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Perelman School of Medicine professor Roy Hamilton (right) was recently named as Penn Medicine's Vice Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (Photo from Penn Medicine).

Penn Medicine has named Roy Hamilton as its new Vice Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity.

Hamilton, who will begin his role on April 1, is succeeding Eve Higginbotham, the inaugural vice dean of IDE, who has held the position since 2013. Hamilton is currently a Professor of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine with secondary appointments in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Psychiatry. 

Hamilton served as the Perelman School of Medicine's Assistant Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity from 2013 to 2022 and currently serves as the Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion for Penn Neurology. He created the Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism and Equity program which describes itself as working towards promoting equity in the neurology department and fostering trusting relationships with historically disadvantaged groups from the local community.  

Hamilton earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Harvard University and earned a master’s degree in Health Sciences Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hamilton completed residency training in neurology at Penn with a fellowship in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology and first joined the Penn Medicine staff in 2009.

In addition to being a Penn Medicine physician, Hamilton also conducts laboratory research, overseeing the Penn Brain Science, Translation, Innovation and Modulation Center and the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation. His research focuses on neuromodulation to improve human cognition in neurological conditions.

Outside of Penn Medicine, Hamilton has served as Associate Editor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the journals Neurology, Neurology Genetics, Neurology Immunology, Neuroinflammation, and Neurology Clinical Practices, over the last five years.

Hamilton has also received national recognition for his leadership in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic medicine and neurology. He has been awarded the American Neurological Association’s Audrey S. Penn Lecture Award and the American Academy of Neurology’s inaugural Changemaker Award.