Summer 2021 Newsletter

Notable upcoming events, news and resources recently added to the OFDD site.

A Year in Review

In Memoriam: Laure Aurelian, PhD

It is with heavy hearts that we inform our colleagues that Dr. Laure Aurelian, Senior Advisor for Faculty Development in Stanford Medicine's Office of Faculty Development and Diversity passed away suddenly this past May. 

We will miss Dr. Aurelian as a pioneering woman scientist, proud and loving mother and grandmother, an irreplaceable colleague and loyal and generous friend.

For more about Dr. Laure Aurelian and her numerous accomplishments click here.

OFDD Programs, Awards and Events

The Office of Faculty Development & Diversity offers events, workshops, programs and resources to all faculty throughout the academic year. Click here for updates and program information. Below we recognize the many programs, awards, and events our faculty engaged in over the past year.

LGBTQ+ Forum

The theme for Stanford Medicine's virtual 3rd annual LGBTQ+ Forum was Intersectionality: Now more than ever, it is imperative to prioritize an inclusive and equitable community across intersectional LGBTQ+ groups. The forum featured keynote speaker Dr. Jonathan Lassiter, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rowan University. Click here to view a recording of the event.

Faculty Fireside Chats: Medical Faculty Excellence in an Era of Social Justice Activism series, co-sponsored by OFDD and the Office of Academic Affairs, provided monthly discussions focused on student activism and diversity and inclusion topics at the School of Medicine.

We wish to thank these amazing speakers for making this new program a success!

  • Lloyd Minor and Bonnie Maldonado, "Where We Are Today and Where We Want To Go"
  • Fernando Mendoza, "The History of Minority Affairs at Stanford and the School of Medicine"
  • Donald Warne (University of North Dakota), "How Did We Get Here: The Roots of Today's Mistrust"
  • Carla Pugh, "Critical Race Issues in Medical Teams"
  • Maya Yiadom, "Why it is Medicine's Business: Current Perspectives on Patient Outcomes"
  • Lisa Chamberlain, "The Role of Faculty in an Era of Activism"
  • Reena Thomas, "Mentoring Through Small Acts"

The Health Equity Action Leadership (HEAL) Network now has 80 members! As part of the HEAL Network, members receive announcements about education, training, and funding opportunities focused on health disparities and health equity research. In the coming months, several HEAL Network initiatives will be launched including:   

  • A HEAL Network Website
  • Fireside Chats featuring Healthy Equity Researchers
  • Health Equity training opportunities

If you are interested in joining the HEAL Network please complete the brief registration survey here.

Heal Network Steering Committee members: Latha PalaniappanLee SandersMaya YiadomFatima RodriguezLisa Goldman-Rosas.

Black Faculty Affinity Meetings (BFAM)

BFAM is a network created through OFDD's Community Support Initiative. BFAM is intended to provide networking and social engagement opportunities for Stanford  Medicine faculty across all clinical lines and departments. To view BFAM member spotlights, click here.

Women Faculty Networking  

We wish to thank all of the amazing Stanford guest speakers at our Women Faculty Networking luncheons in the 2020-2021 academic year: Barb HardyFernando MendozaKaren FrushSara SingerIris GibbsCondoleezza RicePhil Pizzo, and Eleni Linos. The Women Faculty Networking group is open to all faculty and instructors, regardless of gender and across all lines. Luncheons are held the first Wednesday of each month.

We would like to thank the OFDD Women Faculty Steering Committee which supports and guides the strategic direction of the program, and selects guest speakers.

Christy Sandborg, MDElan Burton, MDHannah Valantine, MDNancy Ewen Wang, MDNishita Kothary, MDSara Singer, PhDStephanie Harman, MD.

Minority Faculty Networking

OFDD's Minority Faculty Networking group's meetings offer an occasion to meet with and learn from colleagues. This year we honored outstanding faculty, staff and students at the 2021 Diversity Awards and Networking Reception. 

In addition, each month OFDD hosts an intimate lunch with a small group of minority faculty to discuss research and clinical interests, faculty development concerns, and career advice across lines and ranks. We have appreciated deepening our relationships with every faculty member who was able to attend a luncheon over the past year and look forward to additional professional development conversations over the coming year.

We would like to thank the OFDD Minority Faculty Network Steering Committee which supports and guides the strategic direction of the Minority Faculty Networking program.

Olivia Martinez, PhDReena Thomas, MD, PhDSridhar Seshadri, PhD,  Tamara Dunn, MDVinicio de Jesus Perez, MD.


2021 Diversity Awards Recipients

We were honored to be joined by Dr. Augustus White, the first African America graduate from Stanford Medicine, as we celebrated diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)  during this year's virtual Diversity Awards and Networking Reception. Congratulations to our incredible awardees!

Dr. Augustus White III and Family Faculty Professionalism Award: Tiffany Cheng, MD
Dr. Miquell Miller Award for Promoting Diversity & Inclusion: Christine Santiago, MD
Dr. Fernando Mendoza Health Equity Research & Opportunity (HERO) Award: Eric Jenkins
Graduate Education Faculty Award for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion: Michelle Odden, PhD
Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Societal Citizenship: Dorothy Tovar

2021 McCormick Gabilan Award Recipients

The  McCormick and Gabilan Faculty Awards provide research and project funding to junior faculty women for career advancement, or to junior faculty men or women who support the advancement of women in medicine through research. We congratulate this year's awardees: Serena Sanulli, PhDSophia Wang, MDSruti Nadimpalli, MD, and Xingxing Cheng, MD.



Leadership Programs and Grant Writing
Participants in the Stanford Leadership Development Program (SLDP), jointly sponsored by SoM and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, learn the skills required to lead small divisions, sections or teams within an academic medical center. Nominations are solicited from department leadership in January/February each academic year. Click here for more information.

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity’s Leadership Bootcamp Series aims to prime junior faculty at Stanford Medicine with the tools required to hone their unique leadership styles and empower them toward applying these crucial skills within their professional pursuits. Click here for more information.

Getting a NIH R01 or R21 grant application funded is a key aspect of promotion for many junior faculty. OFDD’s R01 Countdown is a 4-month program that provides detailed weekly instructor and small group feedback on junior faculty’s NIH R-series grant submissions. The course is open to Assistant and Associate Professors in professoriate lines. Click here for more information.

Clinical and Basic Science Diversity Liaisons

We would like to extend a special thanks to all of our Clinical and Basic Science Department Diversity Liaisons for all of the works they do as representatives of their departments and groups in assisting with faculty concerns, ideas, the on going promotion of best practices across the academic pipeline and the advancement of excellence at Stanford School of Medicine.


The Clinical Diversity Liaisons are appointed by School of Medicine Clinical Department Chairs to serve as departmental representatives that liaise between the Chairs, members of their specific department, and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity. Click here to learn more about the Clinical Diversity Liaisons.

The Basic Science Liaisons are appointed by School of Medicine Basic Science Department Chairs and Interdisciplinary Program (IDP) Directors to serve as representatives that liaise between the Chairs or Directors, members of their specific Department or IDP, and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, the Office of Graduate Education, and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Click here to learn more about the Basic Science Liaisons.

Skills Building and Cultural Considerations Faculty Workshops
Our skills-building workshops are designed to teach the skills needed to develop faculty careers.  This past year we learned how to create compelling virtual presentations with Matt Abrahams, and how to promote your academic career using social media with Dr. Michael Gisondi.

The Cultural Considerations in the Biomedical Workplace series serves to encourage members of the Stanford Medicine community to have dialogues about topics related to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We were joined by  Christine Schirmer for a discussion on translating lessons learned from a K-12 antiracist teaching initiative.  Carmin Powell, Lahia Yemane, Latishya Steele and Jennifer Cohen shared strategies to center belonging to empower trainees in academia.

Katharine D McCormick Distinguished Lecture

We were delighted to host the annual Katharine D. McCormick Distinguished Lecture on International Women's Day with special guest Melissa Moore, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer at Moderna, who discussed "mRNA as Medicine". Click here for more information about this annual lecture series sponsored by OFDD.

Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition

OFDD was honored to support the 2nd Annual Conference on Disability in Healthcare and Medicine led by the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC) and the Medical Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses (MSDCI).

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