headshot of Craig A. Buchman, MD, FACS
Craig A. Buchman, MD, FACS

Diversity, equity and inclusion allow us to develop better solutions to complex scientific and clinical challenges and to train culturally sensitive clinicians and scientists.

“We highly value diversity in all its forms, and we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming and inclusive environment in which everyone can thrive. These values form the foundation for achieving excellence in all that we do.”

Craig A. Buchman, MD, FACS
Lindburg Professor and Head, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Commitment to Anti-Racism from Washington University School of Medicine Leadership »

Help us build momentum

headshot Maithilee Menezes, MD
Maithilee Menezes, MD

As part of our departmental effort, Officer of Inclusion & Diversity and DEI Liaison Maithilee Menezes, MD, is spearheading an initiative that prioritizes:

  • Formation of a dedicated committee
  • Growth through collaboration and feedback
  • Inclusive support for our residents, faculty, and staff
  • Ongoing research into equity in clinical care
  • Advancement of systemic and curricular changes, including
    the rollout of the Understanding Systemic Racism Curriculum
  • Increasing diversity and gender parity among faculty

Q&A with Officer of Equity & Inclusion Maithilee Menezes, MD »

Diversity Sub-internship

Otolaryngology Diversity Sub-internship

Available to full-time medical students of diverse backgrounds, this is a visiting rotation with a $2,000 stipend to offset the cost of travel, housing, and fees.

Applications for 2022 accepted on a rolling basis.

Campus resources

Robert Boston Photographer Dr. Tiffany Osborn in Surgery Care Unit with Shawn Reynolds Anesthesiology Physician Assistant Emergency Department at Barnes.

Academic Women’s Network

Established by WUSM faculty to promote professional interactions and career development and to assist and mentor women in science and medicine.

Minority Medical Association

This inter-departmental organization of residents and fellows at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and WUSM is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in our hospitals and communities.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The office focuses on advancing WUSM’s commitment to creating a stronger, more equitable campus where everyone is welcomed, respected and supported.



Supported by the WUSM Department of Medicine, OUTmed is an organization for LGBTQIA-identified faculty, residents, fellows and staff at Washington University School of Medicine.

Association of Women Surgeons

Through a variety of programming, this WUSM group brings together students, residents and faculty to address issues unique to female surgeons and support each other in overcoming these obstacles.

WUSTL Human Resources: DEI

Washington University Human Resources support efforts to create a diverse and inclusive culture by offering resources and training to managers and employees across campus.

Departmental news & research

Facial plastic surgeons join Washington University Transgender Center

Facial plastic surgeons join Washington University Transgender Center
The Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University recently joined forces with the WashU Transgender Center to expand medical services available to patients seeking gender-affirming medical treatment. Facial plastic surgeons Greg Branham, MD, John Chi, MD, MPHS, and Emily Spataro, MD, are the newest providers to join […]

Rainbow lanyard signals inclusion and acceptance

Rainbow lanyard signals inclusion and acceptance
Members of the Department of Otolaryngology wear symbolic lanyards to visually communicate a message of welcome to those around them, including patients and their families. The lanyard features the progress pride flag, designed by non-binary artist Daniel Quasar (xe/they) in 2018, which builds upon the earlier design of the rainbow flag representative of the LGBTQ+ […]

Gender-affirming voice therapy improves quality of life

Gender-affirming voice therapy improves quality of life
Washington University offers gender-affirming voice therapy to help transgender and other gender-diverse patients seeking to more closely align their voice with their gender identity. Many of these patients suffer distress related to the perceived mismatch between their gender identity and biological sex, a condition known as gender dysphoria. Tailored to meet the needs of the […]