At the University of Maryland Medical System, we understand that to make the changes outlined in our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap we need a experienced leadership team dedicated to the tasks before us. 

Roderick K. King, MD, MPHRoderick King, MD
Senior Vice President, Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
University of Maryland Medical System

Dr. King oversees equity, diversity and inclusion efforts across the System, working collaboratively with member hospitals to implement the System’s equity, diversity and inclusion strategic plan. Dr. King’s responsibilities include:

  • Developing organizational goals for equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Building a System-wide infrastructure designed to foster institutional change
  • Providing executive-level guidance to integrate equity, diversity and inclusion best practices into our System operations
  • Developing and executing an ongoing training and education strategy focused on equity, diversity and inclusion

Dr. King's father, a primary care physician in Brooklyn, worked with his mother for more than four decades, caring for the underserved and helping to address the social determinants of health.

Dr. King earned a BS in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medicine. He completed his pediatric training at Children’s National Medical Center. After working in West Africa, he returned to complete a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health as a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy.

Dr. King also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in their Department of Health Policy and Management. Prior to his current role, Dr. King served as Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation and in multiple roles at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine including the inaugural Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement.

Dr. King has received numerous national and international honors and previously served as chairman of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health, New England director for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and as senior advisor for HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health. He co-founded the Massachusetts General Hospital Disparities Solutions Center.

Tiffany M. Wiggins, MD, MPH, FACOG
Vice President, Chief Health Equity Officer
University of Maryland Medical System

Dr. Wiggins is responsible for “Equity in Patient Care,” an innovative, people-centered portfolio that includes:

  • System-wide health equity strategic planning
  • Data-driven initiatives to identify and address inequities in care delivery
  • Exploration of UMMS’s use of race-based clinical algorithms and decision-making tools
  • Support for efforts to advance health equity at the state level

Central to all of this work is meaningful engagement with communities in and beyond UMMS to ensure diverse voices and experiences are centered along the way.

Prior to her current role with UMMS, Dr. Wiggins served as a medical officer with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and maternal health advisor with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She leveraged her background as an obstetrician-gynecologist, preventive medicine physician, and health equity leader to advance women’s, children’s, and overall population health.

With CMS’s Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Dr. Wiggins drove maternal health and health equity strategic efforts through key quality reporting and value-based incentive programs. She was instrumental in spearheading the establishment of CMS’s first-ever hospital designation to promote maternity care quality – “Birthing-Friendly” – and in furthering broader agency goals around health equity, quality, and safety. At the CMS Innovation Center, she oversaw the design of two priority payment and care-delivery models – Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) and Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) – and led quality measurement implementation for the Innovation Center’s first pediatric model, Integrated Care for Kids (InCK). 

Dr. Wiggins is a 2022-2023 Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellow through the American Medical Association and Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute. She is also a 2014-2015 White House Fellow, having served as a policy advisor and public health consultant to then-Vice President Joe Biden on issues related to violence against women.

Dr. Wiggins completed her residency training in both Gynecology & Obstetrics and General Preventive Medicine with Johns Hopkins, and holds degrees from Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She resides in Baltimore City with her husband and two daughters.