Meet our DIVERSE Taskforce Members and Faculty Advisory Group

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Dr. Rees Adomako
Dr. Rees Adomako (PGY1) (Statement coming soon)


Donovon Allen (M2)

Donovon Allen (M2)

"I joined the DIVERSE Taskforce because I wanted to be a part of an organization that would work to increase diversity on campus and in the medical field. My path to medical school was a long one simply because I did not know how to get there. When I did get into medical school there were organizations, faculty, and classmates who encouraged me to challenge myself and have helped me to be successful in my time here. Joining the DIVERSE Taskforce gives me the opportunity to use my experiences to help others reach their goals and ultimately improve health outcomes for underserved populations by increasing diversity and inclusivity in medicine."


Freshta Baher (M4) Freshta Baher (M4) (Statement coming soon)


Sagar Chapagain (M2)

Sagar Chapagain (M2)

"I joined the DIVERSE taskforce because I believe Diversity and Inclusion should be at the core of our medical education. By creating a diverse and inclusive environment at UNMC Internal Medicine Residency and training the next generation of diverse physicians, I hope that we will get one step closer to solving health care disparities."


Dr. Nicolás Cortés-Penfield, MD

Dr. Nicolás Cortés-Penfield, MD (Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases)

"I joined the DIVERSE taskforce because I want UNMC and its Internal Medicine residency program to become their best versions, and I think that improving our diversity is a necessary component of that goal.  Educational opportunities and the health and safety that financial security afford are not equally distributed across race, gender, or other axes of marginalization in this country; however, human talent is.  If we can name and bring our biases to heel, choose to seek out the most talented of our young colleagues, then we can build a program that is the envy of the nation."


Dr. Luke Desilet, DO

Dr. Luke Desilet, DO (PGY-3 Internal Medicine Resident - Incoming Chief 2021-2022)

"I joined the DIVERSE task force because I wanted to help address the socioeconomic, racial, and gender inequities that exist in Medicine. I want to help make our residency program an inclusive and welcoming environment."


Dr. Steven Ebers

Dr. Steven Ebers (Chief Resident)

"I joined this taskforce because of the clear importance of diversity in providing the best possible care to our patients, along with the value that diversity in medicine contributes to society more broadly.  I also believe that change in this area does not happen passively, and that it is all of our responsibility to contribute towards this goal."


Justin German (M4)

Justin German (M4)

"The reason I was drawn to this task force is that I have interacted with lots of individuals within my community that have negative experiences with healthcare providers. These interactions may not have been intentional, but stem from unawareness. With diversity comes knowledge and with knowledge we are better able to serve our patients more completely. That's why I am excited to help increase diversity within medicine. So that we can broaden our knowledge of others as well as be better able to serve our patients."



Ziomara Jurado (M2)

"I joined the DIVERSE taskforce because in my ideal medical world providers reflect the people of the community and this taskforce is making strides to bring this to fruition. I have a passion for bringing diversity and inclusion to the forefront and want to continue this into and throughout my career."


Dr. Radha Kanneganti Dr. Radha Kanneganti (PGY3) (Statement coming soon)


Dr. Arthur Kornitsky Dr. Arthur Kornitsky (Division of Hospital Internal Medicine) (Statement coming soon)


Dr. Kalika Mahato

Kalika Mahato (M2)

"When patients are treated by physicians from the same background as them, this can foster trust and lead to better patient satisfaction. Additionally, diversity in administration and health policy is crucial for health equity initiatives and research efforts that benefit marginalized communities. I joined the task force because I hope to increase diversity at UNMC amongst residents and medical students, and I want to improve cultural competency education."


Dr. Chelsea Navarrette

Dr. Chelsea Navarrette (Division of Hospital Internal Medicine

"As the first generation in my family to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree and pursue a professional career, I can relate to the challenges that are faced by students with economic disparities.  I didn’t have health care workers in my family for mentorship or advice.  My first majors in college were elementary education and social work because I did not think medicine was an obtainable career for me.   Talent, intellect, humanism, and empathy cross all racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic boundaries, but sometimes that is less apparent because of the barriers we face.  I am committed to seeking out, recruiting, and supporting the most talented and diverse students in medicine to Nebraska.  Patients deserve to have doctors that are like them.  I want to send a message – we want you here, we support you, we ask that you join in our mission."


Dr. Kishan Patel (PGY2)

Dr. Kishan Patel (PGY2)

"Diversity was secondhand in my upbringing. When I moved to Nebraska, I soon realized that the heterogeneity I once cherished was not widespread. It was refreshing to see the staff and community at UNMC open to change and equal opportunity; I joined the DIVERSE taskforce to help see that through."


Dr. Willie Talbert (PGY3)

Dr. Willie Talbert (PGY3)

"I joined the DIVERSE taskforce because I feel that it is important that patients are able to receive care from doctors that have similar experiences to them.  Patients are often excited when I walk into a room because they have never had an African-American physician before. I'm hopeful that one day soon, having a minority physician is no longer a rare occurrence."


We had significant faculty interest in participating in this work. Those who did not join the taskforce joined the Faculty Advisory group, tasked with working closely with members of the advisory group to brainstorm ideas, discuss goals, and consider how the taskforce can influence other areas in the College of Medicine.