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CNTR’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The term DEI—diversity, equity, and inclusion—is more widely used, but our organization has decided to use EDI—putting equity first. CNTR’s EDIC is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that issues related to E/D/I are addressed within both CNTR and the trauma research community
  • Advising the CNTR Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Committee to ensure that all aspects of E/D/I are considered in the development of research proposals and grant applications
  • Developing a mentorship program for underrepresented minority investigators interested in clinical trauma research
Vanessa Ho, MD EAST
Tanya Zakrison, MD EAST
Benjamin Levi, MD ABA
Lourdes Castanon, MD ABA
Arpana Jain, MD ABA
Rich Betzold, MD WTA
Juan Duchesne, MD WTA
Marc de Moya, MD ACS-COT
Carrie Sims, MD ACS-COT
Bethany Strong, MD AAST
Michaela West, MD AAST
Michelle Buehner, MD MHSSPACS
Samir Fakhry, MD ATS
Garrett Hall, BSN, RN ATS
Jacob Higgins, PhD, RN STN
Brianna Fram, MD OTA
Sarah Pierrie, MD OTA
Shakeva Swain, DNP, RN, CPN, TCRN STN
Rachael Callcut, MD, MSPH CNTR Board

CNTR Staff Liaison: Lizette Villareal

To submit a trauma equity story or request participation in an EDIC project,


The CNTR EDIC is a group of individuals who are passionate about trauma, research, and equity. We want to support a diverse group of trauma researchers to help tackle important clinical research objectives and also aim to reduce the disparities that currently exist in trauma care.

Vanessa Ho, MD