Diversity and Inclusion

Office of Diversity and InclusionVanderbilt Radiology Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for bringing together teams of leaders and trainees with varied skill sets, perspectives and experiences. Together we are better equipped to meet healthcare challenges and improve the lives of our patients and our community. We are committed to inclusive recruitment, retention and advancement of talented faculty and trainees of diverse backgrounds. 

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Our Mission

To foster a department that embraces diversity of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives as a stimulus for innovation and problem solving, for achieving excellence in education, research and scholarship, and for achieving equity in patient care.

Our Vision

We aim to be a culturally diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for trainees, faculty and staff, who are equipped to provide excellent care to a diverse patient population.

Our Leadership

VUMC Radiology Office of Diversity & Inclusion Leadership

From left: Drs. Lucy Spalluto, Marques Bradshaw and Andrea Birch

Resident Recruitment, Training and Support

Along with Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), we blend new discoveries and technology into education, preparing our trainees to offer the most progressive and comprehensive care possible. We aim to maintain a culturally and demographically diverse group of radiology residents to enrich the learning environment and prepare them to serve an increasingly culturally diverse patient population and reduce healthcare disparities. 

  • Cultural Proficiency training teaches recognition of unconscious bias and contributes to the elimination of health disparities.
  • Radiology Department Visiting Externship allows talented fourth-year medical students from other universities, who are interested in pursuing radiology, to be paired with an underrepresented minority faculty mentor.
  • Second Look Weekend gives underrepresented minority GME candidates the opportunity to revisit VUMC.
  • Minority Housestaff for Academic and Medical Advancement (MHAMA) organization provides opportunities for mentorship, networking and professional development for underrepresented trainees. 
  • Radiology Boot Camp provides medical students interested in learning more about the field of radiology access to radiology education, mentorship and research.
  • R2: Bimonthly meetings between AAM faculty, fellows and residents in the departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology to provide support and mentorship outside of the work environment.
Faculty Enrichment Programs
  • Our Women in Radiology group is designed to develop knowledgeable, successful, confident women prepared to achieve career success and assume leadership positions.
  • Our department Diversity Grand Rounds provides recognition of research and clinical achievements of nationally renowned, underrepresented minority physicians within our specialty.
  • Our Cultural Proficiency seminars provide training to recognize unconscious bias and contribute to the elimination of health disparities.
  • Visit Us

    High School Students: The VUMC Observational Experience (VOE) program allows students to learn about careers in radiology. Applicants may request one observational experience per calendar year. To learn more and to apply, click here.

    First-Year Medical Students: The ACR PIER Internship program is an eight-week clinical and research internship. Interns work side-by-side with experienced radiologists and researchers. To learn more and to apply, click here

    Fourth-Year Medical Students: Through the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) program students have the opportunity to come to Vanderbilt Radiology for a short-term elective rotation. To learn more and to apply, click here

  • Ongoing Events

    • Free CME Course - Racism in Medicine: Available until March 1, 2023 (Complete Here

    Upcoming Events

    DEI Week 2022: September 12-16 - more info coming soon!

    Past Events

    • July 22, 2021: Vanderbilt University Inclusive Book Group Virtual Book Talk with Alice Randall (More Info)
    • July 19-23, 2021: Vanderbilt Radiology Inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week (More Info)
    • June 10, 2021: VUMC Office of Health Equity Asian American & Pacific Islander Anti-Racism Virtual Workshop (More Info)
    • May 20 and 24, 2021: Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian /American Harassment and Xenophobia Workshop (More Info
    • April 15, 2021: Cornell Radiology Racial & Social Justice Book Club (More Info)
    • April 5-7, 2021: Boston University Antiracism as Health Policy: Race, COVID-19, and Policy Reform Zoom Webinar Series
    • Oct. 10, 2020: Radiology Boot Camp (More Info)
    • Oct. 5-9, 2020: MGH Diversity Week (More Info)
  • The Department of Radiology is excited to announce its inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week, which took place July 19 to 23, 2021

    A joint effort of the department's Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Vanderbilt Radiology Health Equity initiatives, the week is comprised of in person and live streamed presentations, panel discussions and more.

    CME credit was awarded for those in attendance.  

    Learn more here and view the panels below.






  • Radiology faculty, trainees and residency candidates play Top Golf during Second Look Weekend 2020.
  • Residency candidates during Second Look Weekend 2020
  • Radiology Chair Dr. Reed Omary talks with a residency candidate during Second Look Weekend 2020
  • FY20 URM trainees and faculty
  • Brittany Burns, MD; Eleby Washington, MD; Kevin Taylor, MD (back row, left to right); and Reed Omary, MD, M.S. (front left) with resident candidates during Second Look Weekend 2018.
  • Radiology faculty and trainees with resident candidates during Second Look Weekend 2018.
  • Radiology faculty and trainees gather at Dr. Stephanie Spottswood's home for a URM Radiology Reception (November 2017).
  • Kevin Taylor, MD; Brittany Burns, MD; Reed Omary, MD, MS; and Eleby Washington, MD, (back row, left to right) with resident applicants during Second Look Weekend 2017.
  • Edwin Donnelly, MD, PhD, and Brittany Burns, MD, attend Second Look Weekend 2016.
  • Andrea Birch, MD, speaks with students during Second Look Weekend 2016.
  • Radiology faculty, secondary faculty and trainees (2017)
  • Sudha Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., (center left) pictured with members of the Giddha Dhammal dance group at the Interfaith Oneness Festival (August 2016).
  • Sudha Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., pictured with members of the Giddha Dhammal dance group at the Interfaith Oneness Festival (August 2016).
  • Dr. Stephanie Spottswood presented "Pediatric Radiology as a Career Choice" at Meharry Medical School as of their Health Careers educational program (September 2017).
  • Nearly 100 students attended Dr. Stephanie Spottswood's talk "Pediatric Radiology as a Career Choice" at Meharry Medical School as of their Health Careers educational program (September 2017).
  • Dr. Andrea Birch, (center) met with Drs. Donald E. Wilson (left) and Louis W. Sullivan(right) during the annual meeting for the Association for Academic Minority Physicians (AAMP) in October 2017.