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Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Professional Development

The Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine is committed to diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, religion, socio-economic status, age, geography of origin and residence, sexual orientation, disability, work style, and other aspects of human attributes and behaviors. Our commitment to diversity is reflected by the three foundational pillars of representational diversity, an inclusive working and learning environment, and cultural competence.

The mission of Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) and Professional Development is to establish and sustain a culture that promotes faculty vitality and diversity in order to ensure effective and successful recruitment, development, retention and promotion of surgical faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Our Team

21230-Ceppa, DuyKhanh

DuyKhanh P. Ceppa, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Vice Chair of J.E.D.I.

Read Bio DuyKhanh P. Ceppa, MD

13948-Schmidt, C Max

C Max Schmidt, MD, PhD

Professor of Surgery

Vice Chair of Academic Affairs

Read Bio C Max Schmidt, MD, PhD

16625-Torbeck, Laura

Laura Torbeck, PhD, MS

Professor of Surgery

Vice Chair of Professional Development and Wellness

Read Bio Laura Torbeck, PhD, MS

Department of Surgery Leadership Team

Academic Affairs

The Department of Surgery Promotion & Tenure Committee evaluates the clinical, scholarly, and citizenship activity of the surgical faculty. All faculty are assessed in their service, teaching, and research pursuits in a holistic manner with the goal of facilitating advancement in the academic timeline.

Contact C. Max Schmidt for more information or to get involved.

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The Department of Surgery Diversity Committee guides efforts to conceptualize, socialize, promote, advocate, and help implement systems and structures to promote an inclusive culture. The inclusive culture we strive to foster appreciates the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political belief. We invite and encourage all perspectives to make our decisions and actions as a forward-thinking department.

Contact DuyKhanh Ceppa for more information or to get involved.


  • Boundless Ladies in Surgical Specialties (BLISS)
  • Diversity Committee
  • Recruitment Committee

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Picture of Dept of Surgery Residents in their softball uniforms huddled together smiling

Professional Development

The Department of Surgery has a robust professional development program for residents, fellows, faculty, APPs, and business administrators that focuses on teaching, leadership, and career navigation. Faculty can also take advantage of the many professional development opportunities through FAPD.

The Department of Surgery also established the IU Surgery Wellness Program to attend to the well-being needs of department faculty, staff, advanced practice providers, residents, and fellows. We strive for an environment where our team has the opportunity to: achieve personal and professional goals while maintaining individual wellbeing, develop inclusive, supportive, and meaningful interactions resulting in high-achieving team collaborations, and demonstrate wellness-centered leadership, especially as it relates to improving the efficiency of practice.

Contact Laura Torbeck for more information or to get involved.


  • Professional Development
  • Young Surgeons Council
  • Wellness Committee

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Peer Review of Teaching

A peer review of teaching program is also available for faculty to receive feedback on their teaching interactions from a trained observer. To schedule a peer review of teaching by a surgeon colleague, please contact Laura Torbeck.

To schedule a peer review of teaching with a School of Medicine colleague, sign up with FAPD.

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Mistreatment Reporting

IU School of Medicine strives to provide a positive, inclusive environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. The school embodies the core values of excellence, respect, integrity, diversity and cooperation. Learners or faculty who believe they’ve experienced or witnessed mistreatment are strongly encouraged to report it through the Mistreatment Incident Report Form.

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Partner Organizations

IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery offers a wide array of services to support diverse populations and to support divisions engaging in diversity and inclusion work.

JEDI partner organizations: AOSA,AWS, SAAS, SBAS, LSS logos

Get Involved

Considering becoming a part of a committee but have some questions?

Feel free to connect with our vice chairs, who are here to help you find the right committee and answer your questions.
Discover how you can get involved and gain a deeper understanding of what we're all about!

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