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David A. Acosta, MD

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

David A. Acosta, MD
David A. Acosta, MD, provides strategic vision and leadership for the AAMC’s diversity and inclusion activities across the medical education community.

David A. Acosta, MD, provides strategic vision and leadership for the AAMC’s diversity and inclusion activities across the medical education community and leads the association’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion unit.

Dr. Acosta, a family medicine physician, joined the AAMC from the University of California (UC), Davis, School of Medicine, where he served as senior associate dean for equity, diversity, and inclusion and as associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at UC Davis Health System. He previously served as the first chief diversity officer at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, where he established the Center for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Center for Cultural Proficiency in Medical Education.

Dr. Acosta earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola University and his medical degree from the UC Irvine School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Community Hospital of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, California — an affiliate of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine — and a faculty development fellowship at the UW Department of Family Medicine.

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Publications
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Healing a toxic brew of hate, racism, and gun violence in America

David J. Skorton, MD, President and CEO
Recent mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder show how far we have to go in addressing these ills afflicting our country. Academic medicine must speak up.
March 25, 2021
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Achieving excellence through equity, diversity, and inclusion

David A. Acosta, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Academic medical centers must embrace equity-mindedness and conscious inclusion if they are to realize the full benefits of a diverse workforce.
January 14, 2020