Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, MACP, FRCP, has been appointed Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health.
Lopez — professor and vice president of medical oncology and head of cancer services at the institution — is a medical oncologist and health services researcher. His research focuses on health equity research.
In her new role, Lopez will be responsible for improving infrastructure while using institutional resources to expand the pipeline of members from diverse backgrounds. Students, postdoctoral researchers and co-researchers from diverse backgrounds will be encouraged to participate in training or mentorship opportunities.
Ana Maria Lopez
“Given the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing data on the negative impact of racism, ageism, sexism and all other -isms on health outcomes, the time is come to evolve,” Lopez said in a press release. “The opportunity that diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging bring to science is transformative. It is a privilege to partner with colleagues and communities to advance opportunity for all.
Lopez joined Jefferson from the University of Utah. She served as associate vice president for health equity and inclusion at the University of Utah Health and held a similar position at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
“We are extremely grateful that Dr. Lopez brings her expertise and unique perspective to the role of Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” Andrew Chapman, DO, corporate director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and executive vice president of oncology services at Jefferson Health, said in the statement. “Throughout her career, Dr. Lopez has focused on health equity, achieving a national presence in the field.”