Faculty Awards

2019 Division Teaching Award Recipients

Linda Barman (Internal Medicine)

Nominated for her role as lead physician in the organization of a rotation for learners (residents, medical students, APP students) in Express Care. Thanks to her the rotation in Express Care is one of the most popular rotations in the Internal Medicine Residency program. She goes above and beyond to make sure that all learners have a great experience rotating through the clinic. She has also worked with a community college program to have their students (who are often from very low income and diverse backgrounds) shadow providers in Express Care during the summer. This experience was a great success for those students.


Benjamin Laniakea (Family Medicine)

Nominated for his multiple teaching roles in the Medical School, clinic, and the community. In the school, currently designs and teaches the majority of the medical school’s LGBTQ+ curriculum. His curriculum at the School of Medicine include  Introduction to Sexual Minority Health, Introduction to gender minority health and &  Advanced Sexual History Taking. Within the family medicine clerkship, he designed and teaches didactics on Gender Affirming Care. Clinically, he runs an advanced clinical skills session with transgender patients and as head of Stanford’s LGBTQ+ clinic, supports numerous teaching opportunities within the clinic for Stanford medical students, visiting medical students, Family Medicine residents and Internal Medicine residents. He almost always has a learner with him and has become the focal point on learning transgender care at Stanford. In the community, Dr. Laniakea gives numerous lectures to community members, local schools, and neighboring health care systems.


Tamara Montacute (Family Medicine)

Nominated for her outstanding contributions to medical education in multiple roles including: medical director of Arbor Free Clinic where she teaches undergraduates, medical students, and residents; course co-director for the longitudinal Walk With Me course for medical students and PA students; lead faculty for the procedures workshop in the family medicine clerkship, co-founder of the innovative pipeline development course “Primary Care Defined: Perspectives and Procedures” clinical preceptor for medical students at Hoover and the Opportunity Center homeless clinic; and as faculty advisor to the Primary Care and Family Medicine student interest groups.

2020 Faculty of the Year (Education)

Rika Bajra (Family Medicine)

Rika has been at the forefront of tele-medical education for several years and has been a pioneer in teaching this content at Stanford.  When the COVID pandemic hit, her expertise was immediately put into action, and educators from all levels of teaching and all disciplines were eager to collaborate with her, from pre-clerkship instruction to fellowship level and practicing clinicians.  With her visionary yet pragmatic approach, she has seamlessly integrated this content for all levels of learners, and the patients of our Stanford community have greatly benefitted, staying safer and healthier as a result.