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Diversity and Inclusion

Northwestern Urology is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for faculty, residents, staff, medical students and our patients. Our program prides itself on building a program where all individuals can embrace their identities, have a sense of belonging, and feel valued.

We support Feinberg School of Medicine’s mission to foster a culture of belongingness and inclusion. Our strategic efforts target recruitment, education, and partnerships with the goal of building diverse and exceptional talent in scholarship, clinical care, leadership and community engagement.

Committee on Diversity and Inclusion within Urology

The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion within Urology was created to continue the department's commitment to fostering an environment of inclusion that welcomes and supports people of varying backgrounds.

 Learn more about our mission and meet the committee. 

Trainee Stories

Lauren Cooley, MD, PhD

Class of 2023

“In choosing a residency, it was important to me to find a program that offered a well-rounded surgical experience in all aspects of urology at diverse training sites, opportunities for research throughout residency, and a community of people that supported me to pursue my individual interests. Not only is Northwestern training me to be an exceptional surgeon and researcher; but, I have found a family that genuinely cares about my present and future happiness and success. “

Christopher Gonzales-Alabastro, MD

Class of 2025

“Choosing to move to Chicago was a leap of faith after having spent my entire life in California. As a son of low-income Filipino immigrants and as one who identifies with the LGBTQ community, I feared that entering a surgical subspecialty as a minority would potentially be isolating. After joining Northwestern Urology, I realized I could not be further from the truth – I not only found people who shared unique obstacles and identities with me, but also met a family in this department that embraces and celebrates our individuality. I always believed the urology training at Northwestern was unparalleled, but the genuine inclusivity and respect for diversity is what sets it apart. If I had to do it all over again, I would still rank this as my #1 program in a heartbeat.“

Aisha Siebert, MD, PhD

Class of 2024

“What first attracted me to NM Urology was the breadth of research opportunities, as well as broad representation of various urologic sub-specialties. I am continually amazed by the inherent flexibility built into such an established and well integrated program, and embrace the challenge of working with diverse faculty both within the department and across specialties. Most notably, I felt an immediate affinity for my co-residents who create an inclusive and supportive training environment. “

Adam Weiner, MD

Class of 2022

“Coming from a multi-ethnic background, I've always valued the importance of diversity in organizations. When I was applying to residency, NM Urology seemed to share those values based on how it prioritized a program inclusive of a diverse group of residents. My knowledge and experiences have been greatly influenced by working with my co-residents. The result is a learning and working environment that is progressive and adaptive. As a resident, you're never in competition with others since your co-residents harbor a variety of interests and no one career track (research, oncology, medical education, etc.) is valued over the others.”

Programs and Resources

Feinberg School of Medicine and McGaw Medical Center offer several programs and resources that aim to create community, provide support and highlight current diversity and inclusion topics, and foster an inclusive environment.

Anti-Racism Toolkit
Resources, statements and tools to address anti-Black racism.

Campus Resources and Policies
Read about offices and policies that are helpful to ensuring a safe, inclusive experience at Feinberg.

Department of Medicine Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council
Established to provide a comprehensive array of diversity initiatives designed to sensitize trainees and faculty members to multicultural issues.

Feinberg Affinity Groups
Many of the School’s nearly 70 groups, as well as many faculty and staff groups, focus on identity, community, diversity, mentoring, and healthcare in underserved communities.

John E. Franklin, MD, Commitment to Diversity Award
Annual recognition of housestaff who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to improving diversity and inclusion in Graduate Medical Education.

LGBTQ Ally List
This list is a public and voluntary listing of members of the Feinberg community who support and promote the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ community members.

LGBTQ Out List
This list is a public and voluntary listing of members of the Feinberg community who identify as LGBTQ+

McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern UniversityLearn about initiatives to build a diverse faculty, workforce, trainee and student community.

Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents and Fellows Forum (NMURFF)
Interdepartmental group of housestaff focused on fostering an environment in which all trainees thrive.

The Daniel Hale Williams Society
Created in 2018 to focus on the recruitment of African-American males into the medical profession through proactive identification of students, mentoring and encouragement, scholarships and more.

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