Hopkins Medicine Taps Dr. Sherita Golden for Top Diversity Position


Johns Hopkins Medicine announced the appointment of Sherita Hill Golden, M.D., M.H.S., as vice president and chief diversity officer.

An endocrinologist specializing in diabetes care and research, Golden also serves as executive vice chair for the Johns Hopkins University Department of Medicine, a position that includes oversight of more than 600 faculty, 900 nurses, 800 trainees, 2,000 staff members and 14 vice chairs.

In her everyday work, Dr. Golden embodies the values that embrace all people within our organization and community,” says Kevin W. Sowers, M.S.N., R.N., F.A.A.N., president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Her depth of experience and ability to collaborate across the organization position her well to further our diversity and inclusion goals.”  

Golden’s work as a physician-scientist focuses on diabetes epidemiology, health services research and disparities. She is the Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and holds a joint appointment in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research.

“In order for our organization to be truly successful in enhancing scientific discovery and delivering exceptional and equitable patient care,” says Golden, “we must increase the diversity of our faculty and senior leadership, enhance the experience of our staff and patients, and strengthen ties to our surrounding neighborhoods.”

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion amplifies Johns Hopkins’ capacity for first-rate medicine by ensuring that all patients and their families are welcome; all faculty, staff and learners are respected; and that equity throughout the institution remains a priority.

“The chief diversity officer’s role is to cultivate a strategic vision to ensure that Johns Hopkins Medicine lives out its core values and its commitment to diversity and inclusivity,” says Inez Stewart, senior vice president of human resources. “Dr. Golden’s own commitment to those values, along with her extensive leadership experience, make her an ideal choice for this crucial position.”

Golden is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. In 2017, she was co-recipient of the Walter Reed Distinguished Achievement Award from the Medical Alumni Association and Medical School Foundation at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, which recognizes professional accomplishment, outstanding innovation and exemplary leadership in the field of medicine. She also received the 2019 University of Virginia Distinguished Alumna Award not only for her work in the field of medicine and science, but also for her community engagement work following Baltimore’s civil unrest surrounding the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

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