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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
Learn more about Rebecca Saenz, MD, PhD, who graduates in June from a clinical fellowship in allergy and immunology.
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.
Leaders from the School of Engineering, School of Medicine, Physics and Chemical Engineering departments share case studies and invite discussion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A Stanford professor of medicine discusses why giving consideration to sex and gender differences in research and treatment would improve medical care for everyone.
It was summer of 2016 and she was at a conference in Nairobi when a panel composed entirely of men took the stage. Barry rose from her seat in the audience and addressed the panel saying, “It behooves you— if you want to be the continent that is leading the next generation — to get some women up there.”
Fifty-six years after giving a speech as the first African-American graduate of the Stanford School of Medicine, Augustus White III, MD, PhD, returned to the podium of his alma mater with gray hair and a strong message.
Since 2014, Rania Awaad, a psychiatrist based at the Stanford School of Medicine, has created and grown the Muslims and Mental Health Lab. The multidimensional research lab is dedicated to facilitating the study of mental health within Muslim communities and is the first and only of its kind in the nation.
Subak, who earned her medical degree at Stanford, is an expert in urogynecology, particularly in researching and treating urinary incontinence in women.
The Stanford clinical professor of medicine was honored for her efforts to help low-income communities. The Dr. Augustus A. White and Family Faculty Professionalism Award recognizes outstanding work in reducing health disparities or in enhancing the effectiveness of underrepresented minorities in the university community through research, education, mentoring or service.
"How Women In Medicine Can Promote Each Other" is an article that explores how women physicians can find mentors who will support and promote their work.
Pursuing parity – A new generation of female faculty is gathering data on why there should be more of them
Odette Harris was the only black woman in Stanford School of Medicine’s class of 1996. Upon graduation, she became Stanford’s sole first-year neurosurgery resident.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been in a professional situation where I wasn’t the first or the only,” says Harris, MD, now an associate professor of neurosurgery at Stanford, the associate chief of staff for rehabilitation at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System and the director of brain injury programs at both institutions.
Stanford Psychiatry faculty member Dr. Rania Awaad and the Stanford Muslim and Mental Health Lab featured in recent New York Times Opinion Page piece
The story describes mental and emotional effects of what advocates say is a wave of hate crimes and racist harassment that started during President Trump’s campaign. Learn more about Stanford Psychiatry faculty member Dr. Rania Awaad and the Stanford Muslim and Mental Health Lab. Pictured: Rania Awaad.
The April 3rd cover of the New Yorker that featured an illustration of four female surgeons has inspired women surgeons everywhere to replicate the photo in their own “selfie” with colleagues. Mary Hawn, the Stanford Medicine Professor of Surgery and chair of the department, and Sherry Wren, professor of surgery, express their enthusiasm for the campaign in this article. Wren is also featured in a video that accompanies the article.
A few weeks ago, I was moderating a panel discussion with some of my Stanford Medicine colleagues. I asked what we needed to do to make sure that 30 years from now, people would look back on this time as one of remarkable medical breakthroughs. Biologist Andrew Fire—a Nobel Prize laureate—answered with three simple words: “science without borders.” The rest of us quickly agreed.
Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, kicked off Monday’s Race, Policing and Public Health Symposium by reminding the several hundred attendees why physicians — who are trained primarily to care for the physical body — should care about issues of race, law enforcement-related violence and discrimination. (Pictured: Stanford professor of psychiatry Keith Humphreys, who moderated the event panel.)
Dr. David Gaba Recognized by the American Medical Women’s Association as the Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience Award Recipient
The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) will honor Dr. David Gaba with the 2017 Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience Award at its 102nd annual meeting award luncheon on April 1, 2017. This award is presented to a male physician who has been a champion and supporter of women in medicine in the tradition established by Dr. Zaroff.
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Leah Backhus, was featured in the Women in Thoracic Surgery Winter 2016 issue, page 11-14.
As part of a study, more than a dozen physicians were asked how they would advise their trainees to respond to three scenarios of discrimination, as well as how they would respond themselves.
Pictured: Emily Whitgob, the lead author of a paper describing the strategies for dealing with discrimination which was published online Oct. 26 in Academic Medicine.
American Indians and Stanford researchers come together to prevent diabetes.
Adrian Kendrick was struggling with irritable bowel syndrome. His mother, a public health nurse, had recommended several remedies, but Kendrick wasn’t getting better. His mother made one last suggestion: a healing ceremony.
Pictured: Adrian Kendrick
What matters to you? And why?
Stanford Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Leah Backhus, MD, has been appointed to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems. This prestigious panel serves to guide research that will give patients and those who care for them the ability to make better-informed health decisions. Currently an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford, Dr. Backhus is a member of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and has served as mentor to many in an attempt to address disparities in academic surgery. Her research in addressing health disparities and diversity allows for continued patient-focused progress in healthcare.
The Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity Center will be one of the first national centers focused on using precision-medicine tools to improve the health of underserved ethnic and racial groups.
Pictured: Yvonne Maldonado and Mark Cullen, who will lead the new NIH-funded center aimed at improving the health of underserved ethnic and racial groups.
Marcia McNutt, PhD, shared lessons she’s learned from leading top U.S scientific institutions, including her current post as editor-in-chief of the journal Science.
Recognizing unconscious bias when making talent decisions is an important consideration for 21st century managers. That’s why University Human Resources (UHR) recently partnered with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research to provide a two-hour workshop for Stanford managers to uncover bias in everyday management actions and to build awareness of the tools available to see bias and effectively block it.
Pictured: Clayman Institute’s Executive Director Lori Mackenzie, who led the course.
Sabine Girod led an effort to see if an educational intervention could reduce gender leadership bias among medical school faculty members. In short, it succeeded.
Stanford is tackling physician burnout and promoting physician wellness with a variety of programs for medical students, residents and physicians.
Pictured: Rebecca Smith-Coggins, MD, professor of emergency medicine and co-chair of the Stanford Committee for Professional Satisfaction and Support (SCPSS).
Spanish-speaking families are more satisfied with and better understand their children's surgical care when they communicate with the surgical team in their native language, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.
Pictured: Matias Bruzoni, MD, assistant professor of surgery and the study's senior author completed this study as part of the HCOE/OFDD Faculty Fellowship.
The Washington Post recently profiled OFDD’s Academic Biomedical Career Customization (ABCC) Pilot program and its continuation in Stanford’s Department of Emergency Medicine. The article is accessible online here.
Pictured: Dr. Greg Gilbert, an emergency room physician at Stanford Hospital. Gilbert is part of a program at Stanford that helps emergency room doctors lead more balanced lives.
The first national study to explore LGBT healthcare professionals' and trainees' perspectives on careers in academic medicine has been released. The article, entitled "LGBT Trainee and Health Professional Perspectives on Academic Careers—Facilitators and Challenges" and published in LGBT Health, August 2015, is accessible online here.
Pictured: Dr. Nelson Sanchez, lead author of the study.
Pediatrician Fernando Mendoza was recognized for his contributions to diversity and health-care equality.
When working with others to produce stellar results, whether it’s a project team, your departmental co-workers, or a cross-discipline committee, collaboration quickly becomes a key skill. When considering team effectiveness, it can be useful to evaluate results, process, and relationships as three separate but equally important factors.
On May 1, Ruth J. Simmons, PhD, President of Brown University from 2001-2012, spoke at Stanford Medicine’s Fresh Perspectives on Diversity Dean’s Lecture Series.
Doctors struggle to start discussions with ailing patients about how they want to spend their last days, a survey finds. The upshot? Patients should bring up the topic themselves.
A newly recognized form of poliovirus has emerged from one of the vaccines being used to eradicate the paralyzing illness. Stanford’s Yvonne Maldonado and others are studying how to solve the problem.
A Stanford study, recently published in Academic Medicine, has found that about 30 percent of sexual minority medical students hide or don’t reveal their sexual and gender identity, often because they fear discrimination.
Stanford School of Medicine's Dean, Lloyd Minor, MD, has made diversity the initial focus of the newly launched Dean’s Lecture Series. The featured speaker at the first lecture was Rosalind Hudnell, chief diversity officer and global director of education and external relations at Intel.
Shapiro revolutionized the understanding of the bacterial cell as an engineering paradigm whose cell division leads to the generation of diversity, a phenomenon fundamental to all life
Iris Gibbs, MD, has stepped in as associate dean for medical school admissions, replacing Gabriel Garcia, MD, who served for 15 years in the post
Greater diversity in science's workforce and ideas is long overdue. Nature, in this special issue with Scientific American, explores connections between diversity and the rigour of research — including how marginalization affects study design — and discusses persistent, misguided assumptions. The message is clear: inclusive science is better science.
As a manager, the conversations and career coaching you provide to your team members has the potential to inspire, energize, and engage them toward career success.
Study on Mexican ancestry to decode health problems led by Stanford Professor of Biomedical Data Science, of Genetics, and, by courtesy, of Biology, Carlos Bustamante, featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.
An extensive study decoding the genes of modern Mexicans has revealed their genetic links to the pre-Columbian world of their forebears who lived in Mexico hundreds to thousands of years ago.
Pictured: Professor Carlos Bustamante
Stanford Interventional Radiologist Nishita Kothary featured in the Society of Interventional Radiology’s Newsletter, Women in IR Spotlight
Dr. Nishita Kothary is this quarter’s Women in IR Spotlight for being a leader and innovator in the field of Interventional radiology.
Pictured: Nishita Kothary, MD
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.