Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is strongly committed to supporting the needs of our patients, faculty, staff, and community by developing and promoting initiatives that foster diversity, inclusivity, and equity at all levels.

Faculty and staff members in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Faculty and staff members in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion supports the recruitment, development, promotion and retention of trainees, faculty and staff in the department; and advocates for the needs of our diverse patient population. This office also represents the department on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion with the medical school, the medical center, and the hospital.

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Ob/Gyn was established in 2020 based on the recommendation of the Antiracism Task Force that had been convened earlier that year. The office was created with the goal of enhancing equity for three primary groups of stakeholders: faculty, staff, and patients.

Vision

We envision an Obstetrics & Gynecology department that promotes a culture of diversity and inclusion, building a future without inequities and health disparities. 

Mission

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s mission encompasses patient care, faculty/staff development, and community impact. We are committed to advancing health equity and improving health outcomes while promoting a culture of belonging and inclusion in our department. Our commitment to these values is unwavering and reflects our determination to be a leader in these efforts.

Goals

Patient Care

  • Provide outstanding and equitable health care through a health justice lens
  • Foster a culture that is welcoming and supportive of difference
  • Engage in research efforts to understand and combat health disparities

Faculty and Staff

  • Support, mentor, and educate our faculty and staff on diversity issues and antiracism
  • Continuously seek opportunities to increase the number of talented diverse faculty and staff through targeted recruitment, retention, and promotion

Community Engagement and Impact

  • Represent and reflect the unique experiences, perspectives, and viewpoints of the communities we serve
  • Promote strong partnerships between the department and the community at large
  • Address social determinants of health

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is led by three directors, including two faculty co-directors, one to represent the needs of faculty and trainees and the other to represent the needs of patients, as well as an administrative director to represent the needs of staff.

Leadership

  • Ana Cepin, MD

    Faculty Co-Director Representing Patient Stakeholders

    Ana Cepin, MD serves as Director of Community Women’s Heath, Medical Director of the Family Planning Practice at the Ambulatory Care Network, and a local and national advocate for women’s sexual and reproductive health.

    Ana Cepin, MD
  • Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, MSc

    Faculty Co-Director Representing Faculty and Trainee Stakeholders

    Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, MSc serves as Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Fellowship Director for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and works on the Committee on Appointments and Promotions.

    Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, MSc
  • Debra Keller, MPA, SHRM-SCP

    Administrative Director Representing Staff Stakeholders

    Debra Keller is the Director of Human Resources, Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development in the Department of Ob/Gyn and has extensive experience working with staff across the medical center.

    Debra Keller, MPA, SHRM-SCP