Sonia Flores, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, and was the program director of an NIGMS-funded Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity; she has been the Program Director of the NHLBI-funded GEMS (Graduate Experiences for Multicultural Students) program for the past 16 years. Dr. Flores is committed to increasing diversity among house staff, fellows and faculty by incorporating social science theories and focusing on cultural competence. She currently resides as the Vice Chair for Diversity and Justice in the Department of Medicine and associate Program Director for Diversity of the Pulmonary Fellowship.