Race and Representation in Medicine: Addressing Implicit Bias in the Workplace

In light of the events unfolding across the country over the past few weeks, The Society for Vascular Surgery's  Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force and the Wellness Task Force sponsored a webinar around race in America and its impact on our field. We at Audible Bleeding thought this was an excellent start, and we would hope to keep the conversation going. As such, this will be the first in a series of episodes on race and representation in medicine. Today we would like to discuss the challenges of addressing implicit bias in the workplace. We are very pleased to have with us a number of guests at different levels of training to discuss their experiences and insights.


Dr. Vincent Rowe is a Professor of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is the Program Director of the Vascular Surgery Residency. He earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and trained in general surgery at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles. He subsequently completed a two-year Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville Tennessee.


Dr. Olamide Alabi is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at the Emory University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, trained in general surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California, and completed a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University.


Dr. Nina Bowens is an Assistant Professor in Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, and a member of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Harbor-UCLA. She earned her medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College and trained in general surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Vascular Surgery fellowship at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.  


Dr. Osarumen Okunbor is a graduate of Meharry Medical College, completed his General surgery at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, and will be starting his Vascular Surgery fellowship at University of Washington in Seattle.