Our Team

Lisa J. Chamberlain

Medical Director

Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Chair of Policy and Community and the Arline and Pete Harman Faculty Scholar at Stanford Children's Hospital. Dr. Chamberlain has focused her career on the elimination of child health disparities. She is committed to do this in two ways: 1) transforming the way pediatricians practice by developing and disseminating models of community engaged pediatrics by combining principles from both medicine and public health, and 2) conducting health services research to inform policy. She founded and co-directs the Stanford Pediatric Advocacy Program to train leaders in Community Pediatrics and Advocacy. She co-founded the California Community Pediatric Collaborative, uniting 14 training programs to advance education addressing pediatric health disparities. The Collaborative has trained over 2,500 pediatricians since 2007 and is an emerging national model, having been replicated across five states. She has disseminated these programs nationally in over 20 invited visiting professorships, keynote speakerships and national conference presentations. In addition to her educational programs and health services research, In 2011 at the height of the Great Recession she founded the Summer Lunch Bridge to address rising hunger rates, which has distributed over 300,000 meals to date. She has authored 54 peer-reviewed publications, she completed her pediatric training at Stanford, a General Academic Fellowship at UCSF/Stanford, and her Masters of Public Health at UC Berkeley

Janine S. Bruce

Program Director
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Janine Bruce received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Occidental College. After graduation, she spent two years in Kyrgyzstan as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching ecology and English to secondary school students. Upon returning to the US, she received her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. She returned to California and began working with the Pediatric Advocacy Program. Janine received her Doctorate of Public Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health in 2013. Her research interests included the reproductive health of foster care youth and vulnerable youth populations. With her background in public health, Janine’s role has been to bridge public health and medicine to better promote the health of underserved child populations through strong community partnerships and innovative community-based initiatives. She is the Director of the Scholarly Concentration in Community Health and supports medical students in community-engaged research and service. She also teaches courses across the undergraduate campus and medical school on community engagement and qualitative methods.

Monica De La Cruz

Program Manager
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Monica De La Cruz received her Bachelor of Science in cell and molecular biology from San Francisco State University and Master's degree in Public Health from the University of San Francisco. She began working with the Pediatric Advocacy Program as the Program Manager starting in 2015. Monica has experience developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based programs and conducting qualitative research studies.


Baraka Floyd

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Baraka Floyd is a pediatrician in Palo Alto, California and is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She received her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine and has been in practice between 6-10 years.

Lisa Patel

Clinical Instructor


Lisa Patel received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.  After college, she worked in Egypt, Brazil, and India on international development projects with community-based organizations and non-profits, focusing on conservation and development efforts.  She then obtained her Master's in Environmental Sciences from the Yale School of Forestry and went on to be a Presidential Management Fellow for the Environmental Protection Agency, coordinating the US Government's efforts on clean air and safe drinking water projects in South Asia in collaboration with the World Health Organization.  Realizing the critical and inextricable links between children's health and environmental issues, she obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed her residency in pediatrics at UCSF. For the last several years, she has used her extensive experience working for government, community organizations, and non-profits to advocate for children's health priorities in the US as the co-chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Advocacy Committee in the Bay Area.  She is the rotation director for the pediatric resident's Community Pediatrics Rotation.

Terrell Stevenson

Clinical Assistant Professor

Terrell Stevenson received her Bachelor of Arts in history from Stanford University. She attended medical school at UCSF, then came back to Stanford for her pediatric residency. During residency, she completed a scholarly project in the Stanford Advocacy Track (STAT), earning a CATCH grant to help fund her research in tobacco cessation education at local homeless shelters. She currently works as a pediatric hospitalist at Lucile Packard Children's hospital and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and runs the Community Pediatrics block for the interns at LPCH.  She hopes to provide a much-needed bridge between the world of inpatient medicine and advocacy, which historically has been more of an outpatient field.

Jesus Pineda-Ramirez


Jesus received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Molecular Biology from UC Berkeley. As an undergrad, he focused on incorporating aspects of environmental health, public health, and cultural anthropology to address health inequities with indigenous Oaxacan Mexican farmworkers. Moreso, most of his work entailed addressing pesticide exposure with indigenous Triqui, Mixteco and Zapoteco groups in the greater Fresno and Salinas area.

Jesus is an aspiring physician and is interested in understanding how social inequalities relate to health disparities and how different categories along with social class, race, gender, sexuality produce different illnesses and embodied health outcomes. 

Melanie Ramirez 

Research Assistant 

Melanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Community Health from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. While at Tufts, she dedicated her time increasing access to healthcare and higher education. While at Tufts she worked as a clinic coordinator for a free healthcare program and helped manage a STEM outreach program for diverse, under-resourced high schools. Prior to working with Stanford's Pediatric Advocacy program, she worked for Boston Children's Hospital researching ways to improve healthcare delivery and navigation for a low-income, immigrant population. Melanie plans to pursue an MD/MPH with an overall goal of providing care and devising and researching interventions for under-served communities to combat health inequities.