Diversity and Inclusion


We recognize the value of mentorship, especially the kind that focuses on enriching the experiences of its resident trainees by helping to foster a nurturing environment. Dr. Amber Brooks, an NIH-funded anesthesiologist and pain physician at Wake Forest, started a “ladder mentoring program” for trainees at all levels who are interested in Anesthesia or who are currently Anesthesia residents or fellows. The group comes together quarterly for dinner with one another and to discuss such topics as how to strategically navigate everyday challenges facing trainees, developing career goals, “should I apply for fellowship or not” and more. Participation from trainees at various levels allows for inter-peer mentoring.

Brian Barrett, Anesthesiology“The quarterly meetings have been a great forum to not only be mentored by URM faculty who may have had similar experiences throughout their medical career, but also to mentor URM medical students as they prepare for the next chapter in their medical education.”

Brian Barrett, CA-1

Kristen Battles, Anesthesiology“I look forward to attending our dinners with minority faculty members each quarter for the opportunity to fellowship with individuals with similar life experiences and journeys through medicine. I always leave these events feeling inspired by mentors’ words of wisdom and more equipped to face the daily challenges as a resident in this field.”

Kirsten Battles, CA-2

Committee on Diversity and Inclusion Members

Amber Brooks, Anesthesiology Amber K. Brooks, MD
Associate Professor, Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology
Nichole Taylor, Anesthesiology Nichole Taylor, DO
Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Residency Program
Department of Anesthesiology
Eduardo Goneaga-Diaz, Anesthesiology Eduardo Javier Goenaga-Diaz, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology