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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion


The Department of Surgery will build diversity within its members and nurture a culture of equity and inclusion that respects the humanity of all.

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The Department of Surgery is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive climate for all faculty, staff, and trainees. Diversity in our Department will allow for a more innovative, collaborative, and productive group that will expand our influence and lead to improvements in education, research, and clinical care. We recognize that unique challenges exist for ethnic, gender, and social minorities, and we will advocate for increased representation and equal opportunities across all identities. As surgical leaders, it is our responsibility to ensure that increased diversity, equity, and inclusion are high priorities both internal and external to our Department.

The Department of Surgery will work closely with the Office for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (OHEDI) which is overseen by the division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within the University of Utah Health (UUH).

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Help support the Department of Surgery's EDI efforts.

The Department of Surgery at the University of Utah is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and patient care. Our clinics and labs house some of the most advanced technology and treatment options available to the community today. Our surgeons and researchers rank amongst the most gifted in the country. We are committed to providing our patients and our community with high quality treatments and outcomes. 

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Cori Agarwal, MD

Division of Plastic Surgery

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Cori Agarwal, MD

Elliot A. Asare, MD, MS, CMQ, FACS

Division of General Surgery
Surgical Oncology

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Elliot Asare

Joanna Grudziak, MD, MPH

Division of General Surgery


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Joanna Grudziak

Sara J. Pereira, MD

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery


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Sara Pereira

Erin P. Ward, MD

Division of General Surgery


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Erin P Ward