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
​​​​Elizabeth Cahill Hamid, MD
Winston Chiong, MD, PhD 
Jessica Deleon, MD
Christine Fox, MD, MAS
Harrison Hines, MD
Lani Pettersen
Nancy Puckett
Julio Rojas-Martinez, MD, PhD
Alice Rutatangwa, DO
​​​​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? 


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 for AAPI Heritage Month

Click here for the full list.


2023 Status of Asian Pacific Americans at UCSF (1 CME credit)
May 24, 2023, noon to 1:00 pm
Register here


​​​Bilingual (Mandarin/English) Town Hall on the Self-Management of Chronic Low Back Pain
Thursday, June 8, 2023, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Register here


All videos of past town halls organized and produced by the Asian Health Institute are at https://www.youtube.com/asianhealthinstitute. Please subscribe to this YouTube channel and you will be automatically notified when new videos are uploaded.

Recent Neurology Events


2nd Annual Neurology Department DEI Summit
Friday, November 4, 2022 | 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Parnassus Campus, N-225 Auditorium

See more 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 re-started after a brief hiatus. Please review their course catalog for programming updates, including the 2022 Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar.

AAN Leadership University: Women Leading in Neurology Program (closed for 2022, but subscribe for updates). 

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