Residency Training Program In the Department of Pediatrics

Pediatric Resident Committee on Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Our Commitment to Diversity

At Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) and the greater Stanford University we are committed to increasing the diversity of pediatrics. The institutional commitment to this crucial mission can be fully explored by accessing the Diversity in Education website.

Nestled near California’s agricultural belt and within the Bay Area, LPCH and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) are located in one of the most diverse ethnic and cultural regions of the country, serving a richly diverse population of patients.  However, the number of pediatric providers from underrepresented minority groups here and across the country does not reflect these demographic changes.

As members of communities traditionally underrepresented in medicine, our goal is to recruit and train a diverse group of innovative leaders committed to and passionate about decreasing health disparities among children.  As clinicians, researchers, advocates, and teachers, we hope to diversify the face of pediatrics. 


Diversity Committee

The Pediatric Resident Committee on Diversity and Multicultural Affairs was formed to improve the diversity of our residency program so that we can best meet the needs of the patients we serve. 

Our program is committed to informing, recruiting, and supporting prospective candidates who identify as underrepresented minorities based on factors such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation.   

In alignment with the goal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, we seek to “increase the awareness of the importance of diversity; and to encourage the incorporation of the principles of cultural competence into all aspects of pediatric education, training, and practice.” We endeavor to nurture a diverse group of residents who will be leaders in advocating for the change necessary to overcome the disparities that impact our patients’ health.


Committee Members

Please contact the residency program office if you would like to contact members of the Committee directly. We welcome your questions and will be available remotely and during student visits.


Rachel Goldstein (PGY2)
New York, NY (grew up in Brooklyn)
College: Muhlenberg college (yay small liberal arts): major in Neuroscience and minor in Spanish
Medical School: University of California San Francisco
Interests: In college, I played club soccer, sang in choir and started an acapella group.I now live with my husband and dog in mountain view. I love checking out new restaurants, hiking and traveling.
Autumn Ivy (PGY2, Pediatric Neurology)
Born: Los Angeles, CA
College: California State University, Los Angeles
Medical School: University of California, Irvine School of Medicine (MD/PhD)
Interests: Child Neurology, translational research, academic medicine. Research interests include neurobiology of developmental disorders, impact of genetics and early life environment on critical periods of brain development, neuronal plasticity during brain development. In my free time I enjoy yoga, rock climbing, exploring the Bay area with friends and family, taking dance classes (of all kinds! my latest addiction is salsa)
Kaitlyn Le, MD (PGY2)
Born: Vietnam
College: University of Utah
Medical School: UCLA
Interests: Nursery and NICU care, academic medicine, QI, running, and eating healthy and delicious food!

Jenna Nolan, M.D. (PGY3)
Born: San Diego, CA
College: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Interests: Primary Care, Community Pediatrics, Working with underserved populations.

Chinyelu Nwobu, MD (PGY3)
Born: Houston, TX      
College: Florida State University- Psychology Major
Graduate School: Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine- Maternal & Child Health
Medical School:  University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Interests:  Childhood obesity prevention within minority populations, Advocacy, School-based health, Cardiology and Academic Medicine
Carmin Powell, MD (PGY1)
Born: Monterey, CA
College: Stanford University, Biomechanical Engineering,
Class 2006
Medical School: The Ohio State University,
Class 2013 (Go Buckeyes!)
Interests: This is a hard one because I love just about everything Pediatrics! I'm interested in general pediatrics, especially infant development, global health, academic medicine and the list goes on. Outside of medicine I enjoy playing tennis, catching up on movies and going to Stanford sporting events, Go Cardinals!. Also as an alum, I hope to get more involved with pre-medical and medical student groups through mentorship and advocacy in medical diversity.
Abi Situ, MD (PGY3)
Born: Washington State. Raised in Los Angeles, CA            
College: Stanford University 
Medical School:  UCSF School of Medicine
Interests:  Urban underserved, community health, family centered care, primary care, neonatology
Jessica Marie Valdez, M.D. (PGY3)
Born: Washington, DC
College: University of New Mexico
Medical School: University of New Mexico
Interests: Beginning in Undergrad I have always had a strong interest in Pediatric Hematology Oncology and am super excited to be starting a Peds Heme/Onc fellowship at St. Jude Children's Cancer Center next year! I am also very interested in Palliative care and am hoping to combine the two during my fellowship time. Stanford has been awesome in guiding my towards my future carrer and allowing a wide range of subjects to explore. My fiance Tim and my cute little doggie Lilly Monster will be making the move to Memphis with me so we are excited to all be together as a family. Other interests including reading, hiking in the beautiful California Mountains and traveling.
Lahia Yemane, MD (Chief Resident)
Born: Dallas, TX
College: University of Texas at Austin, Biology major
Medical School:  University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Interests:  I have no idea what i want to do! I am interested in global health, academic medicine, working with underserved populations and advocacy.



Sidharth Mahapatra, MD (PICU Fellow, Residency Alum 2012)
Bangkok, Thailand
College: Knox College - Biology
School:  Rosalind Franklin Univeristy - MD/PhD
Interests: Subspecialty medicine - Intensive Care with strong advocacy component

Claudia Algaze, MD (Cardiology Fellow, Resident Alum 2010)
Santiago, Chile. After only a few years in Chile, I moved to Puerto Rico along with my family.
Medical School:
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Puerto Rico
In addition to my own diverse background, I have had the opportunity to live and work amongst people from many different cultures and backgrounds. These experiences have taught me the importance not only of eliminating disparities for underserved populations, but also of the critical need to increase the number of professionals emerging from these populations. While I am enjoying all aspects of pediatric training at Stanford, I am particularly interested in pediatric cardiology, and hope to pursue fellowship training after completing my residency at Stanford with the ultimate goal of becoming an academic cardiologist.

Monica Eneriz-Wiemer, MD (Academic Gen Peds Fellow, Residency Alum 2009)
Born: San Fernando Valley, Southern California
College: Stanford University
Medical School: Stanford, active member of Latino and Native American student organization
Interests: I am an academic general pediatrician and health services researcher. My research objective is to improve the health of immigrant children and families by understanding the role of parental limited English proficiency as a social determinant of child health outcomes. I am interested in developing patient- and family-centered interventions that improve communication and increase parent activation.



Laura Bachrach, MD
(Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology, Associate Program Director)
Born: Boston, MA
College: Harvard
Med School: Tufts Medical School
: UCSF/Stanford (residency), Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto (fellowship)
Interests: Pediatric endocrinology, mentoring, resident wellness, and improving continuity of pediatric care in chronic disease


Recent Alumni

Marissa Aillaud, MD (Graduated in 2013)
Mexico City, Mexico
San Diego State University/Cell and Molecular Biology        
School:  Stanford University
 Childhood obesity, insulin resistance (from the biochemical to the clinical features)

Deborah Holland, MD (Graduated in 2013)
Wichita, KS
Notre Dame with Major in Biology and Spanish Literature
School:  University of Kansas
 Cooking/Tennis/Running.  Maybe General Pediatrics (outpatient vs hospitalist)

Elizabeth Mannino Avila, MD (Graduated in 2013)
San Diego, CA
Davidson College, Major - Cross-Cultural Healthcare
School:  Duke University School of Medicine
Interests:  Pediatrics

Mauricio Palau, MD (Graduated in 2013)
Palo Alto, CA
Duke University - Psychology
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Medical School
Interests: Hematology/Oncology, Neonatology

Catharyn Turner, MD (Graduated in 2013)
Colorado Springs, CO/ Washington D.C.
Bryn Mawr College - English
Medical School:  University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  Academic interests- Adolescent Medicine, underserved populations, academic career in Adolescent Medicine and Psychiatry, other interests include teaching, reading, cooking



Community Outreach

Our Community

The patient population at LPCH and affiliated hospitals includes patients from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, including immigrants from throughout the world.  A significant proportion of LPCH patients comes from underserved communities and are insured by state and regional health insurance programs that deem LPCH a safety-net provider for the region, allowing counties to strive toward a goal of no child left without access to medical care. Furthermore, SCVMC is the primary safety-net provider within Santa Clara County serving uninsured and underinsured families.

Our patient population at LPCH is:

This diversity allows for learning a wide variety of disease processes including common general pediatric illnesses as well as complex congenital and acquired diseases.  The services and expertise at LPCH attract patients from across the country and around the world, expanding the multicultural experiences for residents.


Community Outreach

Residents at LPCH are surrounded by distinguished faculty with a wide range of interests, including child advocacy, public policy, preventative health, and international health.  Residents also acquire skills to become leaders in child health and advocacy.  To facilitate the acquisition of these skills, LPCH has community partnerships with many organizations and health care centers that residents can become involved with, including:


Stanford University Campus Organizations

Stanford University is home to numerous student organizations focused on the educational and professional development of underrepresented minority students.  These organizations also create a valuable network of support for students and residents.  As a residency program, we connect with these organizations for cultural events, mentorship activities that promote diversity in higher education and medicine, and endeavors that improve the health of our local communities, such as the annual Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) pre-med students conference and informal networking activities with minority students interested in pediatrics. 




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