Mission Statement

The Department of Ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA strives for excellence in the areas of patient care, education, research, and community engagement. The core values of equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to these goals; we will treat all individuals with dignity, humility and respect. We strive to create a culture that supports a diverse and inclusive department, which ensures every member of our department an equitable opportunity for success and ensures all patients equitable access to high quality health care.

JEDI Executive Committee

Sophie Deng

Anne Coleman

Bartly Mondino

Lynn Gordon

Trashon Fearington

Alfredo Sadun

Committee Members

Gavin Bahadur, MD
Laura Bonelli, MD 
Joseph Caprioli, MD
Gad Heilwell, MD
Monica Khitri, MD
Mitra Nejad, MD
Kouros Nouri-Mahdavi, MD 

Stacy Pineles, MD
Peter Quiros, MD
Roxana Radu, MD
Alfredo Sadun, MD, PhD
Steven Schwartz, MD
Irena Tsui, MD
Ken Kitayama, MD


Eunice Ng
Maltish Lorenzo, MD
Eduardo Araujo
Peter Lopez
Yolanda McNair
Jessica Stolyarskaya


JEDI Initiatives

The EyeJEDI endeavors will focus on 6 elements in the next 5 years.

1. Increase residency recruitment effort to recruit URM residents.
2. Establish a structured mentoring program for URM trainees and junior faculty.
3. Established a structured professional development program for female and URM residents and junior faculty.
4. Create a inclusive and respectful climate.
5. Faculty recruitment and retention to build a diverse faculty body and leadership.
6. Continue our community engagement efforts.
7. Deliver equitable eye care.
8. Build a URM pipeline program.
9. Continue and expand our current research on social determinant of vision health.

Programs for URM Residents
1. A sponsorship program to fund female and URiM trainees to attend events and programs that will benefit their career and leadership development
2. Minority house-staff organization: SNMA, LNMA, Pride Alliance, APAMSA
3. Structured mentorship program for URM residents (in progress)
1. Additional faculty mentor(s) that meet the trainees’ specific needs
2. Career coach
3. Scholarship champion
4. Buddy residents
4. URM Resident Roundtables at DGSOM


JEDI Resources

Minority health opportunities:

If you are a minority student or are interested protecting the health of underrepresented populations or promoting health equity and eliminating health disparities, we have a variety of opportunities that provide hands-on training and a unique experience in many public health fields. These opportunities are highlighted here, but are also organized within the short-term internships and long-term fellowships at cdc.gov/fellowships. Fellowships for minorities and students interested in protecting the health of minority


The Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Program

The Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Program supports medical students, residents, and fellows in ophthalmology who are underrepresented in medicine or who desire to work in underserved communities. We are committed to increasing diversity in eye care to better reflect the U.S. population.


ARVO minority travel grants:


Each year the Diversity Initiatives Committee awards three minority fellowship travel grants. The ARVO SACNAS Eye and Vision Research Award is given to an individual with the best vision and ophthalmology-related abstract from the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference of that year. The ARVO Vision Research Minority Fellowship Award is awarded to an individual who has won a Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Award at that year’s U.S. National Medical Association’s annual convention (two awards given each year). The Rabb-Venable award is named in honor of Dr. Maurice Rabb, Jr., and Dr. H. Phillip Venable, two pioneering African American ophthalmologists and researchers. For more information about these grants, please contact awards@arvo.org.

Funding opportunities for eye research

AUPO Resident and Fellow Research Forum


Recognizing promising house officers pursuing a career in academic ophthalmology and vision research.

The AUPO/RPB Resident and Fellow Research Forum was established through a grant provided by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). The AUPO believes strongly that skills learned by participating in research are an invaluable component of the education of an ophthalmologist.  The establishment of the Resident and Fellow Research Forum acknowledges the importance of research in ophthalmic education and is intended to encourage the most promising house officers to pursue a career in academic ophthalmology and vision research. Through this forum AUPO promotes excellence in research by residents and fellows and identifies and supports individuals considering a career in ophthalmic research. Each year, AUPO schedules a session for the Forum as an integral part of the annual meeting. Travel-related expenses for the meeting are covered by AUPO; winners receive a cash award of $500 and a commemorative certificate.

RPB Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship


Department of Ophthalmology, UCLA


Fight for Sight Summer Student Fellowships


Resources for URM at DGSOM

DGSOM mentorship program


DGSOM EDI webpage


NANOS has a trainee resources. They can all be accessed by emailing info@nanosweb.org


We look forward to meeting you!

Contact information:

Debbie Sato
Academic Programs Administrator
100 Stein Plaza, Rm 2-132
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-4617