Diversity Awards

The Stanford School of Medicine offers a series of awards recognizing medical students, residents, and fellows within the Stanford community who are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in health professions, health equity research, or are involved in social advocacy for marginalized communities.

Call for nominations is open. Deadline to submit nominations is May 6, 2021

Dr. Fernando Mendoza Health Equity Research and Opportunity (HERO) Award

As a Stanford HERO, Dr. Fernando Mendoza began his career at Stanford School of Medicine as Associate Dean for Minority Advising nearly 40 years ago soon after his residency. He later co-founded Stanford’s Center of Excellence, which has led the way nationally in increasing diversity in health professions.

As a community HERO, starting in the 1970s, Dr. Mendoza helped found the Gardner Health Center, which has grown its mission from serving immediate health needs mainly migrant farm workers to providing comprehensive primary care for more than 40,000 underinsured individuals through seven sites throughout the Bay Area – including our own pediatric continuity clinic. He also served as co-chair of the Children’s Agenda, which guides Santa Clara County priorities to advance child health and well being.

As a national and international HERO, Dr. Mendoza helped build the foundation of national scientific attention to health equity and the health of immigrant families, through leadership in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Medicine, the Pan American Health Foundation, and as a clinician scientist – authoring and co-authoring of many of the peer-reviewed publications that have highlighted the opportunities for better care, better advocacy, and better public policy to improve the well-being of all children and those who care for them.

Dr. Fernando Mendoza’s CAP Profile

The Dr. Fernando Mendoza HERO (Health Equity Research and Opportunity) Award will be granted annually to a medical student who embodies the passion and commitment to advance health equity through research and community engagement. 

Dr. Miquell Miller Award for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

The Dr. Miquell Miller Award for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion was established in 2020 to recognize an outstanding GME trainee who embodies the passion and commitment to expanding diversity and inclusion efforts as demonstrated by Dr. Miquell Miller during her time at Stanford. Dr. Miller was the inspiration and the leader in creating the Stanford GME Diversity Council.

To cement Dr. Miller's legacy, Department of Surgery Chair Dr. Mary Hawn made a gift that will fund an annual award in her name, recommended initially to be $1,000.

The recipient shall be determined by the Office of Diversity in Medical Education with representation from the Department of Surgery Diversity Council with the first awardee announced in Spring 2021. 

The Dr. Miquell Miller Award for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion will be granted annually to a GME trainee (resident or fellow) who embodies the passion and commitment to expand diversity and inclusion efforts at Stanford School of Medicine.