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Judith Ned appointed assistant dean of medical degree admissions

A longtime advocate for diversity and community outreach at Stanford has been appointed to help lead the medical admissions office.

- By Tracie White

Judith Ned

Judith Ned, EdD, has been appointed assistant dean and director of the Office of MD Admissions, effective March 1.

Ned will supervise all operational aspects of medical student admissions and will help to transform the outreach and recruitment efforts of the office by supporting and developing new programs.

“In this new position, I hope to continue making positive strides toward increasing diversity in the medical and health professions, fostering community partnerships and supporting academic innovation that aligns with the mission of the office of medical degree admissions and the Stanford School of Medicine,” Ned said.

During her 15-year career at Stanford, Ned has administered university and community-based academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics enrichment programs. For 13 of those years, she directed the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, a five-week summer residential program held on the Stanford campus to encourage low-income and under-represented minority California high school students to aim for careers in medicine. During those years, she worked with more than 450 young people, many of whom are now on academic paths toward careers in health, science and medicine.

“Dr. Ned brings expertise in programmatic admissions, leadership development and academic counseling to the Office of MD Admissions,” said Iris Gibbs, MD, associate dean of MD admissions. “We are excited and fortunate to have her on our team.”

Ned also serves as an instructor in the School of Medicine, where she teaches a course on leadership and multicultural health, and as an instructor in the university’s Program on Urban Studies, where she teaches a course on approaches to community-based research.

She holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Mills College in Oakland.

“Throughout my career in education, I have attempted to model the words of chef Leah Chase, proprietor of Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans,” Ned said. “‘Make other people feel their worth.’ Her words have been central to my strong desire to create pathways of success for young people.”

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