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Stanford Medicine 2020

Virtual Celebration of Our Graduates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person commencement and diploma ceremonies at Stanford University have been cancelled. We at Stanford Medicine are honoring our students with a virtual celebration to be held on Saturday, June 13, at 1:00pm Pacific.

Keynote Speaker

Yvonne A. Maldonado, MD

Yvonne (Bonnie) A. Maldonado, MD, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. She also serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity at the Stanford School of Medicine, and the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. 

She is currently the vice-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases as well as an active member of numerous national and international societies focused on research and policy implementation for pediatrics, vaccines, and infectious diseases.

She has led a number of National Institutes of Health (NIH), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gates Foundation and World Health Organization (WHO) funded domestic and international pediatric vaccine studies and studies focused on the prevention and treatment of perinatal HIV infection in the US, India, Mexico and Africa. As part of her work she has devoted substantial effort to training and supervising the career development of numerous trainees at Stanford University as well as on the national and international levels in the realm of pediatric infectious diseases.

Student Speakers

Paloma Marin-Nevarez
2020 MD Candidate

Paloma Marin-Nevarez is a future Emergency Medicine physician. She was born in Mexico and moved at the age of 10 to South Gate, a city in Los Angeles. She earned her BA at Williams College (Go purple cows!). She is a proud Latina and also the first physician in her family. This summer she will begin residency at the UCSF Fresno program. After residency, she plans to practice in a community with a large underserved population. In the long term, her goal is to become a Dean of Medical Education at a medical school in California, in hopes of reforming medical curricula to be more engaging, relevant and compatible with medical student wellness. Her quarantine hobbies include mentoring premed URM students, Zumba in her bedroom, re-watching every season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and playing Animal Crossing.

Tawaun Lucas
2020 PhD Candidate, Neurosciences

Tawaun Lucas is a 6th year graduate student of the Neurosciences program. He grew up in Compton, CA, where he did his undergraduate work at CSU Northridge majoring in Psychology. His graduate dissertation focused on interactions between our brain and immune system and how a specialized cell called glia modulates those interactions. Outside of research Tawaun is passionate about social Justice, science outreach, and fitness. He is one of the founding students of the Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment at the school of medicine, has been an active member and mentor for several summer research programs and affinity groups on campus, and leads group fitness classes at the Stanford gym. After defending his dissertation, he plans to wrap-up a few experiments and hopefully transition into scientist roles at biotech companies or post-doc. Tawaun ultimately wants to work in administration at higher education institutions to affect change from the top down.

Zachary Stone
2020 MS Candidate, Physician Assistant Studies

Zachary Stone is a MSPA program graduate from Orange County, CA. He grew up watching and loving LA sports teams, so he enjoyed watching half a season of the Warriors downfall this year. He went to UCLA for undergrad, where he worked in an Alzheimer’s research lab and was a referee for all intramural sports, where he was frequently yelled at (as a ref, not at the lab). The stars aligned for his PA journey when an eavesdropping PA waiting in line for a haunted house heard him discussing his future career, told him it was a great profession and he was convinced.  He would like to work in psychiatry, dermatology or orthopedics, but is mainly looking for a job.

Jon Sole
2020 MD Candidate, Match Day Speaker

Jon Sole is a spirited academic whose passion for the neurosciences - from molecular to behavioral - drives his focus in research and medicine. When not with his patients, Jon can be found at the intersect of leadership theory, quality improvement, and entrepreneurship, developing innovative solutions to complex healthcare challenges. He will soon begin as a Psychiatry Resident at Stanford, where he hopes to blend his passions to promote his patient’s mental and physical wellbeing. Outside work, he enjoys tending his succulent nursery and eating free food at tech companies with friends.

Student Information

Links to MedWiki pages

MS Students

Students graduating with an MS in the following fields:

  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Community Health & Prevention Research
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  •  Human Genetics & Genetics Counseling
  • Laboratory Animal Science
  • Physician Assistant Studies

PhD Students

Students graduating with a PhD in the following fields:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Biophysics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Epidemiology & Clinical Research
  • Genetics
  • Health Policy
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular and Cellular Physiology
  • Neurosciences
  • Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine
  • Structural Biology

MD Students

Students graduating with an MD.