The Department of Medicine is committed to increasing the recruitment, retention and advancement of faculty, fellows and residents from groups under-represented in medicine as well as to promote an inclusive environment across the department.

We recently created two new positions to help us achieve our goals. 

Bessie Young

Dr. Bessie Young

Dr. Bessie Young has been appointed as Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion.

Young is a professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Chief of Nephrology at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. She earned both her MD and MPH from the University of Washington.

Her research focuses on racial disparities and genetic factors predicting outcomes of patients with kidney disease, education regarding access to transplantation and dialysis for minorities, and access to kidney disease care in rural areas. 

She is committed to diversity efforts in the department, school, University, and on local, regional and national levels. She is an active member of our Diversity Council, recently becoming co-chair (with Dr. Cabrera). 

Young Endowed Scholarship

In 2010, the Young Endowed Scholarship was established in her name. As the only African American woman in her entering medical school class, she understands the difficulties faced by medical students who come from diverse backgrounds. She and her husband, Dr. Marco Mielcarek, created the scholarship to support students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, students who are the first in their family to go to college, candidates with deep experience with diversity, or individuals who have overcome personal or educational obstacles to attend the UW School of Medicine.

"I have known and admired Bessie Young since I was her attending while she was an intern at the VA, said Department Chair William Bremner. "She has led an exemplary career and we are very proud of her accomplishments. I am very pleased to be able to establish this new Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion position and to welcome Dr. Young into this role."

Daniel Cabrera

Dr. Dan Cabrera
Dr. Dan Cabrera

Dr. Daniel Cabrera has been appointed Assistant Residency Program Director and Assistant Student Clerkship Director for Diversity and Inclusion.

He is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001, he earned his medical degree, MPH, and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Cabrera is actively involved in diversity committees including the UW Medicine Care Equity Advisory Committee, the Harborview Medical Center Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, UWSOM Center for Equity and Diversity (Director of Hispanic Health Pathway), the Department of Medicine Visiting Scholars Program (Director), Department of Medicine Diversity  Council (Co-chair), and the UWSOM Committee for Minority Faculty Advancement. 

"Dan Cabrera has been very active and effective in our Student and Residency Programs," said Bremner. "Ken Steinberg, Doug Paauw and I are very pleased to create these new positions for Diversity and Inclusion in both programs and to welcome Dan Cabrera into them."