Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp 879–884 | Cite as

White Paper: SSAT Commitment to Workforce Diversity and Healthcare Disparities

  • R. Matthew WalshEmail author
  • D. Rohan Jeyarajah
  • Jeffrey B. Matthews
  • Dana Telem
  • Mary T. Hawn
  • Fabrizio Michelassi
  • K. Marie Reid-Lomardo
SSAT White Paper


The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Track (SSAT) is committed to diversity and inclusiveness of its membership, promotion of research related to healthcare disparities, cultural competency of practicing gastrointestinal surgeons, and cultivation of leaders with unique perspectives. The SSAT convened a task force to assess the current state of diversity and inclusion and recommend sustainable initiatives to promote these goals. Working through the current committee structure of the Society, and by establishing a permanent Diversity and Inclusion liaison committee, the SSAT will maintain its commitment and strive towards diversity of thought and inclusiveness on every level to improve the well-being and betterment of its membership and the patients they serve.


Surgical workforce Workforce diversity Diversity Underserved populations Lesbian Gay Bisexual and transgender Minorities Cultural competence 



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© The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Matthew Walsh
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. Rohan Jeyarajah
    • 2
  • Jeffrey B. Matthews
    • 3
  • Dana Telem
    • 4
  • Mary T. Hawn
    • 5
  • Fabrizio Michelassi
    • 6
  • K. Marie Reid-Lomardo
    • 7
  1. 1.Cleveland ClinicClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Methodist HospitalDallasUSA
  3. 3.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  5. 5.Stanford UniversityPalo AltoUSA
  6. 6.Weill Cornell Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  7. 7.Mayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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