Dr. Maria Lame, assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, has been appointed diversity champion for Weill Cornell Medicine’s (WCM) Department of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Lame will lead the EM Department’s efforts to promote and facilitate cultural transformation around issues of equity and inclusion that translate into culturally competent patient care, and to support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. She will also represent the Department at WCM’s Diversity Council meetings.
WCM diversity champions “work with their department chairs to advance departmental diversity and inclusion goals by providing targeted programs and initiatives, and enhancing leadership awareness of the varied dimensions of diversity.”
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Lame played a key role in many diversity initiatives. She has served as a mentor for both WCM’s Diversity Center of Excellence Mentorship Cascades Program and Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) pediatric residents. Additionally, she is a faculty representative on the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Dr. Lame serves as co-facilitator of a project employing Narrative Medicine to mitigate Implicit Bias in the Emergency Department and is a member of the Telemedicine Research Group addressing health inequities.
Dr. Lame joined the EM faculty in 2015 and has made significant contributions to the Department in the areas of education and simulation. She earned her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, NY and completed her Pediatric residency training at Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY. Dr. Lame subsequently completed a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at New York University School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center.
Dr. Lame’s appointment reinforces the Department’s commitment to fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion and equity where individuals from all backgrounds feel welcome.