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Member news: Dr. Michelle Kim makes history as first female chair of GI at Cleveland Clinic

Addressing gender and diversity issues are among her priorities.
Michelle Kang Kim Headshot
Michelle Kang Kim Headshot

In a groundbreaking appointment, AGA member Michelle Kang Kim, MD, PhD, will be the first woman to assume the role of chair of Cleveland Clinic’s department of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. Here’s more on this news from the Cleveland Clinic:

  • Dr. Kim is an active researcher and clinician, and is among the small group of less than 10% of gastroenterology division chiefs nationwide who are female.
  • While there has been progress made in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion, the GI field continues to be male-dominated, with only 19% of practitioners and less than 30% of trainees being women.
  • Dr. Kim plans to address those disparities and the resulting challenges – from inequities in compensation and promotion to a scarcity of role models and mentors – in her new role. She is passionate about supporting the career development of medical trainees and junior faculty, especially women and underrepresented minorities.

Congratulations to Dr. Kim on this well-deserved new role!

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