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Learn more about MassGeneral Hospital for Children's commitment to diversity and cultural competence.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) strives to create a welcoming environment for its residents, faculty, staff, and patients. As an MGHfC resident, you will have the privilege of caring for patients from a wide range of different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds at our main campus in Boston, our community health centers in Charlestown, Revere and Chelsea, and our affiliated community hospitals in Cambridge, Salem and Newton. MGH Chelsea Health Center, for example, cares for one of the largest and most diverse immigrant populations in all of Massachusetts. Our residents and staff come from many different backgrounds as well. We cannot think of a more perfect example than our own Pediatric Cardiology Department, where our staff of doctors is fluent in at least 5 different languages. MGHfC is committed to recruiting and supporting a multicultural workforce of pediatricians to reflect our beautiful and diverse patient population. We are proud to collaborate with the Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion as well the LGBT Employee Resource Group to promote and support underrepresented minorities in medicine throughout Mass General.
The Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion works hard to continually advance diversity and inclusion trainees and physicians. These five statements below explain why Mass General fosters a supportive community for both patients and residents.
Dr. Oscar Benavidez
Dr. Oscar J. Benavidez, MD, MPP, is the Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and the Director of Diversity and Equity at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Dr. Benavidez attended college at the University of California at Davis and earned his Bachelor of Science in human physiology. He then moved to Boston to attend Harvard Medical School. Before completing his medical degree, he obtained a master’s degree of public policy at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government where he studied the impact of managed care on the academic health centers’ allocation of physician time. He attended pediatric residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program. After residency he attended cardiology fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital followed by a senior fellowship in advanced pediatric/congenital cardiac imaging.
Dr. Benavidez enjoys teaching and mentoring trainees and faculty. For fun, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, coaching soccer, swimming and golf.
Dr. Carlos Torres
Dr. Carlos Torres, MD, is a pediatrician at MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center and Associate Director of Diversity and Equity at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Dr. Torres was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He moved with his family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during his teenage years, afterwards attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earning his bachelor of science in psychology. He ventured out to attend medical school on the East Coast at Harvard Medical School, then attended pediatric residency at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and served as a chief resident. His clinical/research interest include immigrant health, disparity research, LGBT health, and resiliency. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his partner and dog, catching up with his nine siblings and many nephews back home, traveling, and gardening!
We are always striving to advance the diversity in the workplace and the medical residency programs at MGHfC. Meet below some of the wonderful and diverse staff members who work in our Department of Pediatrics.
Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH
Executive Director, Kraft Center for Community Health, Mass General Hospital Division Chief of General Academic Pediatrics, Mass General Hospital for Children
My commitment to diversity is multi-fold and demonstrated through my research, community-based work, clinical care, and teaching/mentoring of underrepresented minority trainees.
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FTOS
Pediatric Endocrinology; Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist
It is my goal to ensure that all patients regardless of their race/ethnicity socioeconomic status have access to providers which understand the unique elements associated with healthcare and disparities within these populations. As an African-American woman physician born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, I was surrounded by role models who encouraged me to pursue my dreams of becoming a physician and concurrently encouraged me to care for patients which reflected a background similar to my own. Additionally, I feel it is crucial for me to mentor students, residents, and fellows to ensure a diverse workforce in healthcare at MGH, Harvard Medical School, and throughout the US.
Aisha James, MD, MS
Assistant in Pediatrics & Medicine, MGH Everett Family Care Practice
The promotion of diversity through patient care, education and advocacy is a priority of my career here at MGHfC. My Med-Peds primary care practice at MGH Everett serves a diverse racial/ethnic and socioeconomic population, and I serve as a preceptor at the MGH Asylum and Nashua Street Jail HMS Clinics. I am an active mentor for underrepresented minority students, and director of the MGHfC Advocacy & Social Medicine curriculum.
Eric Kutscher, MD
My commitment to diversity is focused on addressing health disparities on an individual patient basis, in health policies, and in making the healthcare workforce more reflective of our patient populations. As a gay man, I have a particular interest in caring for the unique medical and psycho-social needs of LGBT patients. Healthcare is a human right, and I see my job as helping improve the health outcomes of individuals who are often underserved in medicine.
Marielle Young, MD
My commitment to diversity is through my public health and clinical research examining the social and behavioral determinants of sleep and health disparities in the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population. While Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (including me!) account for only 0.4% of the United States population, they have the lowest attainment of healthy sleep duration and among the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States. I am also committed to recruiting future MGHfC pediatricians as an alumna of the Harvard Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP) for underrepresented in medicine students! I would love to talk to you about the wealth of diversity and advocacy opportunities at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and Center for Diversity and Inclusion!
Efi Akam, MD
My commitment to diversity is to ensure that all people, regardless of any demographics, have access to high quality medical care. I want to accomplish this through a combination of advocacy, clinical practice in underserved primary care, and public and global health work.
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