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Celebrating Black History Month is an important way to express our collective gratitude for members of the African American community whose achievements largely went unrecognized for far too long.

It is also an opportunity to learn more about the influences that women and men of color have had on shaping our country and on the individuals who lead us.

At the same time as we look back, our leaders are also looking forward as we embrace diversity as one of UMMS core values.

From Our Leadership

Our equity, diversity and inclusion leadership explains how our commitment to diversity is woven into patient care, our workforce development and service to our communities.

Roderick King, MD, senior vice president and chief equity, diversity and inclusion officer, discusses creating a culture of inclusion and building a strong sense of belonging through workforce diversity. 

He speaks to team members about the challenges they face and what steps are being taken to address them. 

Who Inspires Me

Leaders from across the System tell the stories of their mentors and others who have inspired them. 

Dr. Troy Abernathy
Chief of Pediatrics
UM St Joseph Medical Center

Sharon Bowie
Manager – 1 Call Communications Center

Kendra Coles
Director, Women's and Children's Services
UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Ifeanyi Egbunike-Chukwuma
Director of Pharmacy Services
UMMC Midtown Campus

Sydney Gross
Corporate Executive Office Manager
University of Maryland Medical System

Barbara Hendricks
VP of Human Resources
UM Shore Regional Health

Carl Johnson
Director of Facilities and Safety Management
UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedics Institute

Dr. Roderick King
Senior VP, Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
University of Maryland Medical System

Dr. Kerry Lewis
Director, OBGYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine
UM Capital Region Health

Krystal Lighty
Director of Rehabilitation Services
UMMC Downtown Campus

Tresa Meredith
Manager, Team Member Experience
UM Upper Chesapeake Health

DoRhonja Nichols
Director of Nursing for Critical Care and Behavioral Health Services
UM St. Joseph Medical Center

Dr. Stephen Smith
Chief Medical Officer
UM Charles Regional Medical Center

Dr. Rodney Taylor
Chair, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
University of Maryland Medical Center

Tiffany Taylor
Director of Environmental Services
UMMC Downtown Campus

Lisa Trusty
Director of Human Resources
UMMC Midtown Campus

Dr. Briana Walton
Director of Robotic Surgery and Urogynecology
UM Capital Region Health

Ray Wilson
Director of Supply Chain and Operations
UM St. Joseph Medical Center

Black History Month Resources

Several of our African American leaders have provided a list of Black History Month resources — links to historical content, local and national virtual events and programs, books, movies and more — to help us all better understand these contributions to and impact on our society. View Black History Month Resources.