Rafael Ortega, MD, the associate dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine, has been selected by the Boston Business Journal as an honoree for the Annual Leaders in Diversity Awards. This award honors companies and individuals for their leadership in successfully promoting inclusiveness and opportunity. This year, the Leaders in Diversity program will feature nine winners in four categories and Ortega will be awarded the Corporate Leadership award for his exceptional work at the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Ortega also serves as and attending physician in anesthesiology at BMC and professor of anesthesiology at the School.
As associate dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at BUSM, Ortega is responsible for fostering diversity and cultural competence among students, faculty and staff. He works with four Assistant Deans and together they strive to make Boston University Medical Campus as heterogeneous and inclusive as possible. He is committed to unquestionable openness and inclusion, promoting relations among all groups, and inspiring students and faculty to learn from each other while appreciating their differences. He envisions an environment that demonstrates BUSM's belief that diversity is essential to the development of future leaders in healthcare and research to serve the community, nation and world.
This year's Annual Leaders in Diversity Awards event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.