BFAM Member Spotlights

Meet the members of the Stanford Medicine Black Faculty Affinity Meetings (BFAM), 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.  

Alyce S. Adams, PhD

Epidemiology and Population Health & Medicine (PCOR)

Associate Director, Health Equity and Community Engagement, Stanford Cancer Institute
Faculty Advisory Board, Stanford Impact Labs

Research Interests 
Health services and policy research; Health Equity; Chronic Disease Treatment & Outcomes

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I was in a rock band in graduate school.

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Chez Maman, Chubby Noodle

What are some of your favorite social activities? 
Finding new restaurants; sporting events (Warriors, Giants); symphony

Kevin Alexander, MD

Department of Medicine/Cardiovascular Medicine        

Research Interests 
Cardiac amyloidosis, heart failure, heart transplantation    

What are some of your favorite social activities? Hiking

Leah Backhus MD, MPH, FACS

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery/Thoracic Surgery

Associate Program Director  Co-Director, Thoracic Surgery Clinical Research Program

Research Interests
Health Services Research; lung cancer; disparities

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
I listen to gangster rap in the operating room

What are some of your favorite restaurants?
Manresa, Plumed Horse, Tamarind

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Family skiing, travel, Peloton

Adjoa Boateng, MD

Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine/Critical Care

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
Salsera!

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Back-A-Yard

Ryanne Brown, MD, MBA

Department of Pathology/Dermatopathology

Staff Physician at VA Palo Alto

Research Interests 
Soft tissue tumors, cutaneous histiocytic neoplasms

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I have 8 sisters and brothers

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Il Fornaio, Starbird chicken, Bon Chon chicken

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Live music, dancing, movies

Elan Burton, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Research Interests 
Health Disparities, Quality Improvement

 



Nicole B. Burwell, MSHS, PhD, PA-C

Department of Medicine/Primary Care and Population Health

Director of Pre-Clerkship Education for the MSPA program

Research Interests
Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Nutrition

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
I'm a reality TV junkie!

Tamara Dunn, MD

Department of Medicine/Hematology

Associate Chair, Diversity & Inclusion (DoM), Program Director, Hematology Fellowship, Co-Chair Diversity & Inclusion Council

Research Interests
DEI

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
I am a singer and love games. (board games, escape rooms)

What are some of your favorite restaurants?
Steam, Yucca de Lac

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Tennis, movies, attending talks about race, dancing, game nights/escape rooms

Ekene A. Enemchukwu, MD, MPH

Urology

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dept of Urology
Director of Urology at Stanford Pelvic Health Center, Stanford Health Care

Research Interests 
Refractory overactive bladder, health disparities in underserved populations, shared decision making



Iris C. Gibbs, MD, FAAWR, FACR, FASTRO

Radiation Oncology

Associate Dean of MD Admissions Chair
Diversity Sub-committee of the SOM Faculty Senate

Research Interests
Cyberknife radiosurgery, spinal radiosurgery, pediatric brain tumors, adult brain tumors, health equity

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
During the COVID-19 pandemic I revived my love of singing and writing. I am the only member of my book club who does not currently live in Los Angeles--shout out to Literary Sisters West!!



Kim Hazard, MD

Pathology

Medical Director and Chief of Pathology for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Research Interests 
Pediatric rare tumors and developmental disorders

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I am a proud Army brat and have traveled the world!



Eldrin Lewis, MD, MPH

Medicine/Cardiovascular Medicine

Chief, Cardiovascular Division

Research Interests 
Quality of life in CV Disease, clinical trials of innovative therapies

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I love jazz, especially classic female jazz vocalists

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Basketball, hiking, photography

Megan Mahoney, MD

Department of Medicine/Primary Care and Population Health        

Chief of Staff, Stanford Health Care

Research Interests 
Precision Health, Team Based Primary Care, Health Equity

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I love yoga, meditation, hiking and traveling

Uchechukwu Megwalu, MD, MPH

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Cancer

Chief, Division of Comprehensive Otolaryngology
Otolaryngology Clerkship Director

Research Interests 
Outcomes/health services research: health disparities, head and neck cancer, hearing healthcare, health literacy

Andrea Murray, MD

Anesthesiology/Pediatric Anesthesiology

E4C Faculty in School of Medicine

Research Interests 
Global Health

What are some of your favorite restaurants?  
Back-A-Yard, CreoLA, Southern Comfort Kitchen

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Game nights, wine tasting, brunching (pre-COVID)

Philip Okafor, MD MPH

Medicine/Gastroenterology

Director, General Gastroenterology
Director, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Lead
GI-Hepatology Population Sciences and Health Services Research Interest Group

Research Interests 
Health disparities, impact of socioeconomic determinants and environment on health on GI outcomes, large database analysis

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I host a podcast

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Soccer, hiking,

 

Caroline Okorie, MD,MPH

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonary, Asthma and Sleep

Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Residency Program

Research Interests
Sleep Medicine, Physician well-being, health literacy and how to improve communication between physician and patient in a way that empowers patients and families to take a role in their own care.

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
I love all music and am currently diligently curating my vinyl record collection.

 

Kendra Patton Silverman, PA-C

Department of Medicine/Primary Care and Population Health

Director of Clerkship Education, MSPA Program Physician Assistant

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I am a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribe

What are some of your favorite social activities?  
Hiking, exercise, yoga, gardening, traveling, singing, dancing, spending time with family and friends

Carmin Powell, MD

Pediatrics, Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Medical Director, Pediatrics at Watsonville Community Hospital
Co-Director, LEAD (Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity ) Program

Research Interests  
Health equity and perinatal medicine, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion educational programs

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.  
I love pugs!

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Back-A-Yard Caribbean Grill, Zareens, Orenchi Ramen, Oh Baby Sushi, El Palomar (Santa Cruz), Jack's Hamburgers (Santa Cruz), Laili (Santa Cruz)

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Gardening, Hiking, Meeting up with friends for Happy Hour

 

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD

Department of Surgery

Director, Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement (T.E.C.I.) Center Member, Commission on Justice & Equity

Research Interests 
Simulation and advanced engineering technologies to develop new approaches for assessing and defining mastery in clinical procedural skills.

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
Anything outdoors -  fishing, white water rafting and gardening

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Fishing, white water rafting, scuba, hiking, gardening, sight seeing

Freeborn Rwere, PhD

Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine 

Research Interests
Cytochrome P450 2C19 and aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2)

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
That I am Zimbabwean

What are some of your favorite restaurants?
Apple Bees

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Watching soccer and tennis

Nicholas Scoulios

Internal Medicine/Hospital Medicine

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
Love playing backgammon while watching sunset at the beach

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Base Camp, AL's place, Ramen Yamadaya, Beloved Natural Cafe

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Solo/group hiking, dancing, going to festivals/markets, playing music

Jade Shorter, MD, MSHP

OBGYN/Family Planning

Director, Early Pregnancy Assessment Program

Research Interests 
Early pregnancy loss, reproductive health disparities

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Protege, Vesta, Tamarine

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Hiking, skiing, happy hour

Cherrelle Smith, MD

Emergency Medicine

Assistant Medical Director, Stanford Pediatric Emergency Department

Research Interests 
Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Process Improvement

 




Allyson Spence, MD, PhD

Department of Medicine/Oncology

VA Palo Alto Oncologist

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
I enjoy playing the piano

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Musical events

Elizbeth M. Talley, MD

Department of Pediatrics/Nephrology

Associate Fellowship Director, Pediatric Nephrology

Research Interests 
Chronic kidney disease

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I loved to do crafts (until life got too busy)

What are some of your favorite social activities?  
Walking, hanging out with friends, movies (preCOVID), seeing friends and family/church family

Allison Thompson, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Associate Division Chief for Ambulatory Psychology
Co-Associate Director of Clinical Training and Practicum
Co-Coordinator, PGSP-Stanford Psy.D Consortium

Research Interests
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Underserved Populations, Healthcare Disparities

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
I play the drums.

Hannah Valantine, MD

Medicine/Cardiology

Senior Advisor and Director of Team science Initiatives

Research Interests 
Organ transplant reaction - mechanisms and diagnostics; Clinical trails

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I love sailing

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Carpaccio; Fish market

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Hosting dinner parties


Sharon Williams, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Director, Child Psychology Training Director, Child Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research Interests
Neuropsychology

Tem Woldeyesus, MD

Department of Medicine/Primary Care and Population Health

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me.
Die-hard basketball fan

Maame Yaa "Maya" A. B. Yiadom, MD, MPH, MSCI

Emergency Medicine

Vice Chair of Research

Research Interests 
Health Care Delivery, Clinical Operations, Time-Sensitive Conditions, Health Services Research

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Mendocino Farms, Back-a-Yard Carribean Grill, any place with street tacos

What are some of your favorite social activities?
Family 5K runs, beaches, anything involving other people. We moved here through the pandemic.

Lahia Yemane, MD

Department of Pediatrics/General Pediatrics

Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Residency Program
Co-Director, Stanford Medicine LEAD Program

Research Interests 
Medical education, supporting UIM trainees

Something you wouldn’t know just by looking at me. 
I have a huge sweet tooth (esp cupcakes)

What are some of your favorite restaurants? 
Zareen's, Rangoon Ruby, Opa!, Casa Lupe

What are some of your favorite social activities? 
Travel, concerts, hiking, binge watching Netflix