Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Description & Roster

SCA will be a global leader in comprehensive professional development that promotes the provision of safe, high-quality, cost-effective medical care for patients undergoing cardiovascular and thoracic procedures.

The mission of the SCA DEI committee is to cultivate and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in perioperative cardiovascular medicine by promoting increased understanding of unique experiences and perspectives of clinicians, patients, and communities. 


  1. Characterize the current composition of the SCA membership, the leadership structure, and the training programs, and propose step wise commitment to advance diversity within these groups.
  2. Foster evidence-based research on diversity, equity, and inclusion in perioperative cardiovascular medicine, with a specific focus on healthcare equity research.
  3. Identify and strengthen partnerships with “pipeline” programs and communities, aiming to increase diversity of the cardiovascular anesthesia workforce.  Create and fortify mentorship programs that promote diversity among leaders in cardiovascular anesthesia across all groups that shape the future of perioperative cardiovascular medicine. 
  4. Nurture and enhance our relationship with the community by actively advocating diversity, inclusion, and understanding through various media platforms.

The committee reports to the Board of Directors.

The committee meets at least once per year.

The committee is composed of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Board liaison, and members-at-large.

Members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms unless presidential approval is granted for a third.

2023-2024 ROSTER
Bantayehu Sileshi, MD – Chair
Yafen Liang, MD – Vice-Chair
Daryl Oakes, MD – Board Liaison

  • Jafer Ali, MD
  • Promise Ariyo, MD
  • Mary E. Arthur, MD
  • Victor Chauvet-Almazan, MD
  • Seema Deshpande, MD
  • Jayakar Guruswamy, MD
  • Anna Jankowska, MD
  • Adam J. Milam, MD
  • Samhati Mondal, MD
  • Ashley Oliver, MD
  • Pramod V. Panikkath, MD
  • Joshua J. Sebranek, MD
  • Stanton K. Shernan, MD
  • Aldis P. Siltumens, MD
  • Michele L. Sumler, MD
  • Trevor S. Sutton, MD
  • Nutan Winston, MD
  • Luai Zakaria, MD
  • Elizabeth Y. Zhou, MD