About Us

Mission Statement

The College of Medicine (COM) of Upstate Medical University commits to creating and sustaining an environment that is equitable, respectful and free from prejudice for students, faculty, staff, patients, families, and members of our community.

  • It is our policy to promote a diverse and inclusive campus, through recruitment of faculty and staff, admissions initiatives, and support programs.
  • We are committed to addressing the shortage of doctors in small communities, rural areas and Native American communities in our region, and in urban underserved communities.
  • We promote the values of diversity and inclusion throughout the mission of the university and in the various functions supporting those missions.
  • Diversity adds value to the learning environment of our students, and we believe it will enhance their commitment to addressing inequities in healthcare.

Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion

The Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion is charged with advancing diversity in the College of Medicine.

Deans' Messages

Dr. Zulma Tovar-Spinoza
We are dynamic on creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, we value diversity to enrich our performance, promote innovation and together improve the lives of many.

Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

College of Medicine


Dr. Brian Thompson

At Upstate we continually work to be One University. Our core value is to establish not just a diverse environment but a University that is inclusive. When we all work together as One; innovation, creativity and success follow.

Brian Thompson, MD
Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion
College of Medicine


Julio Licinio, MD, PhD
As Dean of the College of Medicine, I am wholeheartedly committed to a lifelong quest for equality. We aim to train physicians so that they can be healthcare practitioners and leaders anywhere. Therefore, they must be as diverse as the communities that they will serve. We value inclusion and are committed to ensuring that our increasingly diverse body of students and faculty/staff experience a sense of belonging and comfort and feel at home at Upstate.

Julio Licinio, MD, PhD
Dean, College of Medicine

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