A Diverse Faculty

The faculty at the Pritzker School of Medicine and the Biological Sciences Division exemplify the commitment of these institutions to promoting diversity and inclusion in medicine and health-related research. Faculty members represent a variety of racial, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religious affiliations, perspectives, and areas of expertise. They promote the value of diversity and cultural sensitivity among their students, and lead by example through creating and participating in community outreach programs and global health initiatives. Pritzker and the BSD help ensure that the medical campus remains an environment where diversity is acknowledged and respected by providing faculty with the resources they need to meet their goals.

Featured Faculty
Dr. Raphael Lee, professor of surgery, is recognized internationally as an expert in plastic surgery, trauma, and bioengineering. He is highly skilled in reconstructive plastic surgery, nerve repair, gynecologic plastic surgery, and the correction of scar and contour deformities. He collaborates with University dermatologists in reconstructive surgery following treatment of skin cancers. Dr. Lee has pioneered new reconstructive surgery methods for correction of congenital and acquired gynecologic defects. He is an editor and co-author of four books, and more than 180 articles and book chapters.

Dr. Monica Vela, associate professor of medicine and associate dean of multicultural affairs at the Pritzker School of Medicine, serves as the co-director for the Health Care Disparities in America course and co-director of the Clinical Skills course, required courses for first year medical students. Dr. Vela’s medical education research focuses on diversity in medical education, health disparities, and cultural competency. In 2010, Dr. Vela was the recipient of the Department of Medicine’s inaugural Diversity Award and was also named Co-Chair of the national Health Disparities Task Force for the Society of General Internal Medicine. 


Dr. Sola Olapade, professor of family medicine and medicine, and clinical director of the Global Health Initiative, is a highly skilled pulmonologist with expertise in asthma, chronic obstructive lung diseases, bronchiectasis, and eosinophilic lung diseases. 
Dr. Olopade's current asthma research focuses on the relationship between environmental and genetic factors and how they affect the expression of asthma—particularly in a developing country setting, such as Nigeria. Additionally, his research provides a comprehensive look at regional differences, comparing rural and urban settings, and neighborhood differences in inner city Chicago.