Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Well-Being

Internal Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, And Well-Being

Michael Lukela, MD
Michael Lukela, MD
Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity & Well-Being

The Department of Internal Medicine Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Well-Being team, in alignment with the University of Michigan Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plan, works to continually monitor, evaluate, and refine DEI and well-being initiatives. Our team is committed to bringing forth meaningful improvements in diversity, equity, inclusion, and well-being to support the health care workforce, addressing elements of structural racism and sexism that impact health outcomes, and positively impacting future generations. View our IMPOWER Strategic Plan to learn more.

Vision  |  Mission  |  Core Values


The Department of Internal Medicine will be a diverse and inclusive community that provides each person with the opportunities and support they need to thrive.


To cultivate an environment that empowers our faculty, learners, and staff to fulfill their purpose and potential.

Core Values

  • Caring & Well-Being
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Collaboration & Respect
  • Learning & Innovation
  • Transparency & Accountability

Our Team

Michael Lukela, MD
Michael Lukela, MD
Vice Chair

Michael Lukela, MD is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and director of the combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. He practices hospital medicine at the University Hospital and primary care at the HOPE Clinic, a clinic for the uninsured in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dr. Lukela also is the director for the William Henry Fitzbutler House in the medical student M-Home Learning Community. He is a member of the Department’s Clinical Excellence Society (Academiae Laureati Medici) and serves as chair of the Wellness Committee. His commitment to education has been recognized through his election to the Executive Committee for the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Director’s Association (MPPDA), including a term as president. Dr. Lukela brings a deep understanding of undergraduate and graduate medical education coupled with his passion to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and well-being for faculty, staff, and learners.

Sara Gulano, MD
Sarah Gualano, MD
Associate Vice Chair

Sarah Gualano, MD is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and interventional cardiologist at the Veteran's Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System and Michigan Medicine, with a focus in structural heart disease. Dr. Gualano trained at the University of Michigan, then joined the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center and served as the director of the cardiac cath lab at Clements University Hospital in Dallas. She graduated from the executive MBA program at Southern Methodist University with a special interest in organizational behavior. At UTSW, she served on the Dean’s Wellness Committee. After Dr. Gualano's recruitment back to the University of Michigan, she was appointed Co-Director of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center Wellness Committee. Dr. Gualano brings a passion and experience in wellness initiatives that can help faculty and staff experiences in the Department.

Erin Price, MPH
Program Manager

Erin Price is the Program Manager for the Diversity, Equity, and Well-Being team. Erin has a wealth of experience providing leadership and decision support in executing a variety of projects in administrative, educational, clinical operations/quality improvement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) spaces. Prior to coming to the Department of Internal Medicine, she was a project manager in the U-M Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology for nearly six years and was responsible for their DEI initiatives and implementation. Additionally, Erin teaches diversity and cultural communication courses, as adjunct faculty, in the University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation. Erin received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from the University of Toledo.


Inclusive engagement and representation of faculty and staff from across the Department of Internal Medicine is paramount to achieve our mission. The IMPOWER (Inspiring Medicine to Promote Opportunities for Well-Being, Equity, and Diversity) Council was created to facilitate multidirectional communication and support initiatives to drive culture change around IMPOWER’s four strategic priorities:

  • Develop People
  • Improve Environment
  • Build Partnerships
  • Communicate Results

IMPOWER Grand Rounds Series

The IMPOWER Grand Rounds Series, a key early initiative of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Well-Being, is focused on providing foundational information to faculty, staff, and trainees related to pertinent DEI and well-being topics on a quarterly basis during Medicine Grand Rounds.

October 1, 2021
"Building Foundations for DEI Success"

David J. Brown, MD
Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion
University of Michigan Medical School and Michigan Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology

May 21, 2021
“We Are Our History: On the Journey to Become Anti-Racists"

Erica Marsh, MD, MSCI, FACOG
S. Jan Behrman Collegiate Professor of Reproductive Medicine
Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Michigan Medical School
Associate Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Director, MICHR Community Engagement

April 9, 2021
“Designing Work for Clinician Well-Being: A Human Factors and Systems Engineering Perspective”

Pascale Carayon, PhD
Leon and Elizabeth Janssen Professor in the College of Engineering
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Director of the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement
University of Wisconsin-Madison

January 22, 2021
Diversity and the Department of Medicine

Steven Gay, MD, MS
Assistant Dean of Admissions, University of Michigan Medical School
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

October 16, 2020
The Benefits of Inclusive, Diverse Teaching

Scott E. Page, PhD
John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor of Complexity, Social Science, and Management
Williamson Family Professor of Business Administration, Ross School of Business
External Faculty, Santa Fe Institute

September 4, 2020
Promoting Gender Equity in Academic Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach

Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil
Deputy Chair of Radiation Oncology
Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncology
Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences

August 8, 2020
Inspiring Medicine to Promote Opportunities for Well-Being, Equity & Diversity: IMPOWER

Eve Kerr, MD, MPH, MACP
Louis Newburgh Research Professor of Internal Medicine
Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Well-Being, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Michigan Program on Value Enhancement (MPrOVE), Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
Senior Investigator, VA Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Health Care System

Sarah Gualano, MD, MBA
Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine 
Associate Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Well-Being, Department of Internal Medicine

Michael Lukela, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Well-being, Department of Internal Medicine

Erin Price, MPH
Senior Program Manager, Diversity, Equity, and Well-Being, Department of Internal Medicine

Contact Us

For questions relating to diversity, equity, and well-being please email IntMedDEI-wellbeing@umich.edu.

Integrating DEI & Well-Being

How IMPOWER Initiatives Will Improve System Level and Individual Outcomes

Recent Initiatives


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our office, in partnership with the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience (OCWR) and with support from the Office of Faculty Development, offers virtual group support sessions to clinical teams. Through these virtual group sessions, colleagues can draw from each other’s experiences and share reflections in a supportive, confidential environment. The groups are generally co-facilitated by licensed mental health professional volunteers from OCWR’s Stress Response Team and a clinician from the department. 


The COMPASS Network

Our team is partnering with the Michigan Medicine COMPASS, Compassionate Peers and Stress Support Network to offer clinicians support related to the experience of delivering patient care. We are the first department to pilot this Michigan Medicine peer support program and make it available to our Internal Medicine clinicians as an additional support resource during these stressful times. 

Peer supporters are trained to provide one-on-one confidential, support to their colleagues. The peer support interaction provides a safe and confidential space to express reactions to a stressful event or time by speaking to someone who can relate directly to the circumstances involved. Peer supporters are not mental health professionals and they do not provide therapy, but they can provide referrals and resources, as needed. To date, we have trained 18 Department of Internal Medicine faculty peer supporters across seven divisions, as well as 11 resident and fellow peer supporters.