from Harvard University, Dr. McCullough completed her medical school, residency and fellowship training in the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital system. She chose to specialize in Obstetric Anesthesiology just as glaring racial disparities in maternal outcomes began receiving wide publicity nationally and remained in New York City with the goal of helping this highly vulnerable and broad population. After completing her first year on faculty at WCM, Dr. McCullough conceptualized the departmental Committee on Diversity and Inclusion in order to address the need for vigilance regarding racial disparities in clinical medicine. The committee is comprised of clinical and research faculty, residents and nurse anesthetists and is devoted to fostering open conversation, recruiting diverse staff that reflect the population of New York City, and encouraging research.