2020 Art & Anesthesia Soirée


Photography by Adjoa Boateng, MD

On June 4, 2020, more than 800 members of the Stanford Medicine community gathered for “The Rally for Racial Justice” on campus to add their voices to a nationwide outcry against racism and violence against African Americans. The Rally for Racial Justice was organized by Stanford Medicine’s Pediatrics Advocacy Council, with support from the Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity Program.

Their joint statement said:

“The goal of our protest is to stand in solidarity with our colleagues, fellow staff members, and patients in the black community. We want to acknowledge the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery and numerous black people who have died at the hands of police violence and brutality. We decry all forms of racism, racial injustice and social inequalities that disproportionately harm communities of color. We hope that this protest will bring awareness to systemic changes we must make to our Stanford medicine community as we work towards racial justice and radical inclusion. We recognize and exercise our privilege as healthcare providers to support black lives and elevate black voices. In demonstration, please bring signs and wear scrubs, white coats, stethoscopes to represent the respect, equality and humanity that all black people deserve in this country.”

Adjoa Boateng, MD is an Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine Fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. She is transitioning into a clinical faculty position next year.


Photography by Robert Townsend

On June 8, 2020, the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine gathered together for “Take a Knee for Solidarity,” showing their solidarity against racism and violence against African Americans. Organized by members of the department, the Anesthesia community took a knee for 8 minutes, 46 seconds of silence in memory of George Floyd, whose death after being detained by police in Minneapolis has reverberated around the world. Their joint statement said: “We would like to take a collective moment of silence in our solidarity together.”

Robert Townsend is the husband of Audrey Shafer, MD, a Professor at Stanford’s Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, the Director of the Medicine and the Muse program, and the Co-Director of the Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration. She is an anesthesiologist at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.