Welcome from the Vice Dean & Associate Deans

Hello! Thank you for participating in our pilot Clinician Educator Peer Networking program. The past three years have been challenging for all of us. Those of you who joined Stanford during the pandemic may not have had many opportunities to explore the School of Medicine and create connections with other faculty members in different departments and divisions. It is our sincere hope that this program will help you build community and feel more connected to your fellow Clinician Educators and Stanford at large. We look forward to hearing your feedback as it will help inform future planning. Thank you for your participation and we hope you enjoy the program! 

Linda Boxer, Allison Thompson, Janice Lowe, Carol Marquez and Pedro Tanaka

Contact Us

Allison Thompson

Associate Dean
Academic Affairs and Faculty Director, Clinician Educator Peer Networking Program

Annie Han

Assistant Director
Faculty Professional Development Programs

Clinician Educator Peer Networking Program

The Clinician Educator Peer Networking (CEPN) program provides in-person and virtual group networking opportunities for early career Clinician Educators (CEs) to build community, focus on physician wellness, and promote career satisfaction with others similarly engaged in the mix of clinical care, teaching, administrative and scholarly activities that advances clinical medicine throughout the Stanford Medicine ecosystem. The current pilot CEPN runs from October 2023 through June 2024.

Eligibility to Participate

The program is open to benefits-eligible Clinical Assistant Professors across the School of Medicine’s departments and divisions. Priority is for faculty who were appointed or promoted during the last three years. This program is currently in a pilot phase and is expected to become available for additional enrollment in the future.

Program Aims

  • Increase connectedness among Clinical Assistant Professors.
  • Recognize Clinician Educators’ contributions to Stanford’s clinical mission.
  • Equip participants with organizational awareness to navigate their career successfully.
  • Support professional and individual growth through supportive and sustained interpersonal connections.

Program Structure

Each peer group is typically comprised of 8 to 12 faculty. Peer groups may form around interests that currently include:

  1. In-person book club
  2. Virtual book club
  3. In-person community building
  4. Virtual community building 

Each peer group is facilitated by member(s) of the group. Facilitators receive initial training and periodic facilitator debriefs.  

Book Club Picks

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Atomic Habits by James Clear
The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women's Dead End Work by Linda Babcock, Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund and Laurie Weingart
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

2023-2024 Program Participants

Peer Group A: In-person book club

Anna Bombardieri, MD, PhD | Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine
Kelly Ernst, MD | Pathology
Kayla Jimenez, Psy.D. | Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Jillian Larsen, MD | Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences – Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Child Development
Melanie Lean, Clin.Psych.D | Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences | Peer Group A Facilitator
Alice Ramirez, MD | Pediatrics - Cardiology


Peer Group B: In-person community building

Michelle Braunschweig, MD, PhD, MPH | Medicine – Primary Care & Population Health
Alexandra Cours, MD | Medicine – Primary Care & Population Health
Brittany Dashevsky, MD | Radiology | Peer Group B Facilitator
Margaret Ferris, MD | Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Megan Gilbert, MD | Pediatrics - Hematology/Oncology
Aslam Khan, MD | Pediatrics - Infectious Diseases
Oyindamola Ogunlaja, MD | Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Jenae Richardson, PhD | Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Crystal Unzueta, MD | Medicine – Primary Care & Population Health
Lucas Vitzthum, MD | Radiation Oncology – Radiation Therapy
Uzma Waheed, MD | Radiology


Peer Group C: In-person community building

Jasmine Dobbs-Marsh, PsyD | Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Mohammad Ebraheem, MD | Pediatrics - Cardiology | Peer Group C Facilitator
Hannah Kirsch, MD | Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Jiang-Ti Kong, MD | Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine
Natalia Medvedeva, MD | Medicine – Infectious Diseases
Ruby Patel, MD | Pediatrics - Nephrology | Peer Group C Facilitator
Mohana Roy, MD | Medicine - Oncology | Peer Group C Facilitator
Brian Shaller, MD | Medicine – Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine


Peer Group D: In-person community building

Ana Goya Arce, PhD | Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine
Arvind Balaji, MD | Orthopaedic Surgery
Peter Bendix, MD, MPH | Surgery – General Surgery | Peer Group D Facilitator
Tony Chen, MD | Urology
Grace Cho, MD | Dermatology
Daniel Clark, MD, MPH | Medicine – Cardiovascular Medicine
Margaret Cooke, MD | Orthopaedic Surgery
Orlando Quintero, MD | Medicine – Infectious Diseases


Peer Group E: Virtual community building

Eunice Chen, MD | Medicine – Primary Care & Population Health
John Hegarty, PhD | Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Thomas Holden, MD | Medicine - Oncology
Maria Norma Villalon Landeros, MD | Medicine – Primary Care & Population Health
Julianna Marwell, MD | Medicine – Primary Care & Population Health
Raquel Osorno, PhD | Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Marlen Pajcini, MD | Radiology | Peer Group E Facilitator
Mohammad Rasouli, MD | Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine
Irina Skylar-Scott, MD | Neurology & Neurological Sciences | Peer Group E Facilitator
Huaiyu Zhang, PhD | Medicine – Cardiovascular Medicine
Linda Zhu, MD | Medicine – Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine