Equal Treatment is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to the promotion of racial justice in academic medicine.

We believe in the power of healthcare professionals to address racial inequality. As healthcare students, nurses, advanced practitioners, and doctors we are called to serve our most vulnerable and to advocate for our patients as individuals and as members of society at large.

We recognize that healthcare disparities are rooted in complex social and cultural histories that can be difficult to address in the clinic. Our vision is to equip a workforce with the tools to combat racial inequality in our healthcare system.




Dr. Hattie Huston-Paterson is a resident surgeon at UCLA. She has worked on racial discrimination and civil rights policy at both the UN Human Rights Council and the U.S. Department of Justice. She is primarily interested in providing surgical care for patients with gunshot wounds, and focuses on the impact of structural violence and racism on health outcomes. She holds an MD from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA/MA from the University of Oxford.


Dr. Amanda Labora is a resident Obstetrician & Gynecologist at UCSF. She was born and raised in Miami, FL and is a proud dual-citizen of the United States and Mexico. Prior to medical school, she completed a Fulbright research fellowship on obstetric violence at the INSP in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Her work focuses on the gynecologic needs of underserved womxn through a reproductive justice lens. She holds an MD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Brown University.


Sonia Cristina Suárez is an educator and scholar of Ethnic Studies. She teaches topics in Afro-Indigenous-Latinx/Chicanx, Native American, and Asian American Studies, as well as interdisciplinary research methods in science and technology studies. Sonia’s expertise centers on femme/women of color embodied and ancestral healing knowledges, the racialized and gendered diseases of modern times, and health disparities along lines of race and sex. She is completing her PhD in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, and holds an MA from Berkeley and BS from Northwestern University.

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Dr. Horace M. Delisser is the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he leads the Program for Diversity and Inclusion. As the Associate Dean for Professionalism and Humanism, he directs the professionalism and humanism module of the medical student curriculum. Through this position, he has led curricular innovations in the teaching of social medicine, medical humanities and spirituality and health and in promoting medical student wellness and self-care.