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Collaborative Anesthesia and Surgical Services Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CASSEDI) Multi-Disciplinary Team

The Collaborative Anesthesia and Surgical Services Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CASSEDI) multidisciplinary team consists of EDI leaders from anesthesia and multiple surgical departments (Otolaryngology, Orthopedics, OB/GYN, Neurosurgery, Surgery). We meet monthly to share resources for advancing equity within and across the perioperative services space. We collaborate on a multidisciplinary Grand Rounds speaker series and share resources for retaining and recruiting stellar faculty, fellows, residents, and staff from historically marginalized backgrounds. We engage in community outreach and work together on pathway programs to help students from high school through college fall in love with health care in surgical specialties. Our mission is to continue to nurture and grow a culture of belonging that embraces and celebrates diversity in all its forms. Transforming our departments, our service lines, and institution by creating a place where all belong enhances our clinical excellence, service, education, and research enterprises.


CASSEDI Multidisciplinary Grand Rounds Series

Upcoming Dates and Speakers

  • April 12, 2023 – Nikki Smith
  • September 13, 2023 - Dr. Quinn Capers from UTSW
  • October 11, 2023 – Dr. Carrie Cunningham from Harvard
  • January 10, 2024 - Dr. Lisa Lattanza from Yale


Previous Dates and Speakers

CASSEDI Educational and Training Outreach

  • USTAR Program – Director Elliot Asare MD
  • Whittier Living Labs Program


Whittier Elementary sixth grade students Emiry Ozmore, left, and Layney Spencer listen to the computer simulated heartbeat of a medical mannequin while visiting the University of Utah College of Nursing for Imagine U. Day in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Events and Happenings

CASSEDI is excited to help host the 2nd Annual IMAGINE U Day on Wed May 24, 2023.

We will be hosting 6th graders from 3 elementary schools in West Valley City: Hillside, Whittier, and Hunter at the College of Nursing Simulation Center!

There will be five hands-on, simulations stations for those 6th graders interested in healthcare:

  1. VITAL SIGNS – nursing
  2. BONES: skull plating and finger casting - otolaryngology and ortho 
  4. BLEEDING ARM - trauma
  5. Q&A with nurses and physicians


The IMAGINE U event is University-wide.  Here is a U press release and also a KSL article about the 2022 event:



Department Leads

Jeremiah A. Alt MD PhD FARS FACS

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Vice Chair, Department of Surgery, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Director(co) Sinus & Skull Base Surgery Program & Fellowship

Adjunct Associate Professor, BioMedical Engineering

Adjunct Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Adjunct Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry

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Kristen Carroll, MD 

Professor, Orthopedics

Medical Director, Shriners Children's Hospital

Chair, Department of Orthopedics, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Sherman S Coleman Presidential Endowed Chair, Pediatric Orthopedics

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Phone Number: 801-536-3600


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Michelle Debbink, MD PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Departmental Vice Chair for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

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Michelle Debbink MD PhD

Emily Hagn, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Associate Professor, Division of Pain Medicine

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Samuel Cheshier, MD PhD

Associate Professor

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics

Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Director of Pediatric Surgical Nero-Oncology

Kathryn S.R. Lowry Endowed Chair in the Department of Neurosurgery

Huntsman Cancer Institute 5 for the Fight Fellow 

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Samuel Cheshier MD PhD

Katie Snow

Associate Director of Education, Department of Anesthesiology

CASSEDI Coordinator

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If you represent the EDI efforts of a surgical department and would like to join our monthly meeting, please email Katie Snow.