Graduate Medical Education

GME Staff

Stanford University Medical Center understands the stresses of residency. To help residents succeed, we created the Office of House Staff Administration in the early 1960's. In 2004, we became the Department of Graduate Medical Education. This change in title reflects our dedication to program quality, but does not diminish our commitment to you as individuals.

The operations side of the office handles hiring, payroll, verification of training for student loans, licensure, changes in benefits status, credentialing, meal tickets, reimbursements, and oversight of the on-call facilities. The education side of the office conducts internal reviews and provides consulting services to program directors on accreditation, curriculum, the core competencies, and evaluation.

We are available to assist you with physician licensure, housing, or general questions on relocating/living in the Palo Alto area. Notary services are available to interns and residents for CA medical licensure and USMLE.

Please feel free to seek us out in the coming months and years. We have a variety of resources available to you and your families. No problem is too small to deserve consideration. Many of your concerns have simple solutions and sometimes it's just nice to hear about your lives.

Norman Rizk, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Chief Medical Officer

Laurence Katznelson, MD
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Chair, Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC)

Ann Dohn, MA
Director, Graduate Medical Education
Designated Institutional Official (DIO), ACGME
Training Program Liaison, ECFMG
Special Programs Coordinator, Medical Board of CA
Institutional Official, NRMP


Robbin Bankston
Office Manager
Phone number: 650-736-7487
• Daily operations/supervision of the GME office
• Allowances (Bonuses, On Call Meals, etc.)
• Payroll
• Leave of Absences
• Orientation

Brett Toensing, MS
Financial Analyst
Phone number: 650-725-1951
• Budget Planning and Tracking
• Orientation
• Super User for MedHub

Marcy Kulakow, BA
Phone number: 650-723-5948
• CA Medical Licensure Process
• EPIC for Housestaff
• HealthStream
• IT/SHC & LPCH for Housestaff
• MSOW System for Housestaff
• New Hires
• Notary
• Visiting Residents

Mitra Haddad, BA
Administrative Coordinator
Phone number: 650-723-5948
• Away Electives
• Continuing Housestaff
• Outgoing/Graduating Housestaff
• Loan Deferments/Forbearances
• Postdoctoral Appointments
• Reimbursements
• Verifications



Nancy A. Piro, PhD
Senior Program Manager/Education Specialist
Phone number: 650-723-3575
• Evaluation/Assessment
• GME Research
• Internal Reviews
• Program Accreditation

Jie Li, PhD
Program Manager/Education Specialist
Phone number: 650-723-6558
• Evaluation/Assessment
• GME Research
• Internal Reviews
• Program Accreditation

Diane H. Steinberg, PhD
Program Manager/Education Specialist
Phone number: 650-723-6562
• Evaluation/Assessment
• GME Research
• Internal Reviews
• Program Accreditation

Thi Dinh La, BA, BS
Web Project Specialist
Phone number: 650-498-2418
• Scheduling: Ann Dohn & Laurence Katznelson, MD
• GME Directory
• Housing/Daycare
• Housestaff Workshops
• Internal Reviews & Special Reviews (Scheduling)
• GMEC Meeting Management
• Website Management

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