David A. Acosta, M.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion, UC Davis Health

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David A. Acosta is Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion at UC Davis Health. He leads diversity activities across all health-system operations, including the UC Davis School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis Medical Center and the physician practice group.

Acosta, a family practice physician, is a recognized leader in creating, managing and directing diversity and inclusion programs. As the inaugural chief diversity officer at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Acosta developed several key programs aimed at increasing the diversity of physicians and access to care for the medically underserved.

He established a Rural Health Fellowship Program for Tacoma Family Medicine, an affiliated Family Medicine Residency program at the university’s School of Medicine and a National Institutes of Health-funded Center for Cultural Proficiency in Medical Education at Washington, which received a Washington State Association of Multicultural Education award.

He also co-authored a diversity strategic plan and founded the Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UW’s School of Medicine. Acosta led innovative educational initiatives there, including a Hispanic Health Pathway certification program for medical students interested in working with Hispanic communities and several health-care disparities courses.

Acosta earned his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine and his undergraduate degree in biology from Loyola University in Los Angeles. He completed his residency training at Community Hospital of Sonoma County and a faculty development fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington.

He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the National Association for Rural Medical Educators, among others.  He serves on several committees at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), including one focused on the holistic review of medical school applicants and the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion, where he serves as national chair.

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