"My team and I are trying to propel efforts to improve the understanding of and reduce health disparities relevant to cancer care." - Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS
"The first thing we want to be sure of is that we are building the foundations of a culture that can treat everyone equally." - Barbara Burtness, MD
Don Nguyen, PhD, BS, leads intramural funding programs, and identifies new funding opportunities to broaden the funding support of Yale Cancer Center membership.
Alfred Lee, MD, PhD, is Director of the esteemed Yale Medical Oncology-Hematology Fellowship Program.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Yale Cancer Center
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Yale Cancer Center ensures that an inclusive culture, with increased diversity in our workforce is emphasized—including trainees, staff, and faculty—and helps to foster the career advancement of all members of our diverse community. Interim Associate Cancer Center Director, Dr. Barbara Burtness, has a long track record of advancing equity at Yale School of Medicine and nationally. In this role, she leads our community in implementing initiatives to enhance the culture of belonging at Yale Cancer Center, including programs and training in cultural and structural humility, stigma and discrimination, and sexual harassment.
At Yale Cancer Center, we are committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment by:
Recruiting and sponsoring faculty, trainees, and staff who represent the diversity of our population
Acknowledging and removing inequities within our policies, systems, and programs.
Taking responsibility for our continuous learning and improvement.
Radiation oncologists provide care to approximately 50% of patients with cancer. However, the proportion of medical students who are women or members of underrepresented minority groups who pursue radiation oncology training is disproportionately low.
Medicine is facing a dangerous lack of accountability. We know that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our workforce support productivity, personal and professional well-being, and positive patient outcomes