The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (OUCOM) is committed to advancing diversity at all
levels. OUCOM recognizes that the inclusion of talented individuals from different backgrounds benefits
medical education, patient care, population health, and scientific discovery.
Diversity and the College Mission
In keeping with OU Medicine’s mission “Leading Health Care – in patient care, education, and research…,” the OUCOM Diversity Alliance seeks to leverage the transformative power of equity and diversity through pipeline programs, mentorship, faculty recruitment, research, and community engagement for the advancement of excellence in healthcare, medical education, and health equity for all residents in the state of Oklahoma.
Born and raised in El Salvador, in the middle of the Salvadorian civil war Juan Carlos Claros-Sorto, MD. witnessed the death and violence of war; which later translated to gang violence. At the age of 16 he moved to the United States, Atlanta Georgia where he finished his high school education. He attended College at William Paterson University in Wayne NJ where he received his Bachelor degree in Biology graduating Summa Cum Laude. Juan Carlos Claros-Sorto, MD attended medical school at Meharry Medical College; one of the oldest HBCUs in the US; where I graduated with honors in 2012. His training then took him to the University of Oklahoma for General surgery and later to Texas Tech University for surgical oncology training. Dr. Claros Sorto joined the University of Oklahoma as assistant professor of surgery where he also forms part of the Diversity and Inclusion task force committee. He specializes in breast cancer and have become the Breast Cancer clinic director at Stephenson Cancer Center.
Born and raised in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, Jamalje Bassue immigrated to Norman, Oklahoma where he received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Oklahoma in May 2019. He matriculated into the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine later that year. He is positioned at the intersection of many social identities and he believes it is critical to address the disparities in healthcare outcomes between different socioeconomic groups.