October 9 Oct 9
8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Saturday Sat

Women In Medicine & Science 2021


Women in Medicine & Science 2021

Roads to Resilience: Lessons from Science and Life

We are pleased to have you join us for a virtual day of inspiration, education, and celebration of the remarkable women in medicine and the biosciences who are part of Stanford’s community of alumni and faculty. You’ll be hearing from experts as they share the science behind resilience, personal stories from their lives and their personal journeys to becoming creative innovators, groundbreaking researchers, and role models within the medical community.


Diane Barnes, AB '72, MD

Diane M. Barnes, MD, a New York City born third-generation physician, is a Stanford and UCSF trained board-certified radiologist, BA Stanford University, MD Yale School of Medicine. Now an actor, playwright, and solo performer, Barnes made a career transition following a hemorrhagic stroke in 2005. Her award-winning first solo show, My Stroke of Luck, developed in collaboration with David Ford, played to sold out houses Off Broadway, The Marsh, and at various theater festivals, medical centers, and schools. Her second performance, Not One of Us, premiered on Zoom at Playground this January, and has played at medical centers and DEI trainings. Barnes’ current work in progress is an exploration of ancestors. Her blog currently centers on anti-racism education.

Jane Binger, BS ‘73, MA ’80, EdD ’82

Jane Binger has dedicated her career to the intersection of education, health care, and breaking barriers so health care professionals and college students of all backgrounds can reach their professional dreams. Presently, Binger is co-founder and chief learning officer at DeepTok. She is also senior advisor at the Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education at Stanford Medicine, and a diplomat at the University of California Merced Foundation, where she co-sponsors the Grad Slam Research Presentation Competition. She has coached more than 700 professionals and students. 

Previously, as a senior research officer at Sutter Health, she led teams that developed the first system-wide strategy for research, personalized medicine, and graduate medical education. She was executive director of Physician Leadership Education at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford for nine years. Binger volunteers on the Board of Governors for the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association and as a Stanford University undergraduate admissions alumni interviewer. She holds a BS, an MA, and a Doctorate in Education from Stanford University, and an MS from UCSF. 

Ruth O’Hara, PhD

Ruth O’Hara is the senior associate dean for research in the Stanford University School of Medicine, The Lowell W. and Jacqueline Q. Berry Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and director of the NIH-sponsored Stanford Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). O’Hara leads an extensive research program focused on sleep, brain function, and resilience in neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dysregulated sleep has profound implications for public health and a significant focus of her research is improving sleep to confer increased resilience against mental health symptoms. She served on the Sleep/Wake Workgroup of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM 5), which provides diagnostic classification for the field of psychiatry. O’Hara has a significant focus on developing the next generation of investigators, for two decades leading a renowned, 28-site post-doctoral training program across the U.S.—a program that has graduated hundreds of MD and PhD fellows into independent research careers in academic medicine. She received an MA in experimental psychology from University College in Dublin, and a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Southern California. She joined the Stanford faculty in 2000.

Arghavan Salles, MD ’06, PhD, GSE ’14

Arghavan Salles is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon. She completed medical school and residency training in general surgery at Stanford prior to completing her fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. She remained on faculty at Washington University for three years prior to moving back to Stanford in 2019. During the pandemic, Salles has served as a disaster relief physician, caring for patients with COVID-19 in the ICU. She earned a PhD in education from Stanford University during her residency training, and her research focuses on gender equity, implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, and physician well-being. She is a sought-after speaker and has given over 80 national and international invited talks related to gender equity, physician well-being, and weight bias.