Bias Study

Information About the Researchers


Tamorah LewisTamorah Lewis – Associate Professor University of Toronto, adjunct Associate female academic faculty member and co-designed and co-leads this study with Dr Sutkin because it is important to her to bring to light the hidden experience of URM trainees in   medicine.


Tyler Smith – Tyler K. Smith, MD, MPH, FAAP, Fellowship Director, Academic General Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UMKC SOM. Proud HBCU graduate. I am a collaborator on the research project.


Carrie Francis – Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Associate Dean, Workforce Innovation and Empowerment, Faculty Affairs & Development, Kansas University Medical Center. Dr. Francis is a Black woman surgeon in Otolaryngology – a field where Black people – and especially Black women – are underrepresented. I didn’t always have a strong, culturally responsive mentorship as a medical student and resident. I’m excited to be part of this project and be the change I want to see in medicine.


Julius LearyJulius Leary – Executive Director of Frontiers Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Kansas. Dr. Leary holds an Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University, MBA in Operations Management and Change Management from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from Elmhurst University.


Dr. Gary SutkinGary Sutkin – Professor, Associate Dean of Education, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine



Margaret Brommelsiek – Associate Research Professor/ Director of Interprofessional Education Health Sciences, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies. Personal experience of bias is crucial to this study. Only the person telling the story truly understands their lived experiences as etched into their memory, shaping their lives. As a very private individual I do not share my personal experiences openly, especially with strangers or those I do not know well. Trust is something that is built over time.  Building trust in a short timeframe between interviewer and interviewee will be challenging for this study, yet paramount to be successful in helping affect change in medical education and the delivery of equitable care.

Grant JenkinsGrant Jenkins –Associate Professor of English at the University of Tulsa specializes in the ethics of language and literature, especially that by African Americans. Levinas expert and collaborator who has been instrumental in the study design.



Our Interview Team

Sally Ellis-Fletcher – UMKC School of Nursing

Charles OakleyCharles Oakley – UMKC Student



Jamesia Durden – Neonatologist at OPR, graduate of UMKC Med/Peds residency and NICU fellowship.