Diversity in Medicine: How to be an ally

Editor: Heike E. Daldrup-Link, MD

Diverse backgrounds and experiences of healthcare workers are essential to the progress and impact of clinical medicine. This book presents personal reflections and ideas from more than 50 authors regarding diversity and inclusion in the field of medicine and medical research. Topics discussed reflect the increasing complexity of diversity in the field of medicine and related fields in terms of race/ethnicity, economic background, age, gender, sex and sexuality, among many others. This book is essential reading for everyone who wants to maximize the power of diversity in the field of medicine and medical sciences, including health care professionals, scientists and administrators. Insights shared will be also useful for students, staff and faculty who are working in other fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEM). Readers of this book will develop an increased awareness and understanding of cultures and thought processes that are different than their own and thereby, increase their effectiveness in interpersonal communications and negotiations.

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About the Editor

Dr. Heike Elisabeth Daldrup is an American-German physician, scientist, novelist and short story writer, who grew up in Northern Germany and moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 2003. Dr. Daldrup-Link is a professor of Radiology at Stanford University, elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI, honor society for clinician-scientists) and elected member of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Dr. Daldrup-Link has published over 170 peer-reviewed research articles, 20 book chapters and editorials, five books, and six patents, pending or granted. Besides her work as a clinical radiologist and scientist, Dr. Daldrup-Link actively promotes the diversification of the biomedical workforce through advocacy and mentorship. Dr. Daldrup-Link is widely known for her powerful reflections and opinion pieces on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics/Medicine; e.g. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11307-017-1124-4, Altmetric 90th percentile of 278,392 tracked articles of similar age in all journals).