August 14, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine has been awarded the prestigious ‘Diversity in Cardiology’ award by the Association of Black Cardiologists.
The award has been given to the division in light of its commitment to and promotion of diversity in the cardiology workforce, specifically in its fellowship training programs. Currently, 20 to 25 percent of Wexner Medical Center’s cardiology fellows are underrepresented minorities. The division has also just accepted the first African Americans to train at Ohio State in the subspecialties of advanced heart failure/transplantation and interventional cardiology.
Dr. Quinn Capers, director of peripheral vascular interventions, said this award shows that Wexner Medical Center goes the extra mile and actively seeks out diversity as a driver of excellence.
“When I left private practice to come to Ohio State, I made a list of things I wanted to help the medical center accomplish. Increasing the diversity in the cardiology training program was at the top of the list,” said Capers. “I am honored to work with a group of peers and leaders that truly understand the value of diversity and who were not only supportive, but had the same goals.”
The award is being presented by the Association of Black Cardiologists and will take place during the third annual Saving Hearts for Generations Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 22.