Diversity and inclusion

The Division of Urology is actively striving to create and maintain a diverse division that both represents and meets the needs of our local, regional, and national communities. We believe that intentionally training the next generation of urologists to be aware of the many factors which impact a patient’s ability to access and benefit from urologic care is critically important to decrease disparities in the healthcare system.  

Our goals include:

Creating a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment for trainees, colleagues, and patients regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or socioeconomic background

Participating in programs to engage traditionally under-represented minority students through lectures, mentorship, and hands on experiences to improve diversity and inclusion in the field of Urology

Committing to undertake research to identify and resolve disparities in urologic care based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background

Identifying opportunities for traditional and non-traditional community engagement to improve inclusive access to urologic care

Advocating on behalf of our patients, trainees, and community to dismantle systematic barriers to urologic care


In the Division of Urology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, we embrace and stand behind the words and actions of our institution as we continue to tackle systemic changes to ensure more equitable delivery of care in our community.