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Our goal is to draw from people with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences to reach a new level of innovation in instruction, research, and patient care. Varied perspectives encourage new strategies that ensure diversity is reflected in our programs, culture, and leadership.

Diversity Programs

Stanford School of Medicine offers a wide range of diversity and inclusion programs, events, and activities for all constituencies including medical students, graduate students, residents/fellows, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and staff.

Creating a Diversity Cabinet

Diversity activities at Stanford University School of Medicine are widespread and integrated into medical education curriculum, graduate education and graduate medical education student activities, as well as career development opportunities for trainees and faculty. We developed an approach to an integrated communication strategy to identify opportunities to leverage diversity partnerships.


The Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment, or D-CORE, provides a space where any member of the Stanford Medicine community interested in issues of inclusion and diversity can hold meetings or just hang out and study.


SoM Affiliated Offices

At Stanford School of Medicine, each affiliated office recognizes the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the constituency served. Read more about their programs and services.

Message from Dean Lloyd Minor

As a preeminent academic medical center, Stanford Medicine is dedicated to improving human health through discovery and care. And at the heart of this enduring mission is a diverse group of Stanford Medicine faculty, students, trainees, and staff contributing immeasurably. 

That is why we at Stanford Medicine hold diversity and inclusion as core values, and why we continue to strive, in many different ways, to create a welcoming environment for all individuals, from all backgrounds. We have made significant progress, but we cannot be satisfied until we know that all individuals feel fully supported in achieving their potential.

By creating a more inclusive Stanford Medicine community and working to eliminate health and educational inequalities everywhere, we act not only on the side of justice, we fulfill our vision of bringing hope and healing to all people around the world.

Dean Minor speaks with Dr. Augustus White, the first African American graduate from Stanford's School of Medicine.

Director of Equity and Strategic Programs for Stanford Medicine

Meet Gisell Quihuis, Ph.D., the inaugural Director of Equity and Strategic Programs for Stanford Medicine. As the new director, Dr. Quihuis will provide strategy leadership and support for Stanford Medicine's diversity and inclusion efforts spanning the School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children's Health, with a focus on recommendations from the Commission on Justice and Equity. Dr. Quihuis has long served as a champion for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, with an emphasis on developing robust training and programming for faculty, staff, and students.  Dr. Quihuis is motivated by her lived experiences as a Stanford alumna and proud first-generation, woman of color born to poor immigrant fieldworkers.

Spotlight & News

Rochelle Noone, vice president, Human Resources, Inclusion & Diversity, is recognized as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in health care. She will be honored at the 2022 Health Equity and Inclusion Conference, March 10-12, 2022.

In May of 2021, Stanford conducted the first university-wide IDEAL diversity, equity, and inclusion survey.

A team within Stanford Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics launched the Office of Child Health Equity aiming to eliminate children’s health disparities while improving childcare support and health access.

Stanford Medicine LGBTQ+ has created a new website to service as a central hub for the LGBTQ+ community.

Office of Child Health Equity

Pediatrician Lisa Chamberlain will lead a new office that promotes pediatric health equity via research, community engagement, and health policy.

Native Hawaiian resident shines light on health disparities

Kekoa Taparra, MD, PhD, a Stanford Medicine resident in radiation oncology, has focused his research on the health disparities experienced by Pacific Islanders.

Dr. Harris shares about her serendipitous path in medicine and speaks to being a professor at Stanford as a "journey."

Security Services in partnership with the PRIDE ERG is thrilled to offer 3 different pronoun stickers for all Stanford Medicine staff, faculty, and students.

HEAL Network - Stanford Faculty working in partnership to achieve health equity

Dr. Italo Brown, Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and Chief Impact officer of T.R.A.P. Medicine, discusses Covid-19 vaccine inequity and how the pandemic has obscured attention to medical conditions that disproportionately affect communities of color. Dr. Brown also talks about the greater role community-based organizations can play in improving health outcomes.

Stanford supports community health workers conducting COVID-19 vaccine outreach in area’s Latinx community

Stanford faculty members, Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa and Lisa Goldman Rosas, are collaborating with community health workers to promote COVID-19 vaccine awareness and public health guidelines in the area’s Latinx community.

See more diversity related articles in the Stanford Medicine Scope Blog  

2021 - 2022 Innovation Grant Recipients

Becky Blankenburg, Associate Chair of Education and Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
Impact of Coaching on Residents’ Sense of Belonging, Inclusion, Wellness, and Professional Identity Formation for Underrepresented and non-Underrepresented in Medicine Residents

Kevin Chi, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics & Samantha Wang, Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
The 5-Minute Moment for Racial Justice: A Multimedia Digital Platform for Identifying and
Addressing Racism in Medical Decision Making

Ravi Majeti, Professor, Medicine & Tian Zhang, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Improving Intercultural Competencies Utilizing the Intercultural Development Inventory

Peter Poullos, Clinical Associate Professor, Radiology
Mutual Mentorship Program for Persons with Disability in Medicine

Donna Zulman, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care and
Population Health
Presence 5 for Racial Justice – National Virtual Community Advisory Board to Design Online

Black Resident Spotlight

We aim to support and uplift our incredible community of Black Housestaff. Please enjoy a glimpse into their unique experiences here at Stanford. #RepresentationMatters #DiversityInMedicine #WhatADoctorLooksLike #StanfordMed

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