Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At the University of Wisconsin Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, medical students, and our patients. We recognize the immense value of diverse voices and believe that equity and inclusivity are at the heart of a strong community.

DEI News


Joseph Mitchell, MD, joins DEI Committee

The Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation DEI Committee is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Joe Mitchell to the existing committee which includes Drs. Laura BellaireBrian NickelAndrea Spiker and Tamara Scerpella.

Dr. Mitchell completed his orthopedic residency training here at the University of Wisconsin in 2020, and an arthroplasty fellowship at the University of California-San Diego in 2021. He joined our faculty in May 2022.


Women are Closing the Gender Gap in Orthopedic Surgery at UW

Orthopedic surgery continues to be the most male-dominated field in medicine. Currently, just 7.4% of orthopedic surgeons and 16% of orthopedic surgery residents in the United States are women.

We are proud to share the strides we’ve made in moving that needle. Today, 35% of our orthopedic surgeons and 30% of our orthopedic surgery residents are women.

And we will not stop there.

We recognize and value the strength, determination, and leadership of the women physicians on our faculty and in our residency programs – and the outstanding care they provide to our patients every day.

DEI Resources


DEI Employee Resource Groups at UW Health

Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation faculty, staff, residents, and fellows are invited to participate in UW Health’s voluntary, employee-led Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

ERGs focus on the experiences and perspectives of people of a particular race, ethnic or cultural background, gender, gender identity, religion, age cohort, sexual orientation, history of disabilities, military services, or other affinities. Participation provides opportunities to network, pursue professional and personal development, foster community, and support education and initiatives aimed at enhancing equity and inclusion.

The first five ERG pilots are African American/Black, LGBTQ+, Women’s Leadership Group, Military Service Membership, and Latinx.

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More UW Health Diversity Resources


UW School of Medicine and Public Health on DEI

The School of Medicine and Public Health is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members, and veterans are strongly encouraged.

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Diversity at UW-Madison

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community.

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Nth Dimensions

Nth Dimensions was founded in 2004 by orthopaedic surgeons working collaboratively with academic institutions, community surgeons, and industry to address the dearth of women and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in orthopaedic surgery. The overarching goal of Nth Dimensions is to address and eliminate healthcare disparities for all communities. The primary mission is to provide resources, expertise, and experience, through developing and implementing strategic pipeline initiatives.

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J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society

The mission of the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society (JRGOS) is to increase diversity within the orthopaedic profession and promote the highest quality musculoskeletal care for all people.

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Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society

THE RUTH JACKSON ORTHOPAEDIC SOCIETY (RJOS) was founded in 1983 as a support and networking group for the growing number of women orthopaedic surgeons. The women at the first meeting felt that there were many common problems confronting them, which could best be solved by pooling resources. These range from sharing technical solutions for practice problems to how to survive motherhood and orthopaedic practice/residency at the same time. The RJOS began with 42 women and has grown to a membership of more than 1,000. The majority is from North America, with international female orthopaedists included.

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The Forum – for women in Sports Medicine

The Forum is comprised of renowned leaders in sports medicine and women who are pioneers in the treatment of sports related injuries. Goals include “the betterment of the scope and services of women in orthopedic surgery with a major emphasis on arthroscopy and sports medicine. Collaborated group clinical research and reporting is encouraged. In addition, the organization promotes and stimulates “interest and research in these areas, as well as advances in orthopedic technology.”

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DEI Events on Campus


A calendar of all upcoming DEI events on campus.

UW Academic Calendar & Religious Observances

The UW–Madison academic calendar and a listing, though not exhaustive, of religious holidays.


Featured Events

Enhancing Online Education
Cultivating Inclusivity webinar

Friday, January 20, 2023
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (CST)

Explore strategies and develop a plan to foster an equitable and inclusive online learning environment. In this course, you will reflect on how your and your students’ social identities can be relevant when creating a sense of belonging. You will also identify strategies to address challenging situations such as microaggressions. Inclusive teaching practices will help you create a learning space in which students will feel more welcomed, valued, and encouraged to succeed.

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MLK Symposium – An Evening with Benjamin Jealous

January 23, 2022

Wisconsin Union Theater
Shannon Hall at Memorial Union

Join in community for an evening with Benjamin Jealous, a social entrepreneur, changemaker, and former NAACP president. Jealous will reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through the lens of his work as a civil rights leader, former investigative journalist, and educator.

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