We understand the importance of everyone's uniqueness and believe that each person’s diversity brings value to our residency family.

We believe that increased diversity fosters unique perspectives, which enable us to provide high quality, innovative care to our patients in an increasingly diverse nation. At our continuity and ambulatory clinic site our pediatric residents care for a diverse patient population that includes:

  • 67% of patients identify as Latinx/Hispanic
  • 25% as African American/Black
  • Non-English language preference patients account for 44%
  • Over 90% of patients have Medicaid.   

We cultivate the next generation of child health leaders in an inclusive, safe and respectful environment through a variety of experiences encompassing the breadth of pediatrics.  Our mission is to train competent and compassionate pediatricians who provide culturally effective care and respond effectively to child health inequities that impact children, their families and communities.

The Department of Pediatrics has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee that is committed to developing and implementing DEI initiatives in support of:

  • Fostering a culture of inclusion in which highly qualified and diverse students, residents, faculty and staff experience a genuine sense of belonging, engagement and achievement within the Wake Forest Pediatrics Department
  • Attracting, recruiting and retaining a diverse team who positively impacts how we teach, learn, advocate for and serve increasingly more diverse patients and the community.
  • Achieving equity in health outcomes for all children, families and communities through outstanding clinical care, advances in research, community engagement, and excellence in education.

Assistant Program Directors

Cherece Nicole Grier Smith, MD

Cherece Grier, MD, FAAP

Assistant Program Director, JEDI

“I grew up in Fayetteville, NC in a Black household and predominantly Black neighborhood. My upbringing was similar to some of our patients that live in Winston East, so I saw firsthand the food deserts, the mistrust of the medical system and racial disparities that have affected the healthcare of my family and my community. In my role with the Residency Program I hope to help recruit more residents that resemble the community we serve so we can help decrease the troubling health disparities in our community.“
Joanna Maria Robles, MD
Joanna Robles, MD

Assistant Program Director, JEDI

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