Pathology Diversity Plan


In an effort to promote the diversity among its faculty, the Department of Pathology has asked Dr. Juan C. Troncoso to lead a committee to identify ways to foster the recruitment and retention of faculty from groups underrepresented in medicine, including underrepresented minorities and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds. Dr. Troncoso obtained his medical degree from the Catholic University of Chile and came to Hopkins as a fellow in Neuropathology in 1978. Composed by individuals of diverse backgrounds, the committee is already operating. The committee sees as its responsibility to develop ideas and to propose initiatives that will fulfill the commitment of our Department to a diverse working environment within the Hopkins tradition of excellence in service, teaching, and research. The initial discussions of the committee have identified exposure to research during college as a critical factor in the development of a future career in medicine and pathology. The committee looks forward to presenting our findings and recommendations in future faculty meetings. In the meantime, the committee invites members of the Department to contribute ideas, suggestions, and comments to promote a more diverse academic community.

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Background and Objective

The Johns Hopkins University Department of Pathology is committed to the recruitment, retention, and inclusion of a diverse range of faculty, trainees, and staff in its programs. With the increasing scope of Pathology’s activities beyond the local level and United States, it is appropriate and desirable for the faculty, trainees, and staff to reflect the changing patient, student, and research populations we serve and the pool of talent available worldwide.

The term diversity is meant to refer to characteristics such as race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. Where there is under-representation of specific groups among the ranks of faculty, trainees, and staff with respect to the relevant populations, we will select and use effective and appropriate methods to monitor, identify, recruit, retain, include and value qualified individuals of such groups.

Strategic Plan

A University and a Hospital Pathology Diversity Committee (PDC) have been formed consisting of diverse individuals from the Department to strategically address the recruitment, retention, and inclusion of individuals underrepresented in medicine, including underrepresented minorities and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds, by using non-discriminatory practices that will assure that the Department sets, monitors, and reaches its goals.

These practices will include the following:

  • Establishing a database to be used in decision-making regarding the diversity profile of the Department in comparison to other Pathology Departments and the relevant populations.
  • Setting goals and measuring key variables of the Department with respect to hiring and retaining individuals of underrepresented groups
  • Assisting and participating in the processes for identifying and recruiting underrepresented faculty, trainees, and staff
  • Reviewing Department Policies, Procedures and Practices that affect recruitment and retention
  • Providing information and education about the diversity of the department and diversity issues in general
  • Recommending ways to strengthen retention by ensuring that needs and concerns of underrepresented faculty, trainees, and staff are understood and addressed

The PDCs will report directly to the Director of Pathology and provide at least annual progress reports and an annual strategic plan for the following year.

Diversity Committee Members

FacultyPathology Area
Juan Troncoso - ChairNeuropathology
Tim AmukeleImmunology
Liam ChenNeuropathology
Barbara DetrickImmunology
Andrew GuajardoClinical Fellow - Neuropathology
Abdu HamadImmunology
Anne LeGI/Liver Pathology
Zahra MalekiCytopathology
Erika RodriguezSurgical Pathology
Lysandra VoltaggioGI/Liver Pathology
Marissa WhiteSurgical Pathology Assistant
Alisha WareResident




Faculty Diversity Initiatives

A visit to Howard University School of Medicine

Drs. Alisha Ware, Marissa White, Trish Murdock, and Ralph Hruban visited Howard University School of Medicine on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Alisha gave a presentation on the field of pathology and the Hopkins program for groups underrepresented in medicine, including underrepresented minorities and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds, to a group of over 40 medical students. After the presentation, the students asked many great questions.

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Inspiring future physicians

Drs. Tricia Murdock, Marissa White, Alisha Gordy and Ralph Hruban spent an inspiring morning teaching a group of wonderful young Native American students. The session was organized by Dr. Murdock and the Association of American Indian Physicians. The students asked great questions- future leaders in medicine!

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Supporting Women Faculty

Dr. Ralph Hruban, Director of the Department of Pathology, talks with Kathleen Sander, Ph.D, author of biography of Mary Elizabeth Garrett. Kathleen speaks about Garrett's support of women faculty, a legacy still prominent today at Johns Hopkins Medicine.




LGBTQ Rights

Dr. Ralph Hruban, Director of the Department of Pathology, with Edith Windsor. Edie was a fearless fighter whose lawsuit against the U.S. government led the Supreme Court to declare that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act violated the Constitution. President Obama called the ruling a "victory for American democracy," and Windsor was hailed, at the age of 84, as a hero of the gay-rights movement.

Dr. Ralph Hruban (Interim Director of the Department of Pathology) with Edith Windsor.