IRC Chair

Kamell Eckroth-Bernard, MD, FACS

Dr. Eckroth-Bernard is double board certified in general and vascular surgery. Dr. Eckroth-Bernard has been in practice for ten years as a vascular surgeon and is an alum of the UCSF Fresno Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Eckroth-Bernard’s clinical interests reside in the realm of complex endovascular and open arterial reconstruction. He is dedicated to his patients and realizes the importance of increasing underrepresented minority physicians will greatly improve patient care in the Central Valley.  The UCSF Pre-Medical Surgical Internship provides an opportunity to partner with our local universities to help introduce, mentor and guide the future physicians in the Central Valley.

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Intentional Recruitment Coalition

Mission Statement

The UCSF Fresno Intentional Recruitment Coalition (IRC) will establish representation from a multitude of cultural backgrounds with the mission to perpetually diversify the UCSF Fresno Department of Surgery and surgical training programs to reflect the underserved and underrepresented patient population that we care for and learn from on a daily basis in the Central Valley. Our ultimate goals are to integrate our physicians with the community, increase cultural awareness, improve medical education and improve the health of the community.

The IRC is comprised of several surgery faculty, other department faculty, community physicians, surgery residents, community leaders and Fresno State leadership.

In order to address all areas for recruitment the IRC is divided into four focused subcommittees:

Residency Recruitment Selection and Ranking
Pre-Med Surgical Internship (PSI)
Historically Disadvantaged in Medicine (DiM)
Health Disparity Research



  1. Increase matriculation and retention of disadvantaged in medicine surgical residents and faculty.
  2. Provide opportunities for education and teaching with respect to the underserved population in the Central Valley.
  3. Provide ongoing didactic conferences dedicated to diversity training and cultural awareness.
  4. Improve and foster relationships between the UCSF Fresno Department of Surgery and its surgical training programs and the underserved community in Fresno.