Diversity in Neurology
Nerissa Ko, MD - Vice Chair for Diversity

Brain Camp

Brain Camp

Dr. Josephson explains the structures of the brain at Brain Camp, a free, immersive, week-long experience for underserved high school students in San Francisco. Learn more here.

Diversity Committee

The Neurology Diversity Committee was formed in January 2014 to improve diversity, defined across multiple domains, throughout the department. The committee advises the Hiring and Compensation Committees on equity issues in recruitment/retention and coordinates educational and community activities to increase awareness of diversity issues among faculty, staff, and trainees. The Committee reports to the Chair of the Department and also advises the Director of Administration.


Noriko Anderson, MD, MPH - chair
Winston Chiong, MD, PhD 
Jessica Deleon, MD
Christine Fox, MD, MAS
Harrison Hines, MD
Viktoriya Irodenko, MD
Vinith Johnson
Lani Pettersen
Ann Poncelet, MD
Julio Rojas-Martinez, MD, PhD
Alice Rutatangwa, DO
Neel Singhal, MD, PhD
Benjamin Tang, PhD
Charles Windon, MD

Message from the
Vice Chair for Diversity

Given recent events, we need as a community to address the healing and recovery needed from the continuing social injustice and racism that pervades our society. Black Americans and others are suffering, and we are compelled to support individuals and to take action while continuing to make our department and campus safe and equitable for all. To facilitate how we can work together and do our part, I have included the resources below from the Office of Diversity and Outreach. Together we can focus on healing, exchanging ideas, and finding our common humanity during these difficult times. As always, I am available to support you and please do not hesitate to contact me.


Nerissa Ko, MD

Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion



What can you do? 

  1. Offer support to your learners, faculty and staff who may be suffering.
  2. Listen and engage in discussions about these difficult subjects with your groups.
  3. Learn more about these issues and gain knowledge.
  4. Grow your individual self-awareness (unconscious bias, allyship, microaggression training).
  5. Speak up and be an active ally and partner. 

Coming Events


See all event listings at the UCSF Office of Diversity & Outreach.

Recordings of Prior Events

Leadership Opportunities

AAMC Leadership Seminars: The in-person AAMC Leadership Seminars have been cancelled through June 2021. Please review their course catalog for virtual programming updates.

AAN Leadership University: Women Leading in Neurology Program (now closed, but subscribe for updates). 

Would you like to be a speaker or mentor? Please contact us.