The Department of Surgery is committed to recruiting highly qualified applicants of diverse backgrounds that resonate with the institution’s mission of excellence. We strive to cultivate an environment of talented residents, faculty and staff with varied cultures and perspectives that reflect our surrounding Philadelphia community. With the changing landscape of healthcare, we intend to train future leaders in surgery, who are sensitive to differences in race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.

In order to achieve this goal, our department has created the Diversity and Inclusion Committee composed of residents and faculty. This committee has a longitudinal focus on diverse recruitment and retention, faculty and resident education, community outreach, and scholarly activity.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee


Cary B Aarons, MD
Committee Chair
Associate Program Director


Rachel R. Kelz, MD
Committee Co-Chair
Associate Program Director


Noel Williams, MD
Committee Co-Chair
Associate Program Director

Committee Members
  • Paris Butler, MD
  • Charles Vasquez, MD
  • Jennifer Chung, MD
  • Danielle Spragan, MD
  • Jane Keating, MD
  • Robert Swendiman, MD
  • Kendall Brooks, MD
  • Grace Lee, MD
  • Anna Garcia, MD
  • Catherine Sharoky, MD