Experience of Diverse Physicians / PIs in Clinical Research


Despite many diversity initiatives over the past 10 years, a lack of meaningful representation of certain racial and ethnic minorities continues in the oncology workforce. A diverse workforce allows oncology care providers to engage and increase participation among patients and build trust within various communities. In this session, a diverse panel of physicians/PIs will discuss from their perspectives and experiences, the challenges that they face providing care. The goal of this session is to create a safe space for courageous and necessary conversations to share lived experiences and ways to improve access to care for racial and ethnic minority patients, greater patient choice and satisfaction, and better patient-provider communication.

Session Insights


Lorena Kuri
Head of Diversity Strategy, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Dr. Isabel Preeshagul
Assistant Attending, Thoracic Oncology Service, MSK Cancer Center

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Dr. Estelamari Rodriguez, AD
Community Outreach & Co-Lead, Thoracic Site Disease Group, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Dr. Sadhana Jackson
Pediatric Neuro-oncologist, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and NIH

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