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
Sarah Ahmad, MD
Danilo Bernardo, Jr., MD
​​​Jessica de Leon, MD
Alice Rutatangwa Edwards, DO
Christine Fox, MD, MAS
Jessica Jimenez, MD, PhD
Anum Maqsood, MBBS

Greta Peng, MD
Lani Pettersen, MA
Nancy Puckett
Julio Rojas-Martinez, MD, PhD
​​​​​​​​Benjamin Tang, PhD
Elena Tsoy, PhD
Lawren VandeVrede, MD, 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? 


Please read Chancellor Hawgood’s message of solidarity and healing specifically for our AAPI community (APASA) and for all of us impacted by recent acts of violence 

Take care of yourself and those around you, and share these resources with colleagues who are suffering. 

Student Health and Counseling: (415) 476-1281 
Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: (415) 476-8279 
APASA Resources 

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

Coming Events


Recordings of Prior Events

Leadership Opportunities

AAMC Leadership Seminars: The in-person AAMC Leadership Seminars have re-started after a brief hiatus. Please review their course catalog for programming updates, including the Leading Organizations to Health meetings.

AAN Leadership University: Women Leading in Neurology Program.

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