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Deidra Crews, M.D., Sc.M.

 Deidra Crews Deidra Crews - At Johns Hopkins since 2003

Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion

Why did you decide to join Johns Hopkins Medicine?

I was interested in completing residency training at an institution that could offer me strong clinical training and expose me to opportunities in clinical research.

Why have you decided to stay at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

The brilliant colleagues and trainees at Hopkins keep me stimulated and excited about our work together.

Develop an understanding of the value of your time, and establish boundaries to protect it.

Please tell us about how you reached your leadership position.

I was appointed chair of the Department of Medicine Diversity Council in 2013 after several years of serving on the council. Following a transition to a new department director who restructured the vice chair positions, my position was elevated to associate vice chair for diversity and inclusion.

Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

I am very proud of the work my colleagues and I have done advancing our understanding of disparities in kidney disease and hypertension, and testing approaches to eliminating them. I am also tremendously proud of the young people I have had the honor of mentoring through the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine.

What advice would you give a woman who is aspiring to grow in her leadership responsibilities?

Seek leadership opportunities that align with your personal mission and values. Develop an understanding of the value of your time, and establish boundaries to protect it. Know that just because you have not seen someone who looks like you in a certain position does not mean that you cannot attain it and excel at it. Never tell yourself “no” — apply for all opportunities that pique your interest, and give others the chance to assess you on your merit.

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