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May 19, 2022
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Cancer center appoints associate director for diversity, equity and inclusion


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Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, MACP, FRCP, has been appointed associate director for diversity, equity and inclusion at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Jefferson Health.

Lopez — professor and vice chair of medical oncology and chief of cancer services at the institution — is a medical oncologist and health service researcher. Her research has focused on health equity research.

In her new role, Lopez will be responsible for enhancing infrastructure while utilizing institutional resources to expand the pipeline of members of diverse backgrounds. Students, postdoctoral researchers and co-investigators from diverse backgrounds will be encouraged to participate in training or mentoring opportunities.

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, MACP, FRCP
Ana Maria Lopez

“Given the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased data on the adverse impact of racism, ageism, sexism and all the other -isms on health outcomes, the time is ripe for evolution,” Lopez said in a press release. “The opportunity that diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging bring to science is transformative. It is a privilege to partner with colleagues and communities to advance opportunities for all.”

Lopez joined Jefferson from University of Utah. She served as associate vice president for health equity and inclusion for University of Utah Health and held a similar role at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

“We are incredibly thankful that Dr. Lopez will be bringing her expertise and unique perspective to the role of associate director for diversity, equity and inclusion,” Andrew Chapman, DO, enterprise director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and executive vice president of oncology services at Jefferson Health, said in the release. “Throughout her career, Dr. Lopez has focused on health equity, garnering a national presence in the field.”