UH Diversity

Welcome to the UH Center for Clinical Excellence and Diversity

Meeting the health needs of a diverse region requires a health system that is equally diverse. University Hospitals is committed to building a health system that reflects a comprehensive cultural understanding of the people it serves. Our goal is to build relationships with people in every part of our community so we can help them get the right health care at the right time and in the right place, resulting in a decrease in disparities of health care.

UH has received a plethora of diversity and inclusion awards over the years, but we’ve continually sought to raise the bar. Beginning in 2014, UH implemented a physician-diversity strategy focusing on recruiting trainees and faculty who may choose to settle In Cleveland. Our goal is to inspire underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in medicine, and encouraging them to do so at UH. The effort has the aims:

  • To motivate underrepresented minority students (URM) from middle school through college toward careers in medicine with a special emphasis on black males.
  • To recruit, support and challenge rising physicians with mentorship, hands-on leadership opportunities, financial incentives, peer groups and professional recognition.
  • To promote cultural competency throughout the institution that insures all providers, trainees and staff intentionally challenge unconscious bias that may result in suboptimal care delivered to our patients.

UH has doubled its percentage of African-American/Black physicians and increased the percentage of minority residents from 1.8 percent in 1991 to 6-9 percent in recent years. The  Center tor Clinical Excellence and Diversity was established in 2014. The Edgar B. Jackson Jr., MD, Endowed Chair for Clinical Excellence and Diversity, created in 2004, is the nation's only permanent, endowed faculty position in an academic medical center in the U.S. created to promote faculty diversity. UH also promotes clinical diversity through:

  • The David Satcher Clerkship, created in 1991, offers underrepresented medical students exposure to career opportunities, emphasizing underserved urban areas. It has engaged more than 200 graduates from 40 medical schools and boosted the percentage of UH minority residents from 1.8 percent to 9 percent.
  • The Henry Meyer III Minority Faculty and Administrative Fellowship Programs were established in 2006. They provide protected time for leadership development and health disparities research to two UH physicians each year to help these faculty be positioned to move to leadership positions; and a one-year, salary-supplemented administrative rotation in health care administration with a special focus on eliminating health care disparities.
  • The KeyBank Minority Physician Loan Forgiveness Program, established in 2012, provides substantial student loan repayment grants each year to up to three minority primary care physicians who complete their residency program at UH and agree to practice in the City of Cleveland for up to three years.

To inspire diverse candidates of tomorrow,UH is also a founding, funding and active partner of the City of Cleveland’s School of Science and Medicine, a unique public high school near UH that inspires an almost-exclusively-minority student body toward health careers. Every year, UH faculty and staff host more than 140 students for job shadowing, mentoring, inspiration and education. The four-year-old school has a 100 percent graduation rate and 99 percent of its students go on to college.

Diversity matters to our community, because we tend to seek care from people who look like us, but are welcoming to any provider that provides optimal care with dignity and respect. Diversity also matters because when you have a rich, diverse academic environment, you get ideas, vision and innovation from all different backgrounds. That adds value to health care and enriches UH for our physicians and employees.

Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD, MEd MPPM
Director, UH Center for Clinical Excellence and Diversity
Edgar B. Jackson Jr., MD, Endowed Chair in Clinical Excellence & Diversity
University Hospitals
Office: 216-767-8984