Dr. Girotti served as Associate Dean for Admissions and Special Curricular Programs for the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He developed and launched the Urban Medicine Program in 2005 and directed it until his retirement in spring 2019. He currently serves as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education (DME). There, he works closely with the Hispanic Center of Excellence, which aims to promote science and medical careers for Latinx youth, expose undergraduate and medical students to biomedical and clinical research, and increase the representation of Latino faculty in the medical school. Dr. Girotti’s research interests reflect his focus on the development of opportunities for students in minority and disadvantaged populations. The design, implementation and evaluation of educational programs to improve cultural competence among physicians and other health professionals, and programs to improve leadership skills in future physicians are his current priorities. Dr. Girotti’s research and training work has been funded by Federal agencies, foundations, and UIC. Dr. Girotti earned a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago; a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis, Educational Administration from UIC; an MA in Counseling and Guidance from Northeastern Illinois University, and the BFA in Art Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.