Council Members

All faculty are welcome to participate in the EDIC.  Contact Cathy Bendel, MD for more information on how to join.

 
Catherine Bendel, MD
Assistant Professor

612-626-3250
bende001@umn.edu

I am honored to chair this council. I firmly believe that we are stronger and more enlightened as a community, when we embrace our differences. I have committed my career to recognizing excellence in and advancing opportunities for women and others who are underrepresented in medicine. Respect. Everyone. Every Day.

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Matthew Armfield, MD, MAEd
Assistant Professor

612-625-6678
armfi001@umn.edu

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Kumar Belani, MD
Professor of Medicine

One World. One Health. I am a strong believer in equality for all living beings. We should be thankful to be born human and demonstrate this quality by expressing our actions wisely.

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Jamie Lohr, MD
Associate Professor

612-626-2755
lohrx003@umn.edu

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Brian Muthyala, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Lydia Najera, MD
Instructor

612-626-2922
najer001@umn.edu

As Pediatric healthcare providers, we have the privilege of taking care of the most vulnerable members in our society. Showing respect, learning about and accommodating for the vastly diverse population we serve, not only makes us better, but is monumentally important in providing the best care for our patients. Being part of the EDIC provides me with the opportunity to have a broader effect not only with patients but with the University as a whole.

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Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, PhD
Professor of Medicine (Joint Appointment)

612-626-2961
panos001@umn.edu

Equality. Dignity. Respect. For Everyone. Period.

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Michelle Rheault, MD
Associate Professor

612-625-7147
rheau002@umn.edu

I’m a strong believer that diversity of all kinds strengthens the health care team. Being a part of this committee allows me to shape policies to ensure equity for people not only in the Department of Pediatrics but also for those in the community we serve. 

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Karim Sadak, MD, MPH, MSE
Assistant Professor

612-626-2778
ktsadak@umn.edu

Delivering great healthcare to children includes delivering equitable, diverse and inclusive healthcare. Being a part of a team that understands, champions and lives these values is a privilege and an central part of my commitment to children’s health.

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Aura Sanchez, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

612-626-2755
aasanche@umn.edu

Bazak Sharon, MD
Assistant Professor

612-625-6678
sharo011@umn.edu

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Paul Snyder, MSW, MDiv, LGSW
Research Project Director, Prevention Research Center; Program Director, Konopka Institute, UMN, Minneapolis

612-626-8412
psnyder@umn.edu

As someone who had the honor and privilege to work with Dr. Gisela Konopka, I strive to live up to her words: “safeguard human dignity and help people grow up with a sense of self-worth and respect for others.” All others. Without exception. I appreciate the opportunity that the Council provides for learning, education, and advocacy for individual and institutional growth and change.

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Muna Sunni, MBBCh, MS
Assistant Professor

612-624-5409
sunni001@umn.edu

Embracing diversity and inclusion unites and strengthens communities. It’s not the nice thing to do, it’s the right thing to do.

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Priya Verghese, MD
Associate Professor

612-625-4938
pverghes@umn.edu

Being a part of this council is my first step towards the dream of a diverse, equitable, and just workplace and community; as well as a world without prejudice, bias, or discrimination of any kind.

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Robin Irwin
EDIC Administrative Support

612-301-2119
irwi0043@umn.edu

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