Diversity, Inclusion and Equity


Program director and residents at fellowship fair

Pathology Residency Program Director Dr. Anne Mills (Left) with Pathology Residents Dr. Akriti Gupta (Middle) and Dr. Bre Ana David (Right).

UVA Pathology strives to provide an inclusive environment that values diversity, welcomeness, and acceptance. We believe that as physicians and humans it is our responsibility to fight for equity and justice not only within our walls, but also beyond them. There is no place for racism or discrimination here. We recognize that this process takes active work, understanding, and engagement from all our members, and are continuously endeavoring to do and be better.

Ifeyinwa (Ifey) Obiorah, MD PhD, is the current Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion strategist for the department of pathology. She has an enthusiasm for contributing to diversity, inclusion, and equity by promoting underrepresented groups. Ifey participates in the programs that help underrepresented students to choose a career path either in medicine or

Ifeyinwa Obiorah, MD

Ifeyinwa (Ifey) Obiorah, MD

STEM. She is one of the faculty mentors for the UVA House staff Council for Diversity and Inclusion for the academic year 2022-2023. She is involved in the organization and celebration of cultures of multi-diverse groups including Juneteenth. Her primary aim is to create a safe space and an all-inclusive environment for all pathology staff and trainees and promote community outreach to ensure equitable patient care.

The Department has several programs and initiatives in place to support the mission of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, which include the following:

Supporting the Pipeline

UVA Pathology participates in multiple programs providing medicine and pathology experiences for underprivileged and underrepresented students.

Literature & Other Resources

  • The Residency Program offers a library of anti-racism literature which is available for all trainees, faculty, and staff to borrow.
  • The Residency Program has a small private room which can be utilized as a multi-faith prayer and meditation space as well as for pumping/lactation.

Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

Dr. LeGallo presenting session at USCAP on Healthcare of Transgender Individuals

Dr. Robin Legallo speaking about the healthcare of transgender individuals at the 2020 United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Diversity & Inclusion session.

UVA Pathology is committed to helping combat implicit bias and systemic racism through consistent diversity and inclusion training and education.

  • All faculty participate in a Diversity & Inclusion training workshop, and similar opportunities are available for trainees through the Office of Graduate Medical Education. This is a School of Medicine-wide initiative which was developed by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and is now used by many other universities.
  • Individual pathology faculty serve on the Diversity & Inclusion committees for the UVA School of Medicine, UVA Housestaff, and for national organizations including the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology.
  • In addition to having two faculty leads for Diversity & Inclusion efforts, Drs. Shyam Raghavan & Mendy Poulter, we have recently formed a broader working group on Diversity & Inclusion which includes faculty, staff, and trainees, and which is charged with helping to coordinate speakers, discussions, and celebrations in alignment with our Diversity & Inclusion goals.
  • Many of our faculty and staff have undergone Safe Space training sponsored by LGBTQ Center at the University of Virginia, the Diversity Consortium of the School of Medicine, and the Office of Graduate Medical Education.
  • Faculty members are involved in the creation and delivery of a faculty development session open to all UVA faculty on focusing on inclusivity when creating content for medical education and assessments.

Celebrating Diversity

Drs. LeGallo and Atkins receiving Dr. Moyer Service Award.

Dr. Robin LeGallo and AP Director Dr. Kristen Atkins receive the 2018 Dr. Moyer Service Award from the UVA Student National Medical Association (SNMA).

  • UVA Pathology strives to fully see and celebrate everyone in our Community.
  • In February of 2021, we are answering our Black colleagues’ call for a Departmental Black History Month celebration which included a book club on Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
  • In 2020, we held our first-ever Juneteenth celebration, which included education from an outside expert on the history of the holiday.  Moving forward, we continue to honor Juneteenth by sharing stories and reflections as well as by holding a raffle for local Black-owned businesses.
  • The medical student group qMD has a health screening table each year at Charlottesville Pride and faculty have taken shifts as the faculty sponsor since 2016.
  • We continue to learn and grow in this arena with humility and curiosity, and welcome input from all our colleagues on how we can make each member of and visitor to our Department feel welcome and included in our Pathology family.


UVA Resources Beyond Our Department

The University offers a range of organizations and resources which are available to UVA Pathology Members, including the following: