Diversity and Inclusion

Photo gallery by Steve Fisch Photography

Stanford Neurology strongly believes in the value of diversity in our training program and we are focused on recruiting and supporting individuals from all backgrounds. We support a number of opportunities for those under-represented in medicine and are continuing to expand our efforts in diversity and inclusion led by Dr. Reena Thomas.

Stanford Neurology Leading in Diversity and Inclusion

Stanford Neurology faculty and residents participate in the expanded Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity (LEAD) program with the goal of empowering the next generation of medical leaders to carry forward the mission of diversity and inclusion.  We recognize the importance of having a medical leadership team comprised of individuals who reflect the diverse patient population that we serve including racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities.  Building scholarship capacity for improving diversity and inclusion efforts is also a key component of this program in line with the academic mission of the LEAD program.

Jan 16, 2020 - LEAD Session 6: Advancing Inclusive Leadership with Mary Stutts, Chief Inclusion, Diversity & Health Equity Officer

In the Spotlight

Stanford postdoc helps create Black in Neuro Week

Brielle Ferguson, PhD, a co-president of the Stanford Black Postdoc Association and a current postdoc in the Huguenard Lab in Neurology, has helped to organize a social media project called Black in Neuro Week to amplify contributions from Black scientists to neuroscience, neurology and related fields.

The Women in Medicine (WIM) group is creating community and amplifying residents' voices

The WIM group is entirely resident-led, with Cybele Renault, MD, a clinical associate professor of infectious diseases, and Rebecca Miller-Kuhlmann, MD, clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences, acting as co-faculty advisors.

The group has organized skills-based trainings on contract negotiation tactics and workshops on implicit bias. They set up panels of women in leadership roles and scheduled off-campus happy hours. They connected mentors to mentees. They sponsored wellness events and partnered with like-minded groups. They tackled tricky topics: social justice, fertility and maternity concerns, microaggressions, wage gaps. And they took notes along the way, eventually homing in on a set of best practices: host four to six events per year in crowd-pleasing venues, listen to suggestions, and always make space for conversation and authentic connection.

Diversity leaders bolster training and recruitment of underrepresented neurologists

The Department of Neurology at Stanford has been highlighted as a national leader for diversity and inclusion efforts under the direction of Dr. Reena Thomas, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the department. Neurology Today featured Stanford Neurology in their issue on January 10, 2019 with an article entitled, "Meet Neurology's Diversity Leaders."  Dr. Frank Longo reflected on the importance of these efforts to the field of Neurology: “As precision health becomes more important, it is critical for our field to better and more deeply engage the overall community to have the greatest impact. We can only do this if neurology in general and our department at Stanford, [specifically], reflect the community with all of its views, nuances, and experiences." 


Neurology Grand Rounds •• July 31, 2020

Battling Stigma: Where LGBTQI Health Intersects with Neurology

Holly E. Hinson, MD, MCR, FAAN
Associate Director of Clinical Research, Neurocritical Care Program
Associate Professor, Neurology and Emergency Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

Lane Medical Library Antiracism Book Club

Friday, July 17 | 12 - 1 pm | Medical Racism

Friday, August 21 | 12 - 1 pm | Fallout from Medical Racism

Friday, September 18 | 12 - 1 pm | Social Justice and Medicine

Please register through the event title to receive Zoom meeting info.

Feel free to join our Stanford Slack workspace, Antiracismbookclub, to submit your thoughts and questions for the group. If you are unable to attend, you can always use the channel to contribute to the discussion.


Neurosciences Diversity Coordinator

The Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine are seeking a Diversity Coordinator. This newly created position will assist the Vice Chair and Director of Diversity and will provide administrative support for outreach initiatives related to diversity and inclusion in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology. Our departments are committed to expanding access to underrepresented minorities in the neurosciences and are looking for an administrative professional who is passionate about social justice and intersectionality issues, and can help us enhance and promote our diversity programs locally and nationally.

Funded visitor clerkships

These opportunities are for Senior medical students from groups that have been traditionally under-represented in medicine to have a month-long clinical experience at Stanford. Our goal is to highlight all that the Stanford Neurology residency training program has to offer, including world-class clinical education and varied case exposure from all subspecialties, state-of-the art clinical and research technology and innovation, a warm and welcoming community, and career mentorship wherever your interests may lie.



These 5 numbers tell you everything you need to know about racial disparities in health care

Dean Lloyd Minor discusses how racial inequities have a lasting impact on our health. He outlines three priorities for academic medical centers to bring about change and recognize the importance of social determinants of health.


Advice for LGBTQ+ medical school applicants

Tips from a gay Stanford MD/PhD program applicant on what to look for and ask about when applying to medical schools.

Healthcare Equality Index

Stanford Health Care has been named a LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader by Human Rights Campaign. This honor recognizes our commitment to both LGBTQ patients and employees.  

Advancing diversity and inclusion at Stanford

One of our most important university-wide goals is to promote diversity and inclusion. We want to ensure that diversity of thought, experience and approach is represented in all aspects of our education and research mission and that a diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, genders, beliefs, abilities and identities is thriving on our campus.

Today we are taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to this goal: the publication of the Provost’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion and the launch of the IDEAL dashboard.

Visible and valued: Stanford Medicine’s first-ever LGBTQ+ Forum

About 350 people attended the afternoon, on-campus event, which included LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies and colleagues from the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health. Guests were treated to giveaways and delicious food. As much as the gender and sexual minorities at the event were there to be part of a chosen family, their allies and colleagues had chosen to be part of that same family, too.

Diversity center for med school opens in Lane Library

The Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment, or CORE, provides a space where any member of the Stanford Medicine community interested in issues of inclusion and diversity can hold meetings or just hang out and study.

Reena P. Thomas, MD, PhD

Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
Associate Dean for Diversity in Medical Education

Department of Neurology Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Cynthia Campen
Carl Gold
Jaime Lopez
Michelle Monje-Deisseroth
Neil Schwartz
Reena Thomas, Chair
Zachary Threlkeld
Nirali Vora

Residents and Fellows
Ria Pal
Amanda Sandoval Karamian

2019 LGBTQ+ Forum
(October 2019)

Stanford Medicine Diversity Leaders Celebration (Sept 2019)

San Francisco Pride 2019

Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA).  Residency program coordinator, Mitzine Wright. (April 2019)

LMSA West Regional Conference

LMSA West Regional Conference

GME Diversity Group dinner to celebrate graduating residents

Women in Neuroscience: Recognizing the following recent promotions: Dr. Leslie Lee, Dr. Sharon Sha, Dr. Odette Harris, and Dr. Chitra Venkat. (May 2018)

Stanford faculty, residents, and student representatives at the Student National Medical Association annual conference in San Francisco (March 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development - West Regional Conference (January 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development - West Regional Conference (January 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development - West Regional Conference (January 2018)

Solar Eclipse (August 2017)

GME diversity committee social, Summer 2017