Senior Vice Chancellor's Message

"We recognize that health care, as many systems and institutions, has a deeply flawed history and that the health of many people in this nation are impacted by ongoing injustice and inequity related to the places they live, the air they breathe, the education they receive, the jobs they do, and the biases of the people they encounter every day, all of which is perpetuated by established policies and institutions. It's essential that we in health care increase our understanding of these social, economic and cultural determinants of health and how our current structures, including those within health care delivery systems, work against huge segments of our people."

Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD
Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences
John and Gertrude Petersen Dean, School of Medicine


Whether in the classroom, laboratory, or clinic, diversity is a driver of progress. The likelihood of conquering health disparities and advancing equitable health care is far greater when individuals of varying backgrounds and perspectives tackle these issues. The University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of the Health Sciences are committed to training and supporting a diverse cadre of health professionals and researchers poised to address our country’s health care needs.