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Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Moran Eye Center

About Moran's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Read our Vision and Mission Statement

A Message from Liliana Werner, Moran Vice-Chair for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Welcome to the site of the Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) of the Moran Eye Center.

When I moved to Salt Lake City to join the Moran Eye Center faculty in 2002, feeling welcomed, appreciated, and respected in my identity as a woman, Latina, and Brazilian immigrant was vitally important to me. We do not take for granted that all potential candidates and newly recruited faculty, staff, and trainees yearn for the same feeling, especially those from historically excluded communities. 

As Chair of the Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Moran Eye Center, I would like to invite ALL at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences to join us in our efforts to accomplish our mission!

- Liliana Werner, MD, PhD

"For the question, why do you do it? Because it needs to be done..."
Alan S. Crandall MD (June 13, 1947 – October 2, 2020)

Committee Announcements

Applications Open for Ophthalmology Fellowship to Increase Opportunities For Underrepresented Minorities In Medicine

The Moran Eye Center is offering this four-week, summer ophthalmology clinical and research fellowship, with a scholarship, to rising MS2 students.

Applications due by March 31, 2024.

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Committee Members

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Liliana Werner, MD, PhD


Co-Director, Intermountain Ocular Research Center

Ralph and Mary Tuck Presidential Endowed Chair

Moran Vice-Chair for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Chair of Committee for EDI

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Nnana Amakiri, MD


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Barbara Korous

Director, Operations

Academic Program, Administrative Support

Facilities Mgt. and Information Systems

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Austin S. Nakatsuka, MD

Assistant Professor

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Jeff Pettey, MD, MBA

Associate Professor

Clinical Vice Chair

Dumke Endowed Chair for Global Outreach

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Sravanthi Vegunta, MD

Assistant Professor

Associate Program Director of Education

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Lynn Ward

Executive Director, External Relations

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Judith Warner, MD


Vice-Chair of Quality and Value

Head of Residency Application Committee


Ophthalmology Fellowship to Increase Opportunities for Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine

The Moran Eye Center is offering a four-week, summer ophthalmology clinical and research rotation, with a $1,000 scholarship, to rising MS2 students. The purpose of this program is to support candidates who demonstrate a commitment to increasing opportunities for those underrepresented in medicine. During this four-week experience, students will work with full-time faculty preceptors and research mentors. Direct patient care opportunities will be provided in clinic and surgery, covering a broad range of comprehensive and/or subspecialty ophthalmology. 

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Ophthalmology Administrative Staff Internship Opportunities

The goal of this program is to work with local universities and provide real experience and training in administrative and clinical work In ophthalmology. Interest from URM candidates is welcome. Please contact

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Video Resources

Presented by Nnana Amakiri, MD, PGY2, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, October 19, 2022

Robert H Hales, MD Memorial Endowed Lectureship Diversity Day

Presented by Sheila Sconiers, Education Coordination/Deputy Title IX Officer January 19, 2022

Presented by Abigail Jebaraj, MD, PGY-3 October 2021

Presentation by OEO/AA September 1, 2021

Presented by Liliana Werner, MD, PhD May 19, 2021

Presented by Liliana Werner, MD, PhD November 18, 2020

Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Program Fireside Chat Featuring Vice Chair of Education Jeff Pettey, MD, MBA, and Moran residents Nnana Amakiri, MD, Abigail Jebaraj, MD, and Mubarik Mohamed, MD. October, 2021

Moran Eye Center Resources

Reimagining Talent Management in Ophthalmology Residency Recruitment

Jeff Pettey, MD, MBA
Srav Vegunta, MD
Presenter at large: Sunny Nakae, PhD
Moran Eye Center Grand Rounds, March 24, 2021

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Underrepresented Minority Applicants in Ophthalmology: A Moran Update

Presented by Chris Bair, MD, and Brad Jacobsen, MD.

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Implicit Bias and Anti-Racism

Housestaff faculty meeting led by Wendy Hobson-Rohrer, the Associate Vice President, Health Sciences Education, and José Rodríguez, the Associate Vice President of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

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Project Implicit Tests

Tests developed by the Project Implicit research group that were used in preparation for the Moran housestaff faculty meeting on Implicit Bias and Anti-Racism. 

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Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring

The purpose of this program, a partnership between the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, is to increase diversity in ophthalmology by helping URM students in medicine to become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants. Moran Vice-Chair of Education Jeff Pettey, MD, MBA, currently volunteers as a mentor. Recent Moran Fellow Nikko Ronquillo, MD, PhD, participated for several years and spoke about ophthalmology to medical students at several events in 2020, including the Latino Medical Student Association National Conference.

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Presidential Commission on the Status of Women

Moran's Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, FACS, FARVO, is a co-chair of the University of Utah Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. The purpose of the commission is to provide leadership and expertise to the University of Utah community in promoting University women in their various roles and activities, and serving as a forum for exchanging ideas within the University.  

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University of Utah Resources

Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (U-HELM)

Launched at the School of Medicine in 2018, the U-HELM program provides mentoring and leadership development opportunities to junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars who are either from underrepresented populations in the health sciences or involved in health equity research, teaching, or clinical practice.

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Home- Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE)

Its mission is to improve medical education and training, health care access and long-term socio-economic benefit for rural and underserved communities of Utah and the surrounding states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming by expanding interest, awareness, and placement of students and physicians. 

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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism Leadership Strategy (IDEALS)

The IDEALS website covers a range of topics for the graduate medical education community, from implicit bias and social determinants of health to anti-racist resources. The site also includes interactive content such as an implicit bias test and surveys. 

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The University of Utah Office for Inclusive Excellence seeks to engage, support, and advance an environment fostering the values of respect, diversity, equity, inclusivity, and academic excellence for students in our increasingly global campus community. One focus is to promote a better understanding and awareness of microaggressions. These are subtle--often unintentional--statements or actions that reveal unconscious biases toward members of marginalized communities. While anyone may experience prejudice or stereotyping, the term "microaggressions" is used specifically in connection to those in historically marginalized groups. Those groups include gender, race, ethnicity, veteran status, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, national origin, citizenship status, or any of these intersecting identities. Find out more about microaggressions and ways to respond with the links below.

Office for Inclusive Excellence

For University of Utah Faculty and Staff — SOGI and Transgender Health Resources

University of Utah Events

MEDiversity Week

The mission of MEDiversity Week highlights the equity, diversity, and inclusion work within U Health, while addressing health care disparities and offering solutions for the training of our current and future providers.

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Women in Ophthalmology

EnVision Summit Ophthalmology

Annual conference created by physicians to support and empower women leaders in an innovative format for continuing medical education, which will take place every President's Day Weekend in Puerto Rico.

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Women in Ophthalmology Society

Society with the goal to enhance and improve the professional environment for women ophthalmologists.

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In the News

U Of U Health Earns ‘LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer’ Designation

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Championing Diversity in Ophthalmology: Moran’s EDI Initiatives

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