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The Mission

The Department of Radiology values each individual’s perspective, experiences and contributions toward patient care, education, research, innovation and professional growth.

The Vision

The Department of Radiology strives to have faculty, house-officers, researchers and staff as diverse as the populations we serve. We strive to support initiatives to decrease health disparities and increase radiology access locally and internationally. We commit to support the education and development of students from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds.

Committee Members

Dorathy Tamayo-Murillo, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology, Body Imaging
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair
EDI background: Mexican-Filipino American, 1st generation college graduate, with strong interest in helping students from underserved backgrounds succeed in STEM and interest in increasing access of radiology services. 

Alexander Norbash, MD
Radiology Department Chair and Clinical Professor of Radiology, Neuroradiology
EDI background: Former Assistant Dean for Diversity at Boston University, former Associate Vice-Chancellor for Diversity at UCSD 

Christine Chung, MD
Radiology Department Executive Vice Chair/ Vice Chair Academic Affairs
Clinical Professor of Radiology, Musculoskeletal Imaging
EDI background: Korean American 1st generation college graduate. Grew up in rural Wisconsin as the only product of a mixed racial marriage, the only child with divorced parents, and the only Lutheran family in the town. I have a strong belief in the importance and celebration of diversity to foster an appreciation for individual strengths and build synergies that would otherwise be impossible. 

Andrew Yen, MD
Clinical Professor of Radiology, Thoracic Imaging
Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program Director
EDI background: Second-generation Taiwanese American. I intend to help turn dialogue about EDI into action.

Alice Chong, MD, MHCI
Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology, Breast Imaging
Vice Chair of Clinical Operations
Diagnostic Radiology Residency Associate Program Director
EDI background: APDR Diversity Committee, SBI IDEA (Inclusion Diversity Equity Alliance), RAD-AID Breast Imaging Operations Program Manager, Faculty Advisor for Health4TheWorld UCSD Chapter and RAD-AID UCSD Chapter. 

Dion Brown
Residency Program Administrator
Pronouns: He/Him/His
EDI background: Black American heritage. Lifetime of experience identifying and challenging the behaviors and structures that perpetuate systemic racism. Social justice advocacy through civic board service, addressing human rights and social service needs. 

Assistant Professor 
EDI background: Passionate about increasing diversity at UCSD to better reflect the population we serve. Additionally very passionate about leveling the playing field for female students and colleagues and ensuring a productive and safe environment for all to reach full potential. 

Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology, Neuroradiology
EDI background: I am passionate about promoting equal opportunities and fair treatment of women in medicine, starting at the medical student level all the way to the faculty level.  I firmly believe that women and men are like two wings of a bird and, unless and until both wings are equally strong, the bird cannot soar at its full capacity.  Additionally, as a Baha'i, I have experienced firsthand persecution and prejudice for my religious beliefs, and I firmly believe that we must connect people of all Faiths (and no Faith) with the bonds of unity and fellowship, in order to establish world peace.  

Albert Hsiao, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiology, In-Residence; Cardiovascular and Thoracic imaging
EDI background: Second-generation Taiwanese American, and San Diego-native super nerd. I strive to live according to my Christian faith, knowing that I will always fall short on my own efforts, but will constantly be lifted by a power that is not my own. We are blessed, so that we can be a blessing.

Isabel Newton, MD, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor of Interventional Radiology
EDI background: Hispanic Center Of Excellence Faculty member and mentor, former residency Program Director, with a strong interest in addressing systemic racism in radiology and making our department more equitable, inclusive and welcoming. Invested in mentorship and pipeline programs.  

Claude B. Sirlin, MD
Clinical Professor of Radiology, Body Imaging
EDI background: A native New Yorker of Argentinian and Eastern European heritage. Dedicated to equity and diversity because it is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.

Clinical Professor of Radiology, Body Imaging
EDI background: My passion is to increase the presence of women and URM at UCSD, particularly in high level committees, leadership positions, and our residency program.  Most recently, I have chaired the Nominations Committee for UCSD Board of Governors to increase the diversity of its members.  I also serve on Faculty Council and the UCSD Nominations Committee to increase representation across Health Sciences. 

Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology, Neuroradiology
EDI background: First generation Indian-American, proud father to a biracial two-year old. I am committed to promoting racial and gender equality in academic medicine and believe that diversity makes us collectively stronger as doctors, researchers, and people. I am especially interested in mentoring those from underrepresented backgrounds towards careers in research and medicine. 

Eddie Smitaman, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology, Musculoskeletal Imaging
EDI background: An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. ~Martin Luther King, Jr

Lewis Hahn, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology, In-Residence; Cardiovascular and Thoracic Imaging
EDI background: First generation Korean American. I’ve benefited from being around people different from me all my life and hope to give back. 

Paul Manning, MD
Radiology Chief Resident
EDI background: Half Central American, San Diego native. Interested in helping students from underserved backgrounds pursue careers in science and medicine, and interested in improving access to healthcare in underserved communities.

Peter Abraham, MD, MAS
Radiology Resident
EDI background: First-generation Egyptian-American with an abiding interest in helping address gaps in knowledge surrounding local and national policies, which serve as stumbling blocks to an equitable society. Peter’s main interests include addressing systemic racism, sexism, classism, and xenophobia in academic medicine, with the hope that doing so will help elucidate how these biases function in American society as a whole. Starting with making our department more equitable, inclusive and welcoming, he hopes to learn how antiracism, gender equity, and health equity policy can be successfully initiated and sustained.

Oscar Bernal
Imaging Services – CT Manager
EDI background: Proud Hispanic immigrant and father to first generation Colombian/Mexican American children. Through my own experiences with racism and inequality, I have gained a passion to fight against the injustices so many of us have faced. I love learning about different cultures and look forward to educating myself on ways to make our community a better and more inclusive place for all.

Administrative Vice Chair
EDI background: We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view. We believe diversity fuels our innovation and connects us closer to the patients and communities we serve. We are building a culture where differences are valued where anyone, from any background, can do their best work.