OFDD Directors are at the forefront of leading groups that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion across the School of Medicine. Their efforts are pivotal to establishing an environment in which constituents from diverse backgrounds feel a sense of belonging and respect. Meet these talented leaders below and learn about their plans to cultivate a culture of inclusion at Stanford.
OFDD Director of the Black Faculty Affinity Meetings (BFAM)
Dr. Carmin Powell is a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics and a Pediatric Hospitalist/Medical Director at Watsonville Community Hospital. As a former Stanford Medicine resident, she has a deep understanding of the importance of having a support network of peers that one can relate to in a community. She brings her passion for representation into her work at the School of Medicine by providing a space for Black faculty from different departments to come together through BFAM.
Dr. Powell continues to expand BFAM for faculty, trainees, residents, and medical students in order to create a sense of community among Black Stanford Medicine constituents. She finds connecting with other Black faculty fulfilling and seeks to emphasize that they are not alone at Stanford. She aims to continue enabling Black faculty with the support they need to develop as leaders. Dr. Powell’s ultimate goal is to increase the representation of Black individuals in medicine through systemic, institutional, and local change.
I know how impactful it is to see people that look like me and have similar backgrounds.
OFDD Director of Gender Equity
My goal is to find the best exemplars of excellence to address the impact gender and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the success of women faculty.
Dr. Christy Sandborg is a Professor of Pediatric Rheumatology at Stanford Medicine and the OFDD Faculty Director for Gender Equity. As a leader in the Pediatrics Department in Stanford Children's Hospital and in the School of Medicine, her interests include the wellbeing of women faculty, physicians, providers, and clinical staff. The disparities affecting women in medicine became very apparent to Dr. Sandborg through her investigations of workplace inequities. Dr. Sandborg further assumed a leadership role in this space as co-lead the Taskforce to Mitigate the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Stanford Medicine Women Faculty. She looks forward to implementing the Taskforce’s recommendations in her role as OFDD Faculty Director.
Dr. Sandborg aims to collaborate with department leaders to identify the best strategies to address the lingering impacts of the pandemic and to further investigate its impact on the success of faculty of all genders, and in particular, among women faculty. She intends to apply these learnings from across the School of Medicine to develop a toolkit for Department Chairs and to foster accountability among department leaders.
OFDD Co-Director of the LGBTQ+ Subcommittee
Dr. Arturo Molina is a Hematologist/Oncologist, Chief Medical Officer at Protagonist Therapeutics, Adjunct Clinical Faculty in Oncology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Co- Director for the LGBTQ+ Subcommittee. He was previously Chief Medical Officer at Sutro Biopharma where he was responsible for the clinical development of oncology therapeutics.
Dr. Molina is currently on the National Advisory Committee of the Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, which focuses on increasing the number of medical, dental, and nursing faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. As an OFDD Director, Dr. Molina is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community at Stanford Medicine. He works closely with OFDD to spearhead new programs and events for the LGBTQ+ community, including the annual Stanford Medicine Evening of Queer Joy, previously known as the LGBTQ+ Forum.
Committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community at Stanford Medicine.
OFDD Co-Director of the LGBTQ+ Subcommittee
It's critical that everyone feels that they belong at Stanford.
Ann-Marie Yap is the Executive Director of Customer Experience and Support Services for Stanford Health Care (SHC) and Co- Director of the Stanford Medicine LGBTQ+ Subcommittee, which she joined in 2020. She is one of the founding members of the Pride Employee Resource Group for SHC and is committed to enabling others to be leaders who can be their authentic selves. Meeting more faculty, staff, and students at Stanford Medicine has further driven her passion for LGBTQ+ awareness. Her interests include fair treatment of staff, equity in employee benefits, and building a supportive, inclusive, and accepting community at Stanford.
She finds the support from OFDD very fulfilling, as there is no other group at Stanford Medicine that is focused on building the infrastructure needed for the success of faculty groups. Ann-Marie enjoys engaging with the talented LGBTQ+ Community at Stanford and aims to continue amplifying the innovative ideas of the individuals in her community.
OFDD Director of the Stanford Leadership Development Program (SLDP)
Dr. Stephanie Harman is a faculty member in the Department of Medicine and Associate Chair for Women in Medicine in the department. She is also the Co-Director of the Stanford Leadership Development Program (SLDP), which is co-sponsored by OFDD and Stanford Health Care. As Dr. Harman is familiar with the challenges associated with the transition to leadership roles, she is committed to creating opportunities for all voices to be heard in leadership spaces and removing the barriers that impede the confidence of rising leaders. She has a zeal for empowering others to envision themselves as leaders in the School of Medicine and actively works to help faculty refine their individual strengths through SLDP.
Working closely with OFDD, Dr. Harman has developed the program curriculum to deliver content that is relatable to the lived experiences of faculty, provide support and resources for individual leadership development, and enable access to resources for career advancement. She sincerely enjoys the opportunity to connect leaders from different departments and facilitate the leadership growth of faculty. Dr. Harman looks forward to continuously refining SLDP to meet the needs of leaders in different stages, incorporate new contexts participants may face, and help build a community among past participants to foster continued leadership growth.
It's a wonderful gift to bring in different voices across the School of Medicine that all exhibit what leadership looks like.
OFDD Director of the Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity (SMADIE)
The most satisfying aspect of creating SMADIE is the existence of a community that didn't exist before and the visibility of individuals with disabilities that Stanford didn't have before.
Dr. Peter Poullos is a faculty member in the Department of Radiology, and the Founder and Co-Chair of the Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity (SMADIE). Being a Stockton, California native, he received his B.S. in Biology from Santa Clara University, completed his M.D. degree at the University of Texas Medical Center, and worked as a Gastroenterology Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco before training in Radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has always had an interest in helping underserved populations and turned his focus to improving health equity for patients with disabilities after sustaining a spinal cord injury.
Through SMADIE, he advances equity and inclusion for people with disabilities at Stanford Medicine by educating constituents with his research and running advocacy and mentorship programs for this community. Dr. Poullos enjoys being a part of the DEI community and meeting people who share the same passion for justice, fairness, and inclusion from all over Stanford Medicine. He values the continued collaboration with OFDD to launch research projects such as the Justice, Equity, and Abilities Survey and provide mentorship to his community.