About the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (OFDD)

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (OFDD) serves to develop all faculty to their fullest potential as academic, clinical, and community leaders and to promote the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty.

Areas of Focus

OFDD programs and initiatives are designed to address the factors that have been demonstrated to influence the recruitment, retention, and advancement of faculty including enabling career and leadership professional development opportunities and building a strong and engaged faculty community.

  • A number of additional resources are also available to help diverse faculty excel in their careers at the School of Medicine


In order to meet the evolving nature of needs in academic medicine, we focus on transparency and accountability, through the ongoing collection of metrics related to faculty development and diversity, as well as continued recognition of the amazing faculty that are such an essential component of Stanford Medicine.



Please see OFDD’s most recent newsletter for notable upcoming events, news and resources recently added to the OFDD site.


OFDD regularly compiles data related to faculty development and diversity at Stanford Medicine. The metrics page (SUNet ID Protected) contains some key recent reports. Historical reports may be requested.


The OFDD Team: Bonnie Maldonado, Robert Victor, Luis Garcia, Kathleen Victor, Shaila Kotadia, Jonathan Altamirano, Magali Fassiotto, Brenda Flores.

Please visit our team page to learn more about the staff of the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity.


Keep up with the OFDD via our social media pages!


Please let us know if you have questions or need more information about our programs.


In the Spotlight: Physician-scientist, innovator and #lifeboss

Learn more about  Rebecca Saenz, MD, PhD, who graduates in June from a clinical fellowship in allergy and immunology. 

Faculty Senate focuses on diversity and inclusion practices across the university

Leaders from the School of Engineering, School of Medicine, Physics and Chemical Engineering departments share case studies and invite discussion.

Pediatric researcher celebrated for her perseverance, accomplishments

The forces that hold some people back don’t seem to apply to Yvonne Maldonado, MD, senior associate dean for faculty development and diversity at the School of Medicine, who goes by "Bonnie."

A professor of pediatrics and of health research and policy, Maldonado grew up outside of Los Angeles and earned her medical degree at Stanford. Her research has taken her around the world and focused on the polio virus in Mexico, gender-based violence in Kenya, diarrheal diseases in Bangladesh and childhood HIV in California and in sub-Saharan Africa.

Women of Stanford Neurosurgery: A conversation on gender, race and mentors

Over the summer I spoke with numerous female faculty members in Stanford’s neurosurgery department about their backgrounds and experience working in a traditionally male-dominated field. Below is a portion of my conversation with Odette Harris, MD, an associate professor.

LGBTQ town hall aimed to spur creation of stronger community at Stanford Medicine

From across Stanford Medicine, members of the LGBTQ community gathered on January 22, 2018 to share their concerns and to strengthen their presence on campus.

The standing room-only crowd of about 100 people included Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, and other school leaders, medical and graduate students and everyone in between.

Achievement, focus despite discrimination: Stanford surgeon featured in The Mercury News

Dr. Leah Backhus is an esteemed member of a relatively tiny club in U.S. medicine she sometimes refers to as “two-fers:” female African-American doctors. They represent about 2 percent of the nation’s 877,616 active physicians but are among a growing trend in the country.

Dr. Eric Sibley to receive Distinguished Service Award

Eric Sibley, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, associate chair of academic affairs in the Department of Pediatrics, and assistant dean for academic advising in the Stanford University School of Medicine, will receive the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the North American Society for Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition on November 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Sibley is a Department Liaison for OFDD.

5 Questions: Marcia Stefanick on better medicine for women

A Stanford professor of medicine discusses why giving consideration to sex and gender differences in research and treatment would improve medical care for everyone.

Portraits of Stanford Medicine: Amy Ladd

Amy Ladd, MD, is a professor of orthopaedic surgery and plastic surgery and chief of the Robert A. Chase Hand & Upper Limb Center at Stanford. In this podcast, she discusses her path to orthopaedic surgery and her intent on improving the odds for women by changing the face of science and technology to be more inclusive.