Derick Du Vivier, M.D.
Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine
Dr. Du Vivier is the senior vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion and oversees the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. He is responsible for institutional diversity and inclusion initiatives within the clinical, educational and research missions.
In addition to his duties at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Du Vivier is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine in the School of Medicine. Previously, he served as the assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Emory University and master's in business administration from Duke University. He completed his residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital and New York.
Dr. Du Vivier joined OHSU in 2014. He served as president of the Faculty Senate from 2017 to 2019. He is a co-chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board’s Health Equity Committee and is also a member of the Health Equity Subcommittee of the State of Oregon: Racial Justice Council. He was a past member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Professional Diversity, as well as the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Governmental Affairs. Dr. Du Vivier served on the Oregon Health Authority Health Equity Analytics Workgroup and was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan. Prior to coming to OHSU, he practiced anesthesiology in southern Oregon for more than 10 years.
Tony was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he began his professional career working in public libraries, developing system support and programming for patrons with physical or visual disabilities. It was through that work that he found a passion in working on issues as they are relate to inclusion. With additional background in education and healthcare, Tony found an opportunity with OHSU in CDI that intersected those values and interests. Outside of OHSU, Tony enjoys volunteering in mutual aid food delivery and preparation, in particular those that serve underprivileged or houseless communities, as well as hiking, camping, and paddle boarding with his wife and two dogs.
Wes is a native Portlander who is dedicated to supporting diversity as one of OHSU’s core values. While growing up, he volunteered as an assistant coach for youth sports teams with disabilities. His devotion to inclusive causes has led him to his current role. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, walking and playing ping pong.
Diversity Recruitment and Retention
Andrew was born in Ketchikan, Alaska, and raised in La Paz, Bolivia. He has a degree in linguistics from Portland State University. Having worked in the Perinatology Clinic and Graduate Medical Education in the School of Medicine's Dean's Office, Andrew is extremely familiar with OHSU. Prior to OHSU, he worked as a Spanish/English TEFL teacher in the Portland Metro area for 5 years at Berlitz Language Center, Da Vinci middle school and Uplands Elementary. His volunteer work consists of reading with SMART program (Start Making a Reader Today) and coaching soccer.
Organizational Training and Education, DEI
Octaviano Merecias Cuevas, M.A.
Octaviano is a Doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University with more than 15 years of learning and development experience in the private, nonprofit and higher education sector. His academic work focuses on the efficacy of teaching anti-racism in online and hybrid modalities and the research and science of Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Previous to OHSU, Octaviano served as the manager for policy and civic engagement at Latino Network and as the associate director of outreach for Oregon State University’s Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement. He also served as a faculty of extension at OSU’s School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences.
Dana Ghazi is a bicultural trauma-informed practitioner and educator with over seven years of experience working in higher education and with international programs focused on peace building initiatives in divided communities and addressing generational trauma. She earned her MA in conflict resolution and peace studies from Portland State University. Previous to her role as a diversity trainer at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Dana worked as a mental health provider at the Intercultural Psychiatric Program at OHSU serving Arabic-speaking immigrant, refugee and asylum-seeking patients. She continues to serve the community as a board member of the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon and as an academic and cultural consultant.
Briana Nathanielsz-Bowden studies the complexity of the U.S. healthcare system through a public health lens focusing on equitable distribution to marginalized communities. Her experience includes working with outpatient clinics in urban and rural areas of Montana on evidence-based practices in reducing patient no-shows and cancellations. Previous to her role at OHSU, she worked closely with dementia patients in the memory care unit where she gained an expertise in risk management amongst senior living facilities in Oregon and California. Briana later obtained her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.
Dr. Cliff Leek is an educator and researcher with over 10 years of experience developing and leading programs related to diversity, equity and inclusion in nonprofit and higher education settings. His published research examines how individuals and groups in positions of privilege engage in work for social change around race and gender inequalities. Previous to OHSU, Cliff served as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado, Prevention Specialist with the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, and President of the American Men’s Studies Association.