Taj Mustapha

Taj Mustapha, Chief of Equity Strategy, M Health Fairview. Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University of Minnesota Medical School. Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Minnesota.


Abstract: Researchers have uncovered racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality, survival after myocardial infarction, pain control for long bone fractures, vaccine administration, cancer screening, minimally-invasive versus radical surgical procedures, and more. However, those inequities remain. In fact, many times institutional efforts to address racial and other disparities have resulted in increased disparities.  In order to understand why, it is important to understand the barriers to equity fundamental to the foundation of modern medicine and healthcare delivery in the US. This talk seeks to expose some of those foundational and systemic barriers, and to generate discussion about the role of data science in overcoming these barriers in the future. 

Bio: Dr. Mustapha received her MD from the University of California San Francisco, and completed her combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency training at the University of Minnesota.  She is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and serves as the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the medical school as well as the Chief of Equity Strategy for M Health Fairview. Her academic interests focus on assessments as they relate to both education and health care delivery, with special attention to equity and inclusion.