Victoria Murrain, DO, has been appointed deputy dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. The appointment went into effect Dec. 3; Dr. Murrain previously held the title of interim deputy dean since January 2018.
“I am both humbled and excited to accept the role of permanent deputy dean for diversity and inclusion,” she said. “As we revitalize the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, our goal is to create an environment of inclusive excellence where we acknowledge our similarities and celebrate our differences,” Dr. Murrain said. “Building a diverse workforce not only prioritizes equity in health care, but also upholds the ability of the entire workforce to provide culturally and linguistically competent care for all people. We ultimately aim to impact all levels of medical education, including medical students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff.”
As deputy dean for diversity and inclusion, Dr. Murrain will serve as chief diversity officer for the college and, with key stakeholders, develop a sustainable plan to implement clear policies and strategies pertaining to diversity and inclusion.
“I have been incredibly impressed by Dr. Murrain these last several months,” said Irving L. Kron, MD, interim dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. “She is an extremely talented, insightful and humble physician who has made an excellent addition to our leadership team. Dr. Murrain has shown a true commitment to improve diversity at our college and I look forward to seeing our diversity-and-inclusion efforts accelerate under her leadership.”
Dr. Murrain will develop and implement new initiatives and programs that focus on building cultural competence and dialogue; establish metrics to measure if outcomes are meeting the college’s diversity-and-inclusion vision; and identify methods that effectively sustain an environment that is inclusive and productive for all students, trainees, faculty and staff members at the college.
Dr. Murrain also is assistant dean for graduate medical education and associate professor of family and community medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. She received her DO from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (now Western University) in Pomona, Calif. Special areas of interest include diversity, community medicine, maternal-fetal medicine and community engagement. Dr. Murrain is fluent in Spanish and is a strong advocate for the provision of health care to the underserved.
About the UA College of Medicine – Tucson
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is shaping the future of medicine through state-of-the-art medical education programs, groundbreaking research and advancements in patient care in Arizona and beyond. Founded in 1967, the college boasts more than 50 years of innovation, ranking among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care. Through the university’s partnership with Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, the college is leading the way in academic medicine. For more information, visit medicine.arizona.edu