Memorial Hermann Health System Appoints Toi B. Harris, MD, as New SVP, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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HOUSTON (March 30, 2022) – Following an extensive national search, Memorial Hermann Health System has selected Toi B. Harris, MD, as senior vice president, chief equity, diversity and ‘inclusion. This role is the first of its kind at the Hermann Memorial.

Toi B. Harris, MD, Senior Vice President, Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Dr. Harris will build on Memorial Hermann’s existing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives by identifying and championing opportunities to advance EDI, both within walls of system facilities as one of Houston’s largest employers, and in the community as Houston’s largest non. – for-profit health system.

Dr. Harris brings a unique perspective to the role of Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer – that of an EDI expert and also a clinical practitioner. She has been practicing psychiatry for nearly 25 years and is dual certified in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. And just last year, she was named one of the top 100 diversity managers by the National Diversity Council.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Harris to the Memorial Hermann family,” said David L. Callender, MD, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann. “His visionary work and contributions to addressing health inequities in the Greater Houston area aligns perfectly with Memorial Hermann’s vision to create healthier communities now and for generations to come. Her expertise as a physician, researcher, and educator will ensure that our work on equity, diversity, and inclusion reflects the voices, needs, and perspectives of our employees and physicians, as well as those of the communities we serve. Dr. Harris joins Memorial Hermann after 17 years at Baylor College of Medicine, where she most recently served as assistant vice president of institutional diversity, equity and inclusion, and student and trainee services. “I am honored to join Memorial Hermann in this inaugural role,” said Dr. Harris. “I have dedicated much of my career to equipping the next generation of diverse healthcare providers with the skills they need to break down barriers to healthcare access. This is important work that Memorial Hermann is already doing, so I am excited to join them on this journey to become a nationally recognized leader in equity, diversity and inclusion as an employer and health system.

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Dr. Harris earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a psychiatry residency and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. Throughout her career, she has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications, co-authored a number of abstracts and book chapters, and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of science-related topics. psychiatry and at the EDI.

She is also actively engaged with regional and national professional organizations, including the Texas Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges, where she serves on the Advanced Holistic Review Advisory Committee and chairs the Women in Medicine and science.

Source: Hermann Memorial

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