Diversity and Inclusion 

Diversity Mission Statement

Stanford Dermatology strongly believes in the value of diversity in our training program. Founded in 1994 by Paul Khavari, The Stanford Dermatology Diversity and Inclusion Committee is the oldest of its kind known in the country. We are focused on recruiting and supporting individuals from all backgrounds. We support a number of opportunities for those under-represented in medicine and are continuing to expand our efforts in diversity and inclusion led by Dr. Eleni Linos.

Diversity is a core value for the Stanford University Department of Dermatology, and our goal is to create a medical community that is reflective of the community and the world that we serve. We are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment supportive of all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, immigration status, or abilities.

Statement Denouncing Racism

Statement Supporting LGBTQ Community

2021 First Look Session

Upcoming OFDD-hosted Events

  • Crafting and Sharing Your Origin Story w/|D Schramm - January 31
  • Women Faculty Networking - BAM Hosting - February 1
  • Minority Faculty Networking - February 14
  • HEAL Talks: Applying for Diversity Supplements - February 15
  • LEAD Workshop for Faculty: A Potluck of Powers: Valuing Individual
  • Strengths to Promote Collective Team Growth - February 28
  • Dr. Laure Aurelian Biomedical Research Award - March 15

Diversity Committee

Diversity Committee Members

Dr. Dustin Marks

Current Resident

Dr. Pallavi Basu

Current Resident

Dr. Gabriel Molina

Current Resident

Melissa Jenkins

Clinical Research Manager

Kathrina De La Cruz
Education Program Manager

Dr. Anuk Burli

Current Resident

Dr. Andrea Hinton

Current Resident

Dr. Johanny Lopez Dominguez

Current Residence

Leading in Diversity and Inclusion

Stanford Dermatology faculty and residents participate in the expanded Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity (LEAD) program with the goal of empowering the next generation of medical leaders to carry forward the mission of diversity and inclusion.  We recognize the importance of having a medical leadership team comprised of individuals who reflect the diverse patient population that we serve including racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities.  Building scholarship capacity for improving diversity and inclusion efforts is also a key component of this program in line with the academic mission of the LEAD program.



Medical Student Training

As a part of our commitment to mentorship of students from underrepresented groups in medicine, we participate in the American Academy of Dermatology Diversity Mentorship Program and the Stanford SCORE program.  Faculty member Zakia Rahman, MD is a member of the AAD Diversity Task Force and has received the AAD Presidential Citation in 2017 for her work.  She also serves on the Stanford University Senate diversity subcommittee.


Residency Training

We are excited to collaborate closely with the Stanford GME Diversity committee, which is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion in our Stanford medical community.

Within our department, we are committed to a core educational curriculum that prepares our residents to best serve all patients in our community, including skin of color dermatology and dermatologic issues relevant to sexual and gender minority patients.

As a part of our commitment to community engagement, Stanford dermatology resident and attending physicians volunteer at both Arbor and Pacific Free Clinic, which provide care to patients who are uninsured or under-insured in the Bay area.   

In addition, we are pleased to offer an optional clinical elective with a focus on cultural competency development based at the Stanford Emeryville satellite clinic.  This rotation includes clinical time at Stanford Emeryville with Stanford faculty providers and time in dermatology and gender transition clinic with clinicians at Kaiser Oakland.  This rotation is designed to increase cultural competency with specific under-represented patient populations, including patients of skin of color and LGBTQ patients.   

We also support international electives for our residents to gain additional exposure working with patients in global under-resourced settings through our collaboration with the Center for Innovation in Global Health.  Past residents have rotated at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana and at Dhulikhel Hospital in Dhulikhel, Nepal.  The Stanford Department of Dermatology has an ongoing partnership with Dhulikhel Hospital, and all of our residents have the opportunity to gain clinical exposure to cases from Dhulikhel through twice monthly video case conferences throughout residency. 



The Stanford Women Association of Physician Scientists (SWAPS) was created in 2018 by members of our MSTP community. The mission statement of SWAPS is to support the professional and personal development of female-identifying students in the Stanford MSTP. SWAPS provides a longitudinal mentorship structure and career development opportunities through all stages of MD-PhD training and beyond. To learn more please reach out to swapsleadership@gmail.com.

2020 TERI Talk - Dr. Roxana Daneshjou

Improving Diversity & Inclusion: An Antidote to Scientific Bias

Roxana Daneshjou is a graduate of the MD/PhD program at Stanford. Her PhD was done with Drs. Russ Altman and Carlos Bustamante. She is currently a research-track resident in the Dermatology Department at Stanford. She is the proud daughter of Iranian immigrants and a mom to an energetic one year old, Eliana.

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Paid Family and Childbearing Leave Policies at Top US Medical Schools Riano, Linos, Accurso, Sung, Linos, Simard, Mangurian JAMA 2018. 2018; 319(6):611-614. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.19519 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2672622.

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Gender Differences in Salaries of Department Chairs at Public Medical Schools Mensah, Beeler, Rotenstein, Jagsi, Mangurian, Linos 

Sexual and Gender Minority Curricula within U.S. Dermatology Residency Programs Justin L. Jia, BS1, Kristin M. Nord, MD1,2, Kavita Y. Sarin, MD, PhD1, Eleni Linos, MD, DrPH1, Elizabeth E. Bailey, MD, MPH1. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/article-abstract/2762871

Keyes T, Goetz LG, Jia JL, Zucker S, and Subak L. Sexual and Gender Minority Identity Disclosure from Undergraduate to Graduate Medical Education: Perceptions of Professional “Outness”. (Under review).

Gomez J, Jia JL, Gisondi MA. Peer-to-peer Education on Sexual and Gender Minority Health. (Under Review).

Jia JL*, Wang JY*, Mill DE, Shen A, Sarin KY. Fitz-Patrick Phototype Disparities in Identification of Cutaneous Malignancies by Google Reverse Image. (Under revision) *Equal contribution