Diversity, Equity, and Well-Being

Aligned with University of Michigan's DEI strategic plan, the Department of Internal Medicine's Diversity, Equity, and Well-Being team works to continually evaluate, monitor, and refine DEI and well-being initiatives. 

"We want to provide the kind of cultural environment in which each person’s voice is heard, and each person is given the chance to make a difference." - Eve Kerr, MD MPH | Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Well-Being

Vision  |  Mission  |  Core Values

Vision

The Department of Internal Medicine will be a diverse and inclusive community that provides each person with the opportunities and support they need to thrive.

Mission

To cultivate an environment that empowers our faculty, learners, and staff to fulfill their purpose and potential.

Core Values

  • Caring & Well-Being
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Collaboration & Respect
  • Learning & Innovation
  • Transparency & Accountability

Our Team

Eve Kerr, MD
Eve Kerr, MD
Vice Chair

Eve Kerr, MD, MPH, Louis Newburgh Research Professor of Internal Medicine, is a general internist and health services researcher recognized for her outstanding scholarly work by election to ASCI, AAP, and NAM. She has been the Director of the Veteran Affair's Center for Clinical Management Research for the past twelve years, and also directs the Michigan Program on Value Enhancement (MPrOVE), a collaboration between the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and the Michigan Medicine Quality Department. Dr. Kerr is also a member of the Medical School’s ADVANCE Committee that helped the development of the Rudi Ansbacher Advancing Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Scholars Program and the annual Leadership Summit for Women in Academic Medicine and Healthcare. She brings to this role a passion for improving equity and wellness, substantial leadership and mentorship experience, and significant understanding of health care improvement science and evaluation. 

 
Sara Gulano, MD
Sarah Gualano, MD
Associate Vice Chair

Sarah Gualano, MD is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and interventional cardiologist at the Veteran's Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System and Michigan Medicine, with a focus in structural heart disease. Dr. Gualano trained at the University of Michigan, then joined the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center and served as the director of the cardiac cath lab at Clements University Hospital in Dallas. She graduated from the executive MBA program at Southern Methodist University with a special interest in organizational behavior. At UTSW, she served on the Dean’s Wellness Committee. After Dr. Gualano's recruitment back to the University of Michigan, she was appointed Co-Director of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center Wellness Committee. Dr. Gualano brings a passion and experience in wellness initiatives that can help faculty and staff experiences in the Department.
  

 
Michael Lukela, MD
Michael Lukela, MD
Associate Vice Chair

Michael Lukela, MD is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and director of the combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. He practices hospital medicine at the University Hospital and primary care at the HOPE Clinic, a clinic for the uninsured in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dr. Lukela also is the director for the William Henry Fitzbutler House in the medical student M-Home Learning Community. He is a member of the Department’s Clinical Excellence Society (Academiae Laureati Medici) and serves as chair of the Wellness Committee. His commitment to education has been recognized through his election to the Executive Committee for the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Director’s Association (MPPDA), including a term as president. Dr. Lukela brings a deep understanding of undergraduate and graduate medical education coupled with his passion to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and well-being for faculty, staff, and learners.

 
 
Erin Price, MPH
Program Manager

Erin Price is the Program Manager for the Diversity, Equity, and Well-Being team. Erin has a wealth of experience providing leadership and decision support in executing a variety of projects in administrative, educational, clinical operations/quality improvement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) spaces. Prior to coming to the Department of Internal Medicine, she was a project manager in the U-M Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology for nearly six years and was responsible for their DEI initiatives and implementation. Additionally, Erin teaches diversity and cultural communication courses, as adjunct faculty, in the University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation. Erin received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from the University of Toledo. 

Contact Us

For questions relating to diversity, equity, and well-being please email IntMedDEI-wellbeing@umich.edu.

Integrating DEI & Well-Being

How IMPOWER Initiatives Will Improve System Level and Individual Outcomes

Recent Initiatives

COVID-19 SUPPORT

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our office, in partnership with the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience (OCWR) and with support from the Office of Faculty Development, offers virtual group support sessions to clinical teams. Through these virtual group sessions, colleagues can draw from each other’s experiences and share reflections in a supportive, confidential environment. The groups are generally co-facilitated by licensed mental health professional volunteers from OCWR’s Stress Response Team and a clinician from the department. 

COMPASS NETWORK
Our team is partnering with the Michigan Medicine COMPASS, Compassionate Peers and Stress Support Network, to offer clinicians support related to the experience of delivering patient care. We are the first department to pilot this Michigan Medicine peer support program and make it available to our Internal Medicine clinicians as an additional support resource during these stressful times. 
 
Peer supporters are trained to provide one-on-one confidential, support to their colleagues. The peer support interaction provides a safe and confidential space to express reactions to a stressful event or time by speaking to someone who can relate directly to the circumstances involved. Peer supporters are not mental health professionals and they do not provide therapy, but they can provide referrals and resources, as needed. To date, we have trained 18 Department of Internal Medicine faculty peer supporters across seven divisions, as well as 11 resident and fellow peer supporters.