Black and Latinx Surgeons Continue to Hit Glass Ceiling in America

Study lead author Andrea Riner, M.D., M.P.H, a surgical resident at the UF College of Medicine, collaborated on the paper with Jose Trevino, M.D., chair of surgical oncology and associate professor of surgery at the VCU School of Medicine.

Among the upper echelons of academic surgery, Black and Latinx representation has remained flat over the past six years, according to a study published today in JAMA Surgery by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and University of Florida Health.

The study tracked trends across more than 15,000 faculty in surgery departments across the U.S. between 2013-2019. Although the data revealed modest diversity gains among early-career faculty during this period, especially for Black and Latina women, the percentage of full professors and department chairs identifying as Black or Latinx continued to hover in the single digits.