One Year Later - Moving Forward with Intentionality in Efforts to Combat Systemic Racism in Healthcare

In this installment of the Race and Representation Series, we discuss how to implement effective change to combat systemic racism within healthcare at national, regional, and local levels. Our guests, Dr. Albert Sam and Dr. Bryan Fisher describe their practices and how they have been champions of healthcare equity within both the private and academic settings. 

Show Guests:

Dr. Albert Sam is a specialty care physician board-certified in vascular and endovascular surgery. Prior to joining Inova he was in private practice in Middletown, CT, and was the founder and director of the Middlesex Health multidisciplinary limb preservation program. He previously served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery at Baton Rouge General Hospital as well as at the Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute in New Orleans. In addition to becoming one of the first physicians nationally to be board certified in general surgery, vascular surgery, and endovascular medicine, he has served as a principal investigator for numerous national and international vascular clinical trials, including the NIH stroke trials CREST and CREST-2.

Dr. Bryan Fisher, Sr. (@amputationsuck) is a board-certified vascular surgeon and a member of The Surgical Clinic in Nashville, TN. He completed his general surgery residency at the Ohio State University and his vascular fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He serves as the Chief of Vascular Surgery, Director of Wound Care, and co-Director of the Center for Limb Preservation.

Host Introductions:

Dr. Imani E. McElroy (@iemcelroy) is a 5th-year general surgery resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed her medical degree at the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program and also holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

Dr. Andrew Gonzalez (@DrAGonzMD) is an attending physician at Indiana University. He received his medical degree, Master’s of Public Health, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School.


Authors: Andrew Gonzalez, MD, JD, MPH, Imani McElroy, MD, MPH

Editor: Imani McElroy, MD, MPH

Reviewers: Amanda Fobare, MD, Ajay Menon, MD