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Stanford University's new long COVID study

Dr. Yvonne "Bonnie" Maldonado, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, is one of the principal investigators in a federally funded long-COVID study to understand the long-lasting symptoms some people experience after a COVID-19 infection.


Stanford faculty lead project to support COVID-19 vaccine outreach in the Latinx community

Lisa Goldman Rosas and Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa, in collaboration with the ¡Sí Se Puede! Collective, work to promote COVID-19 vaccine awareness and public health guidelines in the area’s Latinx community.


Odette Harris on her journey to becoming America’s second Black female neurosurgery professor

Stanford's Odette Harris, MD, MPH, professor of neurosurgery, is profiled in The Stanford Daily on her work to to expand equity and inclusion in medicine.


Stanford’s Peter Pollous in the Huffington Post on issues with supporting disabled doctors

Peter Poullos is a clinical associate professor of radiology and of medicine. He's the founder and executive director of the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC), a group composed of people with disabilities and their allies. 


Stanford Medicine's Carolyn Rodriguez on NASEM Health and Medicine Division Panel

Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, participated on a panel focusing on the need for broader inclusion & diversity in Neuroscience training as part of a workshop series hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


Medscape at 25: Recognizing Medicine's Rising Stars

Ripal Shah, MD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recognized as one of Medscape’s top 25 rising stars in medicine for her leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in mental health research.


Girl in Bloom: The Story of a Teen’s Transition

A patient's story about obtaining gender-affirming care at the Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford started by Tandy Aye, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) at Stanford.


Stanford led study shows more than half of in-hospital deaths from COVID-19 among Black, Hispanic patients.

Fatima Rodriguez, MD, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford, is the lead author of the study, which was published Nov. 17 in Circulation.

 


‘I’ve trained my whole life for this’

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity and infectious disease epidemiologist Bonnie Maldonado's leadership in shaping Stanford Medicine's pandemic response and explaining COVID-19 to the public is the culmination of a lifetime of learning.


Stanford physician-programmer creates Coders Against COVID

Jorge Caballero, MD, co-founded a volunteer organization that maps COVID-19 testing locations and displays updated data about the pandemic

The site features a dashboard that collects data from government sources. It shows case and death-rate data in many dimensions: by state and county, according to age and ethnicity, over time. 


It’s time to stop using skin color and race in medicine and see patients for who they really are

Megan R. Mahoney, family medicine physician, chief of staff for Stanford Health Care, principal investigator for Stanford’s Humanwide Project, and clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine has opionion piece featured in STAT.


Race and wellness – Part I

Examining health disparities

 N. Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc, AAHIVS — an instructor of medicine at Stanford Medicine, a physician with Stanford Health Care and Roots Community Health Center (Oakland, CA) and a member of the Stanford-Intermountain Delivery Science Fellowship is featured as a source in this three-part series by Stanford BeWell.


Bonnie Maldonado: The science is clear. Vaccinations save lives.

Stanford professor and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity Yvonne “Bonnie” Maldonado is a medical doctor and an expert in pediatric infectious diseases.

She has been fighting and preventing disease her entire career. She says that vaccinations have made remarkable progress in recent years and yet, despite well-known programs that have virtually wiped out once-dreaded diseases like measles, smallpox and polio, a more insidious foe than these diseases has appeared — misinformation that sows confusion, fear and distrust of vaccines in the general public.


Not the “I” word: A conversation with a doctor with a disability

You could say Peter Poullos, MD, was living a charmed life until January, 2003.

At the time, he was a gastroenterology fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. On a break from patient rounds and after performing an intricate medical procedure overnight, Poullos, a cycling enthusiast, decided to take a quick bike ride before returning to the hospital.

While riding in San Francisco's Aquatic Park, he tumbled down a flight of stairs, over his handlebars and landed face-first on the ground. 


At Department of Medicine’s diversity and inclusion week, challenging conventional wisdom

“Great minds think differently.” If there was a unifying idea expressed by speakers at the Department of Medicine’s first diversity and inclusion week, it was probably that.


Choices, trade-offs and accomplishments at the Women in Medicine and Science event

The path was rarely straight. The steps were neither easy nor obvious. Nonetheless Persis Drell, PhD, navigated the mostly male landscape of academic sciences to become Stanford's thirteenth provost. As the chief academic and chief budgetary officer, she holds a key position in setting university priorities and allocating funds to support them.



Scientists find potential diagnostic tool, treatment for Parkinson’s disease

In human cell cultures, countering a defect that appears to be nearly universal among patients with Parkinson’s disease prevents death in the cells whose loss causes the disease.

Xinnan Wang, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurosurgery, and one of OFDD's 2018 McCormick and Gabilan Faculty Fellows is the study's senior author.

“We’ve identified a molecular marker that could allow doctors to diagnose Parkinson’s accurately, early and in a clinically practical way,” said Wang.


Department of Medicine Launches Faculty Diversity LENS

Increased diversity in faculty recruitment is a cornerstone goal for the Department of Medicine.  As a result, the DOM's Faculty Diversity LENS was launched on January 1, 2019 (Looking to Effectively Navigate Searches using a diversity LENS).  The Committee’s goal is simple: to partner, assist, and collaborate with the Divisions and Search Committees to improve the Department’s faculty searches, candidate evaluations, and outreach efforts. 


Stanford Surgery Commits to Photo-less Applications

Stanford University's Department of Surgery has committed to reviewing all fellowship and residency applications sans the customary photo.

"All of our fellowship and ACGME residency programs have agreed to forgo printing the candidate photo as part of their racket for evaluation for invitation for interview," said Dr. Sherry Wren, Stanford Surgery's Vice Chair of Diversity. "Research shows that photos can influence selection in positive and negative ways."


Stanford Medicine faculty member, Mitch Lunn featured in the All of Us research program newsletter

For Dr. Lunn, part of what makes All of Us so special is its commitment to diversity and inclusion. He and his team at Stanford University’s PRIDEnet are one of All of Us’s community engagement partners—groups that work to help make sure All of Us is truly a program for everyone. PRIDEnet’s focus is on working with LGBTQ communities.


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. 

 


Hematologist (and a mom, singer, actress and much more) stands up for diversity

When you first meet Tamara Dunn, MD, she'll tell you that she was always going to be a physician. Well, a physician or a singer. Or an actress. Or a financial trader.

She'll tell you about growing up in Kansas City surrounded by a bevy of black professionals (her dad was a dentist and his best friend was her pediatrician), and how that inspired her commitment to fostering inclusive, diverse communities in medicine. She'll tell you how her mother's untimely death (Dunn was only 15), imbued her with a carpe diem attitude and a sense that nothing can be taken for granted.


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.


Diversity, science leadership grants awarded to student-faculty pairs

Two graduate students at the School of Medicine and their faculty advisers have been awarded fellowship grants by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 

The Stanford student-adviser awardees are:

Matias Kaplan, a bioengineering graduate student whose work focuses on understanding the relationship between sequence and structure of certain RNA switches for use in metabolic engineering and medical applications. His adviser is Christina Smolke, professor of bioengineering.

Abel Ferrel, a microbiology and immunology graduate student whose work focuses on how the single-celled Toxoplasma parasite interacts with the host cell in the chronic stage of infection. His adviser is John Boothroyd, the Burt and Marion Avery Professor and professor of microbiology and immunology.


Stanford Medicine Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and OFDD Liaison Carolyn Rodriguez has co-authored HBR article: What’s Holding Women in Medicine Back from Leadership

For over 25 years, women have made up at least 40% of U.S. medical students. This past year, more women than men were enrolled in U.S. medical schools. Yet overall women make up only 34% of physicians in the U.S., and gender parity is still not reflected in medical leadership. 

 


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


PORTRAITS OF STANFORD MEDICINE PODCAST SERIES: DIVERSITY EDITIONS

This special 1:2:1 series will introduce you to the many faces of Stanford Medicine, with a focus on the wide array of diversity in academic medicine.


In the eye of the pandemic: A conversation with viral disease expert Bonnie Maldonado

In this 1:2:1 podcast, Contributing Editor Paul Costello talks with Bonnie Maldonado, MD, about the nation's COVID-19 response, how her upbringing shaped her life and career, and more. 


Portraits of Stanford Medicine: Peter Poullos

 Peter Poullos is a clinical associate professor of radiology and of medicine. He's the founder and executive director of the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC), a group composed of people with disabilities and their allies.

 


Portraits of Stanford Medicine: Three new podcasts on diversity

Take a quick walk on campus and you'll realize that the people of Stanford Medicine come from all over the world and from a host of backgrounds and perspectives. For the past few years, I've been working to portray this diversity by interviewing individuals for the Portraits of Stanford Medicine series, part of the 1:2:1 podcast. Most recently, I spoke with Benji Laniakea, MD, a clinical assistant professor in primary care and population health; Deb Karhson, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry and behavioral sciences; and Ayodele Thomas, PhD, associate dean for graduate and career education and diversity in the Stanford Biosciences' Office of Graduate Education.


Neurosurgeon Odette Harris: A unique and rare physician

The numbers speak for themselves. Surgery isn't a medical specialty with an abundance of women. The Association of Women Surgeons says that in 2015, women comprised only 19.2 percent of the workforce. That was a laudable jump from a paltry 3.6 percent in 1980, yet still small.  And within specialties such as neurology and orthopedics, the numbers are even lower. So when you come across a neurosurgeon like Odette Harris, MD, MPH, you know you're meeting someone unique and rare.


Saying goodbye to Stanford after a five-year medical residency

A native Washingtonian, Brandon Baird, MD, was raised in Anacostia —the historic yet tough part of the nation's capital where bright horizons are not always apparent or accessible for its youth. In this podcast, he discusses his childhood, his love of classical and jazz music, and what led him to a career in medicine


Privilege? What’s that got to do with diversity?

Alan Ceaser is a postdoctoral fellow working in the Yoon Lab in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. In this podcast, he shares his diverse upbringing, joining the military, and what influenced him to first consider a career in medicine.


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.


Identity and medicine: A med student’s reflection on what makes us who we are

I realized at a young age that I’m not a very “cool” person. As my elementary school entomology club’s founding member, my high-school marching band’s woodwind captain, and a 24-year-old who still plays Pokémon, I’ve known for a while now that I’m a bit of a dork.


Stanford surgery chair Mary Hawn and the changing face of the OR

Surgery has been largely a male-dominated specialty in medicine, with many female physicians not believing that the demands of surgery and the testosterone-filled environment would be welcoming. Yet, that picture is changing: More women are now entering the field, and more female surgeons are mentoring aspiring female physicians and encouraging them.


Stanford pediatric resident Mehreen Iqbal: Her passion for healing

Born in Pakistan, third-year pediatric resident Mehreen Iqbal, came to the U.S. at the age of three. In this podcast, she discusses medicine, Islam and her passion for healing. Paul Costello, chief communications officer at the medical school, is host. 


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