BFAM Member Spotlights

Meet the members of the Stanford Medicine Black Faculty Affinity Meetings (BFAM), a network created through OFDD's Community Support Initiative. BFAM is intended to provide networking and social engagement opportunities for Stanford  Medicine faculty across all clinical lines and departments.  

Tamara Dunn, MD

Department of Medicine/Hematology

Associate Chair, Diversity & Inclusion (DoM), Program Director, Hematology Fellowship, Co-Chair Diversity & Inclusion Council

Research Interests
DEI

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
I am a singer and love games. (board games, escape rooms)

What are some of your favorite restaurants?
Steam, Yucca de Lac

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Tennis, movies, attending talks about race, dancing, game nights/escape rooms


Freeborn Rwere, PhD

Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine 

Research Interests
Cytochrome P450 2C19 and aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2)

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
That I am Zimbabwean

What are some of your favorite restaurants?
Apple Bees

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Watching soccer and tennis


Allyson Spence, MD, PhD

Department of Medicine/Oncology

VA Palo Alto Oncologist

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
I enjoy playing the piano

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Musical events


Leah Backhus MD, MPH, FACS

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery/Thoracic Surgery

Associate Program Director  Co-Director, Thoracic Surgery Clinical Research Program

Research Interests
Health Services Research; lung cancer; disparities

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
I listen to gangster rap in the operating room

What are some of your favorite restaurants?
Manresa, Plumed Horse, Tamarind

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Family skiing, travel, Peloton


Tem Woldeyesus, MD

Department of Medicine/Primary Care and Population Health

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
Die-hard basketball fan


Sharon Williams, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Director, Child Psychology Training Director, Child Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research Interests
Neuropsychology


Nicole B. Burwell, MSHS, PhD, PA-C

Department of Medicine/Primary Care and Population Health

Director of Pre-Clerkship Education for the MSPA program

Research Interests
Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Nutrition

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
I'm a reality TV junkie!


Caroline Okorie, MD,MPH

Department of Pediatrics/Pulmonary Medicine

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program

 


Allison Thompson, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Associate Division Chief for Ambulatory Psychology Services
Co-Associate Director of Clinical Training and Practicum
Co-Coordinator, PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
I play the drums. I'm no Sheila E., but I still have fun with it!

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Kamu sushi, 7 Mile        

What are some of your favorite social activities?                 
Hiking, exercising, movies, eating out


Megan Mahoney, MD

Department of Medicine/Primary Care and Population Health        

Chief of Staff, Stanford Health Care

Research Interests 
Precision Health, Team Based Primary Care, Health Equity

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I love yoga, meditation, hiking and traveling


Lahia Yemane, MD

Department of Pediatrics/General Pediatrics

Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Residency Program
Co-Director, Stanford Medicine LEAD Program

Research Interests 
Medical education, supporting UIM trainees

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I have a huge sweet tooth (esp cupcakes)

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Zareen's, Rangoon Ruby, Opa!, Casa Lupe

What are some of your favorite social activities? 
Travel, concerts, hiking, binge watching Netflix


Kendra Patton Silverman, PA-C

Department of Medicine/Primary Care and Population Health

Director of Clerkship Education, MSPA Program Physician Assistant

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I am a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribe

What are some of your favorite social activities?  
Hiking, exercise, yoga, gardening, traveling, singing, dancing, spending time with family and friends


Adjoa Boateng, MD

Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine/Critical Care

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
Salsera!

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Back-A-Yard


Ryanne Brown, MD, MBA

Department of Pathology/Dermatopathology

Staff Physician at VA Palo Alto

Research Interests 
Soft tissue tumors, cutaneous histiocytic neoplasms

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I have 8 sisters and brothers

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Il Fornaio, Starbird chicken, Bon Chon chicken

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Live music, dancing, movies


Elizbeth M. Talley, MD

Department of Pediatrics/Nephrology

Associate Fellowship Director, Pediatric Nephrology

Research Interests 
Chronic kidney disease

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I loved to do crafts (until life got too busy)

What are some of your favorite social activities?  
Walking, hanging out with friends, movies (preCOVID), seeing friends and family/church family


Kevin Alexander, MD

Department of Medicine/Cardiovascular Medicine        

Research Interests 
Cardiac amyloidosis, heart failure, heart transplantation    

What are some of your favorite social activities? Hiking